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Caruana Fausto

caruanaResearch scientist
Parma research unit
via Volturno 39/E
43125 Parma

 

 

 

Fausto Caruana is specialized in social, cognitive and affective neuroscience. His studies are focused on the neural and the psychological mechanisms underlying emotions, empathy, mirror neurons and motor cognition. Research is conducted using a multidisciplinary approach, mainly centered on intracranial recordings and electrical stimulations. Trained as an electrophysiologist in non-human primates, he moved to human electrophysiology thanks to the collaboration with the Claudio Munari Epilepsy Surgery Center at the Niguarda Hospital, Milan. Beside his neuroscientific interests, he is actively pursuing theoretical research concerning the relationship between neuroscience and philosophy and, in particular, the theoretical aspects of embodied cognition, social cognition and affective neuroscience. He is author of “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).

 

 

Representative publications


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