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Professor in the Department of Psychology+44 (0) 191 33 43270


About me

I investigate how children and adults use sensory information to ground the sense of bodily self, and to guide movement. My current projects examine plasticity in the developing sensorimotor system.

I lead an ESRC-funded grant (2022-25), in collaboration with Profs Gillies & Pan at Goldsmiths. We use combined motion capture and virtual reality to study how children can accept virtual bodies which are different from their own. Together with Prof Tamar Makin, at Cambridge, I examine how children with limb differences learn to interact with their environments.

For more detail, please check out my website or follow me on Twitter (@dcowiedurham).

Recent Funding:

2022-25 ESRC, £608,382. The plasticity of the bodily self: how function and age shape the acceptance of virtual bodies. (PI).
2022 British Psychological Society bursary to I Castelow under my supervision.
2022 Durham Doctoral Studentship to E Grimshaw under my supervision.
2020 British Psychological Society bursary to E Grimshaw under my supervision.
2020 Guarantors of Brain, £3000. Workshop grant (CoI).
2017-21 ESRC, £500,131. The development of own-body representation in childhood. (PI).

Research interests

  • Embodied virtual reality
  • Limb differences
  • Sensorimotor development
  • Body representation

Esteem Indicators

  • 2022: External Examiner, Summer School, UCL Centre for Languages and International Education:
  • 2022: External Examiner, Psychology BSc, UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences:
  • 2022: Action Editor: Multisensory Research.:


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