I investigate how mental processes like thoughts or feelings relate to body-brain and body-brain-environment interactions.

To measure activity in the brain and the rest of the body, I use different (neuroimaging) techniques like fMRI, EEG, ECG, pulse oximetry, EDA, etc.

During my PhD, I studied the neurophysiology of emotional and self-related processes in psychiatric patients with depersonalization-derealization disorder or social anxiety disorder. Now, I investigate psycho-physiological phenomena in healthy people that might be related to neurological disorders.

In my work, I’m trying to increase the ecological and external validity (the “real-world relevance”) of neuroscientific findings using ambulatory assessment and virtual reality setups.

A link between the lines of my research is the subjective experience of realness – along a hypothetical dimension that spans depersonalization-derealization (i.e., “the real world feels unreal”) and VR-mediated (tele)presence (i.e., “an unreal world feels real”).