Luigi Pizzamiglio

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Functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to compare the neural correlates of three different types of spatial coding, which are implicated in crucial cognitive functions of our everyday life, such as visuomotor coordination and orientation in topographical space. By manipulating the requested spatial reference during a task of relative distance(More)
Studies in nonhuman and human primates have demonstrated that sound-producing actions are mapped on the same mirror circuits that are activated during the visual recognition and execution of actions [1-12]. However, no causative link between the auditory recognition and execution of actions has been provided thus far. Here, we sought to determine whether(More)
Human awareness of left space may be disrupted by cerebral lesions to the right hemisphere (hemispatial neglect). Current knowledge on the anatomical bases of this complex syndrome is based on the results of group studies that investigated primarily the best known aspect of the syndrome, which is visual neglect for near extrapersonal (or peripersonal)(More)
The finding of a multisensory representation of actions in a premotor area of the monkey brain suggests that similar multimodal action-matching mechanisms may also be present in humans. Based on the existence of an audiovisual mirror system, we investigated whether sounds referring to actions that can be performed by the perceiver underlie different(More)
The goals of the present study were (1) to determine whether grammatical gender on a noun modifier can prime recognition of the following noun, (2) to determine whether the priming effect involves facilitation, inhibition, or both, and (3) to compare performance across three different tasks that vary in the degree to which explicit attention to gender is(More)
 Spatial orientation is based on coordinates referring to the subject’s body. A fundamental principle is the mid-sagittal plane, which divides the body and space into the left and right sides. Its neural bases were investigated by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Seven normal subjects pressed a button when a vertical bar, moving horizontally,(More)
The spatial location of an object can be represented in the brain with respect to different classes of reference frames, either relative to or independent of the subject's position. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to identify regions of the healthy human brain subserving mainly egocentric or allocentric (object-based) coordinates by asking(More)
Three groups of subjects, normal controls, right brain damaged patients with and without heminattention, were required to bisect a line in presence of a fixed or a moving background. The stimulus moving horizontally toward the left or the right induced an optokinetic nystagmus with a slow phase coherent with the direction of the movement: together with the(More)
Mirror neurons in the monkey's premotor cortex respond during both execution and observation of actions and are thought to be critical for understanding others' actions. Human studies have shown premotor cortex activation while viewing actions, hearing their sounds, listening to or reading action-related sentences, and have compared execution and(More)
When required to set the endpoints of an imaginary horizontal line of a given length on the basis of its midpoint printed on a sheet of paper, left neglect patients most frequently misplaced endpoints leftwards. Though giving rise to the very same disproportion usually found with these patients on canonical line bisection tasks, this behaviour cannot be(More)