Publications

Santa Lucia - Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Sapienza University of Rome

2017

Mol Autism. 2017 Jun 9;8:23. doi: 10.1186/s13229-017-0141-0. eCollection 2017

Autistic traits affect interpersonal motor coordination by modulating strategic use of role-based behavior

BACKGROUND: Despite the fact that deficits in social communication and interaction are at the core of Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), no study has yet tested individuals on a continuum from…
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…
Hum Brain Mapp. 2017 Nov;38(11):5562-5576. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23749. Epub 2017 Aug 18

Brain activity induced by implicit processing of others' pain and pleasure

Studies indicate that both explicit and implicit processing of affectively charged stimuli may be reflected in specific behavioural markers and physiological signatures. Here, we investigated whether the pleasantness ratings of…
Prog Brain Res. 2017 Sep 22. doi: 10.1016/bs.pbr.2017.08.006

Catching on it early: Bodily and brain anticipatory mechanisms for excellence in sport

Programming and executing a subsequent move is inherently linked to the ability to anticipate the actions of others when interacting. Such fundamental social ability is particularly important in sport. Here,…
Limb apraxia (LA) is a high-order motor disorder linked to left-hemisphere damage. It is characterized by defective execution of purposeful actions upon delayed imitation, or verbal command when the actions…
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).…
Front Psychol. 2017 Feb 8;8:159. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00159. [Epub ahead of print]

Commentary: Investigating the Effects of Anger and Guilt on Unethical Behaviour: A Dual-Process Approach

A commentary on: Investigating the Effects of Anger and Guilt on Unethical Behaviour: A Dual-Process Approach by Motro, D., Ordóñez, L. D., Pittarello, A., and Welsh, D. T. (2016). J.…
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…
The primary motor cortex (M1) is highly influenced by premotor/motor areas both within and across hemispheres. Dual site transcranial magnetic stimulation (dsTMS) has revealed interhemispheric interactions mainly at early latencies.…
Eur J Neurosci. 2017 Jun 14. doi: 10.1111/ejn.13618. [Epub ahead of print]

Measuring Mimicry: General Corticospinal Facilitation During Observation of Naturalistic Behaviour

Mimicry of others' postures and behaviours forms an implicit yet indispensable component of social interactions. However, whereas numerous behavioural studies have investigated the occurrence of mimicry and its social sensitivity,…
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…
J Neurophysiol. 2017 Dec 20. doi: 10.1152/jn.00825.2017. [Epub ahead of print]

Predictive monitoring of actions, EEG recordings in virtual reality

Error-related Negativity (ERN) is a signal that is associated with error detection. Joch and colleagues (Journal of Neurophysiology 118:486-495, 2017) successfully separated the ERN as a response to online prediction…
Trust towards unrelated individuals is often conditioned by information about previous social interactions that can be derived from either personal or vicarious experience (e.g., reputation). Intergroup stereotypes can be operationalized…
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…
Members of highly social species decode, interpret, and react to the emotion of a conspecific depending on whether the other belongs to the same (ingroup) or different (outgroup) social group.…
Eur J Neurosci. 2017 Nov 27. doi: 10.1111/ejn.13782. [Epub ahead of print]

Theta synchronization over occipito-temporal cortices during visual perception of body parts

Categorical clustering in the visual system is thought to have evolved as a function of intrinsic (intra-areal) and extrinsic (interareal) connectivity and experience. In the visual system, the extrastriate body…
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…
Biol Psychol. 2017 Aug 30;129:121-130. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2017.08.055. [Epub ahead of print]
Previous research suggests that prompting individuals to think on their own mortality affects their perception of painful somatic stimuli and related brain activity. Grounded on the assumption that reminders of…

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