Publications

Santa Lucia - Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Sapienza University of Rome

2010

Cereb Cortex. 2010 Dec;20(12):2832-41. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhq033. Epub 2010 Mar 17
Responses to pictures of famous tennis and soccer athletes are slower when the responding effector is a hand or foot, respectively, indicating that visual recognition of individuals characterized by skilled…
Behav Brain Res. 2010 Mar 5;207(2):452-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2009.10.037. Epub 2009 Nov 4

Egocentric and object-based transformations in the laterality judgement of human and animal faces and of non-corporeal objects

Mental rotation of body parts is influenced by specific sensory-motor information, and may be performed using an egocentric (subject-based) or an object-based mental transformation. Neurologically healthy volunteers were asked to…
Exp Brain Res. 2010 Jul;204(3):447-56. doi: 10.1007/s00221-010-2283-6. Epub 2010 May 16

Extrastriate body area underlies aesthetic evaluation of body stimuli

Humans appear to be the only animals to have developed the practice and culture of art. This practice presumably relies on special processing circuits within the human brain associated with…
The issue of the relationship between language and gesture processing and the partial overlap of their neural representations is of fundamental importance to neurology, psychology, and social sciences. Patients suffering…
Eur J Neurosci. 2010 Aug;32(4):677-83. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2010.07305.x. Epub 2010 Jul 9
Reading action-related verbs brings about sensorimotor neural activity, suggesting that the linguistic representation of actions impinges upon neural structures largely overlapping with those involved in actual action execution. While studies…
Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2010 Nov-Dec;24(9):871-5. doi: 10.1177/1545968310368962. Epub 2010 Sep 9

How long is the recovery of global aphasia? Twenty-five years of follow-up in a patient with left hemisphere stroke

BACKGROUND: Current knowledge regarding the time course of aphasia recovery is based on observations limited to the first years after stroke. OBJECTIVE: The authors studied long-term outcome (25 years) of…
Biol Psychol. 2010 Oct;85(2):283-90. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2010.07.015. Epub 2010 Aug 3

Motor imagery beyond the joint limits: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study

The processes and neural bases used for motor imagery are also used for the actual execution of correspondent movements. Humans, however, can imagine movements they cannot perform. Here we explored…
Curr Biol. 2010 Jun 8;20(11):1018-22. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2010.03.071. Epub 2010 May 27

Racial bias reduces empathic sensorimotor resonance with other-race pain

Although social psychology studies suggest that racism often manifests itself as a lack of empathy, i.e., the ability to share and comprehend others' feelings and intentions, evidence for differential empathic…
Exp Brain Res. 2010 Oct;206(2):141-51. doi: 10.1007/s00221-010-2344-x. Epub 2010 Jul 4

Representing actions through their sound

Since the discovery of 'mirror neurons' in the monkey premotor and parietal cortex, an increasing body of evidence in animals and humans alike has supported the notion of the inextricable…
Cereb Cortex. 2010 Nov;20(11):2511-21. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhp292. Epub 2010 Jan 4

Simulating the future of actions in the human corticospinal system

Perception of the final position of a moving object or creature is distorted forward along its actual or implied motion path, thus enabling anticipation of its forthcoming position. In a…
Neuron. 2010 Feb 11;65(3):309-19. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2010.01.026

The spiritual brain: selective cortical lesions modulate human self-transcendence

The predisposition of human beings toward spiritual feeling, thinking, and behaviors is measured by a supposedly stable personality trait called self-transcendence. Although a few neuroimaging studies suggest that neural activation…

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