Bio: Professor Olaf BLANKE is founding director of the Center for Neuroprosthetics, Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroprosthetics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL). He founded the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at EPFL and is Professor of Neurology at the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital of Geneva. Pr Blanke pioneered the neuroscientific study of multisensory body perception and its relevance for the self and consciousness by using a broad range of methods such as the brain imaging, cognitive psychology, as well as intracranial and non-invasive electrophysiology. Most recently he has pioneered the use of engineering techniques such as robotics/haptics and augmented/virtual reality with techniques from cognitive neuroscience. Pr Blanke’s main interests are the development of a data-driven neuroscientific theory of consciousness and the application of these neuroscientific insights in cognitive neuroprosthetics and neuro-rehabilitation.    
Professor Blanke will speak during "Dyspnea 2016", at the end of the morning session of June 17 2016, on "Bodily self-consciousness and its manipulations, with Dr Dan Adler as the session chairperson and discussant. 

Dyspnea 2016 message: "In the first part of my talk I am going to start by introducing the processing of multisensory, cardiac, and respiratory signals in the parietal and insular cortex and in the second part will propose the development of neuroprosthetic systems to improve breathing comfort in dyspnea."

Selected readings:
Lenggenhager B, Tadi T, Metzinger T, Blanke O
Video ergo sum. Manipulating bodily self-consciousness. 
Science 2007; 317: 1096-1099.

Ionta S, Heydrich L, Lenggenhager B, Mouthon M, Gassert R, Blanke O
Temporo-parietal cortex encodes self-location and first-person perspective.
Neuron 2011; 70:363-374.

Blanke O Multisensory brain mechanisms of bodily self-consciousness.
Nature Reviews Neuroscience 2012; 13: 556-571.

Adler, D., Herbelin, B., Similowski, T., Blanke, O. 
Breathing and sense of self: Visuo-respiratory conflicts alter bodily self-consciousness.
Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology 
2014; 203: 68-74.

Aspell, JE, Heydrich L, Blanke O
Turning body and self inside out: Visualized heartbeats alter bodily self-consciousness and tactile perception.
Psychological Science 2013; 24: 2445-2453.

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