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AVIVA BERKOVICH-OHANA

Aviva Berkovich-Ohana is a neuroscientist and a senior lecturer, affiliated at the Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center and Faculty of Education, University of Haifa. Her research focuses on two main topics. One topic is contemplative mental training effects on brain and behavior and their relevance to education, employing a wide range of behavioral and neuroimaging methods. Another focus is the study of sense of self. To this end, she collaborates with long-term contemplative practitioners, employing neurophenomenology.

OLAF BLANKE

Olaf Blanke is founding director of the Center for Neuroprosthetics at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He also directs the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at EPFL and is Professor of Neurology at at the University Hospital of Geneva. Blanke’s research is dedicated to the neuroscientific study of multisensory body perception and its relevance for self-consciousness by using a broad range of methods such as the neuropsychology, invasive and non-invasive electrophysiology, and brain imaging in healthy subjects, neurological and psychiatric patients. Most recently he has pioneered the joint use of engineering techniques such as robotics and virtual reality with techniques from cognitive neuroscience and their application to systems and cognitive neuroprosthetics and neuro-rehabilitation.

FRÉDÉRIQUE DE VIGNEMONT

Frédérique de Vignemont works in philosophy of cognitive science. She is interested in self-consciousness and disorders of agency and ownership. Her work focuses on body representations from a philosophical perspective, from an anthropological perspective (in collaboration with Asifa Majid, MPI, Nijmegen) and from a psychological perspective (in collaboration with Patrick Haggard, UCL, London). In addition, she is interested in the relationship between self and other, through shared representations of action and shared representations of the body. She is also interested in empathy and in theory of mind.

SHAUN GALLAGHER

Shaun Gallagher is the Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in Philosophy at the University of Memphis, and Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He is also a founding editor, and continues as a co-editor-in-chief of Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, an interdisciplinary journal published by Springer.  His research interests include phenomenology and the philosophy of mind, philosophical psychology, embodiment, intersubjectivity, hermeneutics, and the philosophy of time.

MARIE GUILLOT

Marie Guillot is a lecturer in philosophy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Essex. She is also an associate member of the Paris group “Sciences, Normes, Décision” (SND) and a member of the Groupe de Recherche en Épistemologie (GRÉ) of the Collège de France. Her main interests lie in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language, and their intersection with some issues in epistemology, metaphysics and the philosophy of psychology. She is particularly interested in the first person (linguistic and mental), indexical concepts, de se content, subjectivity, self-knowledge, personal identity, phenomenal consciousness, and phenomenal concepts.

JAKUB LIMANOWSKI

Jakub Limanowski is a post-doctoral fellow in the Neurocomputation and Neuroimaging Unit at Freie Universität Berlin. He is interested in the bodily foundations of selfhood, meaning the experience of being a self distinct form, but among other selves. He is currently investigating the neuronal mechanisms underlying minimal selfhood through behavioral and fMRI experiments using the Rubber Hand Illusion and related paradigms.

THOMAS METZINGER

Thomas Metzinger is Director of Theoretical Philosophy group at the department of philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. He is the director of the MIND Group, and co-editor of Open Mind and Philosophy and Predictive Processing, two online collections of original open access papers. His research focuses on philosophy of mind and philosophy of cognitive science, with a particular interest in phenomenal selfhood. Most recently, he has worked on mind wandering and mental autonomy. He also has an interest in applied ethics (especially regarding neurotechnology and virtual reality, as well as conceptual connections between ethics, anthropology, and philosophy of mind).

ANIL SETH

Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where he is also Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness (Oxford University Press), a new open access journal. His research focuses on understanding the biological basis of consciousness by bringing together research across neuroscience, mathematics, computer science, psychology, philosophy and psychiatry. Through the Sackler Centre, he aims to translate an enhanced understanding of the complex brain networks underpinning consciousness into new clinical approaches to psychiatric and neurological disorders. In addition, he has worked on the statistics of time series analysis.

MANOS TSAKIRIS

Manos Tsakiris is Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London. His research focuses on the neurocognitve mechanisms that shape the experience of embodiment and self-identity using a wide range of research methods, from psychometrics and psychophysics to neuroimaging. One of the central goals of his research is to empirically identify the basic neurocognitive principles governing the sense of agency and body-ownership, and the interaction between them.

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