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Doriana De Marco

Doriana De Marco
CNR - Istituto di Neuroscienze · sede di Parma

PhD

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April 2016 - present
Italian National Research Council
Position
  • PostDoc Position
January 2013 - March 2016
Università di Parma
Position
  • PhD Student
January 2012 - January 2013
Arcispedale Sant'Anna
Position
  • trainee post graduate student
Education
October 2006 - December 2011
University of Padova
Field of study
  • Neuroscience and neuropsychological rehabilitation

Publications

Publications (26)
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https://www.mdpi.com/journal/brainsci/special_issues/FA7AALBDF2 The recent embodied view of cognition is open to relevant claims about a motor origin of language function, whereby it is proposed to have gradually evolved from a communication system initially based on manual gestures. Today, the use of gestures remains a universal feature of human...
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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 restoring of the damaged sensory functions. In this regard, visual enhancement of touch may represe...
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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 restoring of the damaged sensory functions. In this regard, visual enhancement of touch may represe...
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Motor learning can be defined as a process that leads to relatively permanent changes in motor behavior through repeated interactions with the environment. Different strategies can be adopted to achieve motor learning: movements can be overtly practiced leading to an amelioration of motor performance; alternatively, covert strategies (e.g., action...
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There is a growing interest in action observation treatment (AOT), i.e., a rehabilitative procedure combining action observation, motor imagery, and action execution to promote the recovery, maintenance, and acquisition of motor abilities. AOT studies employed basic upper limb gestures as stimuli, but—in principle—the AOT approach can be effectivel...
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Significance In several clinical conditions, especially those related to orthopedic trauma or specific injuries of the peripheral nervous system, patients may experience a period of limb nonuse that has detrimental cascade effects on corticomotor organization and ultimately, on motor performance. During limb nonuse, treatments based on action obser...
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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Action observation can sustain motor skill improvement. At the neurophysiological level, action observation affects the excitability of the motor cortices, as measured by transcranial magnetic stimulation. However, whether the cortical modulations induced by action observation may explain the amount of motor improvement dri...
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Here we describe a rare case of Capgras delusion – a misidentification syndrome characterized by the belief that a person has been replaced by an imposter – in a patient without evident neurological or psychiatric symptoms. Intriguingly, delusional belief was selective for both person and modality, as the patient believed that his son – not his dau...
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It is well known that the kinematics of an action is modulated by the underlying motor intention. In turn, kinematics serves as a cue also during action observation, providing hints about the intention of the observed action. However, an open question is whether decoding others’ intentions on the basis of their kinematics depends solely on how much...
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Spoken language is an innate ability of the human being and represents the most widespread mode of social communication. The ability to share concepts, intentions and feelings, and also to respond to what others are feeling/saying is crucial during social interactions. A growing body of evidence suggests that language evolved from manual gestures,...
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Background: strong embodiment theories claimed that action language representation is grounded in the sensorimotor system, which would be crucially to semantic understanding. However, there is a large disagreement in literature about the neural mechanisms involved in abstract (symbolic) language comprehension. Objective: in the present study, we...
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It is well-established that the observation of emotional facial expression induces facial mimicry responses in the observers. However, how the interaction between emotional and motor components of facial expressions can modulate the motor behavior of the perceiver is still unknown. We have developed a kinematic experiment to evaluate the effect of...
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During social interaction, actions, and words may be expressed in different ways, for example, gently or rudely. A handshake can be gentle or vigorous and, similarly, tone of voice can be pleasant or rude. These aspects of social communication have been named vitality forms by Daniel Stern. Vitality forms represent how an action is performed and ch...
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Experimental setting of experiment 1. Blue lines indicate the distances expressed in cm.
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Example of video clips observed by the participants in experiment (A,E) and physical properties of stimuli presented in the experiment (B–H). At the top, (A,E) depict initial (A1,E1) and final posture (A2,E2) of the giving and taking requests performed by the male actor in visual modality. Under each column (B, F), the plots of physical kinematics...
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Sensorimotor and affective brain systems are known to be involved in language processing. However, to date it is still debated whether this involvement is a crucial step of semantic processing or, on the contrary, it is dependent on the specific context or strategy adopted to solve a task at hand. The present electroencephalographic (EEG) study is...
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Aim: Do the emotional content and meaning of sentences affect the kinematics of successive motor sequences? Material and methods: Participants observed video-clips of an actor pronouncing sentences expressing positive or negative emotions and meanings (related to happiness or anger in Experiment 1 and food admiration or food disgust in Experimen...
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List of the positive, negative, neutral and meaningless sentences presented to the participants in Experiments 1 and 2. In the line below, translation in English is reported.
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Aim: This study delineated how observing sports scenes of cooperation or competition modulated an action of interaction, in expert athletes, depending on their specific sport attitude. Method: In a kinematic study, athletes were divided into two groups depending on their attitude toward teammates (cooperative or competitive). Participants observed...
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The present experiment aimed at verifying whether the spatial alignment effect modifies kinematic parameters of pantomimed reaching-grasping of cups located at reachable and not reachable distance. The cup's handle could be oriented either to the right or to the left, thus inducing a grasp movement that could be either congruent or incongruent with...
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The present study aimed at determining how actions executed by two conspecifics can be coordinated with each other, or more specifically, how the observation of different phases of a reaching-grasping action is temporary related to the execution of a movement of the observer. Participants observed postures of initial finger opening, maximal finger...

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