Publications

Santa Lucia - Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Sapienza University of Rome

2015

Mirror Touch Synesthetes (MTSs) feel touch while they observe others being touched. According to the authors, two complementary theoretical frameworks, the Threshold Theory and the Self-Other Theory, explain Mirror Touch…
When we look at our hands we are immediately aware that they belong to us and we rarely doubt about the integrity, continuity and sense of ownership of our bodies.…
Successful motor interactions require agents to anticipate what a partner is doing in order to predictively adjust their own movements. Although the neural underpinnings of the ability to predict others'…
Gaze-following is a pivotal social behaviour that, although largely automatic, is permeable to high-order variables like political affiliation. A few years ago we reported that the gaze of Italian right-wing…
Categorizing an individual as a friend or foe plays a pivotal role in navigating the social world. According to the Stereotype Content Model, social perception relies on two fundamental dimensions,…
PLoS One. 2015 Apr 8;10(4):e0120900. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120900. eCollection 2015.

Is that me or my twin? Lack of self-face recognition advantage in identical twins

Despite the increasing interest in twin studies and the stunning amount of research on face recognition, the ability of adult identical twins to discriminate their own faces from those of…
Exp Brain Res. 2015 Apr;233(4):1247-59. doi: 10.1007/s00221-015-4202-3. Epub 2015 Jan 25.

Mere observation of body discontinuity affects perceived ownership and vicarious agency over a virtual hand

The mental representation of one's body typically implies the continuity of its parts. Here, we used immersive virtual reality to explore whether mere observation of visual discontinuity between the hand…
Neuroimage. 2015 Jul 15. pii: S1053-8119(15)00636-9. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.07.025. [Epub ahead of print]

Mortality salience modulates cortical responses to painful somatosensory stimulation: Evidence from slow wave and delta band activity

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 the impact…
During social interactions people automatically apply stereotypes in order to rapidly categorize others. Racial differences are among the most powerful cues that drive these categorizations and modulate our emotional and…
Neuropsychologia. 2015 Jun 24. pii: S0028-3932(15)30075-0. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.06.029. [Epub ahead of print]

Re-establishing the disrupted sensorimotor loop in deafferented and deefferented people: The case of spinal cord injuries

Acting efficiently in the world depends on the activity of motor and somatosensory systems, the integration of which is necessary for the proper functioning of the sensorimotor loop (SL). Profound…
J Pain. 2015 Feb 24. pii: S1526-5900(15)00534-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2015.02.003. [Epub ahead of print]

Seeing one's own painful hand positioned in the contralateral space reduces subjective reports of pain and modulates laser evoked potentials

Studies report that viewing the body or keeping one's arms crossed while receiving painful stimuli may have an analgesic effect. Interestingly, changes in ratings of pain are accompanied by a…
Front Psychol. 2015 Jul 30;6:1034. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01034. eCollection 2015

Social cues to joint actions: the role of shared goals

In daily life, we do not just move independently from how others move. Rather, the way we move conveys information about our cognitive and affective attitudes toward our conspecifics. However,…
Exp Brain Res. 2015 May 15. [Epub ahead of print]

Subliminal perception of others' physical pain and pleasure

Studies indicate that explicit and implicit processing of affectively charged stimuli may be reflected in specific behavioral markers and physiological signatures. This study investigated whether the pleasantness ratings of a…
Emotions have a profound influence on aesthetic experiences. Studies using affective priming procedures demonstrate, for example, that inducing a conscious negative emotional state biases the perception of abstract stimuli towards…
Observing someone rapidly moving their eyes induces reflexive shifts of overt and covert attention in the onlooker. Previous studies have shown that this process can be modulated by the onlooker's…
The posterior Superior Temporal Suclus (pSTS) represents a central hub in the complex cerebral network for person perception and emotion recognition as also suggested by its heavy connections with face-…

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