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TI:"Motor invariants in action execution and perception"
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DocumentMotor invariants in action execution and perception2023

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020
Location: BF-GMS
2020 Grants
Start date: 2021-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-246
Location: BF-GMS
246 - The hidden rhythm of interpersonal (sub-)movement coordination
Duration: 2021-06 - 2023-06
Alice Tomassini, Alessandro D'Ausilio, Julien Laroche
Institution(s): Center for Translational Neurophysiology of Speech and Communication - CTNSC, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Ferrara (Italy)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Tomassini, A.
Secondary author(s):
D'Ausilio, A., Laroche, J.
Number of reproductions:
Social cognition / Neurobehavioral coordination / Hyperscanning / Intermittent motor control / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-246.05
Location: BF-GMS
Motor invariants in action execution and perception
Publication year: 2023
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
The nervous system is sensitive to statistical regularities of the external world and forms internal models of these regularities to predict environmental dynamics. Given the inherently social nature of human behavior, being capable of building reliable predictive models of others' actions may be essential for successful interaction. While social prediction might seem to be a daunting task, the study of human motor control has accumulated ample evidence that our movements follow a series of kinematic invariants, which can be used by observers to reduce their uncertainty during social exchanges. Here, we provide an overview of the most salient regularities that shape biological motion, examine the role of these invariants in recognizing others' actions, and speculate that anchoring socially-relevant perceptual decisions to such kinematic invariants provides a key computational advantage for inferring conspecifics' goals and intentions.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Torricelli, F.
Secondary author(s):
Tomassini, A., Pezzulo, G., Pozzo, T., Fadiga, L., D'Ausilio, A.
Document type:
Number of reproductions:
Torricelli, F., Tomassini, A., Pezzulo, G., Pozzo, T., Fadiga, L., & D'Ausilio, A. (2023). Motor invariants in action execution and perception. Physics of Life Reviews, 44, 13-47.
2-year Impact Factor: 11.700|2022
Impact factor notes: Impact factor not available yet for 2023
Times cited: 10|2024-02-16
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q1
Keywords: Internal models / Biological motion / Kinematic invariants / Motor control / Action perception / Bayesian inferencef

Motor invariants in action execution and perception

Motor invariants in action execution and perception