FEDERICA BENCIVENGA

Dottoressa di ricerca

ciclo: XXXVI



Titolo della tesi: Neural underpinnings of visuomotor functions: insights from brain connectivity

Besides being essential for our survival, actions provide meaning to our exchanges with the external world. To successfully interact with the objects surrounding us, we need to extract their relevant visual features, turn them into motor possibilities, and perform movements while integrating visual, tactile, and motor information. In my work, I investigated how this different information is merged in the brain and nested in a process that is continuously updated as the action unfolds. I used neuroimaging techniques in humans to prove that such mechanisms lie in the connections between multiple brain areas. I provided evidence that parietal and frontal areas are bounded by feed-forward/feedback loops during the execution of reaching and grasping movements, showing their different interplay during motor imagery with implications for rehabilitation protocols of motor functions. To test the idea that such circuits are stressed under changing environmental contexts, using virtual reality I created ecological environments to expand the range of action possibilities to be investigated. I tested these paradigms under functional MRI by developing an MRI-compatible motion tracking system to study the neural underpinnings of the online update of motor plans. I have also investigated the neurophysiological correlates of mechanical and tactile hand-object interactions using transcranial magnetic stimulation and providing evidence of stronger cortico-cortical inputs to M1 under conditions of sensorimotor uncertainty during grasp-lift tasks. Overall, by combining multiple techniques and paradigms my work uniquely explored the neural correlates of multiple facets of human motor behavior.

Produzione scientifica

11573/1701491 - 2024 - Target updating during reach-to-grasp actions in a virtual environment: behavioural correlates & pilot fMRI data
Tani, Michelangelo; Bencivenga, Federica; Boukarras, Sarah; Ottaviani, Cristina; Conti, Desirée; Vyas, Krishnendu; Candidi, Matteo; Leggio, Maria; Olivito, Giusy; Siciliano, Libera; Urbini, Nicole; Martelli, Marialuisa; Galati, Gaspare - 04f Poster
congresso: Cognitive Science Arena (Brixen; Italy)
libro: CSA 2024 - ()

11573/1681266 - 2023 - Interhemispheric interplay between the left and right premotor cortex during grasping as assessed by dynamic causal modelling
Bencivenga, F.; Tullo, M. G.; Sulpizio, V.; Galati, G. - 01a Articolo in rivista
rivista: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS (London: Springer Nature London: Nature Publishing Group) pp. 4958- - issn: 2045-2322 - wos: WOS:000984110600064 (1) - scopus: 2-s2.0-85150964115 (1)

11573/1690763 - 2023 - Neural and kinematic evidence of reach and grasp motor behavior in individual and social contexts
Bencivenga, Federica - 04d Abstract in atti di convegno
congresso: Congresso Associazione Italiana di Psicologia 2023 (Lucca; Italia)
libro: AIP 2023 Book of Abstracts - ()

11573/1690693 - 2023 - Too busy to mind: neural mechanisms driving future remembering in a working memory task
Bencivenga, Federica; Conti, Desirée; Tullo, Maria Giulia; Lorenzini, Luigi; Galati, Gaspare - 04f Poster
congresso: Organization for Human Brain Mapping (Montréal; Canada)
libro: OHBM 2023 Book of Abstracts - ()

11573/1681260 - 2023 - Preferential signal pathways during the perception and imagery of familiar scenes: An effective connectivity study
Tullo, Maria Giulia; Almgren, Hannes; Van De Steen, Frederik; Boccia, Maddalena; Bencivenga, Federica; Galati, Gaspare - 01a Articolo in rivista
rivista: HUMAN BRAIN MAPPING (John Wiley & Sons Incorporated:Customer Service, 111 River Street:Hoboken, NJ 07030:(800)225-5945, (201)748-6000, EMAIL: societyinfo@wiley.com, INTERNET: http://www.wiley.com, Fax: (212)748-6551) pp. - - issn: 1065-9471 - wos: WOS:000991685100001 (0) - scopus: 2-s2.0-85159888542 (0)

11573/1657066 - 2022 - Functional parcellation of the human face-selective areas: a resting-state connectivity homogeneity analysis
Bencivenga, Federica; Akbarifathkouhi, Elaheh; Galati, Gaspare - 04f Poster
congresso: Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, FENS2022 (Paris; France)
libro: FENS2022 E-Book of Abstracts - ()

