This research focuses on the mechanisms underlying sensorimotor, cognitive-motor and emotion-motor integration. The aims are 1) to evaluate the neurophysiological and behavioral responses to protocols consisting in cognitive and peripheral stimulations, alone or combined; 2) to study the neural correlates underlying cognition during motion; 3) to assess the behavioral responses and the cortical activity involved in motor task with emotional characterization. Experiments are performed in healthy subjects and in patients with neurological diseases and involve neurophysiological evaluations (performed with trascranial magnetic stimulation, high-density electroencephalography system and functional near infrared spectroscopy), movement dynamic and kinematic evaluations (through surface electromyography, motion capture system other devices for movement characterization) and behavioral paradigm administered with E-prime
Study of corticomotor responses and behavioral outcomes following action observation and motor imagery alone or combined with electrical and proprioceptive stimulations
Application of multisensory integration paradigms and assessment of electromyographic activity to evaluate the representation of the peripersonal and defensive peripersonal spaces
Study of the neural correlates of complex gait during cognitive-motor dual-task and obstacle crossing in healthy subjects and in patients with Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
Study of the neural correlates and behavioural response involved in emotional processing, recognition and emotion-motor interaction in healthy subjects and in patients with Parkinson’s disease
Scientists: Avanzino L.