Research laboratories

Action Perception Laboratory
LAP- Laboratory Action Perception PERSON IN CHARGE Paola Cesari TELEPHONE +39 0458425124 FAX +39 0458425131 E-MAIL DEPARTMENT Neurological, Neuropsychological, Morphological and Movement Sciences Activities Human sensory-motor control. Geometry , kinematics and dynamics analysis on human movement considering healthy people and patients with neuro-motor diseases. Visuo-motor imagery and recognition of actions and motor representation and performance in elite athletes and patients. Body representation. Top-down mechanism for motor performance and control. Apparatus - Force platforms (Kistler 9865 1 kHz, AMTI AMTI, BP900900-2K-CTT) - 8 Cameras Motion Capture analysis system (Vicon MX, 500 kHz) - Zerowire Telemetric 16-channel EMG (Aurion ZeroWire) - Treadmill (H/P Cosmos Saturn 300/100r) - Optojump - Photoelectric cells with stop watches - TMS Magstim Rapid Transcranial Magnetic Stimolator. - CED-AS-power e CED- SW Spike 2 and EMG for evoked potential. - Polhemus fastrak Neuronavigator. - System "Eye tracker" ASL Applied Science eye movement analysis, 240 Hz. - SW E-Prime, Psychology Software Tools Staff Prof. Paola Cesari Dr. Mirta Fiorio research assistant Dr. Niek van Ulzen post -doc Yin- Hua Chen PhD student Fabio Pizzolato PhD student Serena Recchia PhD student Alessandra Magalini PhD student Contacts Prof. Paola Cesari tel +39 (0)45 8425124 e-mail: Dr. Mirta Fiorio tel +39 (0)45 8425124 e-mail:
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Perception and Awareness (PandA) Laboratory
Our main interests relate to the study of perception and awareness in healthy subjects and neurological patients.

To achieve this goal we investigate:
·       how, when, and where in the brain the percept is generated,
·       how we can deceive perception by breaking the rules underlying vision,
·       what is the role of attention in awareness,
·       how perceptual awareness changes when the coherent representation of the outer world is lost after a brain damage.
Behavioural, electrophysiology (EEG) and direct brain stimulation (TMS and intraoperative electrocortical mapping) techniques are used. These techniques are applied on healthy subjects and brain-damaged patients with visual field defects or neglect. We measure behavioural responses to different kinds of real stimuli or artificial percepts induced by TMS.

By combining these approaches, we correlate behaviour with changes on the functional maps of the neural activity responsible for visual and spatial awareness.


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