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Ana Tajadura-Jimenez

Location: Room 8.18
University College London
Malet Place Engineering Building (8th Floor)
Gower Street, London
WC1E 6BT, U.K

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

Email: a.tajadura (at) ucl.ac.uk

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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.

Background

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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Number of items: 58.

2013

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) 109 - 128.

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) 630 - 637. 10.1037/a0031049.

Fini, C; Cardini, F; Tsakiris, M; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Serino, A; (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
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Serino, A; Alsmith, A; Costantini, M; Mandrigin, A; Tajadura-Jimenez, A; Lopez, C; (2013) Bodily ownership and self-location: Components of bodily self-consciousness. Consciousness and Cognition , 22 (4) 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) 1 - 3.

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Tsakiris, M; (2013) Balancing the "Inner" and the "Outer" Self: Interoceptive Sensitivity Modulates Self-Other Boundaries. J Exp Psychol Gen 10.1037/a0033171.

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

2012

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

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) 1720 - 1729. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.08.053.

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

2011

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 and gold open access
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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) 2470 - 2476. 10.1098/rspb.2010.2547.

2010

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) 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) 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) 1311 - 1320. 10.1243/09544070JAUTO1600.

2009

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) 195 - 203. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2008.07.025.

2008

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. In: Proceedings - European Conference on Noise Control. (pp. 1597 - 1602).

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) 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 (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) 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) 149 - 155. 10.1250/ast.29.149. Gold open access

2007

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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Apps, MAJ; Tajadura-Jimenez, A; Turley, G; Tsakiris, M; The different faces of one’s self: an fMRI study into the recognition of current and past self-facial appearances. In: (Proceedings) ASSC16 - Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness.

Asutay, E; Västfjäll, D; Tajadura Jimenez, A; Genell, A; Bergman, P; Kleiner, M; Emoacoustics: a study on the physical and psychological dimensions of sound design. In: (Proceedings) 3rd Int. Workshop on Perceptual Quality of Systems.

Bergman, P; Västfjäll, D; Tajadura Jimenez, A; Audio-visual integration of emotional information. In: (Proceedings) IMRF 2011 – International Multisensory Research Forum.

Bergman, P; Västfjäll, D; Tajadura Jimenez, A; Audio-visual integration of emotional information. In: (Proceedings) IMRF 2011 – International Multisensory Research Forum.

Bianchi-Berthouze, N; Tajadura Jimenez, A; It’s not just what we touch but also how we touch it. In:

Cardini, F; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Serino, A; Tsakiris, M; It feels like it’s me: interpersonal multisensory stimulation enhances visual remapping of touch from other to self. In: (Proceedings) IMRF 2012 – International Multisensory Research Forum.

Ho, H-N; Bergman, P; Koizumi, A; Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Kitagawa, N; The pleasant heat? A study of thermal-emotion associations. In: (Proceedings) IMRF 2012 – International Multisensory Research Forum.

Singh, A; Klapper, A; Jia, J; Fidalgo, A; Tajadura Jimenez, A; Kanakam, N; ... Williams, A; + view all Motivating People with Chronic Pain to do Physical Activity: Opportunities for Technology Design. In: (Proceedings) ACM.

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Embodied cognition and emotion in multisensory media. In: (Proceedings) The Neuroscience Seminars.

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Embodied Multisensory Emotion: The role of one’s body in emotional responses to multisensory events. In: (Proceedings) IMRF10 - International Multisensory Research Forum.

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Apps, MJ; Tsakiris, M; THE DIFFERENT FACES OF ONE’S SELF: NEURAL CORRELATES OF CHANGES IN SELF-IDENTITY. In: (Proceedings) Bial Foundation 10th Symposium "Behind and Beyond the Brain".

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Larsson, P; Väljamäe, A; Västfjäll, D; Kleiner, M; When size matters: Auditory room size perception influences the emotional response to sound events. In: (Proceedings) ISRE 2009 - International Society for Research on Emotion.

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Pantelidou, G; Rebacz, P; Västfjäll, D; El uso de reproductores portátiles de música ayuda a reducir nuestro espacio personal. Ciencia Cognitiva , 6 (1) 21 - 23.

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Pantelidou, G; Rebacz, P; Västfjäll, D; Tsakiris, M; Merging with the crowd: Personal space decreases when listening to positive music through headphones. In: (Proceedings) Experimental Psychology Society Workshop on Body Representation.

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Tsakiris, M; Seeing touch and feeling touch: Interpersonal multisensory stimulation and interoceptive awareness modulate self-other boundaries. In: (Proceedings) UK Synaesthesia Association.

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Tsakiris, M; The other in me: Interpersonal multisensory stimulation changes the mental representation of the self. In: (Proceedings) ASSC15 - Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness.

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Tsakiris, M; The other in me: Interpersonal multisensory stimulation changes the mental representation of the self. In: (Proceedings) IMRF 2011 – International Multisensory Research Forum.

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Valjamae, A; Kitagawa, N; Vastfjall, D; Affective multimodal displays: Acoustic spectra modulates perception of auditory-tactile signals. In: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Auditory Display.

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Väljamäe, A; Kitagawa, N; Ho, H-N; Whole-body vibration influences sound localization in the median plane. In: Presence.

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Väljamäe, A; Toshima, I; Kimura, T; Tsakiris, M; Kitagawa, N; Action sounds recalibrate perceived tactile distance. In: (Proceedings) IMRF 2012 – International Multisensory Research Forum.

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Väljamäe, A; Toshima, I; Kimura, T; Tsakiris, M; Kitagawa, N; Action sounds recalibrate perceived tactile distance. In: (Proceedings) The conscious body: an interdisciplinary dialogue.

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Väljamäe, A; Toshima, I; Kimura, T; Tsakiris, M; Kitagawa, N; “Action sounds recalibrate perceived tactile distance. In: (Proceedings) ASSC16 - Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness.

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Västfjäll, D; Auditory-induced emotion: A neglected channel for communication in HCI. In: Human-Computer Interaction.

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Västfjäll, D; Emoacoustics: Using auditory-induced emotion to improve sound design. In: (Proceedings) MINET (Measuring the Impossible NETwork) Conference: Measurement, sensation and cognition..

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Väljamäe, A; Toshima, I; Kimura, T; Tsakiris, M; Kitagawa, N; Exploring the link between hearing and body representation. In: (Proceedings) Japanese Multisensory Research Meeting.

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