Neural correlates of Identity

Building on recent bio-computational modeling of body representation, with this SeMoLa project I aim at unraveling the neural underpinnings of face identity processing, and in particular self- versus other-face recognition and representation.

To this aim I use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to individuate the brain regions responsible for processing self versus other faces, as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to obtain fine-tuned measurements of cortico-spinal excitability as biomarker of the causative role of these regions in mental representation of self and other faces.

This project will improve the understanding of identity-related mechanisms, identifying the possible role of low-level visual regions in high-level cognitive processing.