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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. My line of research in the lab explores the relationship between conscious awareness, body ownership, and multisensory integration using behavioural, psychophysical, and neuroimaging techniques.

Research description

My general research interest revolves around understanding the function of consciousness in cognition. Of all the information that reaches our senses, some pieces gain access to awareness, but others do not. What do we need this conscious access for? More specifically, I study the neural mechanisms of complex perceptual processes such as facial and emotional recognition, and bodily self and body ownership, to understand how subjective experience of external and internal information unfolds in perception. To study these psychological phenomena, I use psychophysics, computational modelling, psychophysiology, electroencephalography, and machine learning techniques. In addition, I am interested in the neurocognitive underpinnings of hypnosis and in the contribution of hypnosis research to the understanding of consciousness, metacognition, and perception.Finally, I am interested in the clinical applications of consciousness and perception research, especially for understanding neuropsychiatric disorders of conscious awareness and social perception.




Submitted/Under review:

  • Lanfranco RC., Chancel M., Ehrsson H.H. (Submitted) "Quantifying body ownership information processing and perceptual bias in the rubber hand illusion." Preprint:
  • Tsikandilakis M., Bali P., Lanfranco RC., Kausel L., Yu Z., Boncompte G., Alshammari A., Li R., Milbank A., Burdett M., Mevel P-A., Madan C., Derrfuss J. (Submitted) "Learning emotional dialects: A British population study of cross-cultural communication."
  • Lanfranco RC., Canales-Johnson A., Rabagliati H., Cleeremans A.*, Carmel D*. "Minimal exposures reveal visual processing priorities." Preprint:
  • Lanfranco RC., Martínez-Aguayo JC., Arancibia M. (Under Review) "Assessing malingering and personality styles in dissociative identity disorder: A case report and literature review." Preprint
  • Lanfranco RC., Rabagliati H., Carmel D. (Under Review) "Assessing the influence of emotional expressions on perceptual sensitivity to faces overcoming interocular suppression." Preprint


Journal Articles:

  • Lanfranco RC., Rabagliati H., Carmel D. (2023) "The importance of awareness in face processing: a critical review of interocular suppression studies." Behavioural Brain Research:
  • Lanfranco RC., Stein T., Rabagliati H., Carmel D. (2022) "Gaze direction and face orientation modulate perceptual sensitivity to faces under interocular suppression." Scientific Reports
  • Lanfranco RC., Canales-Johnson A., Lucero B., Vargas E., Noreika V. (2022) "Towards a view from within: The contribution of Francisco Varela to the study of consciousness." Adaptive Behavior 
  • 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.


  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Human Cognitive Neuroscience - University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (2020)
  • Other degrees/titles: MSc in Neuroscience; BSc (Hons) in Psychology; Professional Title of Psychologist (MPsych); PG Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.