Ana Tajadura-Jimenez

Location: Room 8.18
University College London
Malet Place Engineering Building (8th Floor)
Gower Street, London

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 0697 (x30697)

Email: a.tajadura (at) ucl.ac.uk


Research Interests

Self-perception, embodiment, human multisensory perception and emotion in everyday contexts and new media technologies. Audio-based applications that can improve body-image, self-esteem, movement patterns and social interactions to support wellbeing and rehabilitation for people with movement impairments. Embodied psychoacoustics. Auditory-induced emotion. Presence.


I studied Telecommunication Engineering at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. I obtained an International MSc in Digital Communication Systems and Technology, and a PhD degree in Psychoacoustics in Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2009 I moved to UK, to continue my postdoctoral research at Manos Tsakiris' Lab of Action and Body (LAB), Royal Holloway, University of London.

I was recently awarded an ESRC Future Research Leader fellowship to carry on research on the project “The Hearing Body: How auditory perception influences body representation”. From November 2012, I am based at UCLIC.

I am an ESRC Future Research Leader, carrying on research on the project “The Hearing Body: How auditory perception influences body representation”. 

In this project I am investigating how auditory information generated by our bodies updates body-representation. This mental representation we have of our bodies is essential for successful interaction with the environment. The representation is not fixed, but is continuously updated in response to the available sensory information. While previous studies have highlighted the role of vision, touch and proprioception in constructing the body-representation in the brain, the role of auditory information remains largely unknown. Interestingly, the sounds that accompany almost every bodily movement are highly rich in information about the body and the space immediately surrounding it. For instance, the sounds produced when tapping on a surface inform us about the length and strength of our arm.

I am carrying out a series of psychological experiments in order to explore how altering self-produced sounds in real-time changes different body-representations, including the representation of the space surrounding the body, the potential actions that we can perform and the emotional states linked to our body capabilities. This multidisciplinary and innovative research project will provide novel insights into the nature of body-representations and, ultimately, guide the design of audio-based applications that can improve body-image, self-esteem, movement patterns and social interactions to support wellbeing and rehabilitation for people with movement impairments.

For more information about the Hearing Body Project, please check the project website

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Apps, MA; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Sereno, M; Blanke, O; Tsakiris, M; (2015) Plasticity in unimodal and multimodal brain areas reflects multisensory changes in self-face identification. Cereb Cortex , 25 (1) pp. 46-55. 10.1093/cercor/bht199.

Tajadura, A; tsakiris, M; marquardt, T; Berthouze, N; (2015) Action sounds update the mental representation of arm dimension: contributions of kinaesthesia and agency. Frontiers in Psychology , 6 , Article 689. 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00689. Green open access

Tajadura-Jimenez, A; Bianchi-Berthouze, N; Furfaro, E; Bevilacqua, F; (2015) Sonification of surface tapping changes behavior, surface perception, and emotion. IEEE Multimedia , 22 (1) 48 - 57. 10.1109/MMUL.2015.14.


Bergman, P; Ho, H-N; Koizumi, A; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Kitagawa, N; (2014) The pleasant heat? Evidence for thermal-emotional implicit associations occurring with semantic and physical thermal stimulation. Cognitive Neuroscience , 6 (1) pp. 24-30. 10.1080/17588928.2014.988132. Green open access

Brumby, DP; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Du Toit, H; Cox, AL; Griffin, HJ; (2014) Working with the television on: An investigation into media multitasking. Presented at: UNSPECIFIED.

Ferri, F; Costantini, M; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Väljamäe, A; Vastano, R; (2014) Emotion-inducing approaching sounds shape the boundaries of multisensory peripersonal space. Neuropsychologia , 70 pp. 468-475. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.03.001.

Singh, A; Klapper, A; Jia, J; Fidalgo, A; Tajadura-Jimenez, A; Kanakam, N; Bianchi-Berthouze, N; (2014) Motivating People with Chronic Pain to do Physical Activity: Opportunities for Technology Design. In: ACM. Association for Computing Machinery Green open access

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Liu, B; Bianchi-Berthouze, N; Bevilacqua, F; (2014) Using sound in multi-touch interfaces to change materiality and touch behavior. Proceedings of the NordiCHI 2014: The 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational 199 - 202. 10.1145/2639189.2639217. Green open access

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Tsakiris, M; (2014) Balancing the "inner" and the "outer" self: interoceptive sensitivity modulates self-other boundaries. J Exp Psychol Gen , 143 (2) pp. 736-744. 10.1037/a0033171.


