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Dr Emmanuele Tidoni


Brain Dynamics of Action Monitoring in Higher-Order Motor Control Disorders: The Case of Apraxia (2022)
Journal Article
Spinelli, G., Pezzetta, R., Canzano, L., Tidoni, E., & Aglioti, S. M. (2022). Brain Dynamics of Action Monitoring in Higher-Order Motor Control Disorders: The Case of Apraxia. eNeuro, 9(2), https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0334-20.2021

Limb apraxia (LA) refers to a high-order motor disorder characterized by the inability to reproduce transitive actions on commands or after observation. Studies demonstrate that action observation and action execution activate the same networks in th... Read More about Brain Dynamics of Action Monitoring in Higher-Order Motor Control Disorders: The Case of Apraxia.

Freedom to act enhances the sense of agency, while movement and goal-related prediction errors reduce it (2020)
Journal Article
Villa, R., Tidoni, E., Porciello, G., & Aglioti, S. M. (in press). Freedom to act enhances the sense of agency, while movement and goal-related prediction errors reduce it. Psychological research, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-020-01319-y

The Sense of Agency (SoA) is the experience of controlling one’s movements and their external consequences. Accumulating evidence suggests that freedom to act enhances SoA, while prediction errors are known to reduce it. Here, we investigated if pred... Read More about Freedom to act enhances the sense of agency, while movement and goal-related prediction errors reduce it.

Error, rather than its probability, elicits specific electrocortical signatures: A combined EEG-immersive virtual reality study of action observation (2018)
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Pezzetta, R., Nicolardi, V., Tidoni, E., & Aglioti, S. M. (2018). Error, rather than its probability, elicits specific electrocortical signatures: A combined EEG-immersive virtual reality study of action observation. Journal of Neurophysiology, 120(3), 1107-1118. https://doi.org/10.1152/jn.00130.2018

Detecting errors in one’s own actions, and in the actions of others, is a crucial ability for adaptable and flexible behavior. Studies show that specific EEG signatures underpin the monitoring of observed erroneous actions (error-related negativity,... Read More about Error, rather than its probability, elicits specific electrocortical signatures: A combined EEG-immersive virtual reality study of action observation.

Violation of expectations about movement and goal achievement leads to Sense of Agency reduction (2018)
Journal Article
Villa, R., Tidoni, E., Porciello, G., & Aglioti, S. M. (2018). Violation of expectations about movement and goal achievement leads to Sense of Agency reduction. Experimental Brain Research, 236(7), 2123-2135. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-018-5286-3

The control of one’s own movements and of their impact on the external world generates a feeling of control referred to as Sense of Agency (SoA). SoA is experienced when actions match predictions and is reduced by unpredicted events. The present stud... Read More about Violation of expectations about movement and goal achievement leads to Sense of Agency reduction.

Boosting and decreasing action prediction abilities through excitatory and inhibitory tDCS of inferior frontal cortex (2017)
Journal Article
Avenanti, A., Paracampo, R., Annella, L., Tidoni, E., & Aglioti, S. M. (2018). Boosting and decreasing action prediction abilities through excitatory and inhibitory tDCS of inferior frontal cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 28(4), 1282-1296. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhx041

Influential theories suggest that humans predict others’ upcoming actions by using their own motor system as an internal forward model. However, evidence that the motor system is causally essential for predicting others’ actions is meager. Using tran... Read More about Boosting and decreasing action prediction abilities through excitatory and inhibitory tDCS of inferior frontal cortex.

Primary somatosensory cortex necessary for the perception of weight from other people's action: a continuous theta-burst TMS experiment (2017)
Journal Article
Valchev, N., Tidoni, E., Hamilton, A. F. D. C., Gazzola, V., & Avenanti, A. (2017). Primary somatosensory cortex necessary for the perception of weight from other people's action: a continuous theta-burst TMS experiment. NeuroImage, 152, 195-206. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.02.075

The presence of a network of areas in the parietal and premotor cortices, which are active both during action execution and observation, suggests that we might understand the actions of other people by activating those motor programs for making simil... Read More about Primary somatosensory cortex necessary for the perception of weight from other people's action: a continuous theta-burst TMS experiment.

Local and remote cooperation with virtual and robotic agents:a P300 BCI study in healthy and people living with spinal cord injury (2016)
Journal Article
Tidoni, E., Abu-Alqumsan, M., Leonardis, D., Kapeller, C., Fusco, G., Guger, C., …Aglioti, S. M. (2017). Local and remote cooperation with virtual and robotic agents:a P300 BCI study in healthy and people living with spinal cord injury. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 25(9), 1622-1632. https://doi.org/10.1109/tnsre.2016.2626391

The development of technological applications that allow people to control and embody external devices within social interaction settings represents a major goal for current and future brain-computer interface (BCI) systems. Prior research has sugges... Read More about Local and remote cooperation with virtual and robotic agents:a P300 BCI study in healthy and people living with spinal cord injury.

Sensorimotor network crucial for inferring amusement from smiles (2016)
Journal Article
Paracampo, R., Tidoni, E., Borgomaneri, S., di Pellegrino, G., & Avenanti, A. (2017). Sensorimotor network crucial for inferring amusement from smiles. Cerebral Cortex, 27(11), 5116-5129. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhw294

Understanding whether another's smile reflects authentic amusement is a key challenge in social life, yet, the neural bases of this ability have been largely unexplored. Here, we combined transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with a novel empathic... Read More about Sensorimotor network crucial for inferring amusement from smiles.

Illusion of arm movement evoked by tendon vibration in patients with spinal cord injury (2016)
Journal Article
Fusco, G., Tidoni, E., Barone, N., Pilati, C., & Aglioti, S. M. (2016). Illusion of arm movement evoked by tendon vibration in patients with spinal cord injury. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 34(5), 815-826. https://doi.org/10.3233/rnn-160660

Background: Studies in healthy people show that stimulation of muscle spindles through frequency-specific tendon vibration (TV) induces the illusory perception of movement. Following spinal cord injury (SCI), motor and sensory connections between the... Read More about Illusion of arm movement evoked by tendon vibration in patients with spinal cord injury.

Apparent biological motion in first and third person perspective (2016)
Journal Article
Tidoni, E., Scandola, M., Orvalho, V., & Candidi, M. (2016). Apparent biological motion in first and third person perspective. i-Perception, 7(5), 204166951666915. https://doi.org/10.1177/2041669516669156

Apparent biological motion is the perception of plausible movements when two alternating images depicting the initial and final phase of an action are presented at specific stimulus onset asynchronies. Here, we show lower subjective apparent biologic... Read More about Apparent biological motion in first and third person perspective.