Iñigo R. Arandia

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Personal info

PositionJuan de la Cierva-Formación Research Fellow
Emailirarandia AT gmail DOT com
Phone+34 9430188887
AddressEHU/UPV, Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, Avenida de Tolosa 70, 20080 Donostia – San Sebastián


I enjoy investigating embodied minds in interaction, starting with my own. I’m fascinated by emergent properties and collective phenomena, and after a degree in physics, and a PhD in neuroscience, my current academical work is inspired by the philosophy of individuation proposed by Gilbert Simondon and the enactive approach to life and mind developed by Varela, Thompson, Di Paolo and colleagues. Looking at the dynamic interplay between pre-reflective and reflective activity, and taking into account the myriad of interrelated processes that living bodies enact at multiple scales and domains (organic, sensorimotor, intersubjective), I study placebo and nocebo phenomena, pain, attention, contemplative practices and related topics at the interface between cognitive science, neuroscience, medicine, and philosophy.

Research interests

  • Enactive approaches to life and mind
  • Dimensions of embodiment: organic, sensorimotor, intersubjective
  • Agency: interplay between pre-reflective and reflective activity
  • Placebo and nocebo phenomena
  • Pain
  • Health and pathology
  • Attention
  • Meditation, internal martial arts, and contemplative practices


PhD. in Information and Communication Technologies (Computational Neuroscience), University Pompeu Fabra, 2017

M.Sc in Neuroscience, University of Barcelona, 2013

Licenciate in Physics, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 2011


Juan de la Cierva – Formación Postdoctoral Research Fellow, IAS-Research Group for Life, Mind and Society, Department of Philosophy, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 2020-2022.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ISAAC lab, Aragón Institute of Engineering Research, University of Zaragoza, 2019

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Brain and Cognition and DTIC, University Pompeu Fabra, 2017

Research Assistant, Center for Brain and Cognition and DTIC, University Pompeu Fabra, 2016-2017

Research Assistant, Fundació Sant Joan de Déu and University of Barcelona, 2011-2015


Arandia-Romero, I., Tanabe, S., Drugowitsch, J., Kohn, A., & Moreno-Bote, R. (2016). Multiplicative and additive modulation of neuronal tuning with population activity affects encoded information. Neuron, 89(6), 1305-1316.

Arandia-Romero, I., Nogueira, R., Mochol, G., & Moreno-Bote, R. (2017). What can neuronal populations tell us about cognition?. Current opinion in neurobiology, 46, 48-57.

Aguilera, M., Arandia-Romero, I., & Heras-Escribano, M. (2019, July). Quantifying affordances through information theory. In Artificial Life Conference Proceedings (pp. 32-39). One Rogers Street, Cambridge, MA 02142-1209 USA journals-info@ mit. edu: MIT Press.

Kafashan, M., Jaffe, A. W., Chettih, S. N., Nogueira, R., Arandia-Romero, I., Harvey, C. D., … & Drugowitsch, J. (2021). Scaling of sensory information in large neural populations shows signatures of information-limiting correlations. Nature Communications, 12(1), 1-16.

Arandia, I. R., & Di Paolo, E. A. (2021). Placebo from an Enactive Perspective. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 1884.

Arandia, I. R. and Di Paolo E. A. (2022). Letter to the Editor: Symptom perception, placebo effects, and the Bayesian brain. PAIN (forthcoming). doi:10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002488.