PRIN 2017 – From brain dynamics to restoration of visual awareness after damage to the visual cortex

Starting date
December 29, 2019
Duration (months)
36
Departments
Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences
Managers or local contacts
Savazzi Silvia

OBIETTIVI:
Visual awareness – the online access to the content of our visual experience – affords flexibility and experiential richness, and its loss following brain damage has devastating effects. However, patients with blindness following damage to the visual cortex (V1) may retain non-conscious visual functions, despite visual awareness is lacking. The overarching goal of the present project is to translate these nonconscious visual abilities into conscious one. This requires moving the research agenda from the current study of the neural correlates of visual awareness to the neural causes determining it. To achieve this translational objective, we propose to integrate into a coherent framework three main properties of visual processing: topological, dynamic and oscillatory characteristics. In doing so, we will place our understanding of visual awareness on firm neuropsychological and empirical bases. Next, we will translate this wisdom into evidence-based clinical intervention.
 

Sponsors:

MIUR - PRIN
Funds: assigned and managed by the department
Syllabus: PRIN

Project participants

Federica Molteni
Research Assistants
Silvia Savazzi
Full Professor

Collaboratori esterni

Marco Tamietto
Università degli Studi di Torino
Alessia Celeghini
Università degli Studi di Torino
Arianna Bagnis
Università degli Studi di Torino
Caterina Bertini
Università degli Studi di Bologna
Elisabetta Ladavas
Università degli Studi di Bologna
Mattia Pietrelli
Università degli Studi di Bologna
Giulia Ellena
Università degli Studi di Bologna
Davide Braghittoni
Università degli Studi di Bologna

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