October 18, 2021

Lara Maister

Lara Maister

Dr. Lara Maister



I studied for my undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, where I specialized in Experimental Psychology. I remained in Cambridge to complete my PhD at the Laboratory for Research into Autism, before moving to Royal Holloway to begin my post-doctoral career at the Lab of Action and Body.

Research Interests: 

My general research interests lie in the areas of self-awareness, social cognition, and the perceptual and conceptual distinctions between self and other. My current research investigates the role of embodiment in social cognition, aiming to ‘bridge the gap’ between the minimal, perceptual senses of body ownership and agency, and the mechanisms involved in complex social cognition.  Another branch of my research has focused on cognition in autism. During my PhD, awarded from the University of Cambridge, I studied the mechanisms employed by children with autism to retrieve episodic and relational memories, and how cognitive information processing biases affect these mechanisms.

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Contact details:

Dr. Lara Maister

Room W344

Department of Psychology

Royal Holloway University of London

Egham, Surrey

TW20 0EX

Tel: 01784 426551


Publications and Conference Presentations:

Journal Articles

Maister, L., Slater, M., Sanchez-Vives, M. V., & Tsakiris, M. (2015). Changing bodies changes minds: owning another body affects social cognition. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19(1) 6-12.

Maister, L., Cardini, F., Zamariola, G., Serino, A., & Tsakiris, M. (2015). Your Place or Mine: Shared Sensory Experiences Elicit a Remapping of Peripersonal Space. Neuropsychologia, IN PRESS.

Maister, L. & Tsakiris, M. (2014). My Face, My Heart: Cultural Differences in Integrated Bodily Self-Awareness. Cognitive Neuroscience, 5(1), 10-16.

Farmer, H., Maister, L. and Tsakiris, M. (2014) Change my body, change my mind: the effects of illusory ownership of an outgroup hand on implicit attitudes toward that outgroup. Frontiers in Psychology, 4(1016).

Maister, L., Simons, J. S., & Plaisted-Grant, K. (2013). Executive functions are employed to process episodic and relational memories in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Neuropsychology, 27(6), 615-627.

Ainley, V., Maister, L., Brokfeld, J., Farmer, H., & Tsakiris, M. (2013). More of myself: Manipulating interoceptive awareness by heightened attention to bodily and narrative aspects of the self. Consciousness and Cognition, 22(4), 1231-1238.

Maister, L., Sebanz, N., Knoblich, G., & Tsakiris, M. (2013). Experiencing ownership over a dark-skinned body reduces implicit racial bias. Cognition, 128(2), 170-178.

Maister, L., Banissy, M., & Tsakiris, M. (2013). Mirror-Touch Synaesthesia Changes Representations of Self-Identity. Neuropsychologia, 51(5), 802-808.

Maister, L., Tsiakkas, E., & Tsakiris, M. (2013). I Feel Your Fear: Shared Touch Between Faces Facilitates Recognition of Fearful Facial Expressions. Emotion, 13(1), 7-13.

Maister, L., & Plaisted-Grant, K. (2011). Time perception and its relationship to memory in Autism Spectrum Conditions. Developmental Science, 14(6), 1311-1322.


Selected Conference Presentations

Maister, L. & Tsakiris, M. (2013, June). Investigating the multisensory basis of self-other distinction. Oral Presentation at workshop session “Integrating Self and Other: Perception, Action, Metacognition”, Budapest, Hungary.

Maister, L., Banissy, M. & Tsakiris, M. (2013, January). Mirror-Touch Synaesthesia Changes Representations of Self-Identity. Poster session presented at a meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society, London, UK.

Maister, L. & Tsakiris, M. (2012, July). Culture-dependent modulations of interoceptive awareness during self-observation. Poster session presented at the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness 16, Brighton, UK.

Maister, L. & Plaisted-Grant, K. (2009, May). Episodic Autobiographical Memory, Time Perception and Self-Awareness in ASC. Poster session presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Chicago, IL.