Henrik Ehrsson

Henrik Ehrsson

Professor | Docent
Telephone: +46852487231
Visiting address: Solnavägen 9 - kvarter D4, 17165 Solna
Postal address: C4 Neurovetenskap, C4 Forskning Ehrsson, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Born in Sweden 1972, I studied medicine and obtained my PhD from Karolinska Institutet. After a four-year postdoc at The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London, I became an assistant professor at Karolinska Institutet in 2008, and was appointed full professor in 2013. I have published over 85 original peer-reviewed scientific works, including several articles in leading scientific journals such as Science, Neuron, PNAS, Current Biology, Nature Communications, PNAS, eLife and The Journal of Neuroscience. According to Web of Science (October 4th 2018), these works have been cited 6808 times and my H-index is 44. Academic honours, awards and prizes Distinguished Professor Grant from the Swedish Research Council (2018) European Research Council Advanced grant (2017) The Göran Gustafson Prize in medicine, awarded by the Royal Academy of Sweden (2017) The Hans Wigzell Prize (2016) The James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award in Understanding Human Cognition (2010) European Research Council Starting Investigator Grant (2007) Human Frontier Career Development Award (2007)


  • I am a cognitive neuroscientist interested in the problem of how we come to sense that we own our body. I considers the identification of multisensory mechanisms by which the central nervous system distinguishes between sensory signals from one's body and those from the environment as the key to solving this problem. By clarifying how the normal brain produces a sense of ownership of one's body, I believe that we can learn to project ownership onto artificial bodies and simulated virtual ones. This research could even enable two people to have the experience of swapping bodies with one another. The multisensory model of body ownership that continues to be developed by our research group is already being used in the field of neuro-prosthetics and by the virtual reality research community, thereby establishing opportunities for important clinical and industrial applications.


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  • Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2013-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2009
  • University Medical Degree, Karolinska Institutet, 2003
  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2001

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