Publications

Santa Lucia - Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Sapienza University of Rome

2014

Cortex. 2014 Jun 16. pii: S0010-9452(14)00188-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2014.05.015. [Epub ahead of print]

Anosognosia for apraxia: Experimental evidence for defective awareness of one's own bucco-facial gestures

Anosognosia is a multifaceted, neuro-psychiatric syndrome characterized by defective awareness of a variety of perceptuo-motor, cognitive or emotional deficits. The syndrome is also characterized by modularity, i.e., deficits of awareness…
Front Neurorobot. 2014 Jun 17;8:20. doi: 10.3389/fnbot.2014.00020. eCollection 2014

Audio-visual feedback improves the BCI performance in the navigational control of a humanoid robot

Advancement in brain computer interfaces (BCI) technology allows people to actively interact in the world through surrogates. Controlling real humanoid robots using BCI as intuitively as we control our body…
Front Behav Neurosci. 2014 Mar 28;8:102. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00102. eCollection 2014

Enfacing others but only if they are nice to you

Experiencing tactile facial stimulation while seeing synchronous stimuli on the face of another individual induces "enfacement," i.e., the subjective illusory experience of ownership of the other's face (explicit measure) and…
Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2014 Mar 12. [Epub ahead of print]

Harm avoiders suppress motor resonance to observed immoral actions

Motor resonance (MR) contingent upon action observation is thought to occur largely automatically. Although recent studies suggest that this process is not completely impervious to top-down modulations, much less is…
Frequency-specific vibratory stimulation of peripheral tendons induces an illusion of limb movement that may be useful for restoring proprioceptive information in people with sensorimotor disability. This potential application may be…
One's own face and gaze are never seen directly but only in a mirror. Yet, these stimuli capture attention more powerfully than others' face and gaze, suggesting the self is…
Eur J Neurosci. 2014 Apr 10. doi: 10.1111/ejn.12582. [Epub ahead of print]

Perceiving monetary loss as due to inequity reduces behavioral and cortical responses to pain

Studies indicate that physical and social pain may share some mechanisms and neural correlates. Nothing is known, however, on whether the neural activity in the nociceptive system, as indexed by…
Front Hum Neurosci. 2014 Sep 18;8:734. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00734. eCollection 2014

Processing of proprioceptive and vestibular body signals and self-transcendence in Ashtanga yoga practitioners

In the rod and frame test (RFT), participants are asked to set a tilted visual linear marker (i.e., a rod), embedded in a square, to the subjective vertical, irrespective of…
Neuropsychologia. 2014 May 9;59C:148-156. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.04.017. [Epub ahead of print]

rTMS-induced virtual lesion of the posterior parietal cortex (PPC) alters the control of reflexive shifts of social attention triggered by pointing hands

In highly social groups like human and non-human primates, gaze and pointing cues are fundamentally important for directing the attention of conspecifics. Although neuroimaging studies indicate that shifts of attention…
PURPOSE: The illusory ownership of a fake hand as part the body follows synchronous tactile stimulation over a visible rubber hand and a covered hand. Whether brain plasticity mechanisms after…
Background: Studies in animals and humans indicate that the interruption of body-brain connections following spinal cord injury (SCI) leads to plastic cerebral reorganization. Objective: To explore whether inducing the Rubber…
Pain. 2014 Apr;155(4):666-73. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2013.11.021. Epub 2013 Dec 6

Seeing facial expressions enhances placebo analgesia

The strength of the placebo effect is influenced by social contexts and individual personality. Although facial expressions provide important contextual cues, no study of their influence on the placebo response…
Virtuosic musical performance requires fine sensorimotor skills and high predictive control of the fast finger movements that produce the intended sounds, and cannot be corrected once the notes have been…
Although universal, lying is generally considered immoral behavior. Most neuroscience studies on lying sanction or instruct deceptive behaviors and thus might fail to acknowledge the significance of lie-related moral conflicts.…
PLoS One. 2014 Nov 11;9(11):e112324. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0112324. eCollection 2014

Thoughts of death modulate psychophysical and cortical responses to threatening stimuli

Existential social psychology studies show that awareness of one's eventual death profoundly influences human cognition and behaviour by inducing defensive reactions against end-of-life related anxiety. Much less is known about…

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