Ajovalasit, M; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Shabani, A; Giacomin, J; (2013) Human emotional response to steering wheel vibration in automobiles. International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration , 9 (1-2) pp. 109-128. 10.1504/IJVNV.2013.053820.

Cardini, F; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Serino, A; Tsakiris, M; (2013) It feels like it's me: interpersonal multisensory stimulation enhances visual remapping of touch from other to self. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform , 39 (3) pp. 630-637. 10.1037/a0031049.

Fini, C; Cardini, F; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Serino, A; Tsakiris, M; (2013) Embodying an outgroup: The role of racial bias and the effect of multisensory processing in somatosensory remapping. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience (NOV) 10.3389/fnbeh.2013.00165. Gold open access

Furfaro, E; berthouze, N; Bevilacqua, F; Tajadura Jimenez, A; (2013) Sonification of surface tapping: Influences on behaviour, emotion and surface perception. In: Proceedings of ISon. (pp. pp. 21-28). Interactive Sonification Workshop Green open access

Serino, A; Alsmith, A; Costantini, M; Mandrigin, A; Tajadura-Jimenez, A; Lopez, C; (2013) Bodily ownership and self-location: components of bodily self-consciousness. Conscious Cogn , 22 (4) pp. 1239-1252. 10.1016/j.concog.2013.08.013.

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Ajovalasit, M; Giacomin, J; (2013) Editorial. International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration , 9 (1-2) pp. 1-3.

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Lorusso, L; Tsakiris, M; (2013) Active and passive-touch during interpersonal multisensory stimulation change self-other boundaries. Conscious Cogn , 22 (4) pp. 1352-1360. 10.1016/j.concog.2013.09.002.


Ainley, V; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Fotopoulou, A; Tsakiris, M; (2012) Looking into myself: changes in interoceptive sensitivity during mirror self-observation. Psychophysiology , 49 (11) pp. 1504-1508. 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2012.01468.x.

Ainley, V; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Fotopoulou, A; Tsakiris, M; (2012) Looking into myself: changes in interoceptive sensitivity during mirror self-observation. Psychophysiology , 49 (11) pp. 1504-1508.

Ajovalasit, M; Shabani, A; Tajadura, A; Giacomin, J; (2012) Affective reactions to vibro-tactile events: A case study in automotive applications. 8th International Conference on Design and Emotion: Out of Control - Proceedings

Apps, MA; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Turley, G; Tsakiris, M; (2012) The different faces of one's self: an fMRI study into the recognition of current and past self-facial appearances. Neuroimage , 63 (3) pp. 1720-1729. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.08.053.

Asutay, E; Västfjäll, D; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Genell, A; Bergman, P; Kleiner, M; (2012) Emoacoustics: A study of the psychoacoustical and psychological dimensions of emotional sound design. AES: Journal of the Audio Engineering Society , 60 (1-2) pp. 21-28.

Farmer, H; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Tsakiris, M; (2012) Beyond the colour of my skin: how skin colour affects the sense of body-ownership. Conscious Cogn , 21 (3) pp. 1242-1256. 10.1016/j.concog.2012.04.011.

KITAGAWA, N; TAJADURA-JIMENEZ, A; VALJAMAE, A; TOSHIMA, I; KIMURA, T; TSAKIRIS, M; (2012) Recalibration of tactile distance induced by auditory feedback. IEICE technical report. Speech , 112 (81) pp. 85-88.

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Grehl, S; Tsakiris, M; (2012) The other in me: interpersonal multisensory stimulation changes the mental representation of the self. PLOS One , 7 (7) , Article e40682. 10.1371/journal.pone.0040682. Green open access

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Longo, MR; Coleman, R; Tsakiris, M; (2012) The person in the mirror: using the enfacement illusion to investigate the experiential structure of self-identification. Conscious Cogn , 21 (4) pp. 1725-1738. 10.1016/j.concog.2012.10.004.

