Our body works as an interface between the self and the external world. To this aim, the brain holds multiple representations of the body, showing a mixture of dynamic and stable properties that ensure optimal adaptability. This complex scenario pictures a multitude of questions still unsolved: how many body representations (BR) do we have? What are they designed to? Do they work independently or share common mechanisms? Are there any precise spatial boundaries of BR?

With this workshop, we aim at sharing the latest update into the study of body representation with special attention, for the current meeting, to the potential mechanisms that allow the interface between the self and the outer world, through BR.


The BRNet workshops aim to treat body representation with a multidisciplinary multifaceted approach, organizing meetings 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 space is limited. Please register in advance if you want to attend (see below).

Registration will cover attendance at the workshop, tea/coffee breaks, and a light lunch.


Submission of abstract for oral or poster presentations is welcome.


We look forward to seeing you in Milan,

Daniele, Valentina and Angelo



Keynote Speakers


Prof. Valéry Legrain

(Université Catholique de Louvain - UCL, Brussels)

The main research interest of the team led by Valery Legrain (IONS/COSY) is to understand the cognitive mechanisms modulating the link between nociception and the conscious perception of pain, and the neurobiological substrates of these cognitive mechanisms. Different approaches are used: neurophysiology (event-related brain potentials), cognitive psychology (mental chronometry) and neuropsychology (investigation of patients with sensory-motor or attentional deficits).




Prof. Chris Dijkerman

(Utrecht University)

Prof. Dijkerman’s research focuses on various aspects of body representation and peripersonal space. His research aims to further understand the functional organization of body representation and peripersonal space in healthy participants as well as how various clinical conditions as stroke, eating disorder and body identity integrity disorder can result in a different experience of the body. In his presentation he will discuss the current state of research as well as the latest findings from cognitive psychology and neuropsychology.

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The fuzzy body:

stable and dynamic properties of Body Representation 

Milan, 5th July 2019