With our hands (manibus, in latin) we act and make gestures, we interface with objects in the outer world and interact with our peers. With the hands, we may caress, but also defend ourselves from a potential danger. With the hands, we may use tools able to extend body limits. MANIBUS group mainly deals with body representation, both in normal and pathological conditions, with a special focus on sensory-motor aspects, defensive behaviors, and adaptive phenomena.
Our research is characterized by the adoption of a neuropsychological approach where behavioral alterations, due to brain lesions or reproduced by specific experimental manipulations, are observed through neuroimaging techniques (fMRI and EEG), psychophysiological measurements (SCR, EMG, Heartbeat), or through experimental paradigms involving non-invasive brain stimulation (tDCS and TMS).