About

The main goal of the lab is understanding how the human brain builds a representation of the body in space, important for action and perception. To this aim, we will use different techniques from cognitive neuroscience, including psychophysics, fMRI, intracranial EEG recording, neuropsychology and neural network modeling to study the multisensory mechanisms of underlying the representation of Peripersonal Space (PPS).

The My Space project, funded by SNSF under the SNSF Professorship scheme, includes 4 lines of investigation aimed at understanding: 1) how PPS is represented in the human brain (Integrating PPS); 2) how PPS representation is affected, by brain or spinal cord lesions (Disintegrating PPS); 3) how new robotic and virtual reality technologies shape PPS representation (Extending PPS); 4) how PPS mediates higher-level cognitive functions (Cognitive PPS).

Publications

2018

  • Pfeiffer, C., Noel, J. P., Serino, A., & Blanke, O. (2018). Vestibular modulation of peripersonal space boundaries. European Journal of Neuroscience.
  • Noel, J. P., Blanke, O., Magosso, E., & Serino, A. (2018). Neural Adaptation Accounts for the Dynamic Resizing of Peri-Personal Space: Evidence from a Psychophysical-Computational Approach. Journal of neurophysiology.
  • Noel, J. P., Park, H. D., Pasqualini, I., Lissek, H., Wallace, M., Blanke, O., & Serino, A. (2018). Audio-visual sensory deprivation degrades visuo-tactile peri-personal space. Consciousness and Cognition, 61, 61-75.

2017

  • Akselrod, M., Martuzzi, R., Serino, A., Van Der Zwaag, W., Gassert, R., & Blanke, O. (2017). Anatomical and functional properties of the foot and leg representation in areas 3b, 1 and 2 of primary somatosensory cortex in humans: A 7T fMRI study. NeuroImage, 159, 473-487.
  • Serino, A., Akselrod, M., Salomon, R., Martuzzi, R., Blefari, M. L., Canzoneri, E., … & Amoresano, A. (2017). Upper limb cortical maps in amputees with targeted muscle and sensory reinnervation. Brain, 140(11), 2993-3011.
  • Grivaz, P., Blanke, O., & Serino, A. (2017). Common and distinct brain regions processing multisensory bodily signals for peripersonal space and body ownership. Neuroimage, 147, 602-618.
  • Ronchi, R., Heydrich, L., Serino, A., & Blanke, O. (2017). Illusory hand ownership in a patient with personal neglect for the upper limb, but no somatoparaphenia. Journal of neuropsychology.
  • Salomon, R., Noel, J. P., Łukowska, M., Faivre, N., Metzinger, T., Serino, A., & Blanke, O. (2017). Unconscious integration of multisensory bodily inputs in the peripersonal space shapes bodily self-consciousness. Cognition, 166, 174-183.
  • Perez-Marcos, D., Chevalley, O., Schmidlin, T., Garipelli, G., Serino, A., Vuadens, P., … & Millán, J. D. R. (2017). Increasing upper limb training intensity in chronic stroke using embodied virtual reality: a pilot study. Journal of neuroengineering and rehabilitation, 14(1), 119.
  • Pellencin, E., Paladino, M. P., Herbelin, B., & Serino, A. (2017). Social perception of others shapes one’s own multisensory peripersonal space. Cortex.
  • Blefari, M. L., Martuzzi, R., Salomon, R., Bello‐Ruiz, J., Herbelin, B., Serino, A., & Blanke, O. (2017). Bilateral Rolandic operculum processing underlying heartbeat awareness reflects changes in bodily self‐consciousness. European Journal of Neuroscience, 45(10), 1300-1312.
  • Zamariola, G., Cardini, F., Mian, E., Serino, A., & Tsakiris, M. (2017). Can you feel the body that you see? On the relationship between interoceptive accuracy and body image. Body image, 20, 130-136.
  • Noel, J. P., Blanke, O., Serino, A., & Salomon, R. (2017). Interplay between Narrative and Bodily Self in Access to Consciousness: No Difference between Self-and Non-self Attributes. Frontiers in psychology, 8, 72.

