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File311 - How body ownership shapes tactile awareness: Inducing phantom sensations and measuring their electrophysiological correlates in immersive virtual reality2021-042024-01

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
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.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
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
Title:
2020 Grants
Start date: 2021-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-311
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
311 - How body ownership shapes tactile awareness: Inducing phantom sensations and measuring their electrophysiological correlates in immersive virtual reality
Duration: 2021-04 - 2024-01
Researcher(s):
Carlotta Fossataro, Valentina Bruno, Alice Rossi Sebastiano, Francesca Garbarini
Institution(s): Department of Psychology, University of Turin (Italy)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Fossataro, C.
Secondary author(s):
Bruno, V., Rossi Sebastiano, A., Garbarini, F.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Body ownership / Tactile awareness / Electroencephalography / Immersive virtual reality / Psychophysiology

DocumentDiametrical modulation of tactile and visual perceptual thresholds during the rubber hand illusion: A predictive coding account2021

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
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.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
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
Title:
2020 Grants
Start date: 2021-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-311
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
311 - How body ownership shapes tactile awareness: Inducing phantom sensations and measuring their electrophysiological correlates in immersive virtual reality
Duration: 2021-04 - 2024-01
Researcher(s):
Carlotta Fossataro, Valentina Bruno, Alice Rossi Sebastiano, Francesca Garbarini
Institution(s): Department of Psychology, University of Turin (Italy)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Fossataro, C.
Secondary author(s):
Bruno, V., Rossi Sebastiano, A., Garbarini, F.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Body ownership / Tactile awareness / Electroencephalography / Immersive virtual reality / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-311.02
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Diametrical modulation of tactile and visual perceptual thresholds during the rubber hand illusion: A predictive coding account
Publication year: 2021
URL:
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00426-021-01608-0
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
During the rubber hand illusion (RHI), the synchronous stroking of the participants’ concealed hand and a visible rubber hand induces a conflict among visuo-tactile inputs, leading healthy subjects to perceive the illusion of being touched on the rubber hand, as if it were part of their body. The predictive coding theory suggests that the RHI emerges to settle the conflict, attenuating somatosensory inputs in favour of visual ones, which “capture” tactile sensations. Here, we employed the psychophysical measure of perceptual threshold to measure a behavioural correlate of the somatosensory and visual modulations, to better understand the mechanisms underpinning the illusion. Before and after the RHI, participants underwent a tactile (Experiment 1) and a visual (Experiment 2) task, wherein they had to detect stimuli slightly above the perceptual threshold. According to the predictive coding framework, we found a significant decrease of tactile detection (i.e. increased tactile perceptual threshold) and a significant increase of visual detection (i.e. decreased visual perceptual threshold), suggesting a diametrical modulation of somatosensory and visual perceptual processes. These findings provide evidence of how our system plastically adapts to uncertainty, attributing different weights to sensory inputs to restore a coherent representation of the own body.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Rossi Sebastiano, A.
Secondary author(s):
Bruno, V., Ronga, I., Fossataro, C., Galigani, M., Neppi-Modona, M., Garbarini, F.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
1
Percentiles:
5
Reference:
Rossi Sebastiano, A., Bruno, V., Ronga, I., Fossataro, C., Galigani, M., Neppi-Modona, M., & Garbarini, F. (2022). Diametrical modulation of tactile and visual perceptual thresholds during the rubber hand illusion: a predictive coding account. Psychological Research, 86(6), 1830–1846. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-021-01608-0
2-year Impact Factor: 2.424|2021
Times cited: 10|2024-02-14
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q2
Keywords: Rubber hand illusion / Sensory inputs / Tactile / Visual

Diametrical modulation of tactile and visual perceptual thresholds during the rubber hand illusion: A predictive coding account

Diametrical modulation of tactile and visual perceptual thresholds during the rubber hand illusion: A predictive coding account

DocumentTonic somatosensory responses and deficits of tactile awareness converge in the parietal operculum2021

