Prof Andrea Serino
Head of the Laboratory MySpace
Affiliation: Service of neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation (NPR)
Keywords: Peripersonal space, Body representations, Multisensory integration, Virtual reality & Robotics, Embodiment, Cognitive assessment and rehabilitation
Thanks to his multidisciplinary group, Andrea Serino carries out research to unravel the neural and cognitive basis of body and self experience in space. MySpace Lab’s approach combines basic research, translational work and novel neurotechnology solutions.
The main goal of the lab is understanding how the human brain builds a representation of the body in space, important for action, perception and consciousness. To this aim, we use different techniques from cognitive neuroscience, including psychophysics, fMRI, intracranial and scalp EEG recording, neuropsychology and neural network modeling to study the multisensory mechanisms underlying Body Representations (BR) and Peripersonal Space (PPS) in the human brain. This knowledge is applied to develop novel neurotechnology-based approaches, using e.g., virtual reality, robotics and brain machine inferfaces, to study and help patients suffering physical (e.g., amputees) or neurlogical (e.g., stroke) impariments.