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I'm a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Cognitive Science. I'm interested in self representation, in particular how we monitor our feelings of control over our actions (sense of agency) and how we track our bodies in space (body representation). My research focuses on developing better measures of self representation and investigating how this capacity is altered in different contexts, clinical conditions and states of consciousness.
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Projects 2013 2019

Research Output 2007 2019

A systematic study of microdosing psychedelics

Polito, V. & Stevenson, R. J., 6 Feb 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 2, p. 1-26 26 p., e0211023.

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Open Access
mental health
acute effects
residual effects

Hypnotic Clever Hands: agency and automatic responding

Polito, V., Barnier, A. J. & Connors, M. H., Jun 2018, In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 147, 6, p. 815-828 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Hypnotics and Sedatives

Sense of agency across contexts: insights from schizophrenia and hypnosis

Polito, V., Langdon, R. & Barnier, A. J., 2015, In : Psychology of consciousness : theory, research, and practice. 2, 3, p. 301-314 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Hypnotics and Sedatives

Developing the Sense of Agency Rating Scale (SOARS): An empirical measure of agency disruption in hypnosis

Polito, V., Barnier, A. J. & Woody, E. Z., 2013, In : Consciousness and cognition. 22, 3, p. 684-696 13 p.

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Statistical Factor Analysis
Rating Scales

Towards a science of internal experience: conceptual and methodological issues in hypnosis and meditation research

Polito, V. & Connors, M. H., 2016, Hypnosis and meditation: towards an integrative science of conscious planes. Raz, A. & Lifshitz, M. (eds.). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, p. 171-187 17 p.

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social process

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Microdosing psychedelics

Vince Polito


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We’re starting to learn some incredible things about hypnosis.

Vince Polito


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