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
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.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
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
Title:
2020 Grants
Start date: 2021-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-311
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
311 - How body ownership shapes tactile awareness: Inducing phantom sensations and measuring their electrophysiological correlates in immersive virtual reality
Duration: 2021-04 - 2024-01
Researcher(s):
Carlotta Fossataro, Valentina Bruno, Alice Rossi Sebastiano, Francesca Garbarini
Institution(s): Department of Psychology, University of Turin (Italy)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Fossataro, C.
Secondary author(s):
Bruno, V., Rossi Sebastiano, A., Garbarini, F.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Body ownership / Tactile awareness / Electroencephalography / Immersive virtual reality / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-311.03
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Tonic somatosensory responses and deficits of tactile awareness converge in the parietal operculum
Publication year: 2021
URL:
https://academic.oup.com/brain/article/144/12/3779/6388034
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Although clinical neuroscience and the neuroscience of consciousness have long sought mechanistic explanations of tactile-awareness disorders, mechanistic insights are rare, mainly because of the difficulty of depicting the fine-grained neural dynamics underlying somatosensory processes.
Here, we combined the stereo-EEG responses to somatosensory stimulation with the lesion mapping of patients with a tactile-awareness disorder, namely tactile extinction.
Whereas stereo-EEG responses present different temporal patterns, including early/phasic and long-lasting/tonic activities, tactile-extinction lesion mapping co-localizes only with the latter. Overlaps are limited to the posterior part of the perisylvian regions, suggesting that tonic activities may play a role in sustaining tactile awareness. To assess this hypothesis further, we correlated the prevalence of tonic responses with the tactile-extinction lesion mapping, showing that they follow the same topographical gradient. Finally, in parallel with the notion that visuotactile stimulation improves detection in tactile-extinction patients, we demonstrated an enhancement of tonic responses to visuotactile stimuli, with a strong voxel-wise correlation with the lesion mapping.
The combination of these results establishes tonic responses in the parietal operculum as the ideal neural correlate of tactile awareness.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Del Vecchio, M.
Secondary author(s):
Fossataro, C., Zauli, F. M., Sartori, I., Pigorini, A., d'Orio, P., Abarrategui, B., Russo, S., Mikulan, E. P., Caruana, F., Rizzolatti, G., Garbarini, F., Avanzini, P.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
1
Percentiles:
6
Reference:
Del Vecchio, M., Fossataro, C., Zauli, F. M., Sartori, I., Pigorini, A., d'Orio, P., Abarrategui, B., Russo, S., Mikulan, E. P., Caruana, F., Rizzolatti, G., Garbarini, F., & Avanzini, P. (2021). Tonic somatosensory responses and deficits of tactile awareness converge in the parietal operculum. Brain, 144(12), 3779–3787. https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awab384
2-year Impact Factor: 15.255|2021
Times cited: 6|2024-02-14
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q1
Keywords: Tactile extinction / Conscious perception / Perisylvian / Late responses / Brain lesions

Tonic somatosensory responses and deficits of tactile awareness converge in the parietal operculum

Tonic somatosensory responses and deficits of tactile awareness converge in the parietal operculum

DocumentThe vision of haptics tunes the somatosensory threshold2022

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
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.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
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
Title:
2020 Grants
Start date: 2021-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-311
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
311 - How body ownership shapes tactile awareness: Inducing phantom sensations and measuring their electrophysiological correlates in immersive virtual reality
Duration: 2021-04 - 2024-01
Researcher(s):
Carlotta Fossataro, Valentina Bruno, Alice Rossi Sebastiano, Francesca Garbarini
Institution(s): Department of Psychology, University of Turin (Italy)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Fossataro, C.
Secondary author(s):
Bruno, V., Rossi Sebastiano, A., Garbarini, F.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Body ownership / Tactile awareness / Electroencephalography / Immersive virtual reality / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-311.04
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
The vision of haptics tunes the somatosensory threshold
Publication year: 2022
URL:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304394022003846?via%3Dihub
Abstract/Results: Abstract
The interaction between different sensory modalities represents a crucial issue in the neuroscience of consciousness: when the processing of one modality is deficient, the concomitant presentation of stimuli of other spared modalities may sustain the restoration of the damaged sensory functions. In this regard, visual enhancement of touch may represent a viable tool in rehabilitating tactile disorders, yet the specific visual features mostly modulating the somatosensory experience remain unsettled.
In this study, healthy subjects underwent a tactile detection task during the observation of videos displaying different contents, including static gratings, meaningless motions and natural or point-lights reach-to-grasp-and-manipulate actions. Concurrently, near-threshold stimuli were delivered to the median nerve at different time-points. The subjective report was collected after each trial; the sensory detection rate was computed and compared across video conditions.
Our results indicate that the specific presence of haptic contents (i.e., the vision of manipulation), either fully displayed or implied by point-lights, magnifies tactile sensitivity. The notion that such stimuli prompt a conscious tactile experience opens to novel rehabilitation approaches for tactile consciousness disorders.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
by permission
Language:
eng
Author:
Del Vecchio, M.
Secondary author(s):
De Marco, D., Pigorini, A., Fossataro, C., Cassisi, A., Avanzini, P.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
1
Percentiles:
7
Reference:
Del Vecchio, M., De Marco, D., Pigorini, A., Fossataro, C., Cassisi, A., & Avanzini, P. (2022). The vision of haptics tunes the somatosensory threshold. Neuroscience Letters, 787, 136823. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neulet.2022.136823
2-year Impact Factor: 2.500|2022
Times cited: 0|2024-02-15
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q3
Keywords: Perisylvian region / VET / Action observation / Sensory awareness / Rehabilitation

