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Each one of us is born with one and only body, a body that is experienced as ours throughout life, a defining feature of who we are. But as cases of patients with neurological damage or mental health issues reveal, the ways in which our brains represent our bodies rely on an intricate and delicate web of connections across different brain areas and also different bodily organs.
Inspired by such cases, cognitive neuroscientists have used an arsenal of illusions, tricks and measures to highlight how intimate but also malleable is the link between the self and the body. The talk will present seminal findings that show how easily the brain can be fooled into thinking that a different body belongs to one’s self, and what happens when you inhabit a body that is of different race or age to yours.
The consequences of such findings are far reaching especially at a time when people assume greater control over their bodies, their appearance, choices and habits. In a society that constantly exposes us to external, idealised images of the body, self-resilience may be built from the inside-out, by becoming less aware of our image and more aware of the signals coming from our hidden visceral body that lies beneath our appearance.
Professor Manos Tsakiris studied psychology and philosophy before completing his PhD (2006) in psychology and cognitive neurosciences at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL. In 2007 he joined the Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, the University of London, where he is currently Professor of Psychology.
His research is highly interdisciplinary and uses a wide range of methods to investigate the neurocognitive mechanisms that shape the experience of embodiment and self-identity.
Manos is the recipient of the Young Mind and Brain Prize in 2014, of the 22nd Experimental Psychology Society Prize in 2015, and the NOMIS Foundation Distinguished Scientist Award in 2016. Since 2016, he is leading the interdisciplinary Body & Image in Arts & Science (BIAS) project at the Warburg Institute, and since 2017 the INtheSELF ERC Consolidator project at Royal Holloway.
He has published widely in major scientific journals and his lab’s research has been covered in international media outlets (Reuters, BBC, The Times, The Guardian, El Pais, Mail on Sunday, Le Figaro, Wall Street Journal, El Mundo, Huffington Post, Scientific American).
He has given invited talks at major scientific conferences as well as in diverse audiences such as TEDx, New Scientist, Art Galleries and schools in UK and aboard.
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