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Caleb Liang

Caleb Liang

Philosophy
National Taiwan University
Visiting Scholar, 2021-22

Caleb Liang studies the relationship between bodily experience and the self from the interdisciplinary perspective. He is the principal investigator of the NeuroPhilosophy Lab (http://homepage.ntu.edu.tw/~yiliang/neurophilosophy/eng/lab.html), where he investigates various aspects of bodily self-consciousness, including body ownership, self-location, double-body effect, experiential ownership, etc. He recently designed experiments to induce new types of bodily illusions, such as “self-touching illusion” and “four-hand illusion.” In 2021-22, he will be applying VR technologies to the study of bodily self-consciousness. He will investigate three key issues: (1) Can we experience full-body ownership not only from the first-person perspective but also from the third-person perspective in a virtual environment? (2) Is it possible for us to experience ownership of two bodies at different locations in a VR environment? (3) Can we make perspective-shift during the experience of virtual double-body ownership? The goal is to integrate philosophical and VR research to achieve a deeper understanding of bodily experience and self-consciousness.

Liang is professor of philosophy at National Taiwan University. He is also associated with the Institute of Brain and Mind Sciences. He completed his PhD at Indiana University Bloomington in 2001 and was a visiting scholar at Harvard-Yenching Institute. He has published in both philosophical and interdisciplinary journals.  For more information, visit: http://homepage.ntu.edu.tw/~yiliang/neurophilosophy/eng/index.html