Elisa Filevich

Junior Research Group Leader

Junior Group Metacognition of action: behavioural and brain bases

Office: Philippstr. 13 Haus 2 10115 Berlin
Room: 0.24

Phone: +49-30-2093 6313
EMail: elisa.filevich-please remove this text-@bccn-berlin.de


As humans, we use our metacognitive abilities to monitor and report that we have perceived an event generated in the external world. Research on metacognition has mostly focused on perceptual processes because these are the most straightforward to study. 

Beyond purely perceptual processes, we can also accurately report mental states generated internally like the contents of our thoughts, the focus of our attention or our intentions to move. We are interested in metacognition of these non-perceptual processes and in motor control in particular. We ask to what extent we can monitor our motor intentions, preparation and execution. We seek to identify the brain mechanisms underlying this metacognitive ability and ask whether, and to what extent, the principles of perceptual metacognition of externally generated stimuli apply to internally generated processes.

Short Curriculum Vitae

2008 "Licenciatura" (M.A. equivalent) in Biological Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

2008-2012 PhD in Psychology at University College London (United Kingdom)

2012-2015 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Berlin, Germany)

2015-2016 Research Scientist at Leipzig University (Germany)

since January 2017 Volkswagen Foundation Freigeist Fellow and Junior Research Group Leader at the BCCN & Humboldt University Berlin

Selected Publications

Filevich E., Dresler M., Brick T. R., & Kühn S. (2015). Metacognitive Mechanisms Underlying Lucid Dreaming. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35(3), 1082–1088. 

Filevich E., Vanneste P., Brass M., Fias W., Haggard P., & Kühn S. (2013). Brain correlates of subjective freedom of choice. Consciousness and Cognition, 22(4), 1271–1284. 

Filevich E., Kühn S., & Haggard P. (2013). There Is No Free Won’t: Antecedent Brain Activity Predicts Decisions to Inhibit. PLoS ONE, 8(2), e53053

Filevich E., Kühn S., & Haggard P. (2012). Negative motor Phenomena in cortical stimulation: implications for inhibitory control of human action. Cortex, 48(10) 1251-1261

Filevich E., Kühn  S., & Haggard P. (2012). Intentional inhibition in human action: The power of “no.” Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 36(4), 1107–1118.