The research line in Neuroscience and Behaviour investigates fundamental questions about how humans and other animals cope with a changing world through perception and action.
We are particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms that brains have evolved for the detection and the motor reaction to sudden and unexpected environmental stimuli, from simple perception to joint action.
This research is relevant for the study of rapid defensive and non-defensive behaviours, pain, joint action, and peripersonal space.
Specifically, we investigate how the nervous system:
- Identifies and reacts to surprising environmental events
- Generates painful percepts in response to noxious stimuli
- Selects appropriate actions as a function of the positions of objects in the world
- Allows human-human sensorimotor interactions