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Research.

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles published by our group in the last years.

2017
  • Handjaras G, Leo A, Cecchetti L, Papale P, Lenci A, Marotta G, Pietrini P, Ricciardi E. Modality-independent encoding of individual concepts in the left parietal cortex. Neuropsychologia, In Press
2016
  • Cecchetti L, Kupers R, Ptito M, Pietrini P, Ricciardi E. Are Supramodality and Cross-Modal Plasticity the Yin and Yang of Brain Development? From Blindness to Rehabilitation. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 10
  • Bernardi G, Cecchetti L, Siclari F, Buchmann A, Yu X, Handjaras G, Bellesi M, Ricciardi E, Kecskemeti SR, Riedner BA, Alexander AL, Benca RM, Ghilardi MF, Pietrini P, Cirelli C, Tononi G. Sleep reverts changes in human gray and white matter caused by wake- dependent training. Neuroimage, 129:367-377
  • Leo A, Handjaras G, Bianchi M, Marino H, Gabiccini M, Guidi A, Scilingo EP, Pietrini P, Bicchi A, Santello M, Ricciardi E. A synergy-based hand control is encoded in human motor cortical areas. Elife
  • Santello M, Bianchi M, Gabiccini M, Ricciardi E, Salvetti G, Prattichizzo D, Ernst M, Moscatelli A, Joörntel H, Kappers AML, Kyriakopoulosk K, Schaeäfferl AA, Castellini C, Bicchi A. Hand synergies: Integration of robotics and neuroscience for understanding the control of biological and artificial hands. Physics of Life Reviews
  • Handjaras G, Ricciardi E, Leo A, Lenci A, Cecchetti L, Cosottini M, Marotta G, Pietrini P. How concepts are encoded in the human brain: a modality independent, category-based cortical organization of semantic knowledge. Neuroimage, 135:232-242
  • Tomaiuolo F, Cecchetti L, Gibson R, Logi F, Owen A, Malasoma F, Cozza S, Pietrini P, Ricciardi E. Progression from vegetative state (VS) to minimally conscious state (MCS) is associated with changes in brain neural response to passive tasks: A longitudinal single-case fMRI study. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 22:1-11
  • Papale P, Chiesi L, Rampinini A, Pietrini P, Ricciardi E. When neuroscience ‘touches’ architecture: from hapticity to a supramodal functioning of the human brain. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:866
2015
  • Bonino D, Ricciardi E, Bernardi G, Sani L, Gentili C, Vecchi T, Pietrini P. Spatial imagery relies on a sensory independent, though sensory sensitive, functional organization within the parietal cortex: A fMRI study of angle discrimination in sighted and congenitally blind individuals. Neuropsychologia, 68:59-70
  • Cecchetti L, Ricciardi E, Handjaras G, Kupers R, Ptito M, Pietrini P. Congenital blindness affects diencephalic but not mesencephalic structures in the human brain. Brain Structure and Function
  • Bernardi G, SiclariF, Yu X, Zennig C, Bellesi M, Ricciardi E, Cirelli C, Ghilardi M.F, Pietrini P, Tononi G. Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Extended Training during Sleep Deprivation in Humans: Evidence for Local, Task-Specific Effects. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(11): 4487-4500
  • Handjaras G, Bernardi G, Benuzzi F, Nichelli PF, Pietrini P, Ricciardi E. A topographical organization for action representation in the human brain. Human Brain Mapping, 36(10):3832-3844
  • Gentili C, Vanello N, Cristea I, David D, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P. Proneness to social anxiety modulates neural complexity in the absence of exposure: A resting state fMRI study using Hurst exponent. Psychiatry Research, 232(2): 135-144
  • Gaglianese A, Costagli M, Ueno K, Ricciardi E, Bernardi G, Pietrini P, Cheng K. The direct, not V1-mediated, functional influence between the thalamus and middle temporal complex in the human brain is modulated by the speed of visual motion. Neuroscience, Volume 284, Pages 833-844
  • Gentili C, Cristea IA, Ricciardi E, Costescu C, David D, Pietrini P. Neurobiological correlates of the attitude toward human empathy. Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia, 6(1):70-87
2014
  • Costagli M, Ueno K, Sun P, Gardner JL, Wan X, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P, Tanaka K, Cheng K. Functional Signalers of Changes in Visual Stimuli: Cortical Responses to Increments and Decrements in Motion Coherence. Cerebral Cortex, 24 (1), 110-118
  • Ricciardi E, Bonino D, Pellegrini S, Pietrini P. Mind the blind brain to understand the sighted one! Is there a supramodal cortical functional architecture? Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, 41: 64-77
  • Ricciardi E, Handjaras G, Pietrini P. The blind brain: How (lack of) vision shapes the morphological and functional architecture of the human brain. Experimental Biology and Medicine (Maywood) 239(11): 1414-1420
