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Jared MedinaAssociate Professor


Dr. Jared Medina received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University (2006), and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2023, Dr. Medina was an associate professor at the University of Delaware. His research focuses on how the brain represents the body, using evidence from perceptual illusions, human neuroimaging and individuals with brain damage.


Research Interests

Body representations, touch, embodiment, plasticity, cognitive neuropsychology, brain stimulation, multisensory integration, theory and methods

Research Areas 

Dr. Medina's research examines how the brain represents the body. This is a broad topic that ranges from tactile psychophysics to our understanding of qualia, embodiment and our sense of self. Questions examined in our lab include:

- How do we combine information from multiple sensory systems to represent the size, shape, and position of our bodies?

- How malleable are our body representations? What are the constraints on what we can (or cannot) embody?

- What are the mechanisms of sensory plasticity after brain damage? And what are the perceptual correlates of this plasticity?

- How do neural processes lead to specific tactile qualia?