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Dalila Burin

Researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience

I currently am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Trinity College Dublin (ADAPT Centre, School of Computer Science and Statistics) where I explore how visual manipulations of the virtual body can affect the physical body, in terms of motor, cognitive, physiological and cortical reactions.


Personal webpages

Main Research Projects

Morphological manipulations of the virtual body and physio-cognitive effects.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie 
Human+ Fellowship Programme 


“From virtual to reality!"
Cortical and physiological activations during virtual training.

Unleashing the Potential of Uniting Virtual Reality, fNIRS, and Physiology 



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.

Image by Hammer & Tusk

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

Image by Craig Chitima

Studies about the motor intention

Image by Cat Han

The relationship between sense of body ownership and agency


The ultimate goals of my research activity are

THEORETICAL GOAL: understanding and describing bodily self-awareness to integrate theoretical models of motor control;

CLINICAL GOAL: providing insight for motor and cognitive rehabilitation strategies; 

TECHNICAL GOAL: expand the use of game-based technology for neuroscientific purposes.

I employ different techniques, but the most compelling and fruitful is Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR), which induces the illusory sense of body ownership over a virtual body and its movements, and, in turn, it causes other beneficial effects on different functional levels.

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

If you want to know more...                                                                   

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Contact Me

I'm always available to discuss potential collaborations!

ADAPT Centre & School of Computer Science and Statistics
Trinity College Dublin
Custom House Quay I.F.S.C.
Stack B 2.018
Dublin 1 D01 Y6C3
Ireland, Republic of

PHONE +353 1 896 8174

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