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Renzo Lanfranco

Postdoctoral studies

About me

I am a postdoctoral research fellow in cognitive neuroscience at the Brain, Body, and Self Laboratory (Group Ehrsson), in the department of neuroscience.

Research description

I am a cognitive neuroscientist and experimental psychologist interested in the function of consciousness in cognition and behaviour. More specifically, I am interested in the neural processes involved in detecting and recognising high-level visual information, e.g. faces and their emotional expressions, and in multisensory integration as in the experience of body ownership, e.g. experiencing one's hand as our own and not as an external object. To study these phenomena, I use psychophysics, psychophysiology, and electroencephalography. In addition, I am interested in the neural underpinnings of hypnosis and in the contribution of hypnosis research to the understanding of consciousness, metacognition, and perception. Finally, I am also interested in the clinical applications of consciousness and perception research, especially for understanding psychiatric disorders.



  • Lanfranco RC., Rabagliati H., Carmel D. (Submitted) "The importance of awareness for perceiving faces: a critical review."

  • Lanfranco RC., Canales-Johnson A., Cleeremans A., Rabagliati H., Carmel D. "Minimal required exposures reveal the primacy of awareness in human face perception." Preprint:

  • Lanfranco RC., Martínez-Aguayo JC., Arancibia M. (Submitted) "Assessing malingering in dissociative identity disorder: A case report and literature review." Preprint

  • Lanfranco RC., Canales-Johnson A., Lucero B, Noreika V. (Submitted) "Towards a view from within: on the scientific study of consciousness and the contribution of Francisco Varela." Preprint

  • Lanfranco RC., Rabagliati H., Carmel D. (Submitted) "Disentangling perceptual sensitivity from decision criterion in the access of emotional expressions to awareness." Preprint

  • Lanfranco RC., Stein T., Rabagliati H., Carmel D. (Submitted) "Gaze direction and face orientation modulate perceptual sensitivity to faces suppressed from awareness." Preprint


Journal Articles:

  • Tsikandilakis M., Kausel L.*, Boncompte G.*, Yu Z.*, Oxner M.*, Lanfranco RC.*, Bali P., Putasi U., Peirce J., López V., Mun Wai Tong E., William H., Carmel D., Chapman P. (2021) "There is no (where a) face like home: Recognition and appraisal responses to masked facial dialects of emotion in four different world cultures." Perception

  • Lanfranco RC., Rivera-Rei A., Huepe D., Ibáñez A., Canales-Johnson A. (2021) "Beyond imagination: Hypnotic visual hallucination induces greater lateralised brain activity than visual imagery." NeuroImage

  • Canales-Johnson A.*, Lanfranco RC.*, Morales, JP., Martínez-Pernia D., Valdés J., Ezquerro-Nassar A., Rivera-Rei A., Ibáñez A., Chennu S., Bekinschtein T., Huepe D., Noreika V. (2021) "In Your Phase: Neural Phase Synchronisation underlies visual imagery of faces." Scientific Reports

  • Tsikandilakis M., Kausel L.*, Boncompte G.*, Yu Z.*, Oxner M.*, Lanfranco RC.*, Bali P., Putasi U., Peirce J., López V., Mun Wai Tong E., William H., Carmel D., Chapman P. (2019) "There is no Face like home: Ratings for cultural familiarity to own and other facial dialects of emotion with and without conscious awareness in a British sample." Perception

  • Martínez-Aguayo JC., Lanfranco RC., Arancibia M. Sepúlveda E., Madrid E. (2018) "Trypophobia: what do we know so far? A case report and comprehensive review of the literature." Frontiers in Psychiatry:

  • Lanfranco RC., Canales-Johnson A., Huepe D. (2014) "Hypnoanalgesia and the study of pain experience: from Cajal to modern neuroscience." Frontiers in Psychology

  • Lanfranco RC., Canales-Johnson A. (2014) "Facial mimicry in borderline personality disorder: on empathy and beyond." Revista Médica de Chile

  • Lips W., Mascayano F., Lanfranco RC. (2014) "Diagnostic indicators of dissociative amnesia: a case report." Psychiatria Danubina

  • Canales-Johnson A., Lanfranco R., Vargas E., Ibánez A. (2012) "Neurobiology of hypnosis and its contribution to the understanding of cognition and consciousness." Annals of Psychology

  • Lanfranco R., Manríquez-Navarro P., Avello L., Canales-Johnson A. (2012) "Early evaluation of Alzheimer's disease: biomarkers and neuropsychological tests." Revista Médica de Chile

Book Chapters:

  • Lanfranco R. (2017) ["Neuropsychological assessment of psychiatric disorders."] In: Ivanovic-Zuvic F., Correa E., Florenzano R. (Eds.) Texto de Psiquiatría. Ediciones: Sociedad de Neurología, Psiquiatría y Neurocirugía. Santiago, Chile.


PhD in Psychology, Human Cognitive Neuroscience - University of Edinburgh (2020)

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