Santa Lucia - Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Sapienza University of Rome


Exp Brain Res. 2010 Jan;200(1):25-35. doi: 10.1007/s00221-009-1970-7. Epub 2009 Aug 19

The body in the brain revisited

Corporeal awareness is a difficult concept which refers to perception, knowledge and evaluation of one's own body as well as of other bodies. We discuss here some controversies regarding the…
Soc Neurosci. 2010;5(2):148-62. doi: 10.1080/17470910903205503. Epub 2009 Oct 7

My face in yours: Visuo-tactile facial stimulation influences sense of identity

Self-face recognition is crucial for sense of identity and self-awareness. Finding self-face recognition disorders mainly in neurological and psychiatric diseases suggests that modifying sense of identity in a simple, rapid…
J Cogn Neurosci. 2009 Jun;21(6):1215-27. doi: 10.1162/jocn.2009.21068

Don't do it! Cortical inhibition and self-attribution during action observation

Numerous studies suggest that both self-generated and observed actions of others activate overlapping neural networks, implying a shared, agent-neutral representation of self and other. Contrary to the shared representation hypothesis,…
Exp Brain Res. 2009 Aug;197(2):143-51. doi: 10.1007/s00221-009-1900-8. Epub 2009 Jun 30

Reflexive social attention is mapped according to effector-specific reference systems

Studies exploring reflexive joint attention report that attention is more powerfully captured by interfering social signals (such as others' gaze or hand orientation) than by non-biological directional cues (such as…
J Neurosci. 2009 Sep 30;29(39):12125-30. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3072-09.2009

Visually induced analgesia: seeing the body reduces pain

Given previous reports of strong interactions between vision and somatic senses, we investigated whether vision of the body modulates pain perception. Participants looked into a mirror aligned with their body…
Hum Brain Mapp. 2009 Oct;30(10):3227-37. doi: 10.1002/hbm.20742

Empathic neural responses to others' pain are modulated by emotional contexts

Recent brain imaging studies indicate that empathy for pain relies upon both the affective and/or the sensorimotor nodes of the pain matrix, and empathic neural responses are modulated by stimulus…
J Neurosci. 2009 Oct 7;29(40):12384-92. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2759-09.2009

Synchronous with your feelings: sensorimotor γ band and empathy for pain

Neuroscience studies on the social sharing of observed or imagined pain focused on whether empathic pain resonance is linked to affective or sensory nodes of the pain matrix. However, empathy,…

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