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Modulation of human visual cortex by crossmodal spatial attention.
Analysis of effective connectivity between brain areas suggests that touch influences unimodal visual cortex via back-projections from multimodal parietal areas, which provides a neural explanation for crossmodal links in spatial attention.
Representation of Visual Gravitational Motion in the Human Vestibular Cortex
- I. Indovina, Vincenzo Maffei, G. Bosco, M. Zago, E. Macaluso, F. Lacquaniti
- Physics, MedicineScience
- 15 April 2005
It is found that the vestibular network was selectively engaged when acceleration was consistent with natural gravity, demonstrating that predictive mechanisms of physical laws of motion are represented in the human brain.
Multisensory spatial interactions: a window onto functional integration in the human brain
This review focuses on recent neuroimaging data concerning spatial aspects of multisensory integration in the human brain, and indicates not only that multisENSory integration involves anatomical convergence from sensory-specific cortices into mult isensory ('heteromodal') brain areas, but also that multi-sensory spatial interactions can affect even so-called 'unimodal' brain regions.
Spatial and temporal factors during processing of audiovisual speech: a PET study
- E. Macaluso, N. George, R. Dolan, C. Spence, J. Driver
- Computer Science, MedicineNeuroImage
- 1 February 2004
PET during audiovisual speech processing used to study how temporal and spatial factors might jointly affect brain activations yielded increased activity in multisensory association areas, plus in some unimodal visual areas.
Their pain is not our pain: Brain and autonomic correlates of empathic resonance with the pain of same and different race individuals
- R. Azevedo, E. Macaluso, A. Avenanti, Valerio Santangelo, V. Cazzato, S. Aglioti
- Psychology, MedicineHuman brain mapping
- 1 December 2013
These findings highlight the close link between group‐based segregation and empathic processing and demonstrate the relative influence of culturally acquired implicit attitudes and perceived similarity/familiarity with the target in shaping emotional responses to others' physical pain.
A Common Cortical Substrate Activated by Horizontal and Vertical Sound Movement in the Human Brain
- F. Pavani, E. Macaluso, J. Warren, J. Driver, T. Griffiths
- Biology, MedicineCurrent Biology
- 17 September 2002
It is demonstrated that sound movement in vertical and horizontal dimensions engages a common processing network in the human cerebral cortex and is shown that multidimensional spatial properties of sounds are processed at this level.
Deontological and altruistic guilt: Evidence for distinct neurobiological substrates
- B. Basile, F. Mancini, E. Macaluso, C. Caltagirone, R. Frackowiak, M. Bozzali
- Psychology, MedicineHuman brain mapping
- 1 February 2011
It is shown that guilty emotions, compared to anger and sadness, activate specific brain areas and that different neuronal networks are involved in each specific kind of guilt, with the insula selectively responding to deontological guilt stimuli.
Spatial attention and crossmodal interactions between vision and touch
The results suggest that the temporo-parietal junction may be involved in aspects of controlling spatial attention, for both vision and touch, thus suggesting a link between spatial attention and crossmodal integration.
Neural basis of maternal communication and emotional expression processing during infant preverbal stage.
It is found that the mirror neuron system, the insula and amygdala were more active during emotional expressions, that this circuit is engaged to a greater extent when interacting with one's own child, and that it is correlated with maternal reflective function (a measure of empathy).
Supramodal Effects of Covert Spatial Orienting Triggered by Visual or Tactile Events
Results identify a supramodal network for spatial attention and reveal differential activity for inferior circuits involving the temporo-parietal junction and inferior frontal cortex (specific to invalid trials) versus more superior intraparietal-frontal circuits (common to valid and invalid trials).