Cristián Modroño

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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)
BACKGROUND Brain mapping is considered an important approach in neurosurgery to achieve better functional outcomes. The mirror neuron system (MNS) is a brain network implicated in understanding of action and imitation. No previous study has focused on identifying and monitoring the function of the MNS during the perioperative period in brain lesions. The(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)
The ability to understand competitive games is closely connected to the mirror neuron system (MNS). This network is activated not only when an action is performed, but also when it is observed. Apart from allowing the understanding of actions performed by others, the MNS has been implicated in predicting subsequent actions. However, the results concerning(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)
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)
BACKGROUND A great deal of research has focused on demonstrating the existence of mirror neurons in humans and the factors that modulate their activity after their discovery in macaques approximately two decades ago. OBJECTIVES With this in mind, the parieto-frontal mirror neuron system (MNS) has been described as a brain network that is activated when(More)
It is sometimes necessary during functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiments to capture different movements made by the subjects, e.g. to enable them to control an item or to analyze its kinematics. The aim of this work is to present an inexpensive hand tracking system suitable for use in a high field MRI environment. It works by introducing(More)
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