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Psychologisches Institut Experimentelle Psychopathologie und Psychotherapie

Marte Roel

Marte Roel, PhD

Curriculum vitae

Marte could hereby list as many achievements as misfortunes, or assets as inconveniences. For reasons needless to state, he restrains to the rather professionally desirable bit. 

His work combines psychology and cognitive sciences, arts, philosophy, and technology. Limited lenses from which to attend the blurriness of our bodily boundaries, the liminal ground between self and other: a space for possible togetherness. In articulating beyond words, in the muddy ground amid the senses, in the dialectic liveliness of knowing, his motivation bubbles. This all, through mischiefs of perception while trying to soften technoscience.

Of the kind of things people put on their resumes, Marte could include teaching courses and workshops at the Zurich University of the Arts, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or the National Autonomous University of Mexico, between a multiplicity of places. He might add the diverse environments in which he has worked: from grassroots settings with communities surrounded by conflict, or groups often marginalized, to both fancy museums and squatted art spaces, or from the UN general assembly to neuropsychological laboratories. Holding degrees in psychology (doctoral), cognitive systems and interactive media (master), music composition and technology (bachelor), but also unfinished studies in other fields, he might add - “I’m now a postdoc at the Psychiatric University Clinic of the University of Zurich, where I study mixed reality interventions for trauma”, unpurposely misspelling some of these words. 

With beautiful others he has shared these processes. And with a subset of them, about a decade ago, Marte cofounded BeAnotherLab, an interdisciplinary group, creator of the Machine to Be Another, a methodology for exchange through the illusion of embodying another real person. He even might add one or two awards here and there, just because that’s what one should do. But in fact, he’d like to insist on the beautiful others, for if it was not for them, he just wouldn’t have done any of it. 

Marte rarely writes about himself as a third person. This was almost a coincidence. And he could have forgotten a list of publications for an academic profile. But he didn’t.

Selected Publications

Roel Lesur, M., Bolt, E., Saetta, G., & Lenggenhager, B. (2021). The monologue of the double: Allocentric reduplication of the own voice alters bodily self-perception. Consciousness and Cognition, 95, 103223.

Bolt, E., Ho, J. T., Roel Lesur, M., Soutschek, A., Tobler, P. N., & Lenggenhager, B. (2021). Effects of a virtual gender swap on social and temporal decision-making. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 15376.

Stäger, L., Roel Lesur, M., & Lenggenhager, B. (2021). What Am I Drinking? Vision Modulates the Perceived Flavor of Drinks, but No Evidence of Flavor Altering Color Perception in a Mixed Reality Paradigm. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 641069.

Roel Lesur, M., Weijs, M. L., Nguyen, T. D., & Lenggenhager, B. (2021). Staying in touch with our bodies: Stronger sense of ownership during self- compared to other touch despite temporal mismatches. Cognition, 214, 104769.

Weijs, M., Roel Lesur, M., Lenngenhager, B. (2020). Keeping up with ourselves: Multimodal processes underlying body ownership across the lifespan. Cortex (Accepted preregistered report),

Roel Lesur, M., Lyn, S., & Lenggenhager, B. (2020). How Does Embodying a Transgender Narrative Influence Social Bias? An Explorative Study in an Artistic Context. Frontiers in Psychology, 11.

Roel Lesur, M., Aicher, H., Delplanque, S., & Lenggenhager, B. (2020). Being Short, Sweet, and Sour: Congruent Visuo-Olfactory Stimulation Enhances Illusory Embodiment. Perception, 49(6), 693–696.

Roel Lesur, M., Weijs, M. L., Simon, C., Kannape, O. A., & Lenggenhager, B. (2020). Psychometrics of Disembodiment and Its Differential Modulation by Visuomotor and Visuotactile Mismatches. iScience, 23(3), 100901.

Thür, C., Roel Lesur, M., Bockisch, C. J., Lopez, C., & Lenggenhager, B. (2019). The Tilted     Self: Visuo-Graviceptive Mismatch in the Full-Body Illusion. Frontiers in Neurology, 10.

Roel Lesur, M., Gaebler, M., Bertrand, P., & Lenggenhager, B. (2018). On the components and future experimental setups of bodily illusions/aliefs. Constructivist Foundations, 14(1), 111–113.

Roel Lesur, M., Gaebler, M., Bertrand, P., & Lenggenhager, B. (2018). The Plasticity of the Bodily Self: Head Movements in Bodily Illusions and Their Relation to Gallagher’s Body Image and Body Schema. Constructivist Foundations, 14(1), 94–105.

Oliveira, E. C. D., Bertrand, P., Lesur, M. E. R., Palomo, P., Demarzo, M., Cebolla, A., Baños, R., & Tori, R. (2016). Virtual Body Swap: A New Feasible Tool to Be Explored in Health and Education. 2016 XVIII Symposium on Virtual and     Augmented Reality (SVR), 81–89.  IEEE.

Roel Lesur, M. E. (2014). Interfacing Csound and Unity: Mapping visual and binaural 3D coordinates in virtual space. Csound Journal. 19:1

Roel Lesur, M. E., Lelo de Larrea, S. (2014). Example Systems and applications for research and rehabilitation in the cognitive sciences. Csound Journal. 19:1 


Ho, J., Krummenacher, P., Roel Lesur, M., & Lenggenhager, B. (2020). Real Bodies Not Required? Placebo Analgesia and Pain Perception in Immersive Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Artistic research

Roel Lesur, M. (2017). Fonosoma. Centro de Estudios Independientes, Ciudad de México.

Roel Lesur, M. (2013). Auditory Space and Interactivity; in From Light to Light. Rosero Contreras, P. (Editor). Ministerio de Cultura de Ecuador.