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Olaf Blanke

27/09/2012 10:30 am Salle des Soieries, Délégation Régionale INSERM (Vinatier)

Self-consciousness and subjectivity: Insights from Psychology, virtual reality, and neuroscience robotics

Olaf Blanke

Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroprosthetics Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience Center for Neuroprosthetics & Brain Mind Institute Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, SWITZERLAND Department of Neurology, University Hospital, Geneva, SWITZERLAND

Salle des Soieries, Délégation Régionale INSERM (Vinatier)


What is a conscious self? What exactly makes an experience a subjective phenomenon? I will present data on (bodily) self-consciousness and subjectivity in healthy subjects using techniques from cognitive neuroscience and engineering-based technologies such as virtual reality and robotics. Research linking bodily self-consciousness to the processing and integration of multisensory bodily signals in temporo-parietal, premotor, and posterior parietal cortex will be highlighted, focussing on the conscious experience of identifying with the body (self-identification (also known as body-ownership)), the experience of where “I” am in space (self-location), and the experience of the position from where “I” perceive the world (first-person perspective). This will be extended by phenomena of altered states of self-consciousness in neurological patients.

— Posted by Karen Reilly on 2012-09-17 10:11 (more news...)