Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience


Action and Body

GROUP LEADER - Prof. Patrick Haggard

Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AZ
Phone: +442076791153
Email: p.haggard@ucl.ac.uk

Patrick Haggard


Our research investigates cognitive aspects of two sensorimotor processes that underlie all human behaviour. These are the control of voluntary action and the experience we have of our own body. Research on voluntary action focusses on understanding the relation between the brain activity in the frontal and parietal lobes that precedes movements, and the conscious experience of controlling our own movements. A key question is whether conscious intentions are an immediate consequence of preparation for action in the frontal lobes, or a retrospective mental justification to explain actions that we have just made. 

Studies of body perception focus on the body as a multimodal object: we perceive our bodies in two distinct ways. Vision gives us information about our body as a volumetric object in external space, while proprioception and touch give us information "from the inside". Our research focusses on how these sources of information are combined to give a coherent bodily self. We use a range of experimental methods including psychophysics, TMS, ERP and brain imaging to investigate these questions.

Group Members 

Brianna Beck
Frederike Beyer
Davide Bono
Sofia Bonicalzi
Elisa Brann
Antonio Cataldo
Lucie Charles
Stephanie Cook
Steven di Costa
Nima Khalighinejad
Eugenia Kulakova
Anne Löffler
Elisabeth Parés
Eoin Travers
Wen Wen