Dr Ruben Azevedo

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Dr Ruben Azevedo
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, BIAS Research Project
Warburg Institute
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01-Nov-2017 Heartfelt self: cardio-visual integration affects self-face recognition and interoceptive cortical processing

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Cerebral Cortex, Volume 27, Issue 11, 1 November 2017, Pages 5144–5155

04-Jul-2017 Afferent cardiac signals modulate attentional engagement to low spatial frequency fearful faces

 in Cortex

23-May-2017 Participants’ above-chance recognition of own-heart sound combined with poor metacognitive awareness suggests implicit knowledge of own heart cardiodynamics

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 Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group

09-Mar-2017 Perceived warmth and competence of others shape voluntary deceptive behaviour in a morally relevant setting

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17-Jan-2017 Cardiac afferent activity modulates the expression of racial stereotypes

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 in Nature Communications - Article number: 13854 (2017)

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Mar-2023 Re-cognizing the new self: The neurocognitive plasticity of self-processing following facial transplantation


The face is a defining feature of our individuality, crucial for our social interactions. But what happens when the face connected to the self is radically altered or replaced? We address the plasticity of self-face recognition in the context of facial transplantation. While the acquisition of a new face following facial transplantation is a medical fact, the experience of a new identity is an unexplored psychological outcome. We traced the changes in self-face recognition before and after facial transplantation to understand if and how the transplanted face gradually comes to be perceived and recognized as the recipient’s own new face. Neurobehavioral evidence documents a strong representation of the pre-injury appearance pre-operatively, while following the transplantation, the recipient incorporates the new face into his self-identity. The acquisition of this new facial identity is supported by neural activity in medial frontal regions that are considered to integrate psychological and perceptual aspects of the self.

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