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Background

I was born and raised in Viña del Mar, Chile. I did my undergraduate studies in Valparaíso. I received a BSc (Hons) and M. Psych in psychology from the University of Valparaiso and a chartered certification in clinical psychology and cognitive behavioural therapy from the National Guild of Clinical Psychology of Chile. Later on, I received an MSc in Neuroscience from the University of Chile. I then moved to the United Kingdom to continue my postgraduate education. I conducted a masters research stay at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (University of Cambridge) in England and a doctoral research stay at the Center for Research in Cognition & Neurosciences (Université Libre de Bruxelles) in Belgium. In 2020, I received a PhD in psychology and cognitive neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in cognitive neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. My current research projects deal with consciousness and awareness in perception, for example how we become aware of human faces and their expressions, and the relationship between perceptual awareness and the experience of body ownership, i.e. how the brain creates the experience of owning our bodies.

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Old College, University of Edinburgh

Education & Training

October 2020 -

Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Cognitive Neuroscience

May 2020

University of Edinburgh, UK

PhD - Psychology, Human Cognitive Neuroscience

Research Stay at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

November 2015

University of Chile

MSc - Neuroscience

Research Training at University of Cambridge, UK

December 2013

National Board of Clinical Psychology, Chile

Chartered Specialisation - Clinical Psychology:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

January 2009 -

University of Valparaiso, Chile

Professional Title (MPsych) - Psychology

BSc (Hons) - Psychology

Research interests

Consciousness and perceptual awareness

What is consciousness? What is the function of awareness in cognition? What is the extent of cognitive processing that can occur unconsciously?

Face Perception and visual integration

Faces convey a wealth of information essential for social interaction. What brain systems are involved in face perception? Are facial features processed through a sequence of steps or all at once? Can we process the emotional information contained in faces unconsciously?

Neural and cognitive underpinnings of hypnosis and hypnotic suggestion

What is hypnosis? What are the top-down brain mechanisms of hypnotic suggestion? What can hypnosis research teach us about cognition and consciousness? Is it useful in psychotherapy?

Neurocognitive underpinnings of psychiatric disorders

What social and cognitive changes are involved in psychiatric disorders? What can cognitive neuroscience and experimental psychology teach us about the development of mental disorders? How can we improve current treatments?

Biomedicum, Karolinska Institutet

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