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Laura Case, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Division of Intramural Research
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Building 35, Room 1C-915
Bethesda, MD 20892

(301) 435-1720

Laura Case, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in the Pain and Integrative Neuroscience Branch. Laura will conduct research on brain mechanisms of tactile processing, including painful and pleasurable touch. She will also investigate mind-body interactions in sensory perception such as the effects of imagery, visual feedback, expectation, and belief.

Laura earned a B.A. in philosophy and neuroscience from Wellesley College.  She was then awarded a postbaccalaureate fellowship at the NIH Institute of Mental Health, where she worked with Drs. Alex Martin and Greg Wallace to study Autism Spectrum Disorders from a cognitive neuroscience perspective. Laura received her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. Her doctoral research with Dr. V. S. Ramachandran focused on the mirror neuron system, sensory integration, and the neural construction of body perception and body image.