Our work on body perception focuses on the sense of body ownership (i.e., the feeling that our body belongs to us). In particular, we have looked at whether or not this subjective experience is a requirement for simple movement (Reader & Ehrsson, 2019; Reader et al., 2021). We’re also interested in developing a better understanding of the rubber hand illusion as a tool to study body representation (Reader et al., 2021; Reader, 2022).
A specific area of interest for us is imitation – an important skill for learning new actions. We try to distinguish the brain and behavioural mechanisms underlying the imitation of actions that we know and actions that we don’t know (e.g., Reader et al., 2018; Reader & Holmes, 2019).