Marte Roel

Marte Roel, Dr.


Tel.: +41 44 635 72 63

Raumbezeichnung: BIN 3.B.24

Short biography

Marte Roel Lesur is an interdisciplinary researcher with a diverse background in cognitive neuropsychology, arts, philosophy, and technology. His academic work aims at studying the sense of body, questioning the boundaries of self and other, ultimately focusing on the blurriness of our body boundaries. Beyond academia, his practice aims at facilitating spaces for both verbal and non-verbal dialogue, often relying on technology and manipulations of perception. He has been a lecturer in several institutions and taught courses in different settings around the globe, including the Zurich University of the Arts, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Virginia Commonwealth University, between tens of others. Furthermore, Marte has worked in several conflict settings in Mexico, Palestine, Spain, and Israel, between others, applying diverse methods to find alternative routes of dialogue with transformative potential. He is co-founder of the action research group BeAnotherLab, creators of the Machine to Be Another, a multisensory collaborative platform that generates the illusion of embodying another real person. The group has been awarded internationally and holds collaborations with several research institutions worldwide.

Research interests

  • The plasticity of the bodily self and the blurriness of self-other bounds, together with the social and ontological implications of these ideas.
  • The development of technoscientific knowledge that promotes social integration, rather than alienation.
  • The inclusion of diverse epistemologies in rigorous understanding of phenomena.


  • Roel Lesur, M (2020). The artifice of silence. Medium.
  • 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). Authors’ Response: 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.
  • Roel, M. (2017). Fonosoma. Centro de Estudios Independientes, Ciudad de México.
  • Collaço de Oliveira, E., Bertrand, P., Roel Lesur, M., Palomo, P., Demarzo, M., Cebolla, A., Banos, R., Tori, R., (2016) Virtual Body Swap: A New Feasible Tool to be Explored in Health and Education XVIII Symposium on Virtual and Augmented Reality.
  • Lelo de Larrea, S., Roel Lesur, M.E. (2014). Cognición Extendida. In Manual de Prácticas de Psicología. Universidad Iberoamericana, Departamento de Psicología: Ciudad de México 114-119.
  • Roel Lesur, M.E. (2014) Empatía: Fundamentos teóricos, medición y estimulación. El Tlacuache, Suplemento Cultural, la Jornada Morelos.
  • 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
  • Rosero Contreras, P. Roel, M. (2013). Espacio Sonoro e Interactividad; en From Light to Light. Rosero Contreras, P (Editor). Ministerio de Cultura de Ecuador.