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Bigna Lenggenhager

University of Zurich

Bigna Lenggenhager is a professor at the University of Zurich and the head of the Cognitive Neuropsychology research group with a focus on Body, Self and Plasticity. After studying Psychology at University of Zurich, she completed her PhD in Neuroscience at the EPFL Lausanne, followed by postdoctoral research positions in Rome, Bern and Zurich.

Her work focuses on the empirical investigation of multisensory integration mechanisms, the bodily self and embodied cognition in both healthy participants and various neurological and psychiatric patients. Her important contributions to the field include the development and employment of multisensory stimulation paradigms that enable an alteration of bodily self-consciousness in healthy participants.

Her research comprises an interdisciplinary approach by combining methods from psychology, neuroscience and virtual reality. She is the recipient of the prestigious Pfizer Prize for Neuroscience (2009) and of several national and international research grants. She is also a full member of the Zurich Centre for Neuroscience (ZNZ) and the Zurich Centre for Integrative Human Physiology (ZIHP).