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Positron emission tomography (PET) was used to localize brain regions that are active during the observation of grasping movements. Normal, right-handed subjects were tested under three conditions. In the first, they observed grasping movements of common objects performed by the experimenter. In the second, they reached and grasped the same objects. These(More)
Functional imaging methods show differences in the pattern of cerebral activation associated with the subject's native language (L1) compared with a second language (L2). In a recent PET investigation on bilingualism we showed that auditory processing of stories in L1 (Italian) engages the temporal lobes and temporoparietal cortex more extensively than L2(More)
Brain activity was mapped in normal subjects during passive observation of the movements of an 'alien' hand and while imagining grasping objects with their own hand. None of the tasks required actual movement. Shifting from one mental task to the other greatly changed the pattern of brain activation. During observation of hand movements, activation was(More)
Using positron emission tomography, we mapped brain activity in normal volunteers during the recognition of visual stimuli representing living (animals) and non-living (artefacts) entities. The subjects had to decide whether pairs of visual stimuli were different representations of the same object, or different objects. Animal recognition was associated(More)
The [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose ([18F]FDG) method for measuring brain metabolism has not the wide clinical application that one might expect, partly because of its high cost and the complexity of the quantification procedure, but also because of reporting techniques based on region of interest (ROI) analysis, which are time-consuming and not fully objective. In(More)
Regional cerebral blood flow changes related to the performance of two oculomotor tasks and a central fixation task were compared in ten healthy human subjects. The tasks were: (a) performance of fast-regular saccades; (b) performance of voluntary antisaccades away from a peripheral cue; (c) passive maintenance of central visual fixation in the presence of(More)
Positron emission tomography (PET) was used to identify cortical and subcortical regions involved in the control of reaching to visual targets. Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) was measured in eight healthy subjects using H2(15)O PET during the performance of three different tasks. All tasks required central fixation while a 400-ms target was flashed(More)
It is known that, when both forearms are rotated rhythmically and symmetrically, the dominant hand leads in time by about 25 ms, irrespective of movement speed. Positron emission tomography was used to test the hypothesis that the asynchrony results from a functional hemispheric asymmetry. We found that in normal, adult right-handers portions of the motor(More)
The aim of this work is to assess the accuracy of a surface matching registration (SMR) technique for the correlation of cardiac studies in positron emission tomography (PET). Registration parameters were estimated by matching corresponding body surfaces, extracted from transmission studies, aligned to the PET emission images to be correlated. The accuracy(More)
A procedure for patient repositioning and compensation for misalignment between transmission and emission data in positron emission tomography (PET) heart studies has been developed. Following the transmission scan (TR1), patients are moved from the scanner bed for the administration of the tracer, and repositioned when ready for the emission scan (EM1). A(More)