Body and Self Research Area

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

Our research encompasses studies of body illusions (the RHI, FBI and the enfacement illusion) generated via visuo-tactile and cardio-visual conflicts. Our interests cover investigations of tactile perception, peripersonal space, interoception, body image, alexithymia, pain and empathy. We also study how bodily self-consciousness varies across development, in ASD, in pregnancy and in some neurological and psychiatric disorders. 

We have received funding from the Bial Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust. Our research has been published in leading journals including Psychological Science, Scientific Reports,The Journal of Neurophysiology, Current Biology, the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychologia, and Developmental Science, and has been covered by international popular media outlets including The Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC radio and New Scientist magazine. 

We welcome enquiries about possible collaborations, postdoctoral projects or PhD study in the areas above. Please contact members directly (see individual staff pages for emails, detailed research interests and publications) or contact Jane Aspell with any general queries.

The Body and Self Research Area is part of the Brain and Cognition Research Group.


Find out more about our members on their profile pages.