Patrick Haggard

Patrick Haggard
pas Eurias

dates de séjour

01/05/2016 - 31/05/2016
01/10/2016 - 31/10/2016
01/05/2017 - 31/05/2017


Neurosciences et sciences cognitives

Fonction d’origine


Institution d’origine

University College London (Royaume-Uni)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Bodily building blocks of subjectivity

Bodily sensation is an important foundation of self-awareness.  Neurophysiology gives us a clear picture of the pre-processing: the different somatic receptors and their afferent pathways are relatively well understood.  Further, neuropsychological evidence shows that these inputs are necessary for normal bodily awareness.  However, the processes that transform specific sensory inputs into a general sense of one’s own body are scarcely understood.  Key aspects of this wider concept of bodily awareness may include: coherence and integration across sensory submodalities, plasticity and assimilation in the cortex of multiple somatic maps, and the construction and storage of representations of the body that is abstracted from current inputs and outputs.  This project aims to identify and describe these processes, with the central goal of showing how they might contribute to the sense of self, and what kind of self that might therefore be.


Patrick Haggard is professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London (UCL) and research group leader at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. His research interests focus on the control of voluntary human actions, and on bodily experience.  Since his PhD in 1991, he has developed a significant research presence in both fields, with almost 300 peer-reviewed publications, authoritative review papers, keynote addresses, and major research grants.  His research approach is profoundly interdisciplinary.  He uses the methods of brain science to investigate fundamental questions about human subjectivity and mental life, such as sense of agency, and sense of self.  This approach derives from his conviction that understanding the mechanisms that underlie an experience or a behaviour can contribute to a correct analysis of its significance and function.  His work is widely cited and discussed in philosophy and social science.  He has collaborated with researchers in philosophy, law, psychiatry, neurology, dance science, computer science and engineering.

Contributeur fellows


Patrick Haggard a obtenu une bourse ERC en 2012 pour le projet "Human Volition, Agency and Responsabilité" avec University College London comme institution d'accueil principale.
Patrick Haggard a obtenu chaire internationale d’excellence financée par la Région Ile-de-France pour son projet sur la relation entre la conscience et le libre-arbitre des actions humaines. Il sera accueilli au Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives de l’Ecole normale supérieure.