Alessio Avenanti

Associate Professor, University of Bologna
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Alessio Avenanti, PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, is Associate Professor at Department of Psychology, University of Bologna and carries out research at Centre for studies and research in Cognitive Neuroscience. His research interests deal with Social and Cognitive Neuroscience and include empathy for pain, action perception and prediction, multisensory integration and plasticity. These topics are investigated with behavioral and neurophysiological (TMS, tDCS, EEG) and imaging (fMRI) methods in healthy individuals and brain damage patients. He is currently interested in the application of non-invasive brain stimulation to neuropsychology rehabilitation and plasticity.

Selected Publications:

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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