In the context of a multidisciplinary research line involving neuropsychology, computer science, physiology, and rehabilitation, the main focus of this SeMoLa project is the investigation of the behavioral and neural basis of the ability to coherently organize bodily sensations and motor responses, i.e. sensorimotor integration.
Despite its crucial role for efficiently interacting within the environment, the mechanisms of sensorimotor integration are still unclear. For example in some movement disorders, the origin of specific sensory abnormalities and highly selective task-specific motor impairments is still under debate.
To reveal the nature of sensory motor integration and feed the results into clinical settings, I use functional magnetic resonance to uncover the brain activity associated with sensory-motor representations, and transcranial magnetic stimulation to address the properties of body representation on cortical-spinal excitability.