Departmental Seminar Series: Dr Elisa Ferre
Abstract: Moving through the environment elicits a constant stream of sensory signals about self‐motion. Head rotation is coded through information from the three semicircular canals, while head translation is detected by the otolith organs (utricle and saccule). Although rotation and translation can provide an accurate percept of self-motion, where these cues are represented in the human brain and how they interact with other sensory inputs is not yet clear. We have recently developed innovative artificial vestibular stimulation methods, which elicit virtual sensations of rotation and translation movements, with fMRI to identify brain areas representing vestibular self-motion. We have identified a vestibular bilateral inferior parietal, ventral premotor/anterior insula and prefrontal network. We have also investigated how vestibular signals are integrated with other sensory cues to create not only a self-motion perception but also high-level cognitive representations.
Bio: Elisa Ferre is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Director of the VeMe Lab at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her work investigates the interaction of signals from different sensory modalities - primarily vestibular, visual and somatosensory signals - and the contribution of these signals to spatial representation, decision-making, bodily awareness, motor control, perspective taking and gravity processing.
This talk is part of the Goldsmiths Psychology Departmental Seminar Series. All are welcome to attend and no tickets are required.
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