Alberto Gallace

Alberto Gallace
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca | UNIMIB · Department of Psychology

PhD

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Introduction
Prof. Gallace is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in the application of scientific knowledge from its field to the design of new products, technologies, environments, food and rehabilitation procedures. Alberto Gallace currently works at the Department of Psychology, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca. He also teaches Consumer Neuroscience at Bocconi Commercial University and Basics of Interaction Design at Politecnico of Milan. Prof. Gallace is currently working on the definition of virtual reality features of the environment that results into specific patterns of behavior (e.g., technology-driven behavioral change). He is the head of Mind and Behavior Technological Center and member of the scientific board of the Bicocca Centre of science and technology for Food (BEST4Food).
Additional affiliations
January 2008 - December 2020
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Position
  • Managing Director
January 2005 - December 2011
University of Oxford
Education
January 2001 - May 2004
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Field of study
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
September 1995 - January 2000
University of Padova
Field of study
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

Publications

Publications (157)
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The present study investigates the role of virtual contextual information, including also affective information, in gustatory perception of crisps (fried potato chips). In a first preliminary experiment we evaluated the association among three Augmented Reality animations (a pear-like character jumping a rope, a black-and-white cartoon character, a...
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Research shows that reduced exposure to natural contexts is associated with an increase in psychophysical disorders. Recent evidence suggests that even a brief experience in natural scenarios can positively affect people's health and well-being. However, natural contexts are not always easily accessible. This study investigates the effects of natur...
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It is very often reported that 85–90% of driving clues come from vision (Senders et al., 1967; though see also Sivak, 1996). Despite this claim, and many others suggesting the importance and even ‘dominance’ of vision on our daily activities, research in the field of psychology and neurosciences has clearly shown that the large majority of our inte...
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Multisensory integration is a central aspect in respect to cognitive perception. Visuo-haptic incongruence implies distortions in terms of perceptual evaluation. Through Virtual Reality, the present experimental paradigm creates a mismatch between visual and haptic feedback during an object interaction with virtu-al tools. Two hypotheses were teste...
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Humans are the only species capable of experiencing pleasure from esthetic stimuli, such as art and music. Neuroimaging evidence suggests that the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) plays a critical role in esthetic judgments, both in music and in visual art. In the last decade, non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) has been increasingly e...
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Explicit and implicit responses to food and beverage are known to be modulated by expectations generated by contextual factors. Among these, labelling regarding the country of origin has been systematically shown to impact on consumers' evaluations of products. However, it is not clear yet whether the presence of food origin biases also affects hum...
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The sense of touch is a fundamental aspect of our everyday interactions, especially those that involve social relationships. Nothing now can (and hopefully will not have to) substitute for the beneficial effects of real skin-to-skin touch. However, there are conditions where simulated touch might, at least temporarily, be a resource for compensatin...
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This paper describes the design and preliminary test of a virtual reality driving simulator capable of conveying haptic and visual messages to promote eco-sustainable driving behavior. The driving simulator was implemented through the Unity game engine; a large street environment, including high-speed and urban sections, was created to examine diff...
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The aim of the study is to test a VR-CGI (Virtual Reality - Computed Generated images) public speaking with different scenarios, in terms of graphical design realism and interaction with the audience. The focus is on how these features (in a multisensory component approach) affect the anxiety level and the sense of presence during the task in a hea...
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Both visuo-spatial neglect and visual extinction may occur following right-brain damage. So far, studies on brain-damaged patients have not provided definite evidence about which lesion patterns may lead to the association or dissociation of these deficits. This study was set out to address this issue using Intracranial Electrical Stimulation (IES)...
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BACKGROUND: Aging is a process that does not refer only to the accumulation of damage in a human being over time but rather to individual changes determined by genetic, lifestyle, social and environmental factors. Aging is one of the greatest known risk factors for most human diseases. An older person in good health has a good level of independence...
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The practice of treating phobias with Virtual Reality-based therapies is a well-established field. Understanding the level of realism required by the therapy to be most effective is an essential matter of study. This research aims to explore the effects of visual realism on the emotional response in subjects with social phobia when exposed to VR-ba...
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evaluation. The main aim of the study was to investigate the effects of these sensory modalities on the perception of four different over-the-counter prescription-free pharmaceutical products presented to participants in their packaging. We also aimed at comparing behavioural and physiological measures in assessing the participants’ reactions to th...
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Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have been combined with physical rehabilitation and psychological treatments to improve patients' emotional reactions, body image, and physical function. Nonetheless, no detailed investigation assessed the relationship between VR or AR manual therapies (MTs), which are touch-based approaches that invo...
