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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


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 third 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 second-year PhD student. Her research investigates methods for reconstructing spatial representations of perceptual experience.


Kelda Manser-Smith

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


Albert van der Veer

Albert is completing his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany, and is currently visiting the BodyLab. Albert's research investigates the first-person perspective and body representation using virtual reality.


Mariano D'Angelo

Mariano is a PhD student at the University of Bologna and is currently visiting the BodyLab. Mariano's research investigates the inter-relations between mental body representation and social cognition.


Elena Amoruso

Elena recently completed her masters degree at the University of Milan, Bicocca in Italy. She is currently A research assistant in the BodyLab. Her research investigates the effects of mental imagery on the integration of touch and proprioception.