Silvio Ionta

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Silvio Ionta, post-doc
Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience
Brain-Mind Institute
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Station 19, AI 2102
1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

phone: +41 21 693 1775
fax: +41 21 693 1770
e-mail: silvio.ionta@epfl.ch
website: http://people.epfl.ch/silvio.ionta

Research Interests:
Mental imagery, body representation, self awareness, imitation, interoception.

Techniques:
fMRI, psychophysics

Graduation:
PhD in Functional BioImaging at the Institute of Advanced Bio-Medical Technologies, University of Pescara-Chieti, Italy

MSc in Psychology, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy

Publications:
[] Blanke O, Ionta S, Fornari E, Mohr C, Maeder P. (2010). “Mental imagery for full and upper human bodies: common right hemisphere activations and distinct extrastriate activations”. Brain Topography (in press)

[] Abate M, Di Carlo L, Di Romualdo S, Ionta S, Ferretti A, Romani GL, Merla A (2010). “Postural adjustment in experimental leg lenght difference evaluated by means of thermal infrared imaging”. Physiological Measurements 31(1):35-43

[] Ionta S, Fourkas A, Aglioti SM (2010). “Egocentric and object-based transformation in the laterality judgement of human and animal faces and of non-corporal objetcs”. Behavioural Brain Research 207(2):452-7.

[PDF] Arzy S, Collette S, Ionta S, Fornari E, Blanke O (2009). “Subjective mental time: the functional architecture of projecting the self to past and future”. European Journal of Neuroscience 30(10):2009-17.

[] Ionta S, Ferretti A, Merla A, Tartaro A, Romani GL (2009). “Step by step: the effects of physical practice on the neural correlates of locomotion imagery revealed by fMRI”. Human Brain Mapping 31(5):694-702.

[PDF] Ionta S, Blanke O (2009). “Differential Influence of Hands Posture on Mental Rotation of Hands and Feet in Left and Right Handers” Experimental Brain Research, 195(2):207-17.

[] Candidi M, Urgesi C, Ionta S, Aglioti SM (2008). Virtual lesion of ventral premotor cortex impairs visual perception of biomechanically possible but not impossible actions”. Social Neuroscience, 3(3-4):388-400.

[] Ionta S, Fourkas A, Fiorio M, Aglioti SM (2007). “The Influence of Hands Posture on Mental Rotation of Hands and Feet”. Experimental Brain Research, 183(1):1-7).

[] Fiorio M, Tinazzi M, Ionta S, Fiaschi A, Moretto G, Edwards MJ, Bathia KB, Aglioti SM “Mental rotation of body parts and non-corporal objects in patients with idiopathic cervical dystonia” . Neuropsychologia, 11;45(10):2346-54.

[] Urgesi C, Candidi M, Ionta S, Aglioti SM. (2007) ” Representation of body identity and body actions in extrastriate body area and ventral premotor cortex”. Nature Neuroscience, 10(1):30-31.

[] Fourkas AD, Ionta S, Aglioti SM (2006) “Influence Of Imagined Posture And Imagery Modality On Corticospinal Excitability”. Behavioural Brain Research, 168 (2): 190-196


 

Publications in Preparation:
[] Ionta S, Halje P, Dieguez S, Spinelli L, Seeck M, Blanke O. “The Execution-Observation Matching System Activity Intracranially recorded in Awake Humans ”

[] Ionta S, Lengenhagger B, Mouthon M, Blanke O. “Robotics/fMRI joint study of bodily Self-Location”

[] Ionta S, Halie P, Blanke O. “Stomach Interoception Awareness and Bodily Self Consciousness”

[] Ionta S, Costantini M, Ferretti A, Romani GL, Galati G, Aglioti SM. “Modulation of neural response as a function of empathy for pain in different models”

Research Awards 
Winner of the “Poster Presentation Competition” at the Body Representation Workshop, Manchester January 17-18, 2007, United Kingdom

“Young Investigator Award”. National Congress of the Italian Association of Psychology (AIP), September 22-24, 2004, Sciacca, Italy

Non-academic Achievements:
Fundation Duques de Soria & PRESENCCIA workshop: “Body consciousness: brain mechanisms of representation of the self and others”. Soria 9th-13th July, 2007, Spain.
 PENS-Hertie Winter School: “Brain basis of social interaction: from concepts to imaging”. Kitzbuehel December 10-17, 2006. Austria.

Invited Presentations:
“How Motor Imagery can be useful in understanding Motor Representations”, 15th January 2007. Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN), University College London (UCL), UK.

“Mental Imagery, a tool for the study of Motor Representations”. 18th April 2007, Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience (LNCO), Brain-Mind Institute, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Conferences Presentations 
Ionta S, Blanke O. “Differential Influence of Hands Posture on Mental Rotation of Hands and Feet” (poster). Body Representation Workshop, Nottingham, April 09-10, 2008, UK

Ionta S, Fourkas A, Aglioti SM. “Egocentric and object-based frames of reference, in the laterality judgement of body and non body parts” (poster). Body Representation Workshop, Rovereto, October 08-10, 2007, Italy

Ionta S, Galati G, Ferretti A, Romani GL, Aglioti SM. (2007). “Modulation of neural responses related to empathy for pain in different models” (poster). Body Representation Workshop, Manchester January 17-18, 2007, United Kingdom. Ionta S, Ferretti A., Romani G.L., (2006). “Short Term Cerebral Variations related to Transient Postural Disorders: a fMRI-ECG study” (poster). 12th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, June 11th – 15th, 2006. Florence, Italy.

Ionta S, Ferretti A., Romani G.L., (2006). “An fMRI study of Short Term Cerebral Variations related to Postural Disorders” (poster). Cognitive Neuroscience Societies Meeting, April 8 th -11 th, San Francisco, USA.

Ionta S, Mingoia G, Romani GL, (2005) “Mechanisms underlying Gaze direction processing in Autism: proposal of a fMRI and MEG combined study of Social Cognition” (poster). The Symposium in Human Brain Development, May 25 th – 26 th, 2005, Unitas Conference Center, Helsinki, Finland.

Ionta S., (2004). “Rotazione Mentale di Parti Corporee ed Extra-Corporee, in relazione a Postura e Prospettiva Immaginativa” (poster). Congresso Nazionale dell’Associazione Italiana di Psicologia.  Sciacca 18 th – 20 th sett. 2004, Italy.

Ionta S., Fiorio M., Aglioti S.M., (2003). “Rotazione Mentale di Parti Corporee in relazione a Postura e Prospettiva Immaginativa” (poster). Congresso Nazionale Associazione Italiana di Psicologia, sezione Sperimentale, Bari 22 th – 24 th sett. 2003, Italy.

Teaching Experience:
“What MEG is and How it works”, supporting lecture, Neuropsychology, Faculty of Psychology 1, University of Rome “La Sapienza”.


Research Activity:
PhD student at the Institute of Advanced Bio-Medical Technologies, Dept. of Clinical Sciences and Bioimaging, University of Pescara-Chieti “G. D’Annunzio, directed by prof. G.L. Romani. Mainly involved in testing healthy people and evaluating results. Proficient in a range of several computer applications and good potential for acquiring news. Able to work on own initiative and as a part of a team, with problem solving abilities. Dedicated to producing high quality results of clinical relevance.

Scientific collaboration with the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, at the Department of Psychology, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, directed by Prof. Salvatore M. Aglioti.