Bigna Lenggenhager

 

Bigna Lenggenhager, PhD

 

Universitäre Psychiatrische Dienste

Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie

Bolligenstrasse 111

3000 Bern 60

Switzerland  

 

Email: bigna.lenggenhager@gmail.com

Research Interests: 

Self-consciousness, changes in self-consciousness in various clinical conditions (e.g. spinal cord injured patients, psychosis patients), bodily illusions, multisensory integration, vestibular contribution to higher-level cognition, body representation in dreams.

 

Graduation: 

PhD in Neuroscience, EPFL, Lausanne, 2009    

 

Publications:

Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Lenggenhager B, Loetscher T, Kavan N, Pallich G, Brodtmann A, Nicholls MER, Brugger P (2011). Paradoxical extension into the contralesional hemispace in spatial neglect. Cortex, DOI:10.1016/j.bbr.2011.03.031

Lenggenhager B, Halje P, Blanke O (2011). Alpha band oscillations correlate with illusory self-location induced by virtual reality. Eur J Neurosci, 33(10): 1935-1943.

Hänsel A, Lenggenhager B, von Känel R, Curatolo M, Blanke O (2011). Seeing and identifying with a virtual body decreases pain perception. Eur J Pain, 15(8): 874-879.

Ionta S, Heydrich L, Lenggenhager B, Mouthon M, Fornari E, Chapuis D, Gassert R, Blanke O (2011). Multisensory mechanisms in temporo-parietal cortex support self-location and first-person perspective. Neuron, 70(2): 173-5.

Lopez C, Lenggenhager B, Blanke 0 (2010). How vestibular stimulation interacts with illusory hand ownership. Consciousness and Cognition, 19(1): 33‐47.

Aspell J, Lavanchy T, Lenggenhager B, Blanke O (2010). Seeing the body modulates audiotactile integration. Eur J Neurosci, 31(10): 1868‐73.

Noreika V, Windt JM, Lenggenhager B, Karim AA (2010). New perspectives for the study of lucid dreaming: From brain stimulation to philosophical theories of self-consciousness. International Journal of Dream Resarch, 3(1): 36-45

Lenggenhager B, Mouthon M, Blanke O (2009). Spatial Aspects of Bodily Self‐Consciousness. Consciousness and Cognition; 18(1): 110‐7

Aspell J, Lenggenhager B, Blanke O (2009). Keeping in Touch with One’s Self: Multisensory Mechanisms of Self‐Consciousness. PLoS ONE, 4(8): e6488.

Schwabe L, Lenggenhager B, Blanke O (2009). The timing of temporo‐parietal and frontal activations during mental own body transformations from different visuo‐spatial perspectives. Human Brain Mapping; 30(6): 1801‐12.

Blanke O, Metzinger T, Lenggenhager B (2008). How does the brain localize the self? Science, E‐Letters. http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/eletters/317/5841/1048#10769

Lenggenhager B, Lopez C, Blanke O (2008). Influence of galvanic vestibular stimulation on egocentric and object‐based mental transformations. Exp Brain Res.; 184(2): 211‐2.

Lenggenhager B, Tadi T, Metzinger M, Blanke O (2007). Virtual Reality and Telepresence. Science Letters; 318 1240‐1242

Lenggenhager B, Tadi T, Metzinger M, Blanke O (2007). Video ergo sum. Manipulating bodily self‐consciousness. Science; 317:1096‐9.

Lenggenhager B, Smith S, Blanke O (2006). Functional and neural mechanisms of embodiment: importance of the vestibular system and the temporal parietal junction. Rev Neurosci.;17(6):643‐57.    

 

Book chapters and popular science:

Aspell JE, Lenggenhager B & Blanke O (2011). “Multisensory perception and bodily self‐consciousness: From out‐of‐body to inside‐body experience.” In Wallace, M. & Micah, M. (Eds) Frontiers in the Neural Bases of Multisensory Processes (Taylor & Francis).

Blanke O, Lenggenhager B (in press). Out‐of‐Body experiences. Encyclopedia of Perception. Editor: Bruce Goldstein

Blanke O, Lenggenhager B Heydrich L (2009). Mein Körper und Ich. Gehirn & Geist, Dezember.

Lenggenhager B, Blanke O (2007). Neuropsychologische Grundlagen der Malerei. Neglektbedingte Stilelemente in Lovis Corinths Kunst nach 1912. In: Bormuth, M. Podoll, K., Spitzer, C. Psychiatrie und Kunst – Interdisziplinäre Studien zur Künstler‐Pathographie. Göttinger Wallstein Verlag, 147‐180.    

 

Theses:

Lenggenhager B. Multisensory Mechansism Underlying Bodily Self-Consciousness. PhD Thesis. EPFL, Lausanne.

Lenggenhager B. Spatial Presence: a combined psychometric, psycho-physiological and electrophysiological study. Diploma Thesis. University of Zurich, Zurich.    

 

Awards: 

Pfizer Research Prize in Neuroscience (2009)     

 

Fellowships: 

05/2012-04/2014

IRP Resarch Grant

10/2010‐09/2011

Fellowship for prospective researchers, Swiss National Science Foundation

2007‐2009

VolkswagenStiftung “European Platform for Life Sciences, Mind Sciences, and the Humanities”: Somatognosis (Bodily experiences)

2007‐2009

VolkswagenStiftung “European Platform for Life Sciences, Mind Sciences, and the Humanities”: Dream Group (Approaching the dreaming body)

08/2005‐07/2006

One‐year fellowship at the EPFL doctoral school, Lausanne