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BraIn Action SIGNED

A New View on Real Actions: Neural Mechanisms of Visuo-Motor Transformations

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Project "BraIn Action" data sheet

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Organization address
address: VIA CALEPINA 14
city: TRENTO
postcode: 38122

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 168˙277 €
 EC max contribution 168˙277 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-RI
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2018-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO IT (TRENTO) coordinator 168˙277.00


 Project objective

The goal of this project proposal is to investigate the neural mechanisms of motor control in relation to primary visual function in healthy adults. In particular, I will examine the role of primary visual cortex (V1) in action planning and execution by using a combination of neuroimaging, neurostimulation and behavioural techniques. Recent evidence shows an involvement of V1 in action planning when no online vision information is available, suggesting that the role of V1 goes well beyond the processing of visual information. Yet, V1 contribution in the production of movements and its functional connections with sensory motor areas during action planning and execution remains uncertain. I will use cutting-edge combinations of techniques spanning from functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to provide a comprehensive view of the neural circuits involved in planning and performing hand actions, such as grasping or moving an object. I will employ a paradigm in the MRI scanner that involves real actions towards real objects allowing generalization of these findings to everyday life situations. Despite the simplicity of hand actions, patients with disparate disorders that affect brain functions do not have the ability to perform volitional movements. The research in this proposal will develop a more comprehensive understanding of the action network’s function and structure in neurologically intact individuals. Ultimately, this work will aid brain lesion patients suffering from movement disorders and contribute to the development of assistive devices for paralysed patients.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Simona Monaco, Ying Chen, Nicholas Menghi, J Douglas Crawford
Action-specific feature processing in the human visual cortex
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.1101/420760
2018 Jena Velji-Ibrahim, Douglas J Crawford, Luigi Cattaneo, Simona Monaco
Action intention modulates the cortical representation of object features in the early visual cortex
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.1101/480574
2018 Simona Monaco, Giulia Malfatti, Alessandro Zendron, Elisa Pellencin, Luca Turella
Predictive coding of action intentions in dorsal and ventral visual stream is based on visual anticipations, memory-based information and motor preparation
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.1101/480590
2018 Jena Velji-Ibrahim, J. Douglas Crawford, Simona Monaco
Beyond sensory processing: Human neuroimaging shows task-dependent functional connectivity between V1 and somatomotor areas during action planning
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2017 Simona Monaco, Giulia Malfatti, Jody Culham, Luigi Cattaneo, Luca Turella
Decoding real and imagined actions: overlapping but distinct neural representations for planning vs. imagining hand movements
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2018 Simona Monaco, Giulia Malfatti, Laura Pizzato, Luigi Cattaneo, Luca Turella
Decoding action intention from the activity pattern in the Foveal Cortex
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2017 Simona Monaco
The role of the early visual cortex in action
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