Elena Olgiati

Elena Olgiati
Imperial College London | Imperial · Division of Brain Sciences

Clinical Psychologist; PhD
Postdoctoral Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London

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Introduction
Dr Elena Olgiati is a Clinical Neuropsychologist looking after patients with severe brain injuries and their families (Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability). She was awarded a PhD in Clinical Medicine Research from Imperial College London. Dr Elena is exploring novel methods of modulating cognition following acquired brain injury. Specifically, her main research interests are the neglect syndrome and the potential use of non-invasive brain stimulation in neuro-rehabilitation.
Additional affiliations
September 2014 - August 2015
Imperial College London
Position
  • Research Assistant
July 2010 - present
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Position
  • Student of the advanced program in Neuropsychology
Description
  • http://bologninilab.wix.com/multisensory-b-lab#!people/c15og

Publications

Publications (16)
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Spatial neglect (SN) is an extremely common disorder of attention; it is most frequently a consequence of stroke, especially to the right cerebral hemisphere. The current view of SN is that it is not a unitary deficit but a multicomponent syndrome. Crucially, it has been repeatedly shown that it has a considerable negative impact on rehabilitation...
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Objective: The alien hand syndrome (AHS) is a rare neuropsychological disorder characterized by involuntary, yet purposeful, hand movements. Patients with the AHS typically complain about a loss of agency associated with a feeling of estrangement for actions performed by the affected limb. The present study explores the integrity of the body repre...
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Neglect is a disabling neuropsychological syndrome that is frequently observed following right-hemispheric stroke. Affected individuals often present with multiple attentional deficits, ranging from reduced orienting towards contralesional space to a generalized impairment in maintaining attention over time. Although a degree of spontaneous recover...
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Background and purpose Neuromodulation is a promising approach to increase motor recovery in stroke. However, so far, there is a scarcity of evidence documenting the clinical potential of tDCS administered in the acute phase of stroke. The present study aims to examine the clinical effects of a treatment involving the application of tDCS in the acu...
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Spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH) is a neurological condition characterized by orthostatic headache (OH), low cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure and diffuse pachymeningeal enhancement on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Hearing changes (HC) are also a common clinical finding. At present, epidural blood patch (EBP) is the most recomm...
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Limb amputation may lead to chronic painful sensations referred to as the absent limb, ie phantom limb pain (PLP), which is likely subtended by maladaptive plasticity. The present study investigated whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a noninvasive technique of brain stimulation that can modulate neuroplasticity, can reduce PLP....
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The observation of touch can be grounded in the activation of brain areas underpinning direct tactile experience, namely the somatosensory cortices. What is the behavioral impact of such a mirror sensory activity on visual perception? To address this issue, we investigated the causal interplay between observed and felt touch in right brain-damaged...
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Adaptation to prisms displacing the visual scene rightward is a therapeutic tool for left unilateral spatial neglect (USN). We aimed at comparing the effects of the classic adaptation procedure (repeated pointing toward visual targets, control treatment, C), with those of a novel adaptation method, involving ecological visuomotor activities (experi...
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Recent evidence suggests that behavioural gains induced by behavioural training are maximized when combined with techniques of cortical neuromodulation, such as transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). Here we address the validity of this appealing approach by investigating the effect of coupling a multisensory visual field exploration train...
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Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a noninvasive brain stimulation technique that induces polarity-specific excitability changes in the human brain, therefore altering physiological, perceptual and higher-order cognitive processes. Here we investigated the possibility of enhancing attentional orienting within and across different sen...

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