Silvio Ionta

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland


I graduated in Experimental Psychology (M. Sc.), get my PhD in Functional Neuroimaging (fMRI) and worked as post-doctoral fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience. During my career I investigated: - Mental Imgery. Over the last years I worked on numerous publications on the mechanisms (Ionta & Blanke, 2009; Ionta, Fourkas, & Aglioti, 2010; Ionta, Fourkas, Fiorio, & Aglioti, 2007; Ionta, Perruchoud, Draganski, & Blanke, 2012) and the neural basis (Blanke, Ionta, Fornari, Mohr, & Maeder, 2010; Fourkas, Ionta, & Aglioti, 2006; Ionta, Ferretti, Merla, Tartaro, & Romani, 2010) of mental imagery in both healthy subjects and dystonic patients (Fiorio et al., 2007). The experimental protocols developed in these studies have been used also by other groups (Abate et al., 2010; Katschnig et al., 2010). - Action recognition. I studied the neural basis of bodily action, visual recognition and related impairments (Candidi, Urgesi, Ionta, & Aglioti, 2008; Urgesi, Candidi, Ionta, & Aglioti, 2007). - Representation of self-related processes. Using fMRI facilities, I worked on a experimental protocols to manipulate the subjective mental representation of time (Arzy, Collette, Ionta, Fornari, & Blanke, 2009). - Multisensory Integration. I studied the integration of visual, tactile and vestibular information in both healthy subjects and neurological patients (Ionta et al., 2011), with a particular interest in merging cognitive neuroscience and robotics (DueƱas et al., 2011) in order to build up a coherent model of multisensory integration (Ionta, Gassert, & Blanke, 2011). - Clinical patients. I have been dealing with patients suffering from pharmaco-resistant epilepsy with intracranial implanted electrodes.

Biography Updated on 19 June 2012

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