Claudio Brozzoli, PhD
(Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow)
When we grab a cup of coffee on our desk, our brain needs to know where the cup is located with respect to our hand. How does the brain get to localize the body-parts in space and the targets of our actions with respect to the body?
During his postdoc in the lab (2009-2013), Claudio investigated the representation of the space around the body, called Peripersonal Space, based on the integration of input coming from different sensory modalities (touch, vision and audition).
In particular, Claudio studied the role of peripersonal space in the interactions between the body and the objects and its relationship with the feeling of body ownership, through functional neuroimaging (fMRI)
and brain stimulation (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, TMS).
Brozzoli C., Ehrsson H. H., Farné A. Multisensory representation of the space near the hand: from perception to action and interindividual interactions. Neuroscientist. (2014) Apr;20(2):122-35.PDF
Brozzoli C., Gentile G., Bergouignan L., & Ehrsson, H.H. (2013) A Shared Representation of the Space Near Oneself and Others in the Human Premotor Cortex. Current Biology (e-pub. ahead of print). PDF
Gentile G., Guterstam A., Brozzoli C., & Ehrsson H.H. Disintegration of Multisensory Signals from the Real Hand Reduces Default Limb Self-Attribution: An fMRI Study. The Journal of Neuroscience (2013) 33(33) 13350-13366. PDF
Brozzoli C., Gentile G., Ehrsson H.H. (2012) That's near my hand! Parietal and premotor coding of hand-centered space contributes to localization and self-attribution of the hand. J. Neurosci. 32(42):14573-14582. PDF Supplementary materials here
Brozzoli C. & Gentile G., Petkova V.I. and Ehrsson H.H. fMRI-adaptation reveals a cortical mechanism for the coding of space near the hand. J. Neurosci. (2011) 31(24) 9023-9031. PDF
Brozzoli C., Cardinali L, Pavani F, Farnè A. Action-specific remapping of peripersonal space. Neuropsychologia. 2010, 48(3):796-802.LINK
Brozzoli C., Pavani F, Urquizar C, Cardinali L, Farnè A. Grasping actions remap peripersonal space. Neuroreport. 2009, 20(10):913-7.LINK
Makin TR, Holmes NP, Brozzoli C, Rossetti Y, Farnè A. Coding of visual space during motor preparation: Approaching objects rapidly modulate corticospinal excitability in hand-centered coordinates. J Neurosci. 2009, 29(38):11841-51.LINK
Claudio Brozzoli, PhD
Department of Neuroscience
Retzius väg 8, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
email: claudio.brozzoli @ ki.se
office phone: (+46) 8 524 87 984