1. Bottom-up and top-down visuomotor responses to action observation.

    Cerebral Cortex 25(4):1032 (2015) PMID 24132640

    Action observation produces automatic "mirror" responses in the observers' motor system. However, in daily life, nonimitative actions are often required to be produced in response to others' acts, generating a conflict between automatic and voluntary responses. First, we used single-pulse transc...
  2. Bottom-up and top-down visuomotor responses to action observation.

    Cerebral Cortex 25(4):1032 (2015) PMID 24132640

    Action observation produces automatic "mirror" responses in the observers' motor system. However, in daily life, nonimitative actions are often required to be produced in response to others' acts, generating a conflict between automatic and voluntary responses. First, we used single-pulse transc...
  3. Motor resonance meets motor performance.

    Neuropsychologia 69:93 (2015) PMID 25619846

    The aim of the present work is to explore which of two different models better explains facilitation/interference effects when participants have to conditionally react to an observed action with a movement. The Dimensional Overlap model assumes two parallel routes, an automatic route and a rule-...
  4. Granularity within the mirror system is not informative on action perception: Comment on "Grasping synergies: A motor-control approach to the mirror neuron mechanism" by D'Ausilio et al.

    Physics of Life Reviews 12:123 (2015) PMID 25637139

  5. Motor resonance meets motor performance

    Neuropsychologia 69:93 (2015)

    The aim of the present work is to explore which of two different models better explains facilitation/interference effects when participants have to conditionally react to an observed action with a movement. The Dimensional Overlap model assumes two parallel routes, an automatic route a...
  6. Haptic working memory for grasping: the role of the parietal operculum.

    Cerebral Cortex 25(2):528 (2015) PMID 24046082

    We investigated how haptic information on object geometry is encoded in the parietal operculum (OP) and is used for guiding object-directed motor acts in humans. We tested the effects of conditioning single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (spTMS) applied to the left OP on corticospinal e...
  7. Haptic working memory for grasping: the role of the parietal operculum.

    Cerebral Cortex 25(2):528 (2015) PMID 24046082

    We investigated how haptic information on object geometry is encoded in the parietal operculum (OP) and is used for guiding object-directed motor acts in humans. We tested the effects of conditioning single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (spTMS) applied to the left OP on corticospinal e...
  8. Haptic working memory for grasping: the role of the parietal operculum.

    Cerebral Cortex 25(2):528 (2015) PMID 24046082

    We investigated how haptic information on object geometry is encoded in the parietal operculum (OP) and is used for guiding object-directed motor acts in humans. We tested the effects of conditioning single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (spTMS) applied to the left OP on corticospinal e...
  9. Cortical mechanisms underlying the organization of goal-directed actions and mirror neuron-based action understanding.

    Physiological Reviews 94(2):655 (2014) PMID 24692357

    Our understanding of the functions of motor system evolved remarkably in the last 20 years. This is the consequence not only of an increase in the amount of data on this system but especially of a paradigm shift in our conceptualization of it. Motor system is not considered anymore just a "produ...
  10. Cortical mechanisms underlying the organization of goal-directed actions and mirror neuron-based action understanding.

    Physiological Reviews 94(2):655 (2014) PMID 24692357

    Our understanding of the functions of motor system evolved remarkably in the last 20 years. This is the consequence not only of an increase in the amount of data on this system but especially of a paradigm shift in our conceptualization of it. Motor system is not considered anymore just a "produ...
  11. The facial motor system.

    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 38:135 (2014) PMID 24239732

    Facial movements support a variety of functions in human behavior. They participate in automatic somatic and visceral motor programs, they are essential in producing communicative displays of affective states and they are also subject to voluntary control. The multiplicity of functions of facial...
  12. The facial motor system

    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 38:135 (2014)

    • The facial motor system is different from the one controlling limb movements. • Facial muscles form anatomically and physiologically heterogeneous sub-groups. ...
  13. The facial motor system

    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 38:135 (2014)

    • The facial motor system is different from the one controlling limb movements. • Facial muscles form anatomically and physiologically heterogeneous sub-groups. ...
  14. The facial motor system

    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 38:135 (2014)

    • The facial motor system is different from the one controlling limb movements. • Facial muscles form anatomically and physiologically heterogeneous sub-groups. ...
  15. The motor system resonates to the distal goal of observed actions: testing the inverse pliers paradigm in an ecological setting.

    Experimental Brain Research 231(1):37 (2013) PMID 23949381

    Does motor mirroring in humans reflect the observed movements or the goal of the observed motor acts? Tools that dissociate the agent/object dynamics from the movements of the body parts used to operate them provide a model for testing resonance to both movements and goals. Here, we describe the...
  16. The motor system resonates to the distal goal of observed actions: testing the inverse pliers paradigm in an ecological setting.

    Experimental Brain Research 231(1):37 (2013) PMID 23949381

    Does motor mirroring in humans reflect the observed movements or the goal of the observed motor acts? Tools that dissociate the agent/object dynamics from the movements of the body parts used to operate them provide a model for testing resonance to both movements and goals. Here, we describe the...
  17. Spatiotemporal dynamics in understanding hand-object interactions.

    PNAS 110(40):15878 (2013) PMID 24043805 PMCID PMC3791766

    It is generally accepted that visual perception results from the activation of a feed-forward hierarchy of areas, leading to increasingly complex representations. Here we present evidence for a fundamental role of backward projections to the occipito-temporal region for understanding conceptual ...
  18. Spatiotemporal dynamics in understanding hand-object interactions.

    PNAS 110(40):15878 (2013) PMID 24043805 PMCID PMC3791766

    It is generally accepted that visual perception results from the activation of a feed-forward hierarchy of areas, leading to increasingly complex representations. Here we present evidence for a fundamental role of backward projections to the occipito-temporal region for understanding conceptual ...
  19. Early and late motor responses to action observation.

    Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 8(6):711 (2013) PMID 22563004 PMCID PMC3739914

    Is a short visuomotor associative training sufficient to reverse the visuomotor tuning of mirror neurons in adult humans? We tested the effects of associative training on corticospinal modulation during action observation in the 100-320 ms interval after action onset. In two separate experiments...
  20. Early and late motor responses to action observation.

    Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 8(6):711 (2013) PMID 22563004 PMCID PMC3739914

    Is a short visuomotor associative training sufficient to reverse the visuomotor tuning of mirror neurons in adult humans? We tested the effects of associative training on corticospinal modulation during action observation in the 100-320 ms interval after action onset. In two separate experiments...