Santa Lucia - Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Sapienza University of Rome


Iperception. 2016 Sep 21;7(5):2041669516669156.

Apparent Biological Motion in First and Third Person Perspective

Apparent biological motion is the perception of plausible movements when two alternating images depicting the initial and final phase of an action are presented at specific stimulus onset asynchronies. Here,…
Autism Res. 2016 Apr;9(4):471-9. doi: 10.1002/aur.1523. Epub 2015 Aug 17.

Autistic traits moderate the impact of reward learning on social behaviour

A deficit in empathy has been suggested to underlie social behavioural atypicalities in autism. A parallel theoretical account proposes that reduced social motivation (i.e., low responsivity to social rewards) can…
Front Psychol. 2016 Nov 3;7:1701. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01701. eCollection 2016

Commentary: Attentional control and the self: The Self Attention Network (SAN)

A commentary on Attentional control and the self: The Self Attention Network (SAN) by Humphreys, G., and Sui, J. (2015). Cogn. Neurosci. 7, 5–17. doi: 10.1080/17588928.2015.1044427
Comment on Prestimulus Theta Oscillations and Connectivity Modulate Pain Perception. [J Neurosci. 2016]
Front Hum Neurosci. 2016 Apr 18. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00152. [Epub ahead of print]

Commentary: Top-down and bottom-up modulation of pain-induced oscillations

A commentary on: Top-down and bottom-up modulation of pain-induced oscillations by Hauck, M., Domnick, C., Lorenz, J., Gerloff, C., and Engel, A. K. (2015). Front. Hum. Neurosci. 9:375. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00375
Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2016 Feb 11. pii: S0149-7634(16)00009-9. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.02.009. [Epub ahead of print]

Dynamic construction of the neural networks underpinning empathy for pain

When people witness or imagine the pain of another person, their nervous system may react as if they were feeling that pain themselves. Early neuroscientific evidence indicates that the firsthand…
Neuroscience. 2016 Jan 14;318:104-113. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2016.01.023. [Epub ahead of print]

Electrocortical signatures of detecting errors in the actions of others: An EEG study in pianists, non-pianist musicians and musically naïve people

Detecting others' action errors plays a critical role in social life. Studies indicate that executing action errors and observing other's errors activate a specific cerebral system specialized for performance monitoring…
Brain monitoring of errors in one's own and other's actions is crucial for a variety of processes, ranging from the fine-tuning of motor skill learning to important social functions, such…
Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2016 Aug 19. doi: 10.3233/RNN-160660. [Epub ahead of print]

Illusion of arm movement evoked by tendon vibration in patients with spinal cord injury

BACKGROUND: Studies in healthy people show that stimulation of muscle spindles through frequency-specific tendon vibration (TV) induces the illusory perception of movement. Following spinal cord injury (SCI), motor and sensory…
Neurol Sci. 2016 Feb 26. doi: 10.1007/s10072-016-2514-0. [Epub ahead of print]

Is prosopagnosia a clinical feature of heterotopia? Evidence from a single case report

IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2016 Dec 23. doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2016.2626391. [Epub ahead of print]

Local and Remote Cooperation with Virtual and Robotic Agents: a P300 BCI Study in Healthy and People Living with Spinal Cord Injury

The development of technological applications that allow people to control and embody external devices within social interaction settings represents a major goal for current and future brain-computer interface (BCI) systems.
Mindfulness-based interventions are increasingly being used as methods to promote psychological well-being of clinical and nonclinical adult populations. Much less is known, however, on the feasibility of these forms of…
Motor imagery (MI) allows one to mentally represent an action without necessarily performing it. Importantly, however, MI is profoundly influenced by the ability to actually execute actions, as demonstrated by…
PLoS One. 2016 Aug 19;11(8):e0160498. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0160498

Not That Heart-Stopping After All: Visuo-Cardiac Synchrony Does Not Boost Self-Face Attribution

Recent experimental evidence and theoretical models suggest that an integration of exteroceptive and interoceptive signals underlies several key aspects of the bodily self. While it has been shown that self-attribution…
Several studies in the literature have shown positive psychophysical effects during or immediately after mindfulness meditation. However, the extent to which such positive effects are maintained in real-life, stressful contexts,…
J Neurophysiol. 2016 Sep 21:jn.00489.2016. doi: 10.1152/jn.00489.2016. [Epub ahead of print]

Seeing Pain and Pleasure on self and others: behavioural and psychophysiological reactivity in Immersive Virtual Reality

Studies have explored behavioural and neural responses to the observation of pain in others. However, much less is known about how taking a physical perspective influences reactivity to the observation…
Peripersonal space (PPS) is the space surrounding us within which we interact with objects. PPS may be modulated by actions (e.g. when using tools) or sense of ownership (e.g. over…
Front Hum Neurosci. 2016 Feb 10. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00039. [Epub ahead of print]

The representation of objects in apraxia: From action execution to error awareness

Apraxia is a well-known syndrome characterized by the sufferer’s inability to perform routine gestures. In an attempt to understand the syndrome better, various different theories have been developed and a…
IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2016 Aug 3. doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2016.2597863. [Epub ahead of print]

The role of audio-visual feedback in a thought-based control of a humanoid robot: a BCI study in healthy and spinal cord injured people

The efficient control of our body and successful interaction with the environment are possible through the integration of multisensory information. Brain-computer interface (BCI) may allow people with sensorimotor disorders to…
Sci Rep. 2016 Oct 13. 6:35174. doi: 10.1038/srep35174

Thermal signatures of voluntary deception in ecological conditions

Deception is a pervasive phenomenon that greatly influences dyadic, groupal and societal interactions. Behavioural, physiological and neural signatures of this phenomenon have imporant implications for theoretical and applied research, but,…

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