Andrea Cavallo

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Andrea is Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology of the University of Turin. He received his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Padua in 2008, and his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Turin in 2013. As a researcher, he is currently hosted by C’MON – Cognition, Motion, and Neuroscience Unit at the Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa.


Research Interests

Motor cognition
Action observation and Motor Evoked Potentials (MEPs)
Neuroimaging (TMS and fMRI)


Selected Publications


Cavallo, A., Ansuini, C., Capozzi, F., Tversky, B., Becchio, C.
When far becomes near: perspective taking induces social remapping of spatial relations.
Psychological Science, 28(1), 69-79, doi: 10.1177/0956797616672464

Cavallo, A., Ansuini, C., Gori, M., Tinti, C., Tonelli, A., Becchio, C.
Anticipatory action planning in blind and sighted individuals.
Scientific Reports, 7:44617, doi: 10.1038/srep44617

Bucchioni, G., Fossataro, C., Cavallo, A., Mouras, H., Neppi-Modona, M., Garbarini, F.
Empathy or ownership? Evidence from corticospinal excitability during pain observation
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 1-12, doi:10.1162/jocn_a_01003

Ansuini, C., Podda, J., Battaglia, F. M., Veneselli, E., Becchio, C. (epub ahead of print)
One hand, two hands, two people: Prospective sensorimotor control in children with autism.
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Mar 2, doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2017.02.009


Cavallo, A., Koul, A., Ansuini, C., Capozzi, F., Becchio, C. (2016)
Decoding intentions from movement kinematics.
Scientific reports, Nov 15;6:37036. doi: 10.1038/srep37036.

Koul, A., Cavallo, A., Ansuini, C., Becchio C. (2016)
Doing it your way: how individual movement styles affect action prediction.
PLoS One, Oct 25;11(10):e0165297.
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0165297.

Ansuini, C., Cavallo, A., Campus, C., Quarona, D., Koul A., Becchio C. (2016)
Are we real when we fake? Attunement to object weight in natural and pantomimed grasping movements.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, 471, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00471

Ansuini*, C., Cavallo*, A., Koul, A., D’Ausilio, A., Taverna, L., & Becchio, C. (2016).
Grasping others’ movements: rapid discrimination of objects size from observed hand movements.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(7), 918-29.
doi: 10.1037/xhp0000169.

Ansuini, C, Cavallo, A, Pia, L, & Becchio, C. (2016).
The role of perspective in mental time travel.
Neural Plasticity. 2016:3052741. doi: 10.1155/2016/3052741.


Cavallo A., Lungu O., Becchio C., Ansuini C., Rustichini A., & Fadiga L. (2015).
When gaze opens the channel for communication: integrative role of IFG and MPFC.
Neuroimage, 119, 63-69

Cavallo A., Ansuini C., & Becchio C. (2015).
The (un)coupling between action execution and observation.
Phisics of life reviews, 12, 129

Ansuini C., Cavallo A., Koul A., Jacono M., Yang Y., & Becchio C. (2015).
Predicting object size from hand kinematics: a temporal perspective.
PLoS One, 10(3), e0120432

Ansuini C., Cavallo A., Bertone C., & Becchio C. (2015).
Intentions in the brain: The unveiling of Mister Hyde.
The Neuroscientist, 21(2), 126-135


Capozzi F., Cavallo A., Furlanetto T., & Becchio C. (2014).
Altercentric intrusions from multiple perspectives: Beyond dyads.
PLoS One, 9, e114210.

Ansuini C., Cavallo A., Bertone C., & Becchio C. (2014).
The visible face of intention: why kinematics matters.
Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 815.

Becchio C., Zanatto D., Straulino E., Cavallo A. , Sartori G., Castiello C. (2014).
The kinematic signature of voluntary actions.
Neuropsychologia, 64, 169-175.

Cavallo A., Catmur C., Sowden S., Ianì F., & Becchio C. (2014).
Stopping movements: when others slow us down.
European Journal of Neuroscience, 40, 2842-2849.

Cavallo A., Heyes C., Becchio C., Bird G., & Catmur C. (2014).
Timecourse of mirror and counter-mirror effects measured with transcranial magnetic stimulation.
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 1082-1088.

Manera V., Elena M.R., Bayliss A.P., & Becchio C. (2014).
When seeing is more than looking: Intentional gaze modulates object desirability.
Emotion, 14, 824-832.


Furlanetto T., Cavallo A., Manera V., Tversky B., Becchio C. (2013).
Through your eyes: incongruence of gaze and action increases spontaneous perspective taking.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 455.

Cavallo A., Bucchioni G., Castiello U., Becchio C. (2013).
Goal or movement? Action representation within the primary motor cortex.
European Journal of Neuroscience, doi: 10.1111/ejn.12343.

Bucchioni G., Cavallo A., Ippolito D., Marton G., Castiello U. (2013).
Corticospinal excitability during the observation of social behavior
Brain and Cognition, 81, 176-182.


Becchio C., Cavallo A., Begliomini C., Sartori L., Feltrin G., Castiello U. (2012).
Social grasping: from mirroring to mentalizing. 
NeuroImage, 61, 240-248.

Becchio C., Manera V., Sartori L., Cavallo A., Castiello U. (2012).
Grasping intentions: from thought experiments to empirical evidence. 
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 117.

Cavallo, A., Becchio, C., Sartori, L., Bucchioni, G., & Castiello, U. (2012).
Grasping with Tools: Corticospinal excitability reflects observed hand movements. 
Cerebral Cortex, 22, 710-716.

Sartori, L., Cavallo, A., Bucchioni, G., & Castiello, U. (2012).
From simulation to reciprocity: the case of complementary actions.
Social Neuroscience, 7, 146-158.

Manera V., Cavallo A., Chiavarino C., Schouten B., Verfaillie K., Becchio C. (2012).
Are you approaching me? Motor execution influences perceived action orientation. 
PLoS One, 7, e37514.


Sartori, L., Cavallo, A., Bucchioni, G., & Castiello, U. (2011).
Corticospinal excitability is specifically modulated by the social dimension of observed actions. 
Experimental Brain Research, 211, 557-568.

Manera, V., Becchio, C., Cavallo, A., Sartori, L., & Castiello, U. (2011).
Cooperation or competition? Discriminating between social intentions by observing prehensile movements. 
Experimental Brain Research, 211, 547-556.

Cavallo, A., Sartori, L., & Castiello, U. (2011).
Corticospinal excitability modulation to hand muscles during the observation of appropriate versus inappropriate actions. 
Cognitive Neuroscience, 2, 83-90.