Dr. Celia FOSTER
||Biopsychology & Cognitive Neuroscience (AE14)
Faculty of Psychology and Sports Science
D-33501 Bielefeld, Germany
|Phone||(49) 521 106 4522|
- Neural coding of body information
- Sensory processing
Our brains process a wide variety of body-related information. We detect sensory signals from our own bodies, for example when we feel a touch on our skin. We also process information about the bodies of other people, for example when we recognize a friend in a crowd. In my research, I explore how the brain processes body-related information from different senses (e.g. vision, touch). I am interested in the different kinds of coordinate systems (e.g. skin-based, retina-based, world-based) and neural representations (e.g. sensory-specific coding, abstract/semantic coding) the brain uses to encode this information.
To investigate these questions, I record participants’ brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as they perceive body-related sensory stimuli. I then use multivoxel pattern analysis (MVPA) to investigate how different brain regions encode different kinds of body information.