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My research concerns the mental representation of our body and how this shapes perception. Though our own body is perhaps the most familiar of all objects in the world, recent findings have revealed that in many cases the brain appears to maintain remarkably impoverished and distorted body representations.

I am interested in how body representation emerges during development and the extent to which it can be altered in adults using various illusions and perceptual inputs.

I also study the role of body representations in structuring several forms of perception, including touch and proprioception, space perception and pain. My research utilises a wide range of methodologies, including psychophysics and behavioural testing, MRI, TMS and EEG.

Professor Matthew Longo