Cristián Modroño

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The mirror neuron system (MNS) is currently one of the most prominent areas of research in neuroscience. Some of the work has focused on the identification of factors that modulate its activity, but until now, no one has tried to identify the effect of motor ability on the MNS regions. The aim of the present work is to study a possible modulation of hand(More)
On average, we urban dwellers spend about 90% of our time indoors, and share the intuition that the physical features of the places we live and work in influence how we feel and act. However, there is surprisingly little research on how architecture impacts behavior, much less on how it influences brain function. To begin closing this gap, we conducted a(More)
INTRODUCTION Humans are more familiar with index - thumb than with any other finger to thumb grasping. The effect of familiarity has been previously tested with complex, specialized and/or transitive movements, but not with simple intransitive ones. The aim of this study is to evaluate brain activity patterns during the observation of simple and(More)
Humans are more familiar with performing (and observing) index—thumb than with any other finger to thumb grasping and the effect of familiarity has not been tested specifically with simple and intransitive actions. The study of simple and intransitive motor actions (i.e. simple actions without need of object interaction) provides the opportunity to(More)
This work explores the mirror neuron system activity produced by the observation of virtual tool manipulations in the absence of a visible effector limb. Functional MRI data was obtained from healthy right-handed participants who manipulated a virtual paddle in the context of a digital game and watched replays of their actions. The results show how action(More)
The mirror neuron system (MNS) is a brain network that has been associated with the understanding of the actions performed by others. The main areas of the brain that are considered as belonging to the MNS are the rostral part of the inferior parietal lobe (IPL) and the inferior frontal gyrus (IFG). Many studies have tried to focus on the relationship(More)
Action update, substituting a prepotent behavior with a new action, allows the organism to counteract surprising environmental demands. However, action update fails when the organism is uncertain about when to release the substituting behavior, when it faces temporal uncertainty. Predictive coding states that accurate perception demands minimization of(More)
Nearly 20 % of patients who suffer a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) still display cognitive impairment even a year after follow-up. Visuospatial and visuoperceptive domains may be impaired in this cognitive impairment and may not have been fully studied in these patients. Furthermore, these cognitively impaired domains have been associated with activity in(More)
This fMRI work studies brain activity of healthy volunteers who manipulated a virtual object in the context of a digital game by applying two different control methods: using their right hand or using their gaze. The results show extended activations in sensorimotor areas, not only when participants played in the traditional way (using their hand) but also(More)
This study utilizes voxel-based morphometry to examine the neural basis of developmental changes in transitive reasoning in parietal regions. Two groups of participants (young adolescents and adults) performed a transitive reasoning task, subsequent to undergoing anatomical MRI brain scans. Behaviorally, adults performed better on the transitive reasoning(More)