Giovanni Gentile, PhD


During his time in the Brain, Body and Self lab, Giovanni's research focused on the neural mechanisms underlying the representation of the body and its surrounding (peripersonal) space in the human brain, with a special focus on multisensory integration (how the brain combines information from different sensory modalities, such as vision, touch and proprioception), embodiment (the feeling that our self is physically located in our body) and reference frames for the representation of space and objects. To this end, he employed brain imaging techniques (fMRI, including BOLD-adaptation and multi-voxel analysis) in combination with established behavioral paradigms (rubber hand and full-body illusions).

Sample Publications

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, 23 (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

Guterstam A, Gentile G, & Ehrsson HH. The Invisible Hand Illusion: Multisensory Integration Leads to the Embodiment of a Discrete Volume of Empty Space. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (2013).PDF

Brozzoli C*, Gentile G*, & Ehrsson HH. (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 *Equal Contribution

Petkova, V.I., Björnsdotter M.*, Gentile G.*, Jonsson T., Li T.Q., & Ehrsson H.H. From part to whole-body ownership in the multisensory brain. Current Biology (2011) 21 1-5. PDF *Equal Contribution

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 *Equal Contribution

Gentile G, Petkova V, Ehrsson HH. Integration of visual and tactile signals from the hand in the human brain: An fMRI study. J Neurophysiology (2011) 105(2):910-22. PDF

van der Zwaag W, Gentile G, Gruetter R, Spierer L, Clarke S. Where sound position influences sound object representations: a 7-T fMRI study. Neuroimage 54(3):1803-11, 2011. LINK


Giovanni Gentile, MSc, PhD

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