Dr Sophie Betka awarded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship
Dr Sophie Betka has been awarded the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship for her proposal entitled "RESPVR". In her research project she will approach breathing and breathing function in a novel theoretical and experimental framework linking sensorimotor processes of breathing to sensorimotor aspects of bodily self-consciousness.
My name is Dr Sophie Betka, I am a post-doctoral researcher at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, interested in the contribution of bodily signals to consciousness.
This year, I have just been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. During the two following years, I will be able to continue working on the sense of agency (i.e. the feeling of being in control of one’s own action) associated with breathing, at the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience based at Campus Biotech in Geneva. In this project, I will be investigating the sensorimotor mechanisms of respiration and their contribution to bodily self-consciousness by combining virtual reality, physiology, and neuroimaging. Finally, I will also collaborate with the Pulmonology Division of the Geneva University Hospitals to test my paradigm in populations suffering from respiratory conditions to extend knowledge and potentially inform the development of a rehabilitation tool. This project seems particularly relevant in such times of pandemic.