One of the most surprising features of our brain is the fact that it is extremely plastic. Among the various plastic processes supported by our brain, there is the neural representation of the space surrounding our body, the peripersonal space (PPS). The effects of real-world tool use on the PPS are well known in cognitive neuroscience, but little is still known whether similar mechanisms also govern virtual tool use. To this purpose, the present study investigated the plasticity of the PPS before and after a real (Experiment 1) or virtual motor training with a tool (Experiment 2). The results show the expansion of the PPS only following real-world tool use but not virtual use, highlighting how the two types of training potentially rely on different processes. This study enriches the current state of the art on the plasticity of PPS in real and virtual environments. We discuss our data with respect to the relevance for the development of effective immersive environment for trainings, learning and rehabilitation.

The Remapping of Peripersonal Space in a Real but Not in a Virtual Environment / Ferroni, Francesca; Gallese, Vittorio; Marta Soccini, Agata; Langiulli, Nunzio; Rastelli, Francesca; Ferri, Donato; Bianchi, Francesco; Ardizzi, Martina. - In: BRAIN SCIENCES. - ISSN 2076-3425. - 12:(2022), pp. 1-10.

The Remapping of Peripersonal Space in a Real but Not in a Virtual Environment

Francesca Ferroni
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Vittorio Gallese;Nunzio Langiulli;Martina Ardizzi
2022-01-01

Abstract

One of the most surprising features of our brain is the fact that it is extremely plastic. Among the various plastic processes supported by our brain, there is the neural representation of the space surrounding our body, the peripersonal space (PPS). The effects of real-world tool use on the PPS are well known in cognitive neuroscience, but little is still known whether similar mechanisms also govern virtual tool use. To this purpose, the present study investigated the plasticity of the PPS before and after a real (Experiment 1) or virtual motor training with a tool (Experiment 2). The results show the expansion of the PPS only following real-world tool use but not virtual use, highlighting how the two types of training potentially rely on different processes. This study enriches the current state of the art on the plasticity of PPS in real and virtual environments. We discuss our data with respect to the relevance for the development of effective immersive environment for trainings, learning and rehabilitation.
The Remapping of Peripersonal Space in a Real but Not in a Virtual Environment / Ferroni, Francesca; Gallese, Vittorio; Marta Soccini, Agata; Langiulli, Nunzio; Rastelli, Francesca; Ferri, Donato; Bianchi, Francesco; Ardizzi, Martina. - In: BRAIN SCIENCES. - ISSN 2076-3425. - 12:(2022), pp. 1-10.
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