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Action-based routes for numbers: unveiling the core networks of reaching, grasping and number processing in brain damaged and healthy individuals.

Descripción del proyecto

Un marcador útil para las disfunciones de la cognición numérica

Las disfunciones de la cognición numérica son relativamente comunes, pero raramente se evalúan, aunque son muy incapacitantes. Como el acceso a equipos de imagenología neural de alta tecnología no es habitual en la mayoría de las prácticas clínicas, se necesita una técnica de diagnóstico fiable y con poca tecnología. Las acciones son cosas que se pueden observar y caracterizar con relativa facilidad. El proyecto financiado con fondos europeos GRINP está probando si las mismas redes sensomotoras que se activan al alcanzar y coger algún objeto también están implicadas en el procesamiento numérico. De ser así, los médicos pueden emplear el comportamiento para evaluar disfunciones de la cognición numérica de los pacientes.

Objetivo

Grasping and Reaching In Number Processing (GRINP) is focused on the study of the neural underpinnings of number processing and its impairment. Number-related deficits can dramatically affect everyday life. Nonetheless, this impairment is often marginally considered in clinical practice, possibly because the complex nature of numerical disorders makes their diagnosis and rehabilitation quite hard. GRINP builds upon action-based theories of cognition - considering many aspects of human cognition as built on motor action - and on the idea that the neural bases for abstract concepts representation are networks of functionally-related recycled mechanisms. Through a comprehensive approach which couples clinical (neuropsychological) with neuroimaging methods (magnetoencephalography), GRINP tests whether number magnitude recruits the same sensorimotor network involved in planning and executing hand movements. GRINP is timely because it relates the cognitive aspects of number and action with the study of their neural dynamics; GRINP is innovative because it promotes at different levels (scientific, clinical, societal) an action-based approach for the understanding of cognitive impairment. GRINP is based on the convergence between the solid expertise of the Fellow in numerical cognition and behavioural research methods, and the long lasting tradition of the Host in neuropsychological and neuroimaging training and research. GRINP will allow the Fellow to restart research in her native country after more than five years of international research/teaching experience and a maternity break. Thanks to the planned training on advanced neuropsychological (voxel-based lesion symptom mapping, brain tractography) and neuroimaging methods (functional connectivity) the Fellow will broaden her expertise from experimental psychology to cognitive neuroscience, putting the bases for a successful long-term career plan.

Coordinador

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 275 209,92
Dirección
VIA 8 FEBBRAIO 2
35122 Padova
Italia

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Región
Nord-Est Veneto Padova
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Enlaces
Coste total
€ 275 209,92