We use our hands and arms countless times every day – skillfully, yet effortlessly. By using the upper limbs as a model system and combining behavioral, perceptual, and cognitive tasks I have been able to uncover how the senses influence motor control in both healthy participants and special populations (see my work on autism, multiple sclerosis, head trauma, and Parkinson’s Disease).
Moreover, by bringing a chemical senses perspective to study actions, I was among the first to characterize how smell influence our movements (see the first paper on odor-motor interactions and flavor).
Recently, I analyzed movements in utero, to find pre-birth markers (such as handedness), offering a promising strategy for translational applications.
Research Assistant Professor in Psychology
- Motor Signatures in Autism Spectrum Disorder: the Importance of Variability
- Kinematics of the Reach-to-Grasp Movement in Vascular Parkinsonism a Comparison with Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease Patients
- Body Odors Promote Automatic Imitation in Autism
- Implicit Olfactory Processing Attenuates Motor Disturbances in Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease
- Chemosensation and COVID-19