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Pantelidou, G; Rebacz, P; Västfjäll, D; Tsakiris, M; (2012) Correction: I-Space: The Effects of Emotional Valence and Source of Music on Interpersonal Distance. PLoS One , 7 (11) 10.1371/annotation/6a8a7614-6c5d-4d43-ba98-3259c1271493. Gold open access

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Väljamäe, A; Toshima, I; Kimura, T; Tsakiris, M; Kitagawa, N; (2012) Action sounds recalibrate perceived tactile distance. Curr Biol , 22 (13) R516-R517. 10.1016/j.cub.2012.04.028.

Vastfjall, D; Bergman, P; Sköld, A; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Larsson, P; (2012) Emotional Responses to Information and Warning Sounds. Journal of Ergonomics , 02 (03) 10.4172/2165-7556.1000106.

北川, 智; Tajadura-Jimenez, A; Valjamae, A; (2012) Recalibration of tactile distance induced by auditory feedback. 聴覚研究会資料 , 42 (4) pp. 415-418.


Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Pantelidou, G; Rebacz, P; Västfjäll, D; Tsakiris, M; (2011) I-space: the effects of emotional valence and source of music on interpersonal distance. PLOS One , 6 (10) , Article e26083. 10.1371/journal.pone.0026083. Green open access

Tsakiris, M; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Costantini, M; (2011) Just a heartbeat away from one's body: interoceptive sensitivity predicts malleability of body-representations. Proc Biol Sci , 278 (1717) pp. 2470-2476. 10.1098/rspb.2010.2547.


Larsson, P; Väljamäe, A; Västfjäll, D; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Kleiner, M; (2010) Auditory-induced presence in mixed reality environments and related technology. In: Dubois, E and Nigay, L and Gray, P, (eds.) The engineering of Mixed Reality Systems. Springer

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Larsson, P; Väljamäe, A; Västfjäll, D; Kleiner, M; (2010) When room size matters: acoustic influences on emotional responses to sounds. Emotion , 10 (3) pp. 416-422. 10.1037/a0018423.

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Väljamäe, A; Asutay, E; Västfjäll, D; (2010) Embodied auditory perception: the emotional impact of approaching and receding sound sources. Emotion , 10 (2) pp. 216-229. 10.1037/a0018422.

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Väljamäe, A; Kitagawa, N; Ho, H-N; (2010) Whole-body vibration influences on sound localization in the median plane. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering , 224 (10) pp. 1311-1320. 10.1243/09544070JAUTO1600.


Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Kitagawa, N; Väljamäe, A; Zampini, M; Murray, MM; Spence, C; (2009) Auditory-somatosensory multisensory interactions are spatially modulated by stimulated body surface and acoustic spectra. Neuropsychologia , 47 (1) pp. 195-203. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2008.07.025.


Tajadura Jimenez, A; (2008) Embodied psychoacoustics: Spatial and multisensory determinants of auditory-induced emotion. Doctoral thesis, Chalmers University of Technology.

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Väljamäe, A; Vastfjall, D; (2008) Emotional bias for the perception of rising tones. Presented at: UNSPECIFIED.

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Väljamäe, A; Västfjäll, D; (2008) Self-representation in mediated environments: the experience of emotions modulated by auditory-vibrotactile heartbeat. Cyberpsychol Behav , 11 (1) pp. 33-38. 10.1089/cpb.2007.0002.

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Västfjäll, D; (2008) Auditory-induced emotion: A neglected channel for communication in human-computer interaction. In: UNSPECIFIED (pp. 63-74).

Väljamäe, A; Tajadura Jimenez, A; Larsson, P; Västfjäll, D; Kleiner, M; (2008) Handheld experiences: Using audio to enhance the illusion of self-motion. IEEE MultiMedia Magazine , 15 (4) pp. 68-75.

Väljamäe, A; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Larsson, P; Västfjäll, D; Kleiner, M; (2008) Binaural bone-conducted sound in virtual environments: Evaluation of a portable, multimodal motion simulator prototype. Acoustical Science and Technology , 29 (2) pp. 149-155. 10.1250/ast.29.149. Gold open access


Väljamäe, A; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; (2007) Perceptual Optimization of Audio-Visual Media: Moved by Sound. In: Anderson, B and Anderson, J, (eds.) Narration and Spectatorship in Moving Images. Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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