Clemens C.C. Bauer, MD PhD

   Clemens Bauer Hoss

   Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

   Massachusetts Institute of Technology

   46-4037D, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

   phone: +1 (617) 324-2175


I am interested in understanding the neural correlates of subjective experience, in particular, the mechanisms underlying the interactions between mind/brain and body. My research is focused in correlating subjective first-person experiences with neuronal activation of different networks (i.e. DMN & CEN) in the brain during controlled and sustained attentional periods, especially during meditation. Additionally, we are using real-time functional magnetic imaging and simultaneous electroencephalography to manipulate the spatiotemporal signature of this particular networks and mind/brain states (i.e. meditation). If possible, this could then be used as a template for efficient neurofeedback protocols in psychopathology. I am also currently involved in a RCT with low SES students in order to elucidate whether school-based mindfulness training significantly improves executive functions and self-control as well as emotional resilience and well being. If mindfulness does improve self-control and emotional well being, this study will help the participating students and serve as a practical model for widespread fostering moral and ethical behavior, as well as self-control in children.

Relevant publications:

1. Clemens C. C. Bauer, José-Luis Díaz, Luis Concha, and Fernando A. Barrios. Subjective somatosensory experiences disclosed by focused attention: cortical-hippocampal-insular and amygdala contributions. PlosOne, August 28, 2014 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104721

2. Stoeckel, L.E., Garrison, K.A., Ghosh, S., Wighton, P., Hanlon, C.A., Gilman, J.M., Greer, S., Turk-Browne, N.B., deBettencourt, M.T., Scheinost, D., Craddock, C., Thompson, T., Calderon, V., Bauer, C.C., George, M., Breiter, H.C., Whitfield-Gabrieli, S., Gabrieli, J.D., LaConte, S.M., Hirshberg, L., Brewer, J.A., Hampson, M., Van Der Kouwe, A., Mackey, S., Evins, A.E., 2014. Optimizing real time fMRI neurofeedback for therapeutic discovery and development. Neuroimage Clin 5, 245–255. doi:10.1016/j.nicl.2014.07.002

3. Clemens C. C. Bauer, José-Luis Díaz, Luis Concha, and Fernando A. Barrios. Sustained Attention to Spontaneous Thumb Sensations Activates Brain Somatosensory and Other Proprioceptive Areas. Brain & Cognition. Vol. 87, May 2014, Pages 86-96.

4. Bauer, C.C.C., Moreno, B., González‐Santos, L., Concha, L., Barquera, S., Barrios, F.A., 2015. Child overweight and obesity are associated with reduced executive cognitive performance and brain alterations: a magnetic resonance imaging study in Mexican children. Pediatric obesity 10, 196–204.

5. Romero-Romo JI, Bauer CCC, Pasaye EH, Gutiérrez RA, Favila R, Barrios FA. Abnormal Functioning of the Thalamocortical System Underlies the ConsciousAwareness of the Phanthom Limb Phenomenon. The Neuroradiology Journal. 2010;23(6):665–70.

6. Schwering A, Bauer C, Dorceva I, Gust H, Krumnack U, Kühnberger KU. The Impact of Gestalt Principles on Solving Geometric Analogies. 2nd International Analogy Conference (ANALOGY 2009). New Bulgarian University Press, Sofia (2009a). pp 404-413.

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