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Luca Provenzano

Neuroscience and society
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My research employs immersive virtual reality (IVR) and the embodiment illusion to explore human perception, cognition, and behavior. My recent projects have integrated IVR with interpersonal multisensory stimulation (IMS) to study body image and body image disorders (BID) within both clinical (Anorexia Nervosa) and neurotypical populations. Currently, I am engaged in various research lines that investigate, among other topics, the correlation between Bodily Self-Consciousness and moral behavior in digital and virtual social interactions (eHonesty), the application of vicarious virtual touch for chronic pain treatment, and the impact of embodying a virtual role model in enhancing female empowerment


Title: PhD in Psychology and Social Neuroscience
Institute: Sapienza - University of Rome
Location: Rome
Country: Italy
From: 2017 To: 2020

Title: MD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychological Rehabilitation - Magna cum Laude
Institute: Sapienza, University of Rome
Location: Rome
Country: Italy
From: 2015 To: 2017

Top Publications
Provenzano L., Ciccarone S., Porciello G., Petrucci M., Cozzani B., Cotugno A., Bufalari I.
Embodiment of underweight and normal-weight avatars affects bodily self-representations in anorexia nervosa
Article Journal
Provenzano L., Gohlke H., Saetta G., Bufalari I., Lenggenhager B., Lesur M.R.
Fluid face but not gender: Enfacement illusion through digital face filters does not affect gender identity
PLoS ONE, vol. 19, (no. 4 April)
Article Journal
Fusaro M., Bufacchi R.J., Nicolardi V., Provenzano L.
The analgesic power of pleasant touch in individuals with chronic pain: Recent findings and new insights
Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, vol. 16
Provenzano L., Porciello G., Ciccarone S., Lenggenhager B., Tieri G., Marucci M., Dazzi F., Loriedo C., Bufalari I.
Characterizing body image distortion and bodily self-plasticity in anorexia nervosa via visuo-tactile stimulation in virtual reality
Journal of Clinical Medicine, vol. 9, (no. 1)