Santa Lucia - Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Sapienza University of Rome


Q J Exp Psychol (Hove). 2013;66(2):209-16. doi: 10.1080/17470218.2012.754909. Epub 2013 Jan 4.

A look into the ballot box: gaze-following conveys information about implicit attitudes toward politicians

Although considered a predominantly automatic social behaviour, gaze following (GF) is sensitive to complex social factors like political affiliation and ideology. The present study aimed to determine whether the differential…
Brain Stimul. 2013 Nov;6(6):952-8. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2013.05.010. Epub 2013 Jun 26
BACKGROUND: Behavioral and neurophysiological studies indicate that the semantic derivation of the motor skills of a given model (e.g., famous tennis or soccer athlete) modulates the reactivity of arm and…
Cortex. 2013 Feb;49(2):446-62. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2012.02.005. Epub 2012 Feb 22

Hypnotic modulation of pain perception and of brain activity triggered by nociceptive laser stimuli

INTRODUCTION: Neuroimaging studies indicate that hypnotic suggestions of increased and decreased pain intensity and unpleasantness may modulate somatosensory and cingulate cortex activity, respectively. METHODS: Using a within subject design and…
Cereb Cortex. 2014 Jul;24(7):1867-78. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bht037. Epub 2013 Feb 25

Illusory and veridical mapping of tactile objects in the primary somatosensory and posterior parietal cortex

While several behavioral and neuroscience studies have explored visual, auditory, and cross-modal illusions, information about the phenomenology and neural correlates of somatosensory illusions is meager. By combining psychophysics and somatosensory…
Front Hum Neurosci. 2013 Nov 26;7:783. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00783. eCollection 2013

Impaired mental rotation in benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and acute vestibular neuritis

Vestibular processing is fundamental to our sense of orientation in space which is a core aspect of the representation of the self. Vestibular information is processed in a large subcortical-cortical…
Exp Brain Res. 2013 May;226(4):473-86. doi: 10.1007/s00221-013-3459-7. Epub 2013 Mar 17

Kinematics fingerprints of leader and follower role-taking during cooperative joint actions

Performing online complementary motor adjustments is quintessential to joint actions since it allows interacting people to coordinate efficiently and achieve a common goal. We sought to determine whether, during dyadic…
Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 2013 Jul 26. [Epub ahead of print]

Susceptibility to the rubber hand illusion does not tell the whole body-awareness story

The rubber hand illusion (RHI) is an enigmatic illusion that creates a feeling of owning an artificial limb. Enthusiasts of this paradigm assert that it operationalizes bodily self-awareness, but there…
Neuroimage. 2014 May 1;91:109-19. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.11.041. Epub 2013 Nov 25

Weighing the stigma of weight: an fMRI study of neural reactivity to the pain of obese individuals

Explicit negative attitudes and blameful beliefs (e.g. poor diet, laziness) towards obese individuals are well documented and are pervasive even among health professionals. Here we sought to determine whether obesity…

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