Schering Stiftung


Prof. Dr. Olaf Blanke

Prof. Dr. Olaf Blanke

Bodily Self-Consciousness

Olaf Blanke

Prof. Dr. Olaf Blanke

Bodily Self-Consciousness

Olaf Blanke


March 18, 2016, 6:30–8 p.m.


Tieranatomisches Theater der HU Berlin
Campus Nord, Philippstr. 12/13, Haus 3
10115 Berlin

Lecture in German | Free admission | Registration required

Registration for lecture and guided tour
Please send an e-mail to by March 10, 2016, to register for the lecture and a special guided tour of the exhibition.
Due to limited seating in the Tieranatomische Theater, registration will be made on a first-come first-serve basis. We will send you e-mail confirmation by March 14.

With explicit reference to the artworks, scientific experiments, and curiosities shown as part of the exhibition MIRROR IMAGES (on view through April 3 at the Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité), the Swiss neuroscientist Prof. Dr. Olaf Blanke will talk about the scientific background and multi-sensor brain mechanisms of self-consciousness.

Most people take it for granted that their body is a part of them and that they view the world from the perspective of their body. In the case of so-called out-of-body experiences, people believe themselves to have left their body and to observe themselves from an outside perspective. According to expert estimates, some five percent of the population have undergone such experiences. With the aid of experimental disruptions of bodily awareness (such as out-of-body experience), it is possible to explore the brain mechanisms of bodily self-consciousness. The findings could benefit wearers of prosthetics: the prosthetics would no longer be perceived as foreign to but part of one’s body.

Bodily Self-Consciousness: From Out-of-Body Experiences to Neuroprosthetics by Prof. Dr. Olaf Blanke
Director of the Center for Neuroprosthetics and of the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and professor of neurology at the University Hospital of Geneva

Prior to the lecture, we offer an exclusive guided tour of the exhibition MIRROR IMAGES at the Berlin Museum of Medical History for lecture visitors on March 18, 2016, at 5 p.m. If you are interested to participate in the tour, please let us know when registering for the lecture. Unfortunately, the tour is limited to 35 people. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places, participants will be determined by drawing lots.

The event is part of  the Brain Awareness Week.

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