2016

  • Canzoneri E, di Pellegrino G, Herbelin B, Blanke O, Serino A. Conceptual processing is referenced to the experienced location of the self, not to the location of the physical body. 2016 154, 182-192.
  • Marchesotti S, Bassolino M, Serino A, Bleuler H, Blanke O. Quantifying the role of motor imagery in brain-machine interfaces. Sci Rep. 2016 7;6:24076.
  • Serino A. Variability in Multisensory Responses Predicts the Self-Space. Trends Cogn Sci. 2016 20(3):169-70.
  • Van Der Stoep, N., Serino, A., Farnè, A., Di Luca, M., Spence, C. Depth: The Forgotten Dimension in Multisensory Research. Multisensory Research. 2016 29(6): 493-524.
  • Serino A. Multisensory mechanisms underlying embodiment: Insights from and for spinal cord injury patients: Comment on “The embodiment of assistive devices-from wheelchair to exoskeleton” by M. Pazzaglia and M. Molinari. Phys Life Rev. 2016 pii: S1571-0645(16)00024-5.
  • Noel JP, Lukowska M, Wallace M, Serino A. Multisensory simultaneity judgment and proximity to the body. J Vis. 2016 16(3):21.
  • Pfeiffer, C., Grivaz, P., Herbelin, B., Serino, A., & Blanke, O. (2016). Visual gravity contributes to subjective first-person perspective. Neuroscience of Consciousness, 2016(1).
  • Herbelin, B., Salomon, R., Serino, A., & Blanke, O. (2016). 5 Neural Mechanisms of Bodily Self-Consciousness and the Experience of Presence in Virtual Reality. Human Computer Confluence, Andrea Gaggioli, Alois Ferscha, Giuseppe Riva, Stephen Dunne, and Isabelle Viaud-Delmon (Eds.), 80-96.
  • Vissani, M., Serino, A., & Magosso, E. (2017). A Neural Network Model of Peripersonal Space Representation Around Different Body Parts. In EMBEC & NBC 2017 (pp. 217-220). Springer, Singapore.
  • Serino, A., Noel, J. P., Mange, R., Canzoneri, E., Pellencin, E., Bello Ruiz, J., … & Herbelin, B. (2017). Peri-personal space: an index of multisensory body-environment interactions in real, virtual, and mixed realities. Frontiers in ICT, 4, 31.
  • Tonelli, A., Campus, C., Serino, A., Brayda, L., & Gori, M. (2016). Echolocation modifies your peripersonal space. Perception, 45(EPFL-CONF-225225), 330-330.

2015.

  • Blanke O, Slater M, Serino A. Behavioral, neural, and computational principles of bodily self-consciousness. Neuron. 2015 88(1), 145-166.
  • Serino A, Noel JP, Galli G, Canzoneri E, Marmaroli P, Lissek H, Blanke O. Body part-centered and full body-centered peripersonal space representations. Sci Rep. 2015 5:18603.
  • Noel JP, Pfeiffer C, Blanke O, Serino A. Peripersonal Space as the space of the Bodily Self. Cognition. 2015;144:49-57.
  • Serino A, Sforza AL, Kanyama N, van Elf M, Kaliuzhna M, Herbelin B,
  • Blanke O. “Tuning of temporo-occipital activity by frontal oscillations during virtual mirror exposure changes self-recognition”. European Journal of Neuroscience. 2015 Jul 28. doi:10.1111/ejn.13029.
  • Spitoni GF, Serino A, Antonucci G, Mancini F, Cotugno A, Pizzamiglio Luigi. The two dimensions of the body representation in women suffering from anorexia nervosa. Psychiatry Research 2015 pii: S0165-1781(15)30234-1.
  • Serino A, Canzoneri E*, Marzolla M*, Di Pellegrino G, Magosso E. Extending peripersonal space representation without tool-use: evidence from a combined behavioural-computational approach. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 9. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00004.
  • Martuzzi R, van der Zwaag W, Dieguez S, Serino A, Gruetter R, Blanke O. Distinct contributions of Brodmann areas 3b, 1, and 2 to body ownership. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2015 Mar 25. pii: nsv031.
  • Ladavas E, Giulietti S, Bertini C, Lorenzini E, Quinquinio C, Serino A. “a- tDCS on the ipsilesional parietal cortex boosts the effects of prism adaptation treatment in neglect”, Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience. 2015 Apr 8
  • Galli G, Noel JP*, Canzoneri E*, Blanke O, Serino A. The wheelchair as a full-body tool extending the peripersonal space. In press. Frontiers in Psychology.

2014.