DocumentMultisensory-driven facilitation within the peripersonal space is modulated by the expectations about stimulus location on the body2022

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
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.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
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
Title:
2020 Grants
Start date: 2021-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-311
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
311 - How body ownership shapes tactile awareness: Inducing phantom sensations and measuring their electrophysiological correlates in immersive virtual reality
Duration: 2021-04 - 2024-01
Researcher(s):
Carlotta Fossataro, Valentina Bruno, Alice Rossi Sebastiano, Francesca Garbarini
Institution(s): Department of Psychology, University of Turin (Italy)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Fossataro, C.
Secondary author(s):
Bruno, V., Rossi Sebastiano, A., Garbarini, F.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Body ownership / Tactile awareness / Electroencephalography / Immersive virtual reality / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-311.05
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Multisensory-driven facilitation within the peripersonal space is modulated by the expectations about stimulus location on the body
Publication year: 2022
URL:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-21469-w
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Compelling evidence from human and non-human studies suggests that responses to multisensory events are fastened when stimuli occur within the space surrounding the bodily self (i.e., peripersonal space; PPS). However, some human studies did not find such effect. We propose that these dissonant voices might actually uncover a specific mechanism, modulating PPS boundaries according to sensory regularities. We exploited a visuo-tactile paradigm, wherein participants provided speeded responses to tactile stimuli and rated their perceived intensity while ignoring simultaneous visual stimuli, appearing near the stimulated hand (VTNear) or far from it (VTFar; near the non-stimulated hand). Tactile stimuli could be delivered only to one hand (unilateral task) or to both hands randomly (bilateral task). Results revealed that a space-dependent multisensory enhancement (i.e., faster responses and higher perceived intensity in VTNear than VTFar) was present when highly predictable tactile stimulation induced PPS to be circumscribed around the stimulated hand (unilateral task). Conversely, when stimulus location was unpredictable (bilateral task), participants showed a comparable multisensory enhancement in both bimodal conditions, suggesting a PPS widening to include both hands. We propose that the detection of environmental regularities actively shapes PPS boundaries, thus optimizing the detection and reaction to incoming sensory stimuli.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Rossi Sebastiano, A.
Secondary author(s):
Ronga, I., Fossataro, C., Galigani, M., Poles, K., Garbarini, F.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
1
Percentiles:
6
Reference:
Rossi Sebastiano, A., Ronga, I., Fossataro, C., Galigani, M., Poles, K., & Garbarini, F. (2022). Multisensory-driven facilitation within the peripersonal space is modulated by the expectations about stimulus location on the body. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 20061. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-21469-w
2-year Impact Factor: 4.600|2022
Times cited: 4|2024-02-15
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q2
Keywords: Multisensory events / Peripersonal space / Stimulus location

Multisensory-driven facilitation within the peripersonal space is modulated by the expectations about stimulus location on the body

Multisensory-driven facilitation within the peripersonal space is modulated by the expectations about stimulus location on the body

DocumentSpatial proximity to others induces plastic changes in the neural representation of the peripersonal space2022

