Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience
© Matthieu Gafsou / EPFL 2019
NeuroImage: Altered Interoceptive Bodily Processing in Chronic Pain
In a series of three studies, Dr Marco Solca and colleagues investigated for the first time interoception and its neurophysiological correlates in patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Their behavioral and electrophysiological findings demonstrate an impaired ability in patients suffering from CRPS in correctly detecting and processing internal bodily states. In line with earlier work showing that reduced interoception and heartbeat evoked potentials in particular are objective markers of altered body perception in depressed patients, the authors argue that the altered sensory processing observed for interoceptive cardiac signals contributes to the distortion of own body representation in CRPS patients.
New Paper on Breathing Contributions to Bodily Self‐Consciousness
In collaboration with the pneumology divisions of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital and of Geneva University Hospital, we investigated the mechanisms involved in the visuo-respiratory full-body illusion. These findings have now been published in Psychophysiology.
Dr Sophie Betka awarded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship
Dr Sophie Betka has been awarded the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship for her proposal entitled "RESPVR". In her research project she will approach breathing and breathing function in a novel theoretical and experimental framework linking sensorimotor processes of breathing to sensorimotor aspects of bodily self-consciousness.