  • Finisguerra A, Canzoneri E*, Serino A, Pozzo T, Bassolino B*. Moving sounds within the peripersonal space modulate the motor system. Neuropsychologia. 2014 Oct 2. pii: S0028-3932(14)00348-0.
  • Maister L, Cardini F*, Serino A, Tsakiris M. Your Place or Mine: Shared Sensory Experiences Elicit a Remapping of Peripersonal Space., Neuropsychologia. 2014. Oct 28. pii: S0028-3932(14)00387-X.
  • Bassolino B*, Finisguerra A, Canzoneri E*, Serino A, Pozzo T. Dissociating effect of upper limb non-use and overuse on space and body representations. Neuropsychologia. 2014 Nov 25. pii: S0028-3932(14)00448- 5.
  • Blanke O, Pozeg P, Hara M, Heydrich L, Serino A, Yamamoto A, Higuchi T, Salomon R, Seeck M, Landis T, Arzy S, Herbelin B, Bleuler H, Rognini G. Neurological and robot-controlled induction of an apparition. Current Biology, Curr Biol. 2014 ;24(22):2681-6.
  • Noel JP*, Grivaz P, Marmaroli P, Lissek H, Blanke O, Serino A. Full body action remapping of peripersonal space: The case of walking. Neuropsychologia. 2014 Sep 3. pii: S0028-3932(14)00293-0.
  • Serino A, Cecere R, Dundon N, Castaneda Sanchez C, Làdavas E. When apperceptive agnosia is explained by a deficit of primary visual processing.
    Cortex. Cortex. 2014 Mar;52:12-27.
  • Noel JP*, Giovagnoli G*, Costa M, Serino A. I Feel What You Feel if I Like
    You: The Effect of Attractiveness on Visual Remapping of Touch. Multisensory Research. In press
  • Cazzato V, Mian E, Serino A, Mele S, Urgesi. Distinct contributions of extrastriate body area and temporoparietal junction in perceiving one’s own and others’ body. Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience. 2014 Jul 22.
  • Serino A, Heydrich L, Kurian M, Spinelli L, Seeck M, Blanke O. Auditory verbal hallucinations of epileptic origin. Epilepsy and Behaviour. 2014. 31:181-6.
  • Pfeiffer C, Serino A, Blanke O. The vestibular system: a spatial reference for bodily self-consciousness. Front Integr Neurosci. 2014 Apr 17;8:31.

2013.

  • Serino A, Alsmith A, Costantini M, Mandrigin A, Tajadura-Jimenez A, Lopez
    C. Bodily ownership and self-location: components of bodily self-consciousness, Consciousness and Cognition. 2013. 22(4):1239-52.
  • Canzoneri E*, Amoresano A, Marzolla M, Verni G, Serino A. Amputation and prosthesis implantation shape body and peripersonal space representations.
    Scientific reports, 2013. 3:2844.
  • Fini C*. Cardini F*., Tajadura-Jemenez A. Serino A, Tsakiris M. Embodying
    outgroup others: implicit bias modulates the effects of interpersonal multisensory stimulation in changing self-face representations. Fontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience. 2013 Nov 18;7:165.
  • Cardini F*, Tajadura-Jemenez A, Serino A, Tsakiris M. It feels like it’s me: interpersonal multisensory stimulation enhances visual remapping of touch from the other to the self. Journal of Experimental Psycholology – Human Perception and Performance, 2013; 39(3):630-7
  • Teneggi C, Canzoneri E*, di Pellegrino G, Serino A. The space between us: social modulation of Peripersonal space boundaries. Current Biology, 2013. 23(5):406-11
  • Canzoneri E*, Ubaldi S*, Rastelli V, Finisguerra A, Bassolino M*, Serino A. Tool-use reshapes the boundaries of body and peripersonal space representations. Exp Brain Res. 2013 l;228(1):25-42.
  • Cimmino RL, Spitoni G, Serino A, Antonucci G, Catagni M, Camagni M, Haggard P, Pizzamiglio L. Plasticity of body representations after surgical arm elongation in an achondroplasic patient. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience. 2013;31(3):287-98.

2012.

  • 34.Canzoneri E*, Magosso E, Serino A. Dynamic sounds capture the boundaries of peripersonal space representation. PLoS ONE, 2012;7(9):e44306.
  • 35.Longo M. Serino A. Tool use induces complex and flexible plasticity of human body representations. A commentary to: Vaesen K., The cognitive bases of human tool use. Behavioral Brain Science, 2012;35(4):229-30.
  • Cardini F*, Bertini C, Serino A, Làdavas E. Emotional modulation of Visual Remapping of Touch, Emotion, 2012; 12(5):980-7
  • Avenanti A, Anella, L, Serino A. Suppression of ventral premotor cortex disrupts motor coding of peripersonal space”. Neuroimage, 2012;63(1):281-8. (IF=6.82).

2011.