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When interacting with technology, our attention is mainly driven by audio-visual and increasingly haptic stimulation. Olfactory stimuli are widely neglected, although our sense of smell influences many of our daily life choices, affects our behavior, and can catch and direct our attention. In this paper, we investigated the effect of smell and soun...
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Errata corrige: in 'A preliminary study on the effect of gender-matched odours on the evaluation of emotional, cognitive and aesthetic characteristics of faces'. The correct version of Figure 4 in which 'liquorice' and 'caramel' odours were inverted in the legend.
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Facial attractiveness plays an important role in everyday social interactions. In the present study, we investigated whether people's evaluation of attractiveness can be modulated by odours. In Experiment 1, twelve participants rated a series of odours on several perceptual and synaesthetic characteristics (gender, pleasantness, cheerfulness, inten...
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The massive presence of plastic in the oceans, both in the form of large debris and micro-plastic, is raising global concern due to its severe effects on the marine environment and fauna, causing loss of biodiversity and potentially threatening human health. Even though this is due to poor waste management, the great production and consumption of s...
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The human tactile system is known to discriminate different types of touches, one of these termed ‘affective touch’, is mainly mediated by slow conducting tactile afferents (CT fibres), which are preferentially activated by slow and gentle strokes. Human infants experience self-generated tactile stimulation during prenatal life, and they receive a...
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We present the design and test of a wearable device capable to detect the user's trunk orientation with respect to the gravitational field and to provide tactile stimulation to correct tilted positions. Vibrations are delivered to the shoulders, the frontal and dorsal parts of the trunk, by using the human body as an indicator of the four cardinal...
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Background Deficits in emotional processing and, in particular, in emotional self-regulation represent non-specific risk factors for transdiagnostic poor outcomes. Researches have been focusing on the investigation of possible emotional processing and regulation biomarkers. The present brief review of the literature aims to evaluate whether NIRS si...
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Background: Pain and body perception are essentially two subjective mutually influencing experiences. However, in the field of musculoskeletal disorders and rheumatic diseases we lack of a comprehensive knowledge about the relationship between body perception dysfunctions and pain or disability. We systematically mapped the literature published abo...
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Background: Although the reliability of pain drawings (PDs) has been confirmed in people with chronic pain, there is a lack of evidence about the validity of the PD, that is, does the PD accurately represent the pain experience of the patient? Objectives: We investigate whether people with chronic neck pain (CNP) can recognize their own PD to su...
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Energy consumption of the EU has a crucial environmental impact; several efforts are nowadays thus directed into massively reducing energy consumption by envelope improvement, system efficiency and smart control. On the other hand, the indoor thermal and lighting conditions significantly influence users' wellbeing and productivity, which is especia...
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Functional foods are dietary items that might modulate one or more targeted functions in the body. Their use might be related to health-promotion or disease prevention. However, such food, beside their possible effectiveness, need also to be appealing to consumers’ brains. Here, we tried to understand the role of the kind of information provided, s...
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Functional foods are dietary items that might modulate one or more targeted functions in the body. Their use might be related to health-promotion or disease prevention. However, such food, beside their possible effectiveness, need also to be appealing to consumers’ brains. Here, we tried to understand the role of the kind of information provided, t...
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Preterm birth is a significant risk factor for a range of long-term health problems and developmental disabilities. Though touch plays a central role in many perinatal care strategies, the neurobiological basis of these approaches is seldom considered. C-Tactile afferents (CTs) are a class of unmyelinated nerve fibre activated by low force, dynamic...
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The use of collaborative robots in the manufacturing industry has widely spread in the last decade. In order to be efficient, the human-robot collaboration needs to be properly designed by also taking into account the operator’s psychophysiological reactions. Virtual Reality can be used as a tool to simulate human-robot collaboration in a safe and...
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Explicit and implicit experience of one’s own body in musculoskeletal and rheumatic disorders: a scoping review. Introduction: our body experience is organized at twofold levels, perceptual and cognitive-emotional, that are clearly different from the primary sensory processing of somatic stimuli (somatosensation). However, most of the available st...
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The built environment has a great responsibility for energy consumption and carbon emissions worldwide. Thus, energy conservation in building plays a vital role in sustainable economic growth. Researchers from many disciplines have devoted to the field of design for energy-efficient buildings. However, human factors, as the way people interact or u...
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The present study investigates the effect of container texture on people’s perception of four characteristics (i.e., freshness, pleasantness, level of carbonation, lightness) of mineral water (i.e., still or carbonated). Water was served in three commercial cups covered with a layer of sandpaper, satin, or the same material of the cup (plastic). Th...
