Fosco Bernasconi

Fosco Bernasconi

Senior Scientist

EPFL - École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne


I am a neuroscientist, interested in consciousness. I obtained a Ph.D. in neuroscience with Stéphanie Clarke & Lucas Spierer in Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2012. I then worked with Franz X Vollenweider in Zurich (Switzerland), and Niko A Busch in Berlin (Germany), supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Currently, I am senior scientist at EPFL - École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, with Olaf Blanke, and investigate the underlying mechanisms of aberrant perceptions (hallucinations) and their role in cognitive decline in Parkinson’s Disease.


  • Consciousness
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Hallucinations


  • PhD in neuroscience, 2012

    Lausanne University

  • MSc in Medical Biology, 2008

    Lausanne University

  • BSc in Biology, 2007

    Lausanne University

List of Publications

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Neuroscience robotics for controlled induction and real-time assessment of hallucinations

Although hallucinations are important and frequent symptoms in major psychiatric and neurological diseases, little is known about their …

Robots Induce Parkinson Disease Hallucinations

Editorial on our Science Translational Medicine paper

Robot-induced hallucinations in Parkinson’s disease depend on altered sensorimotor processing in fronto-temporal network

Hallucinations in Parkinson’s disease (PD) are disturbing and frequent non-motor symptoms and constitute a major risk factor for …

Thought consciousness and source monitoring depend on robotically controlled sensorimotor conflicts and illusory states

Thought insertion (TI) is characterized by the experience that certain thoughts, occurring in one’s mind, are not one’s …

Behavioral and neurophysiological evidence for altered interoceptive bodily processing in chronic pain

Whereas impaired multisensory processing of bodily stimuli and distorted body representation are well-established in various chronic …

Sensorimotor hallucinations in Parkinson’s disease

Hallucinations in Parkinson’s disease (PD) are one of the most disturbing non-motor symptoms, affect half of the patients, and …

Sensorimotor Induction of Auditory Misattribution in Early Psychosis

Dysfunction of sensorimotor predictive processing is thought to underlie abnormalities in self-monitoring producing passivity symptoms …

Sensorimotor conflicts alter metacognitive and action monitoring

While sensorimotor signals are known to modulate perception, little is known about their influence on higher-level cognitive processes. …

Audio-tactile and peripersonal space processing around the trunk in human parietal and temporal cortex: an intracranial EEG study

Interactions with the environment happen within one’s peripersonal space (PPS)—the space surrounding the body. Studies in monkeys and …

Neural sources and underlying mechanisms of neural responses to heartbeats, and their role in bodily self-consciousness: an intracranial EEG study