The multifaceted body:
updates into Body Representation and Embodiment
Edinburgh, 29th June 2018
No comprehensive view has developed on how the brain represents the body.
This might be related to the methodological constraints in researching this area: as William James stated: “our body is always there”. Additionally, there has always been a scarce dialogue between different approaches to the study of body representation. Remarkably, however, the future of research in body representation would have to integrate lab-based research, clinical approaches and the development of new technologies, such as virtual reality embodiment.
The BRNet proposed workshop aims to treat body representation with a multidisciplinary multifaceted approach, organizing a meeting between experts with the aim of communicating findings and sharing paradigms, considering the needs of the different settings, and finally promoting awareness in other disciplines.
Attendance at the workshop is free but spaces are limited. Please register in advance if you want to attend.
Registration will cover attendance at the workshop, tea/coffee breaks, and a light lunch.
A limited number of travel bursaries is also available to cover travel and accommodation costs for undergraduate and postgraduate students who want to present their studies. Bursaries will be awarded based on the content of the abstract and following these criteria: original contribution, methodology, and novelty.
We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh,
Elisa, Anna and Gianna
Prof. Matthew Longo
(Birkbeck, University of London)
Body representation: the psychological research perspective
Prof Longo’s research investigates a wide range of issues relating to the representation of the human body and its effects on perception and cognition. He has agreed to attend the meeting and providing a presentation on the state of current research and the latest developments in the field.
Prof. Mel Slater
(Universitat de Barcelona, UCL)
Body representation: the technology perspective
Prof Slater’s research interests focus on the sense of self and embodiment in Virtual Reality (VR). Prof Slater’s presentation will provide an overview of cutting-edge advances in the field of body representation and new technologies, and how these methods can be used to answer questions about the sense of self. He has agreed to attend the meeting and providing a presentation on the state of current research and the latest developments in the field.