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Dalila Burin

Researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience

I currently am Project research Associate at the International Research center for neurointelligence (The University of Tokyo) where I conduct my research using immersive virtual reality and robotics to explore and support neurodiversity.


The main goals of my research activity are

THEORETICAL GOAL: to understand and describe bodily self-awareness, and

CLINICAL GOAL: to support neurodiversity (such as autism spectrum disorders).

I employ different techniques, but the most compelling and fruitful are 

1. immersive virtual reality (IVR), which induces the illusory sense of body ownership over it and its movements, and, in turn, it causes other beneficial effects on different functional levels.

2. robotics, since human-robot interaction can unveil the mechanisms behind social cognition, controlling every single possible factor.

In addition, I exploit other brain imaging/stimulation techniques (e.g., fNIRS, TMS, EEG) physiological (e.g., skin conductance, neuroendocrine measurements), behavioural (e.g., the rubber hand illusion) and subjective methods (e.g., MMSE and other cognitive/neuropsychological test and questionnaires).


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Manipulation of the bodily self in immersive virtual reality (IVR) and related benefits

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Studies about the motor intention

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The relationship between sense of body ownership and agency



My Active and Healthy Ageing



Participatory Design in Robotics for Elderly Care in Germany & Japan


Virtual physical training leads to acute cognitive and neural benefits on young and older adults.

Contact Me

I'm always available to discuss potential collaborations!

​Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer (IDAC) 

Smart-Aging Research Center (SARC)
Tohoku University

4-1 Seiryomachi, Aobaku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8575 JAPAN

PHONE (81) 080-3438-2705 ADMIN ​(81) 022-717-8585

FAX (81) 22-717-7988

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