Body and Self Group

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Members of the Body and Self Group investigate the multisensory representation of the body and the bodily self by using the methods of cognitive neuroscience.

Our interests cover investigations of bodily self-consciousness, tactile perception, peripersonal space, cardiac and gastric interoception, body image, alexithymia and pain.

We also study how bodily self-consciousness varies across development, in autism, in pregnancy, and in some neurological, psychiatric and pain disorders.

The Body and Self Group is part of the ARU Centre for Mind and Behaviour.

We offer a Psychology PhD. We have also identified a range of innovative research project opportunities for postgraduate researchers.

For more information, contact Dr Jane Aspell at or Dr Flavia Cardini at


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PhD researchers


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