September 26, 2021

Body-Ownership and Agency

A basic sense of self depends on the processing of sensory and motor signals that accompany almost every bodily activity. My research attempts to explain why and how percepts of action and bodily states are so clearly and inexorably “mine”. Sensory events related to one’s own body (e.g. touch) are said to be characterized by a sense of body-ownership, and motor events generated by one’s own body (e.g. actions) by a sense of agency.


Related Publications

Tsakiris M, Longo MR & Haggard P (2010). Having a body versus moving your body: neural signatures of agency and body-ownership. Neuropsychologia, 48(9):2740-2749

Tsakiris M (2010). My body in the brain: a neurocognitive model of body-ownership. Neuropsychologia, 48(3):703-12.

Tsakiris  M, Carpenter L, James D, & Fotopoulou A. (2010). Hands only illusion: multisensory integration elicits sense of ownership for body parts but not for non-corporeal objects. Experimental Brain Research. 204(3):343-52

Haggard P & Tsakiris M.(2009) The experience of agency: feeling, judgment and responsibility. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18, 4, 242-246.

Tsakiris M, Costantini M & Haggard P (2008). The role of the right temporoparietal junction in maintaining a coherent sense of one’s body. Neuropsychologia, 46, 3014-8

Longo M, Schüür F, Kammers MPM, Tsakiris M & Haggard P. (2008) What is Embodiment? A Psychometric Approach. Cognition, 107, 978-98.

Tsakiris M , Schütz-Bosbach S & Gallagher S (2007) On agency and body-ownership: phenomenological and neurocognitive reflections. Consciousness & Cognition, 16, 645-60

Tsakiris M, Hesse M, Boy C, Haggard P & Fink GR (2007) Neural correlates of body-ownership: a sensory network for bodily self-consciousness, Cerebral Cortex, 17, 2235-2244

Tsakiris M (2007) The self and its body: functional and neural signatures of body-ownership. In Rossetti Y, Haggard P & Kawato M (eds.) Sensorimotor foundations of higher cognition, Attention and Performance XXII. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press

Tsakiris M, Prabhu G & Haggard P (2006). Having a body versus moving your body: how agency structures body-ownership. Consciousness & Cognition, 15, 423-432.

Tsakiris M & Haggard P (2005b). The rubber hand illusion revisited: visuotactile integration and self-attribution. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 31,80-91.

Tsakiris M & Haggard P (2005a). Experimenting with the acting self. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 22, 387-407.

Tsakiris M & Haggard P (2003). Awareness of somatic events associated with a voluntary action. Experimental Brain Research, 149, 439-446.