Marc Recasens, PhD
Head of Research
Marc is a cognitive neuroscientist with 10+ years of experience in research. Born and raised in Barcelona (Spain), he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Barcelona before becoming a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow at the University of Glasgow (UK), where he developed his research on neural correlates of auditory perception in adolescents at risk for psychosis.
He has worked in the health technology industry for the last 2 years with a focus on virtual reality and digital health innovations for mental health disorders. Marc leads research activities at BehaVR, including conception, design, and coordination of clinical studies.
What do you find most inspiring or powerful about VR?
I find it amazing how VR can hack our brain, make you forget about the real world and generate a feeling of presence, both in a virtual world and in a virtual body. Possibilities are endless!
What do you find most exciting about our industry?
We leverage technological advancements in healthcare to make a real impact. We’re constantly improving and designing new and more effective ways to deliver accessible health interventions. Yesterday it was consumer VR headsets, today is 6-degrees of freedom, and tomorrow may be mixed reality or biofeedback in the palm of your hand!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
As a kid my dad used to tell me “la paciència és la mare de la ciència”, which is Catalan for “Patience is the mother of science”.
What’s a hobby, habit or ritual that puts you at ease or strengthens your mental health?
Rock climbing is my mindful movement real-world activity. It helps me focus on body movements and breathing while enjoying nature!