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Giacomo Novembre

Researcher
Researcher

Research Line

Neuroscience and Behaviour

Center

CLNS@SAPIENZA Roma

About

ACADEMIC POSITIONS    EDUCATION
2018-present Researcher 
Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Neuroscience and Behaviour Laboratory
 2009-2013
PhD (Cognitive Neuroscience) 
& University of Leipzig, Germany
2016-2018 Research associate 
University College London, UK
Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology
2007-2009
MSc (Cognitive Neuroscience)
& Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. 
 
 2013-2016
Research lecturer
Western Sydney University, Australia
2004-2007
BA (Philosophy of Mind and Language)

Interests

Sensorimotor integration Saliency detection Joint action Entrainment Music

Projects

My research explores sensorimotor integration: the brain’s capacity to integrate sensory input with motor processes, movements and actions. This is what permits all animals to interact with elements of the surrounding environment, such as objects, salient events or other (collaborating) individuals.

My interests span from the neurophysiology of the sensory and motor systems, particularly their interplay, to the emergence of the cognitive processes that support inter-personal coordination and collaboration. I study these topics through electrophysiology and brain stimulation methods, usually in combination with behavioural measures. 

The following points summarise my research activity:

(1) I have identified a cortico-muscular mechanism – also called “cortico-muscular resonance” – that rapidly couples the cortex with body muscles in response to salient environmental events.

(2) I was the first scientist to conduct and report a dual-brain stimulation experiment. This consists of simultaneous alternating currents applied transcranially over two human brains in order to manipulate the capacity of two individuals to establish inter-personal (behavioural) coordination. 

(3) I have contributed to the understanding of the neurophysiological and cognitive processes that govern inter-personal interactions, such as imitation and joint action. To this aim, I am one of the scientists who introduced the use of musical tasks as ecological yet experimentally controlled models.

(4) My interest in music also touches on other theoretically relevant issues, such as its mysterious origins and its fascinating analogies with other forms of verbal and non-verbal communication.

Here you can find a complete list of my publications: LINK

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