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Fausto Caruana is Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Neuroscience of the National Research Council of Italy (IN-CNR), in Parma. He specializes in behavioral neuroscience and he authored over 60 papers on the neural and psychological mechanisms of emotional and motor behavior, mirror neurons, and emotional contagion.
His research is conducted using a multidisciplinary approach, mainly centered on intracranial recordings and electrical stimulations. Trained as an electrophysiologist in non-human primates, he works in the field of human electrophysiology thanks to a collaboration established with the Claudio Munari Epilepsy Surgery Center at the Niguarda Hospital, Milan.
His research in behavioral neuroscience is carried out in an interdisciplinary way and benefits from collaborations with scholars from other disciplines, including humanities and ethology. He has given invited talks at prestigious national and international institutes and meetings, on both neuroscientific and theoretical topics.
He is the author of “Habits. Pragmatist Approaches from Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Social Theory” (2020, with I. Testa, CUP), “Come funzionano le emozioni. Da Darwin alle neuroscienze” (2018, with M. Viola, Il Mulino), “Il cervello in azione” (2016, with A. Borghi, Il Mulino) and “Il cervello empatico. Dalla teoria della mente al meccanismo mirror” (2019, Hachette).
Caruana F, Palagi E, de Waal F BM (2022). Cracking the laugh code. Laughter through the lens of biology, psychology, and neuroscience. Preface to the Theme Issue. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B.
Pelliccia V, Del Vecchio M, Avanzini P, Revay M, Sartori I, Caruana F (2022). 70 Years of Human Cingulate Cortex Stimulation. Functions and dysfunctions through the lens of electrical stimulation. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. DOI 10.1097/WNP.0000000000000961.
Caruana F. (2019). The Integration of Emotional Expression and Experience: A Pragmatist Review of Recent Evidence from Brain Stimulation. Emotion Review. 11(1), 27-38.
Caruana F., Gerbella M., Avanzini P., Gozzo F., Pelliccia V., Mai R., Abdollahi R. O., Cardinale F., Sartori I., Lo Russo G., Rizzolatti G. (2018). Motor and Emotional Behaviors Elicited by Electrical Stimulation of the Human Cingulate Cortex. Brain 141(10):3035-3051.
Gallese V., Caruana F. (2016). Embodied Simulation. Beyond the expression/experience dualism of emotions. Trends in Cognitive Science, 20(6):397-398.
Caruana F., Avanzini P., Gozzo F., Francione S., Cardinale F., Rizzolatti G. (2015). Mirth and laughter elicited by electrical stimulation of the human anterior cingulate cortex. Cortex, 71, 323-331.
Caruana F., Jezzini A., Sbriscia Fioretti B., Rizzolatti G., Gallese V. (2011). Emotional and Social Behaviors Elicited by Electrical Stimulation of the Insula in the Macaque Monkey. Current Biology, Feb 8; 21(3):195-9. ISSN. 0960-9822