1. Temporal prediction of touch instant during observation of human and robot grasping.

    Brain Research Bulletin 75(6):770 (2008) PMID 18394523

    The aim of the present work was to test the ability to predict the instant at which a grasping hand touches an object. Our hypothesis was that, because of the activation of the mirror-neuron system, the same predictive process necessary for action execution should be active during observation. E...
  2. Language in shadow.

    Social Neuroscience 1(2):77 (2006) PMID 18633777

    The recent finding that Broca's area, the motor center for speech, is activated during action observation lends support to the idea that human language may have evolved from neural substrates already involved in gesture recognition. Although fascinating, this hypothesis can be questioned because...
  3. Corticospinal excitability during painful self-stimulation in humans: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study.

    Neuroscience Letters 361(1-3):250 (2004) PMID 15135940

    We investigated changes in the corticospinal pattern of activity in healthy volunteers during sustained noxious and non-noxious mechanical stimulation of the first hand digit, resulting from active (self-stimulation) or passive (externally-induced) pressing against a sharp or blunted tip. The re...
  4. Corticospinal excitability during painful self-stimulation in humans: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study

    Neuroscience Letters 361(1):250 (2004)

    We investigated changes in the corticospinal pattern of activity in healthy volunteers during sustained noxious and non-noxious mechanical stimulation of the first hand digit, resulting from active (self-stimulation) or passive (externally-induced) pressing against a sharp or blunted tip. T...