How do you become aware of your bodies? Virtual Reality experiment

Published 2017-07-18 14:20. Updated 2017-07-19 07:53Denna sida på svenska
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In this research project, we are interested in how people experience their own bodies, and what processes in the brain that relay the feeling of body-ownership.

New knowledge in this area will not only be of great scientific value, but could also help us better understand different neurological and psychiatric diseases with disrupted bodily awareness. We are therefore looking for participants for an experiment in our perception-lab at Karolinska Instituet in Solna.

Inclusion criteria

Healthy participants not using any psychiatric or neurological medication, and with normal or corrected vision (contact lenses).


During the experiment, you will be wearing a virtual reality (VR) headset and perform some simple perceptual tasks.

The experiment, together with the visit to the lab, takes about one hour.

As compensation for your participation, you will receive a free cinema ticket.

Contact information

If you are interested in participating, please contact experiment leader Dennis Larsson, MSc, Department of Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet.


Project administrator: Arvid Guterstam, MD PhD


The study has all the permits required.

Human subject research