  • Serino A, Canzoneri E*, Avenanti A. Fronto-parietal areas necessary for a multisensory representation of peripersonal space in humans: an rTMS study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 2011, 23(10):2956-67.
  • Zoccolotti P, Cantagallo A, De Luca M, Guariglia C, Serino A, Trojano L. Selective and integrated rehabilitation programs for disturbances of visual/spatial attention and executive function after brain damage: a neuropsychological evidence-based review. European Journal of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine, 2011. 47(1):123-47.
  • Làdavas E, Bonifazi S, Catena L, Serino A. Neglect rehabilitation by prism adaptation: Different procedures have different impacts. Neuropsychologia , 2011. 49(5):1136-45.
  • Cardini F*, Costantini M, Galati G, Romani GL, Làdavas E, Serino A. Viewing one’s own face being touched modulates tactile perception: an fMRI study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 2011. 23(3):503-13.

2010

  • Tessari A, Tsakiris M, Borghi AM, Serino A. The sense of body: A multidisciplinary approach to body representation. Neuropsychologia. 2010. 48(3):643-4.
  • Bassolino M*, Serino A, Ubaldi S, Làdavas E. Everyday use of the computer mouse extends peripersonal space representation. Neuropsychologia. 2010. 48(3):803-11.
  • Magosso E, Serino A, di Pellegrino G, Ursino M. Crossmodal links between vision and touch in spatial attention: a computational modelling study. Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience. 2010:304941.
  • Magosso E, Ursino M, di Pellegrino G, Làdavas E, Serino A. Neural bases of peri-hand space plasticity through tool-use: Insights from a combined computational-experimental approach. Neuropsychologia. 2010. 48(3):812-30.
  • Magosso E, Zavaglia M, Serino A, di Pellegrino G, Ursino M. Visuotactile representation of peripersonal space: a neural network study. Neural Computation, 2010. 22(1):190-243.
  • Serino A, Haggard P. Touch and the Body. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 2010. 34(2):224-36.
  • 2009
  • Serino A, Annella L, Avenanti A. Motor properties of peripersonalspace in humans. PLoS ONE. 2009. 11;4(8):e6582.
  • Serino A, De Filippo L*, Casavecchia C*, Coccia M, Shiffrar M, Làdavas E. Lesions to the Motor System Affect Action Perception. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 2009. 22(3):413-26.
  • Serino A, Giovagnoli G*, Làdavas E. I feel what you feel if you are similar to me. PLoS ONE, 2009;4(3):e4930.
  • Serino A, Barbiani M, Rinaldesi ML, Làdavas E. Effectiveness of Prism Adaptation in Neglect Rehabilitation. A Controlled Trial Study. Stroke. 2009. 40(4):1392-8.
  • Serino A, Padiglioni S, Haggard P, Làdavas E. Seeing the hand boosts feeling on the cheek. Cortex, 2009. 45(5):602-9.
  • Ursino M, Cuppini C, Magosso E, Serino A, di Pellegrino G. Multisensory integration in the superior colliculus: a neural network model. Journal of Computational Neuroscience. 2009;26(1):55-73.

2008

  • Ladavas E, Serino A. Action-dependent plasticity in peripersonal space representations. Cognitive Neuropsychology. 2008. 25(7):1099-113.
  • Magosso E, Cuppini C, Serino A,, Di Pellegrino G, Ursino M. A theoretical study of multisensory integration in the superior colliculus by a neural network model. Neural Networks. 2008. 21(6):817-29.
  • Serino A, Giovagnoli G*, de Vignemont F, Haggard P. Spatial organisation in passive tactile perception: is there a tactile field? Acta Psychologica. 2008. 128(2):355-60.
  • Serino A, Pizzoferrato F*, Làdavas E. Viewing a face (especially one’s own face) being touched enhances tactile perception on the face. Psychological Science. 2008. 19(5):434-8.

2007

  • Serino A, Bonifazi S, Pierfederici L, Làdavas E. Neglect treatment by prism adaptation: what recovers and for how long. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 2007. 17(6):657-87.
  • Serino A, Bassolino M*, Farnè A, Làdavas E. Extended multisensory space in blind cane users. Psychological Science. 2007. 18(7):642-8.
  • Farnè A, Serino A4, Làdavas E,. Dynamic size-change of peri-hand space following tool-use: determinants and spatial characteristics revealed through cross-modal extinction. Cortex. 2007. 43(3):436-43.
  • Haggard P, Christakou A, Serino A. Viewing the body modulates tactile receptive fields. Experimental Brain Research. 2007. 180(1):187-93.
  • Serino A, Ciaramelli E, Santantonio AD, Malagù S, Servadei F, Làdavas E. A pilot study for rehabilitation of central executive deficits after traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury. 2007. 21(1):11-9.
  • Serino A, Farnè A, Rinaldesi ML, Haggard P, Làdavas E. Can vision of the body ameliorate impaired somatosensory function? Neuropsychologia (. 2007. 45(5):1101-7.