Alessio Avenanti

Professore Associato, Università di Bologna
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E' Professore associato presso il Dipartimento di Psicologia dell’Università di Bologna e svolge attività di ricerca presso il Centro studi e ricerche in Neuroscienze Cognitive e altri istituti nazionali e internazionali. I suoi interessi di riguardano le neuroscienze cognitive e sociali. In questo campo si occupa di empatia, percezione di emozioni e azioni, plasticità e integrazione multisensoriale. Questi temi sono studiati mediante metodi comportamentali e neurofisiologici (stimolazione magnetica transcranica, TMS; stimolazione trascranica a corrente continua, tDCS; elettroencefalografia, EEG) e di imaging (risonanza magnetica funzionale, fMRI) in soggetti sani e pazienti neurologici.
Attualmente è interessato all'applicazione di metodi non-invasivi di stimolazione cerebrale (TMS, tDCS) alla riabilitazione neuropsicologica e allo studio della plasticità neurale.

 

Pubblicazioni selezionate:

1. Tidoni E, Borgomaneri S, di Pellegrino G, Avenanti A (2013). Action simulation plays a critical role in deceptive action recognition. The Journal of Neuroscience 33, 611-623.
2. Avenanti A, Annela L, Serino A (2012). Suppression of premotor cortex disrupts motor coding of peripersonal space. Neuroimage 63, 281-288.
3. Borgomaneri S, Gazzola V, Avenanti A (2012). Motor mapping of implied actions during perception of emotional body language. Brain Stimulation 5, 70-76.
4. Avenanti A, Annella L, Candidi M, Urgesi C, Aglioti SM (2012). Compensatory plasticity in the action observation network: virtual lesions of STS enhance anticipatory aimulation of seen actions. Cerebral Cortex 2012 Mar 16. [Epub ahead of print]
5. Avenanti A, Coccia M, Ladavas E, Provinciali L, Ceravolo MG (2012). Low-frequency rTMS promotes use-dependent motor plasticity in chronic stroke: a randomized trial. Neurology 78, 256-264.
6. Avenanti A, Urgesi C (2012). Understanding 'what' others do: mirror mechanisms play a crucial role in action perception. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 6, 257-259.
7. Serino A, Canzoneri E, Avenanti A (2011). Fronto-parietal areas necessary for a multisensory representation of peripersonal space in humans: an rTMS study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 23, 2956-2967.
8. Avenanti A, Sirigu A, Aglioti SM (2010). Racial bias reduces empathic sensorimotor resonance with other-race pain. Current Biology 20, 1018-1022.
9. Urgesi C, Maieron M, Avenanti A, Tidoni E, Fabbro F, Aglioti SM (2010). Simulating the future of actions in the human corticospinal system. Cerebral Cortex 20, 2511-2521.
10. Serino A, Annella L, Avenanti A (2009). Motor properties of peripersonal space in humans. PLoS One 4, e6582.
11.  Avenanti A, Minio-Paluello I, Sforza A, Aglioti SM (2009). Freezing or escaping? Opposite modulations of empathic reactivity to the pain of others. Cortex 45, 1072-1077.
12.  Schütz-Bosbach S, Avenanti A, Aglioti SM, Haggard P (2009). Don’t do it! Cortical inhibition and self-attribution during action observation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 21, 1215-1227.
13.  Minio-Paluello I, Baron-Cohen S, Avenanti A, Walsh V, Aglioti SM (2009). Absence of embodied empathy during pain observation in Asperger Syndrome. Biological Psychiatry 65, 55-62.
14.  Avenanti A, Minio-Paluello I, Bufalari I, Aglioti SM (2009). The pain of a model in the personality of an onlooker: influence of state-reactivity and personality traits on embodied empathy for pain. NeuroImage 44, 275-283.
15.  Fourkas AD, Bonavolontà V, Avenanti A, Aglioti SM (2008). Kinaesthetic imagery and tool-specific modulation of corticospinal representations in expert tennis players. Cerebral Cortex 18, 2382-2390.
16.  Avenanti A, Bolognini N, Maravita A, Aglioti SM (2007). Somatic and motor components of action simulation. Current Biology 17, 2129-2135.
17.  Bufalari I, Aprile T, Avenanti A, Di Russo F, Aglioti SM (2007). Empathy for pain and touch in the human somatosensory cortex. Cerebral Cortex 17, 2553-2561.
18. Avenanti A, Minio-Paluello I, Bufalari I, Aglioti SM (2006). Stimulus-driven modulation of motor-evoked potentials during observation of others' pain. Neuroimage 32, 316-324.
19. Avenanti A, Bueti D, Galati G, Aglioti SM (2005). Transcranial magnetic stimulation highlights the sensorimotor side of empathy for pain. Nature Neuroscience 8, 955-960.

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