Arvid Guterstam, MD, PhD
(Postdoctoral Researcher)


The question of how the brain produces the feeling of being inside one's own body, localized in a certain place in the external world, is a fundamental one. The aim of Arvid's research is to investigate the neural link between self-perception of one's body and perceived self-location in the world, using behavioral measurements, fMRI and TMS.


Guterstam A, Szczotka J, Zeberg H, Ehrsson HH. Tool use changes the spatial extension of the magnetic touch illusion. J Exp Psychol Gen. (2018) 147(2):298-303. PDF

Guterstam A*, Collins KL*, Cronin JA, Olson JD, Ehrsson HH** and Ojemann JG**. Ownership of an Artificial Limb Induced by Electrical Brain Stimulation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A Dec 19. [Epub ahead of print]. *shared first author; **shared senior author. PDF

Guterstam A, Zeberg H, Menderes Özçiftci V, & Ehrsson HH. The magnetic touch illusion: A perceptual correlate of visuo-tactile integration in peripersonal space. Cognition (2016) PDF

Guterstam A, Björnsdotter M, Bergouignan L, Gentile G, Li TQ, & Ehrsson, HH. Decoding illusory self-location from activity in the human hippocampus. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2015) Jul 15;9:412. PDF

Guterstam A., Björnsdotter M., Gentile, G., & Ehrsson H.H. Posterior cingulate cortex integrates the senses of self-location and body ownership. Current Biology (2015) 25(11):1416-25. PDF

Guterstam A., Abdulkaraim, Z., & Ehrsson H.H. Illusory ownership of an invisible body reduces autonomic and subjective social anxiety responses. Scientific Reports (2015) PDF

Gentile G., Guterstam A., Brozzoli C., & Ehrsson H.H. Disintegration of Multisensory Signals from the Real Hand Reduces Default Limb Self-Attribution: An fMRI Study. The Journal of Neuroscience (2013) 33(33) 13350-13366. PDF

Guterstam A, Gentile G, & Ehrsson HH. The Invisible Hand Illusion: Multisensory Integration Leads to the Embodiment of a Discrete Volume of Empty Space. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (2013).PDF

Guterstam A & Ehrsson HH (2012). Disowning one's seen real body during an out-of-body illusion. Consciousness and Cognition (28 Feb 2012), DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2012.01.018. PDF

Van der Hoort B, Guterstam A & Ehrsson HH., Being Barbie: the size of one's own body determines the perceived size of the world. PLoS One 2011 May 25 PDF

Guterstam A, Petkova VI, Ehrsson HH. The illusion of owning a third arm. PLoS One 2011 Feb 23;6(2):e1720 PDF


Arvid Guterstam, MD, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Neuroscience
Karolinska Institutet
Retzius väg 8, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden

email: arvid.guterstam @