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Rebecca Böhme

Assistant Professor, Docent

Assistant Lecturer. I am interested in how the experience of “self” arises, how brain and body interact to create the “self”, and what happens if self-other-distinction is altered in psychiatric conditions or through experimental interventions.

Feeling yourself and others 

Understanding social communication and interoception by studying affective touch.

We aim to understand how our brain and body contribute to the experience of a “self”. A basic perception of ourselves as entities is that of being and having a body. Phenomenologically these experiences occur often in interaction with others and our surroundings. We use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brain and the spinal cord, functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), behavioral measures and psychophysics to understand how humans differentiate between “self” and “other” – and what happens if this differentiation is altered. We study dysfunctional self-other-differentiation in psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia and in states of altered self-perception that can be evoked pharmacologically or with body illusions.

The Böhme Lab



Michal Pietrzak, Adam Yngve, Paul J. Hamilton, Anna Asratian, Emelie Gauffin, Andreas Löfberg, Sarah Gustavson, Emil Persson, Andrea Johansson Capusan, Lorenzo Leggio, Irene Perini, Gustav Tinghög, Markus Heilig, Rebecca Böhme (2024) Ghrelin decreases sensitivity to negative feedback and increases prediction-error related caudate activity in humans, a randomized controlled trial Neuropsychopharmacology, Vol. 49, p. 1042-1049 Continue to DOI
Adam Enmalm, Rebecca Böhme (2024) Body Perception and Social Touch Preferences in Times of Grief Journal of loss & trauma Continue to DOI


Mattias Savallampi, Anne Maallo, Sumaiya Shaikh, Francis McGlone, Frederique J. Bariguian-Revel, Håkan Olausson, Rebecca Böhme (2023) Social Touch Reduces Pain Perception-An fMRI Study of Cortical Mechanisms Brain Sciences, Vol. 13, Article 393 Continue to DOI
Michal Pietrzak, Adam Yngve, Paul Hamilton, Robin Kämpe, Rebecca Böhme, Anna Asratian, Emelie Gauffin, Andreas Löfberg, Sarah Gustavsson, Emil Persson, Andrea Johansson Capusan, Lorenzo Leggio, Irene Perini, Gustav Tinghög, Markus Heilig (2023) A randomized controlled experimental medicine study of ghrelin in value-based decision making Journal of Clinical Investigation, Vol. 133, Article e168260 Continue to DOI


Andrew Wold, Rebecca Böhme, Magnus Thordstein (2022) Just Breathe: Improving LEP Outcomes through Long Interval Breathing Clinical and Translational Neuroscience, Vol. 6, Article 13 Continue to DOI


About me


  • 2015 PhD at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité Berlin
  • 2010 Master of Science in Neural and Behavioral Sciences, International Max-Planck-Research School, Tübingen
  • 2008 Bachelor of Science in Biology, Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg

Awards and Scholarships

  • 2016 Linköping University Postdoctoral Scholarship
  • 2015 Fazit Foundation Scholarship
  • 2013 For Women in Science Award, German UNESCO-commission & L’Oréal Germany
  • 2013 Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-foundation Scholarship
  • 2011 PhD Scholarship from German Research Foundation