11573/1631926 - 2022 - When fMRI and neurosurgery go hand in hand: a case study on presurgical mapping of complex motor functions for supramarginal glioblastoma resection
Bencivenga, Federica; Di Palma, Veronica; Armocida, Daniele; Palmieri, Mauro; Valentino Berra, Luigi; Brazzi, Sara; Von Gal, Alessandro; Carmellini, Maurizio; Pantano, Patrizia; Galati, Gaspare; Santoro, Antonio - 04f Poster
congresso: Sixth Annual Conference IamBrain (International Association for Mapping the Brain) 2022 (Online)
libro: Contenuto presentato al Sixth Annual Conference IamBrain (International Association for Mapping the Brain) 2022 - ()

11573/1657068 - 2022 - The fickle art gallery: behavioral indices of navigation abilities in virtual reality
Bencivenga, Federica; Maffione, Maria Laura; Galati, Gaspare - 04d Abstract in atti di convegno
congresso: 30º Congresso dell’ Associazione Italiana di Psicologia (Padua; Italy)
libro: Book of Abstract. 30° Congresso dell'Associazione Italiana di Psicologia - ()

11573/1648845 - 2022 - Effector-selective modulation of the effective connectivity within frontoparietal circuits during visuomotor tasks
Bencivenga, Federica; Tullo, Maria Giulia; Maltempo, Teresa; Von Gal, Alessandro; Serra, Chiara; Pitzalis, Sabrina; Galati, Gaspare - 01a Articolo in rivista
rivista: CEREBRAL CORTEX (New York, NY : Oxford University Press, c1991-) pp. - - issn: 1047-3211 - wos: WOS:000811797100001 (2) - scopus: 2-s2.0-85165532068 (2)

11573/1657198 - 2022 - Preferential signal pathways during the perception and the imagery of familiar places: a DCM study
Tullo, Maria Giulia; Almgren, Hannes; Van De Steen, Frederik; Boccia, Maddalena; Bencivenga, Federica; Galati, Gaspare - 04f Poster
congresso: Organization for human brain mapping 2022 annual meeting (Glasgow)
libro: Organization for human brain mapping - ()

11573/1524808 - 2021 - Assessing the effective connectivity of premotor areas during real vs imagined grasping: a DCM-PEB approach
Bencivenga, F.; Sulpizio, V.; Tullo, M. G.; Galati, G. - 01a Articolo in rivista
rivista: NEUROIMAGE (Academic Press Incorporated:6277 Sea Harbor Drive:Orlando, FL 32887:(800)543-9534, (407)345-4100, EMAIL: ap@acad.com, INTERNET: http://www.idealibrary.com, Fax: (407)352-3445) pp. - - issn: 1053-8119 - wos: WOS:000639115800026 (14) - scopus: 2-s2.0-85100603933 (15)

11573/1575491 - 2021 - Effector-selective modulation of the effective connectivity within frontoparietal circuits during visuomotor tasks
Bencivenga, Federica; Tullo, Maria Giulia; Maltempo, Teresa; Von Gal, Alessandro; Serra, Chiara; Pitzalis, Sabrina; Galati, Gaspare - 04f Poster
congresso: XXIX Congresso Società Italiana di Psicofisiologia e Neuroscienze Cognitive. Beyond the lockdown of the brain (Palermo; Italy)
libro: XXIX Congresso SIPF Palermo 2021. Book of Abstracts - ()

11573/1551551 - 2021 - Evaluating bridges across hemispheres: DCM reveals an interhemispheric interplay between premotor cortices during grasping
Bencivenga, Federica; Tullo, Maria Giulia; Sulpizio, Valentina; Galati, Gaspare - 04f Poster
congresso: Second Edition of the Summer School on "Bayesian statistical analyses for the human, social and cognitive sciences" (Verona; Italy)
libro: The BayesHSC 2021 Summer School. Book of Abstracts - ()

11573/1542898 - 2021 - Neural representations underlying mental imagery as unveiled by representation similarity analysis
Boccia, M.; Sulpizio, V.; Bencivenga, F.; Guariglia, C.; Galati, G. - 01a Articolo in rivista
rivista: BRAIN STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION (Springer) pp. 1511-1531 - issn: 1863-2653 - wos: WOS:000636921000001 (1) - scopus: 2-s2.0-85103658050 (2)

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