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Departmental Seminar, Manos Tsakiris, Royal Holloway University of London

22/11/2011 (14:00-15:00)

Mind the Body

Dr. Manos Tsakiris,
Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London.

R Baumeister, a leading social psychologist, once said that “All over the world, self begins with the body”. What is the link between the self and the body? The experience of my body seems to be at once physical and psychological, and it is as much about me, as it for other people’s perception of me as an individual. Psychological research has recently asked how the link between a body and the experience of this body as mine is developed, maintained or altered. This talk will present recent studies from experimental psychology, cognitive neurosciences and clinical neuropsychology to understand how the body is represented in the brain and how the brain creates the experience of our embodiment.

About the speaker

Manos Tsakiris was born in Athens, Greece where he studied Psychology. He moved to London in 1999 to study philosophy (MSc, King’s College) and cognitive neuropsychology (MSc, UCL). He then completed his PhD in psychology and cognitive neurosciences at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL. His research has focused on the neurocognitve mechanisms that shape the experience of embodiment and self-identity using a wide range of research methods, from psychometrics and psychophysics to neuroimaging. He joined Royal Holloway in 2007 and he is currently Reader in Neuropsychology at the Department of Psychology. His research is funded by ESRC (UK), Volkswagen Foundation (Germany) and by a Starting Investigator Grant from the European Research Council. He has published widely in neuroscientific and psychology journals, and his current research projects investigate the plasticity of self-identity. 

Contact: Dr Narender Ramnani (n.ramnani@rhul.ac.uk), Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London


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