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Emily Bloesch received her B.S. in Experimental Psychology from Millikin University (2004), her M.A. in Applied Experimental Psychology from Western Kentucky University (2008), and her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Aging and Development from Washington University in St. Louis (2013). After completing a postdoctoral teaching fellowship at Central Michigan University, she joined the department as faculty in Fall 2015.

Aday, J. S., Wood, J. R., Bloesch, E. K., & Davoli, C. C. (2021). Psychedelic drugs and perception: A narrative review of the first era of research. Reviews in the Neurosciences.

Nguyen, V. H. H., Palmer, S. E., Aday, J. S., Davoli, C. C., & Bloesch, E. K. (2020). Meditation alters representations of peripersonal space: Evidence from auditory evoked potentials. Consciousness and Cognition, 83.

Aday, J. S., Bloesch, E. K., & Davoli, C. C. (2019). Can psychedelic drugs attenuate age-related changes in cognition and affect? Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 4, 219-227.

Davoli, C. C., Bloesch, E. K., & Abrams, R. A. (2018). The power of the imagination to affect peripersonal space representationsVisual Cognition, 26(3), 196-206.

Costello, M. C., & Bloesch, E. K. (2017). Are older adults less embodied? A review of age effects through the lens of embodied cognition. Frontiers in Psychology.

Bloesch, E. K., Davoli, C. C., & Abrams, R. A. (2013). Age-related changes in attentional reference frames for peripersonal space. Psychological Science, 24, 557-561.

My research focuses on the bidirectional relationship between our bodies and our brains and the many ways in which they inform one another. While our brains map our understanding of our physical selves, our bodies likewise shape our cognition by providing information about the surrounding environment and the actions we are capable of. I am interested in the many factors that influence both cognitive processes such as attention and perception as well as our representations of our bodies and the surrounding environment. Some of these factors include aging, mental imagery, and altered states of consciousness such as those that are experienced during meditation or substance use. Studies in the lab make use of behavioral paradigms that measure low-level attention and perception, more complex cognitive and motor tasks, and neural measures such as EEG.