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People in the BodyLab


Matthew Longo, PhD

Matt is Director of the BodyLab and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London, where he has been since 2010. Previously he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. He completed his Ph.D at the University of Chicago in 2006.

Email: m.longo@bbk.ac.uk


Lara Maister, PhD

Lara is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Sciences and affiliated with the BodyLab. Her research investigates the connections between body representation and social perception.

Lara's webpage


Elena Azañón, PhD

Elena is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the BodyLab. Elena's research investigates the integration of tactile and proprioceptive information.

Elena's webpage


Daniele Romano, PhD

Daniele is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Milan Bicocca and is currently visiting the BodyLab. While in London, he is conducting research investigating the links between the mental representation of the fingers and external space.



Luigi Tamè, PhD

Luigi is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the BodyLab. His research investigates the cognitive and neural bases of somatosensory perception.

Luigi's webpage


Raffaele Tucciarelli, PhD

Raffaele is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the BodyLab. His research uses fMRI and MEG to investigate the neural organisation of action representations.



Renata Sadibolova

Renata is a PhD student in the BodyLab. Her research investigates the influence of vision on somatosensory perception and autonomic control.


Klaudia Ambroziak

Klaudia is a second year PhD student. Her research focuses on the relation between representation of one's own body and visual perception of other peoples' bodies.


Olga Golubova

Olga is a first-year PhD student. Her research investigates methods for reconstructing spatial representations of perceptual experience.


Kelda Manser-Smith

Kelda is a first-year PhD student. Her research investigates distortions of body representations and their relation to action.


Elena Amoruso

Elena is a masters student at the University of Milan, Bicocca in Italy. She is currently visiting the BodyLab. Her research investigates the effects of mental imagery on the integration of touch and proprioception.