Gianluca Macauda

Department of Neuroradiology
University Hospital of Zurich


Welcome! I am a postdoctoral researcher in Neuroscience at the Department of Neuroradiology, University Hospital of Zurich. I am currently involved in a cognitive real time fMRI project. My research interests range from fMRI to bodily self-consciousness, vestibular cognition and the application of computational models to refine underlying cognitive processes.



  • PhD in Psychology (2017), University of Zurich
  • Master of Science in Psychology (2013), University of Zürich, Minor in Computational Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2011), University of Zürich, Minor in Computational Linguistics


  • Postdoctoral researcher (since 2019), Department for Neuroradiology, University of Zürich
  • Postdoctoral researcher (2017-2019), Department of Psychology, University of Bern
  • PhD student (2013-2017), Neuropsychology, Clinic for Neurology, University Hospital Zürich
  • Research assistant (2011-2013), Department for Neuroradiology, University Hospital Zürich



Macauda, G., Moisa, M., Mast, F. W., Ruff, C. C., Michels, L., & Lenggenhager, B. (2019). Shared neural mechanisms between imagined and perceived egocentric motion – A combined GVS and fMRI study. Cortex.

Macauda, G., Ellis, A. W., Grabherr, L., Di Francesco, R. B., & Mast, F. W. (2019). Canal-otolith interactions alter the perception of self-motion direction. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics.


Macauda, G., Lenggenhager, B., Meier, R., Essick, G., & Brugger, P. (2017). Tactile motion lacks momentum. Psychological Research, 82(5), 889-895.

Macauda, G., Bekrater-Bodmann, R., Brugger, P., & Lenggenhager, B. (2017). When less is more – Implicit preference for incomplete bodies in xenomelia. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 84, 249–255.


Macrea, L., Macauda, G., Bertolini, G., Straumann, D., Brugger, P., Maurer, K., … Lenggenhager, B. (2016). Reducing pain by moving? A commentary on Ferrè et al. 2013. Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior, 78, 167-169

Michels, L., Warnock, G., Buck, A., Macauda, G., Leh, S. E., Kaelin, A. M., … Gietl, A. F. (2016). Arterial spin labeling imaging reveals widespread and Aβ-independent reductions in cerebral blood flow in elderly apolipoprotein epsilon-4 carriers. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism: Official Journal of the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 36(3), 581–595.


Grabherr, L., Macauda, G., & Lenggenhager, B. (2015). The Moving History of Vestibular Stimulation as a Therapeutic Intervention. Multisensory Research, 28(5–6), 653–687.

Macauda, G., Bertolini, G., Palla, A., Straumann, D., Brugger, P., & Lenggenhager, B. (2015). Binding body and self in visuo-vestibular conflicts. The European Journal of Neuroscience, 41(6), 810–817.


Lenggenhager, B., Hilti, L., Palla, A., Macauda, G., & Brugger, P. (2014). Vestibular stimulation does not diminish the desire for amputation. Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior, 54, 210–212.


Dietz, V., Macauda, G., Schrafl-Altermatt, M., Wirz, M., Kloter, E., & Michels, L. (2013). Neural Coupling of Cooperative Hand Movements: A Reflex and fMRI Study. Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y.: 1991).