Giovanni Berlucchi

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Recent studies have begun to unravel the brain mechanisms that underlie the mental representation of the body. Imitation of movements by neonates suggests an implicit knowledge of the body structure that antedates the adult body schema. This can include inanimate objects that bear systematic relations to the body, as shown by the elimination from self(More)
By using a simple reaction time (RT) paradigm we have investigated the spatial distribution of the benefits and costs of voluntarily directed attention and of the inhibitory after-effects of covert orienting. In the first experiment subjects deliberately allocated attention to each one of five stimulus positions disposed along the horizontal meridian, while(More)
In cats with midsagittal section of the optic chiasm, some visual cortex neurons can be driven not only by the ipsilateral eye, through the direct geniculocortical pathways, but also by the contralateral eye, through the opposite visual cortex and corpus callosum. The receptive fields and the response characteristics observed upon stimulation of the(More)
It is known that reaction time (RT) for the detection of a light target at extrafoveal locations is lengthened by a previous non-informative light cue at the same location. We describe an additional inhibitory effect from cues remote from the target but occurring within the same lateral or altitudinal visual hemifield. Subjects made a speeded key-press(More)
Normally, simple digital or manual responses to a light stimulus in the right or left visual hemifields are performed faster with uncrossed hand-field combinations than with crossed hand-field combinations. Because of the organization of visual and motor pathways, the integration of uncrossed responses is assumed to occur within a single hemisphere, whereas(More)
In recent years much work has been devoted to the study of a behavioural phenomenon in visual reaction time, called inhibition of return (IOR), which has been linked to the orienting of visuo-spatial attention. Specifically, the term refers to an automatic inhibition of the return of attention to recently explored locations. The present paper is aimed at(More)
Functional magnetic resonance imaging indicates that observation of the human body induces a selective activation of a lateral occipitotemporal cortical area called extrastriate body area (EBA). This area is responsive to static and moving images of the human body and parts of it, but it is insensitive to faces and stimulus categories unrelated to the human(More)
Lateralized, non-informative visual cues lengthen reaction time (RT) to successive targets flashed in the same hemified. Early ipsilateral RT facilitation is limited to the co-occurrence of cues and targets. Inhibition from visual cues has sensory components which do not depend on orienting, as well as attentional components which are limited to one side of(More)
The detection of sounds that come from a region of space recently exposed to acoustic stimulation is often slower than the detection of sounds coming from regions of space previously unexposed to acoustic stimulation. The relative increase in reaction time (RT) to targets in recently stimulated locations is generally termed “inhibition of return” (IOR).(More)
Corporeal awareness is a difficult concept which refers to perception, knowledge and evaluation of one’s own body as well as of other bodies. We discuss here some controversies regarding the significance of the concepts of body schema and body image, as variously entertained by different authors, for the understanding of corporeal awareness, and consider(More)