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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, 26 p., e0211023.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
mental health
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Belief, delusion, hypnosis, and the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study

Coltheart, M., Cox, R., Sowman, P., Morgan, H., Barnier, A., Langdon, R., Connaughton, E., Teichmann, L., Williams, N. & Polito, V., Apr 2018, In : Cortex. 101, p. 234-248 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Prefrontal Cortex

Do nonword reading tests for children measure what we want them to? An analysis of year 2 error responses

Castles, A., Polito, V., Pritchard, S., Anandakumar, T. & Coltheart, M., 2018, In : Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties. 23, 2, p. 153-165 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


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

No meditation-related changes in the auditory N1 during first-time meditation

Barnes, L. J., McArthur, G. M., Biedermann, B. A., de Lissa, P., Polito, V. & Badcock, N. A., May 2018, In : International Journal of Psychophysiology. 127, p. 26-37 12 p.

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Evoked Potentials
Reproducibility of Results