Fosco Bernasconi

Fosco Bernasconi

Senior Scientist

EPFL - École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne


I am a neuroscientist, interested in consciousness. I obteined 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). Since 2014, I am working with Olaf Blanke at the EPFL – École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in Geneva. Currently, we investigate the role of altered (bodily) self-consciousness in aberrant perceptions, notably observed in psychiatric and neurological patients (e.g. Parkinons’ Disease). Currently, I am senior scientist at EPFL (in Blanke Lab)


  • Consciousness
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Hallucinations


  • PhD in neuroscience, 2012

    Lausanne University

  • MSc in Medical Biology, 2008

    Lausanne University

  • BSc in Biology, 2007

    Lausanne University

Recent Publications

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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

Peripersonal space: an index of multisensory body–environment interactions in real, virtual, and mixed realities

Human–environment interactions normally occur in the physical milieu and thus by medium of the body and within the space immediately …