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The paper describes the design of an innovative virtual reality (VR) system, based on a combination of an olfactory display and a visual display, to be used for investigating the directionality of the sense of olfaction. In particular, the design of an experimental setup to understand and determine to what extent the sense of olfaction is direction...
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The heating and cooling of our buildings and industry account for half of the energy consumption in the EU and needs to be massively reduced to reach the EU climate and energy goals. On the other hand, the indoor climate has a great influence on the users' well-being, which needs to be preserved. Many strategies have been explored for energy conser...
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Although it is noted that interpersonal sensorimotor coordination can influence several high-level socio-cognitive processes, its impact on creative collaboration is nearly unexplored. Here, we investigated the effects of a form of sensorimotor coordination, that is, sensorimotor synchronization, on a subsequent creative collaboration task. 60 pair...
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Introduction Our body experience is organized at twofold levels: perceptual and cognitive-emotional. These higher-order processes are clearly different from the primary sensory processing of somatic stimuli (somatosensation). However, most of the available studies have mainly investigated the mechanisms of somatosensation. Moreover, disturbances of...
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APPENDIX_I – Supplemental material for Explicit and implicit experience of own’s body in painful musculoskeletal disorders and rheumatic diseases: A scoping review protocol of available quantitative and qualitative evidence
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Considering the wealth of recent studies on affective touch, to date, little research addressed the role of the other sensory modalities in the modulation of hedonic tactile perception. Here, we investigated the behavioral and electrodermal signature of the interaction between simultaneously presented visual and tactile stimuli. In three experiment...
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This research aims to design and develop an innovative system, based on an olfactory display, to be used for investigating the directionality of the sense of olfaction. In particular, the design of an experimental setup to understand and determine to what extent the sense of olfaction is directional and whether there is prevalence of the sense of v...
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This research aims to correct tilted body positions in pitch and roll, making the user's body axis becoming parallel with the grav-itational acceleration vector through the use of tactile cues. A device is designed for the purpose and consists of a corset-like vest equipped with some sensors and four vibrotactile motors: two on the torso and one pe...
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Studies of olfactory perception and about the way humans interact with, and perceive food and beverages require appropriate olfactory devices. Moreover, small size, and portable interfaces are needed within the context of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), to enrich and complete the design of different mediated experiences. In this paper, the author...
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Being caressed represents one of the most typical expressions of affection conveyed by touch. Converging evidence suggests that the pleasant perception of gentle and slow stroking delivered to the hairy skin is mediated by C-Tactile afferents (CTs). While behavioral and neural responses to CT-optimal touch have been moderately explored so far, less...
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We describe the implementation and preliminary validation of an interactive platform – COLLEGO –to investigate joint action in a goal-oriented collaborative task. The platform records the interaction sequence of two partners alternating their leader/follower role. Two sensitized wooden surfaces are placed in front of each participant, who can use 6...
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Pain is a very relevant function for our survival and its alteration leads to important consequences for people's lives. In the last decades, researchers have started to investigate pain from a neurocognitive and neuropsychologic perspective, showing some important similarities and differences with other cognitive and perceptual functions. The comp...
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Despite the large number of studies on the multisensory aspects of tactile perception, very little is known regarding the effects of visual and auditory sensory modalities on the tactile hedonic evaluation of textures, especially when the presentation of the stimuli is mediated by a haptic device. In this study, different haptic virtual surfaces we...
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Objective: Spatially-defined disruption of autonomic and sensory function has been identified in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). This study aimed to determine whether motor performance is also disrupted in a spatially-defined manner in people with CRPS. Methods: Thirteen people with CRPS type 1 of the upper limb participated in two motor...
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The ability to know where our own body and body parts are in space is often taken for granted, yet it is of fundamental importance for the majority of our everyday activities, let alone high performance activities such as dancing. This review focuses on the concept of self-localization, the monitoring of the space surrounding one's body, and the di...
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When vision and proprioception are rendered incongruent during a hand localisation task, vision is initially weighted more than proprioception in determining location, and proprioception gains more weighting over time. However, it is not known whether, under these incongruency conditions, particular areas of space are also weighted more heavily tha...
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The more social aspects of touch, despite their relevance to numerous domains of human behavior, from cultural anthropology to cognitive neuroscience, and from virtual reality through to linguistics, have not been extensively studied by scientists. That is, psychologists and neuroscientists are only now beginning to uncover some of the neurocogniti...
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Table of contents S1 Criteria for exercises selection in subjects with low back pain Alessandro Aina S2 Recent advances in pathophysiology and treatment of myofascial trigger points Marco Barbero S3 Rehabilitation of scapular dyskinesia Barbara Cagnie S4 Musculoskeletal rehabilitation in subjects affected by neurological disorders Elena Castelli S5...