Laura Crucianelli, PhD
(Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow)


Dr. Crucianelli's research in the Brain, Body, and Self Laboratory (BBS Lab) was centered on the interrelation among multisensory integration, thermosensation, interoceptive processing, and the sense of body ownership. Her work received funding through a Marie Curie postdoctoral grant, and her postdoc at the BBS Lab spanned from November 2018 to August 2023. Following her postdoctoral fellowship with us, she accepted a position as a Senior Lecturer at the School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences, Queen Mary University of London ( Laura completed her PhD at the Department of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire, and University College London, UK. During her PhD and subsequent first postdoctoral role at KatLab (UCL), she explored affective touch, the sense of body ownership, and interoceptive awareness in both healthy individuals and clinical populations.

Sample Publications

Crucianelli, L., & Ehrsson, H. H. (2022). Visuo-thermal congruency modulates the sense of body ownership. Communications Biology, 5(1), 1-12. PDF

Crucianelli, L., Enmalm, A., & Ehrsson, H. H. (2022). Interoception as independent cardiac, thermosensory, nociceptive, and affective touch perceptual submodalities. Biological Psychology, 108355. PDF

Crucianelli*, L., Chancel*, M., & Ehrsson, H.H. (2022). Modeling tactile pleasantness across skin types at the individual level reveals a reliable and stable basic function. BioRxiv PDF

Crucianelli, L., & Ehrsson, H. H. (2022). The role of the skin in interoception: A neglected organ? PsyArXiv, 10.31234/ PDF

Radziun, D., Crucianelli, L., & Ehrsson, H. H. (2022). Limits of cross-modal plasticity? Short-term visual deprivation does not enhance cardiac interoception, thermosensation, or tactile spatial acuity. Biological Psychology, 168, 108248 PDF

Crucianelli, L., Enmalm, A., & Ehrsson, H. H. (2021). Probing interoception via thermosensation: No specific relationships across multiple interoceptive sub-modalities. bioRxiv, 2021-03 PDF

Reader AT, Crucianelli L. A Multisensory Perspective on the Role of the Amygdala in Body Ownership. Journal of Neuroscience (2019) 39(39): 7645-7647.

Crucianelli, L., Paloyelis, Y., Ricciardi, L., Jenkinson, P., & Fotopoulou, A. (2019). Embodied precision: Intranasal oxytocin modulates multisensory integration. Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 31 (4), 592-606.

Crucianelli, L., Wheatley, L., Filippetti, M. L., Jenkinson, P. M., Kirk, E., & Fotopoulou, A. K. (2018). The mindedness of maternal touch: An investigation of maternal mind-mindedness and mother-infant touch interactions. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. PDF

Crucianelli, L., Krahé, C., Jenkinson, P. M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2017). Interoceptive ingredients of body ownership: Affective touch and cardiac awareness in the Rubber Hand Illusion. Cortex. PDF

Crucianelli, L., Cardi, V., Treasure, J., Jenkinson, P., & Fotopoulou, A. (2016). The perception of affective touch in Anorexia Nervosa. Psychiatry Research, 239, 72-78. PDF

Crucianelli, L., Metcalf, N. K., Fotopoulou, A. & Jenkinson, P. (2013). Bodily pleasure matters: Velocity of touch modulates body ownership during the rubber hand illusion. Frontiers in Psychology, 4:703. PDF


Laura Crucianelli, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Neuroscience
Karolinska Institutet, Biomedicum
Solnavägen 9, 171 65 Solna, Sweden

email: laura.crucianelli @ or l.crucianelli @

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