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Horse & Hound

24 May 2023


"Feeling your self when yourself is altered"

The current criteria and diagnosis, of psychiatric conditions is based on symptoms rather than biological mechanisms. Science is trying to move forward towards a mechanism-based classification, which would likely improve patient care and treatment. It has been suggested that people with schizophrenia (SZ) may have altered self-other distinction. For this reason, these patients might be able to produce self-ticklish sensations which is unusual in neurotypicals. A disturbance of these processes can have far-reaching consequences for the establishment of an adequate bodily self-perception which may lead also to alterations in allostasis and in higher order cognitive domains. Therefore, we aim to study self-perception and body awareness in SZ. In the long run, the results may enable the development of new treatment strategies.

Paula Salamone

Linköpings Universitet


I have a background in Psychology and a PhD in Neuroscience from Argentina. Currently, I am a postdoc in the Center for Social and Affective Neuroscience (CSAN), Linköping University. Here I study affective touch, interoception and brain-body dynamics that create the “self” experience, in psychiatric conditions or through experimental interventions. Although I have lived in many countries, I am particularly interested in spreading scientific facts to Spanish speakers. Thus, during my evenings I work on my science blog and podcast (Instagram and Spotify) called Neuro Fan.

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