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Antonino Casile

Researcher

Research Line

Multiscale Brain Communication

Center

CTNSC@UniFe Ferrara

Contacts

Harvard Medical School Department of Neurobiology Warren Alpert Bulding, room 222 200 Longwood Avenue
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About

December 2009-present – Team Leader at the Italian Institute of Technology, Rovereto (Italy) and Research Fellow at the Harvard Medical School, Boston (USA)

February 2006-November 2009 – Independent Researcher at the Hertie Institute, Department of Cognitive Neurology, University Clinic Tuebingen, Germany.

November-December 2005 – Visiting scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

April 2002-February 2006 – Post-doc student at the Hertie Institute, Department of Cognitive Neurology, University Clinic Tuebingen, Germany.

December 2001 – PhD degree (summa cum laude) from Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento S. Anna in Pisa (Italy) with the thesis: Eye movements and the refinement of cortical neural responses: A computational analysis.

January-December 2000 – Visiting researcher at the Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University, Boston, USA.

November-December 2005 – Visiting scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

December 1997 – PhD student at the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento S.Anna, Pisa, Italy

August-September 1997 – Visiting student at the Fermilab in Chicago, USA with a grant from the Istituto Italiano di Fisica Nuclear (Italian Institute for Nuclear Energy)

December 1997 – PhD student at the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento S.Anna, Pisa, Italy

December 1996 – Laurea Degree in Computer Engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Pisa (Italy) with the thesis Progetto e realizzazione di un nucleo Real-Time su una macchina RISC basata su processore Alpha (Design and implementation of a hard Real- Time kernel on a RISC machine based on the Alpha processor).

Projects

The focus of my research is the investigation of possible influences of motor behaviors on both low- and high-level perception. For my research I use psychophysical, theoretical, brain imaging and neurophysiological techniques.

In the field of high-level perception I am investigating, by means of neurophysiological recordings in the macaque pre-motor cortex, the putative role of motor knowledge on action perception. In this field, I contributed to establish that mirror neurons have several, previously unknown, tuning properties (Caggiano et al., 2011; Caggiano, Fogassi, Rizzolatti, Thier, & Casile, 2009; Casile, Caggiano, & Ferrari, 2011)⁠. In addition to monkeys, I also investigate the link between perception and action in humans by means of psychophysical and brain imaging techniques (Casile et al., 2010; Casile & Giese, 2005, 2006; Dayan et al., 2007; Graf et al., 2007; Ticini, Schütz-Bosbach, Weiss, Casile, & Waszak, 2012)⁠.

In the field of low-level perception I am investigating the possible influences of oculomotor behavior on the neuronal encoding of information in the first stages of the visual system (Casile & Rucci, 2006, 2009; Rucci & Casile, 2004, 2005)⁠.

Selected Publications

* denotes equal contributions

Ticini LF, Schütz-Bosbach S, Weiss C, Casile A, Waszak F (2012) When Sounds Become Actions: Higher-order Representation of Newly Learnt Action Sounds in the Human Motor System. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 24:464-474.

Caggiano V, Fogassi L, Rizzolatti G, Pomper JK, Thier P, Giese MA, Casile A (2011) View-based encoding of actions in mirror neurons of area F5 in macaque premotor cortex. Current Biology 21:144-8.

Casile A, Caggiano V, Ferrari PF (2011) The mirror neuron system: A fresh view. The Neuroscientist 17:524-538.

Casile A, *Dayan E, Caggiano V, Hendler T, Flash T, Giese, M A (2010) Neuronal Encoding of Human Kinematic Invariants during Action Observation. Cerebral Cortex 20:1647-55.

Caggiano V, Fogassi L, Rizzolatti G, Thier P, Casile A (2009) Mirror neurons differentially encode the peripersonal and extrapersonal space of monkeys. Science 324:403-6.

Casile A, Rucci M (2009) A theory of the influence of eye movements on the refinement of direction selectivity in the cat’s primary visual cortex. Network: Computation in Neural Systems 20:197-232.

*Dayan E, *Casile A, Levit-Binnun N Giese MA, Hendler T, Flash T (2007) Neural representations of kinematic laws of motion: evidence for action-perception coupling. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104:20582-7.

Graf M, Reitzner B, Corves C, Casile A, Giese, M A, Prinz W (2007) Predicting point-light actions in real-time. NeuroImage 36 Suppl 2:T22-32.

Casile A, Giese MA (2006) Nonvisual motor training influences biological motion perception. Current Biology 16:69-74.

Casile A, Rucci M (2006) A theoretical analysis of the influence of fixational instability on the development of thalamocortical connectivity. Neural Computation 18:569-90.

Casile A, Giese MA (2005) Critical features for the recognition of biological motion. Journal of Vision:348-360.

Rucci M, Casile A (2005) Fixational instability and natural image statistics: Implications for early visual representations. Network: Computation in Neural Systems 16:121-138.

Rucci M, Casile A (2004) Decorrelation of neural activity during fixational instability: possible implications for the refinement of V1 receptive fields. Visual neuroscience 21:725-38.

Awards

2007 – Attempto Prize as young investigator of the University of Tuebingen

1997 – Grant from Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (National Institute of Nuclear Physics) to spend a visiting period at the Fermilab in Batavia (USA)

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