Matt is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London. He is Director of the BodyLab ,which investigates the psychological and neural mechanisms by which we form representations of our body, and how these representations affect all aspects of our mental lives. His work is driven by the fact that although our own body is perhaps the most familiar of objects, the brain appears to maintain remarkably impoverished and distorted body representations. 

Current project focus

Do some people see from their chest? (WP1 Project 1) 

How complex is the structure of embodied perspectival experience? (WP3 Project 1)


Albert Van der Veer (secondary supervisor)


Relevant publications 

Saulton, A., Longo, M. R., Wong, H. Y., Bülthoff, H. H., & de la Rosa, S. (2016). The role of visual similarity and memory in body model distortions. Acta Psychologica, 164, 103-111

Longo, M. R. (2015). Intuitive anatomy: Distortions of conceptual knowledge of hand structure. Cognition, 142, 230-235. 

Longo, M. R. (2015). Three-dimensional coherence of the conscious body image. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68, 1116-1123.

Alsmith, A. J. T., & Longo, M. R. (2014). Where exactly am I? Self-location judgements distribute between head and torso. Consciousness and Cognition, 24, 70-74.

Piryankova, I. V., Wong, H. Y., Linkenauger, S. A., Stinson, C., Longo, M. R., Bülthoff, H. H., & Mohler, B. J. (2014). Owning an overweight or underweight body: Distinguishing the physical, experienced and virtual body. PLOS ONE, 9, e103428.