  • Ricciardi E, Tozzi L, Leo A, Pietrini P. Modality dependent cross-modal functional reorganization following congenital visual deprivation within occipital areas: A meta- analysis of tactile and auditory studies. Multisensory Research, 27(3-4): 247-262
  • Tomaiuolo F, Campana S, Collins L, Fonov V, Ricciardi E, Sartori G, Pietrini P, Kupers R, Ptito M. Volumetric Changes of the Corpus Callosum Reflect Crossmodal Neuroplastic Changes in Congenital Blindness. PLoS ONE, 9(9):e107871
  • Bernardi G, Cecchetti L, Handjaras G, Sani L, Gaglianese A, Ceccarelli R, Franzoni F, Galetta F, Santoro G, Goebel R, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P. It's not all in your car: functional and structural correlates of exceptional driving skills in professional racers. Frontiers of Human Neuroscience, 8:888
2013
  • Ricciardi E, Handjaras G, Bernardi G, Pietrini P, Furey ML. Cholinergic enhancement reduces functional connectivity and BOLD variability in visual extrastriate cortex during selective attention. Neuropharmacology 64: 305-313
  • Ricciardi E, Handjaras G, Bonino D, Vecchi T, Fadiga L, Pietrini P. Beyond Motor Scheme: A Supramodal Distributed Representation in the Action-Observation Network, PLoS ONE 8 (3), art. no. e58632
  • Renzi C, Ricciardi E, Bonino D, Handjaras G, Vecchi T, Pietrini P. The Effects of Visual Control and Distance in Modulating Peripersonal Spatial Representation, PLoS ONE 8 (3), art. no. e59460
  • Handjaras G, Ricciardi E, Szczepanik J, Pietrini P, Furey ML. Cholinergic enhancement differentially modulates neural response to encoding during face identity and face location working memory tasks. Experimental Biology and Medicine (Maywood) 238(9): 999-1008
  • Slimani H, Danti S, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P, Ptito M, Kupers R. Hypersensitivity to pain in congenital blindness. Pain 154(10): 1973-1978
  • Bernardi G, Ricciardi E, Sani L, Gaglianese A, Papasogli A, Ceccarelli R, Franzoni F, Galetta F, Santoro G, Goebel R, Pietrini P. How Skill Expertise Shapes the Brain Functional Architecture: An fMRI Study of Visuo-Spatial and Motor Processing in Professional Racing-Car and Naive Drivers. PLoS ONE 8(10), art. no. e77764
  • Ricciardi E, Rota G, Sani L, Gentili C, Gaglianese A, Guazzelli M, Pietrini P. How the brain heals emotional wounds: the functional neuroanatomy of forgiveness. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7:839
2012
  • Basso D, Pavan A, Ricciardi E, Fagioli S, Vecchi T, Miniussi C, Pietrini P. Touching motion: RTMS on the human middle temporal complex interferes with tactile speed perception. Brain Topography, 25(4): 389-398
  • Leo A, Bernardi G, Handjaras G, Bonino D, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P. Increased BOLD variability in the parietal cortex and enhanced parieto-occipital connectivity during tactile perception in congenitally blind individuals. Neural Plasticity, art. no. 720278
  • Gaglianese A, Costagli M, Bernardi G, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P. Evidence of a direct influence between the thalamus and hMT+ independent of V1 in the human brain as measured by fMRI. NeuroImage, 60(2): 1440-1447
  • Helbig HB, Ernst MO, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P, Thielscher A, Mayer K.M, Schultz J, Noppeney U. The neural mechanisms of reliability weighted integration of shape information from vision and touch. NeuroImage, 60(2): 1063-1072
  • Bambini V, Gentili C, Ricciardi E, Bertinetto PM, Pietrini P. Decomposing metaphor processing at the cognitive and neural level through functional magnetic resonance imaging. Brain Research Bulletin. 86(3-4): 203-216
  • Romagno D, Rota G, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P. Where the brain appreciates the final state of an event: The neural correlates of telicity. Brain and Language 123(1): 68- 74
  • Casarotto S, Ricciardi E, Romani S, Dalli D, Pietrini P. Covert brand recognition engages emotion-specific brain networks. Archives Italiennes de Biologie 150(4): 259-273
2011
  • Gobbini MI, Gentili C, Ricciardi E, Bellucci C, Salvini P, Laschi C, Guazzelli M, Pietrini P. Distinct Neural Systems Involved in Agency and Animacy Detection. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(8): 1911-1920
  • Ricciardi E, Basso D, Sani L, Bonino D, Vecchi T, Pietrini P, Miniussi C. Functional inhibition of the human middle temporal cortex affects non-visual motion perception: a repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation study during tactile speed discrimination. Experimental Biology and Medicine (Maywood), 236(2): 138-144
  • Kupers R, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P, Ptito M. The nature of consciousness in the visually deprived brain. Frontiers in Psychology 2: article no. 19, 2011
  • Ricciardi E, Pietrini P. New light from the dark: what blindness can teach us about brain function. Current Opinion in Neurology, 24(4): 357-363, 2011