Finding the dyadic motor plan: neurocognitive bases of complementary actions

The project has been developed at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Prof E. Paulesu’s lab, and investigates the neurocognitive bases of joint actions with a novel behavioural task developed by.
In this task, participants have to coordinate with a virtual partner to play music together.

In our studies we provide evidence for the participants’ tendency to integrate (predictions about) what the partner has to do (e.g., what notes he has to play, and what actions he will do to produce them) in their own motor plans.
Link to the Open Access article on the behavioral task

suonatori With the same task, we have explored How Task Interactivity Shapes Action Observation, as described in our article recently published in Cerebral Cortex in cooperation with the IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi.

We are currently challenging our previous results in a transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and by testing participants’ neurofunctional resposes when the partner violates their expectations specified by the Dyadic Motor Plan.