Publications

Santa Lucia - Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Sapienza University of Rome

2007

Cereb Cortex. 2007 Nov;17(11):2553-61. Epub 2007 Jan 6

Empathy for pain and touch in the human somatosensory cortex

Although feeling pain and touch has long been considered inherently private, recent neuroimaging and neurophysiological studies hint at the social implications of this experience. Here we used somatosensory-evoked potentials (SEPs)…
Mental rotation of body parts is performed through inner simulation of actual movements, and is likely to rely upon cortical and subcortical systems (e.g. motor and premotor areas and basal…
Cortex. 2008 Feb;44(2):109-18. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2006.06.004. Epub 2007 Nov 17

Selective deficit of mental visual imagery with intact primary visual cortex and visual perception

There is a vigorous debate as to whether visual perception and imagery share the same neuronal networks, whether the primary visual cortex is necessarily involved in visual imagery, and whether…
Curr Biol. 2007 Dec 18;17(24):2129-35

Somatic and motor components of action simulation

Seminal studies in monkeys report that the viewing of actions performed by other individuals activates frontal and parietal cortical areas typically involved in action planning and execution. That mirroring actions…
The ability to detect left-sided stimuli (visual or tactile) was studied in visual and tactile extinction (RBD) patients and in healthy (C) subjects. Stimuli were single or double; double stimuli…
Exp Brain Res. 2007 Oct;183(1):1-7. Epub 2007 Jul 21

The influence of hands posture on mental rotation of hands and feet

Behavioural and functional neuroanatomy studies demonstrate that mental rotation of body parts is carried out through a sort of inner motor simulation. Here we examined whether changes of hands posture…
Visual recognition of human bodies is more difficult for upside down than upright presentations. This body inversion effect implies that body perception relies on configural rather than local processing. Although…

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