About Us

Visual Representations of Bodily Disturbances drawn by Megan Ichinoise and Basil Egli

The broad goal of our research programs is to understand the etiology and mechanisms underlying psychoses in order to develop effective interventions. In doing so, we aim to further elucidate the intricate links between the brain, mind and body that give rise to our sense of unitary self across time.  We are interested in how internal representations (working memory and imagery) guide adaptive behavior and how this process is derailed in the schizophrenia-spectrum.  To understand how abnormal working memory arises, we focus on the input (encoding and maintenance) as well as the output end (control of action and monitoring). To understand encoding abnormalities, we examine visual processing of social and nonsocial stimuli and how social perception is compromised in schizophrenia. Fragmented mental representation of the social world mirrors altered mental representation of the bodily self, which lies at the core of the experience of schizophrenia. We are motivated to apply results of the past two decades of cognitive and social neuroscience research towards developing innovative and effective assessment and treatment strategies.