Publications

Santa Lucia - Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Sapienza University of Rome

2017

Cereb Cortex. 2017 Mar 14:1-15. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhx041. [Epub ahead of print]

Boosting and Decreasing Action Prediction Abilities Through Excitatory and Inhibitory tDCS of Inferior Frontal Cortex

Influential theories suggest that humans predict others' upcoming actions by using their own motor system as an internal forward model. However, evidence that the motor system is causally essential for…
A commentary on: Decoding the Charitable Brain: Empathy, Perspective Taking, and Attention Shifts Differentially Predict Altruistic Giving by Tusche, A., Böckler, A., Kanske., P., Trautwein, F.M., and Singer, T. (2016).…
Conscious Cogn. 2017 Mar;49:278-290. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2017.01.010. Epub 2017 Mar 8.

Corporeal illusions in chronic spinal cord injuries

While several studies have investigated corporeal illusions in patients who have suffered from a stroke or undergone an amputation, only anecdotal or single case reports have explored this phenomenon after…
J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Mar;23(3):227-233. doi: 10.1089/acm.2016.0169. Epub 2016 Nov 17.

Interactions Between Body and Social Awareness in Yoga

BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Bodily processes have been intimately linked to social-cognitive and affective functions, such as compassion and empathy. Yet, little is known about how awareness of bodily processes influences social awareness…
Brain Cogn. 2017 Jul;115:21-32. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2017.03.009. Epub 2017 Apr 5.

Painful engrams: Oscillatory correlates of working memory for phasic nociceptive laser stimuli

Research suggests that working memory (WM) is impaired in chronic pain. Yet, information on how potentially noxious stimuli are maintained in memory is limited in patients as well as in…
Br J Psychol. 2017 Mar 9. doi: 10.1111/bjop.12245. [Epub ahead of print]

Perceived warmth and competence of others shape voluntary deceptive behaviour in a morally relevant setting

The temptation to deceive others compares to a moral dilemma: it involves a conflict between the temptation to obtain some benefit and the desire to conform to personal and social…
Neuropsychologia. 2017 May 19. pii: S0028-3932(17)30194-X. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.05.020. [Epub ahead of print]

The bright and the dark sides of motor simulation

While the acquisition of knowledge about the sensory, emotional, and motor states of others has long been thought to derive from abstract inferential operations, recent theories based on neuroscientific and…
To explore the link between Sense of Embodiment (SoE) over a virtual hand and physiological regulation of skin temperature, 24 healthy participants were immersed in virtual reality through a Head…

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