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
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.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
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
Title:
2020 Grants
Start date: 2021-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-311
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
311 - How body ownership shapes tactile awareness: Inducing phantom sensations and measuring their electrophysiological correlates in immersive virtual reality
Duration: 2021-04 - 2024-01
Researcher(s):
Carlotta Fossataro, Valentina Bruno, Alice Rossi Sebastiano, Francesca Garbarini
Institution(s): Department of Psychology, University of Turin (Italy)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Fossataro, C.
Secondary author(s):
Bruno, V., Rossi Sebastiano, A., Garbarini, F.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Body ownership / Tactile awareness / Electroencephalography / Immersive virtual reality / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-311.06
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Spatial proximity to others induces plastic changes in the neural representation of the peripersonal space
Publication year: 2022
URL:
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2022.105879
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Peripersonal space (PPS) is a highly plastic “invisible bubble” surrounding the body whose boundaries are mapped through multisensory integration. Yet, it is unclear how the spatial proximity to others alters PPS boundaries. Across five experiments (N = 80), by recording behavioral and electrophysiological responses to visuo-tactile stimuli, we demonstrate that the proximity to others induces plastic changes in the neural PPS representation. The spatial proximity to someone else’s hand shrinks the portion of space within which multisensory responses occur, thus reducing the PPS boundaries. This suggests that PPS representation, built from bodily and multisensory signals, plastically adapts to the presence of conspecifics to define the self-other boundaries, so that what is usually coded as “my space” is recoded as “your space”. When the space is shared with conspecifics, it seems adaptive to move the other-space away from the self-space to discriminate whether external events pertain to the self-body or to other-bodies.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Fossataro, C.
Secondary author(s):
Galigani, M., Rossi Sebastiano, A., Bruno, V., Ronga, I., Garbarini, F.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
1
Percentiles:
7
Reference:
Fossataro, C., Galigani, M., Rossi Sebastiano, A., Bruno, V., Ronga, I., & Garbarini, F. (2022). Spatial proximity to others induces plastic changes in the neural representation of the peripersonal space. iScience, 26(1), 105879. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2022.105879
2-year Impact Factor: 5.800|2022
Times cited: 0|2024-02-15
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q1
Keywords: Peripersonal space / Conspecifics / Multisensory integration

Spatial proximity to others induces plastic changes in the neural representation of the peripersonal space

Spatial proximity to others induces plastic changes in the neural representation of the peripersonal space

DocumentFinal report - How body ownership shapes tactile awareness: Inducing phantom sensations and measuring their electrophysiological correlates in immersive virtual reality2023

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
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.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
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
Title:
2020 Grants
Start date: 2021-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-311
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
311 - How body ownership shapes tactile awareness: Inducing phantom sensations and measuring their electrophysiological correlates in immersive virtual reality
Duration: 2021-04 - 2024-01
Researcher(s):
Carlotta Fossataro, Valentina Bruno, Alice Rossi Sebastiano, Francesca Garbarini
Institution(s): Department of Psychology, University of Turin (Italy)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Fossataro, C.
Secondary author(s):
Bruno, V., Rossi Sebastiano, A., Garbarini, F.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Body ownership / Tactile awareness / Electroencephalography / Immersive virtual reality / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-311.01
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Final report - How body ownership shapes tactile awareness: Inducing phantom sensations and measuring their electrophysiological correlates in immersive virtual reality
Publication year: 2023
Abstract/Results:
ABSTRACT:
Background
Touch is strongly related to the bodily self, forming the boundary between one’s own and others’ bodies. Previous studies investigated the relationship between touch and body ownership (the feeling that body-parts belong to us) by addressing how somatosensory experiences contribute to discriminate one’s own body from the external world. This line of research corroborates the idea that tactile awareness (the conscious experience of tactile events) contributes to the emergence of the sense of body ownership, so that “I believe this body to be mine because I perceive touch on it”.
Aims
Here, we investigated the opposite question: “Do I feel this body perceiving touch because I believe it to be mine?”.
Method
To this aim, we capitalized on the rubber hand illusion to alter the sense of body ownership and explore its role in gating tactile awareness. Hence, repeated periods of illusion induction were randomly followed by tactile events delivered either onto the fake (visual-touch) or the own (real-touch) hand.
Results
Leveraging this procedure, we demonstrate a diametrical body ownership-dependent modulation of tactile awareness at both behavioural and neurophysiological levels. Indeed, somatosensory processing (subjective perception and its neurophysiological blueprint) increases when participants observe the fake (embodied) hand while it decreases when participants receive a tactile stimulation on the real (disembodied) hand.
Conclusions
These results reveal that the brain is endowed with the inner potentiality of sensing beyond the boundaries of the own body thus experiencing phantom touches. This evidence bears potential implications for the development of neuroprosthetic devices and rehabilitative training to recover impaired somatosensation.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Fossataro, C.
Document type:
Final report
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Fossataro, C. (2023). Final report - How body ownership shapes tactile awareness: Inducing phantom sensations and measuring their electrophysiological correlates in immersive virtual reality.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Body ownership / Tactile awareness / Electroencephalography / TMS-EEG

Final report - How body ownership shapes tactile awareness: Inducing phantom sensations and measuring their electrophysiological correlates in immersive virtual reality

Final report - How body ownership shapes tactile awareness: Inducing phantom sensations and measuring their electrophysiological correlates in immersive virtual reality