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Dr. Oliver A Kannape

Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB110

+44 (0) 1772 89 3448

The overarching goal of Oliver’s research is to understand the functional and neuronal contributions of human action and (action) awareness to body perception and self-consciousness. In other words - how does my brain define myself, my body, and my bodily boundaries? How do my actions distinguish me from the environment and from other selves around me?

Oliver’s second goal is to translate these findings to drive the design and ultimately embodiment of wearable robotics and in particular neuroprosthetics.

Oliver is research active within the area of psychology and is a member of the Cognitive Research Group. He has had an article published on The Conversation, entitled Here’s how to convince the brain that prosthetic legs are real

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Dr és sc. (PhD) – Neuroscience, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, 2012
MSc – Cognitive Science (1st class), University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, 2006
BEng – Information Engineering, HAW Hamburg, Germany, 2005

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Kannape, O. A. & Lenggenhager, B. Engineered embodiment: Comment on ‘The embodiment of assistive devices-from wheelchair to exoskeleton’ by M. Pazzaglia and M. Molinari. Phys. Life Rev. (2016). doi:10.1016/j.plrev.2016.01.011

Kannape, O. A. & Herr, H. M. Volitional control of ankle plantar flexion in a powered transtibial prosthesis during stair-ambulation. Conf. Proc. Annu. Int. Conf. IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Soc. IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Soc. Annu. Conf. 2014, 1662–1665 (2014).

Kannape, O. A., Barré, A., Aminian, K. & Blanke, O. Cognitive loading affects motor awareness and movement kinematics but not locomotor trajectories during goal-directed walking in a virtual reality environment. PloS One 9, e85560 (2014).

van Elk, M., Salomon, R., Kannape, O. & Blanke, O. Suppression of the N1 auditory evoked potential for sounds generated by the upper and lower limbs. Biol. Psychol. 102, 108–117 (2014).

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