Caterina Ansuini

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Caterina is Senior Post-doc at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa. She received her master degree in Neuropsychology in 2004 and her PhD in Cognitive Science in 2007 from the University of Padua. After her PhD studies, she got a two-years postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Padua to investigate the complex relation between intention and action by means of kinematic techniques. For I.Move.U project, she applies a new quantitative methodology to the investigation of intention understanding in both clinical and non-clinical population.


Research Interests

Motor and social Cognition
Kinematics and motion capturing techniques
Motor Planning and Action Understanding in Autism Spectrum Disorder


Selected Publications


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., 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

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., 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.


Sciutti A., Ansuini C., Becchio C., & Sandini G. (2015).
Investigating the ability to read others’ intentions using humanoid robots.
Frontiers in Psychology, 6

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


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

Furlanetto T., Gallace A., Ansuini C., & Becchio C. (2014).
Effects of arm crossing on spatial perspective taking.
PLoS ONE, 9, e95748.


Crajé C., Lukos J. R., Ansuini C., Gordon A. M., Santello M. (2011).
The effects of task and content on digit placement on a bottle.
Experimental Brain Research, 212, 119-124.


Castiello U., Giordano B. L., Begliomini C., Ansuini C., Grassi M. (2010).
When ears drive hands: the influence of contact sound on reaching to grasp.
PloS one, 5, e12240.

Ansuini C., Begliomini C., Ferrari T., Castiello U. (2010).
Testing the effects of end-goal during reach-to-grasp movements in Parkinson’s disease.
Brain and Cognition, 74, 169-177.


Ansuini C., Grigis K., Massaccesi S., Castiello U. (2009).
Breaking the flow of an action.
Experimental Brain Research, 192, 287-292.

Castiello U., Ansuini C., Bulgheroni M., Scaravilli T., Nicoletti, R. (2009).
Visuomotor priming effects in Parkinson’s disease patients depend on the match between the observed and the executed action.
Neuropsychologia, 47, 835-842.


Ansuini C., Giosa L., Turella L., Altoè G., Castiello U.(2008).
An object for an action, the same object for other actions: effects on hand shaping.
Experimental Brain Research, 185, 111-119.

Tubaldi F., Ansuini C., Tirindelli R., Castiello U. (2008).
Odours grab his hand but not hers.
Perception, 37, 1886.

Tubaldi F., Ansuini C., Tirindelli R., Castiello U. (2008).
The grasping side of odours.
PloS one, 3, e1795.

Tubaldi F., Ansuini C., Demattè M. L., Tirindelli R., Castiello U. (2008).
Effects of olfactory stimuli on arm-reaching duration.
Chemical senses, 33, 433-440.

Lukos J. R., Ansuini C., Santello M. (2008).
Anticipatory control of grasping: independence of sensorimotor memories for kinematics and kinetics.
The Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 12765-12774.


Lukos J. R., Ansuini C., Santello M. (2007).
Choice of contact points during multidigit grasping: effect of predictability of object center of mass location.
The Journal of Neuroscience, 27, 3894-3903.

Ansuini C., Santello M., Tubaldi F., Massaccesi S., Castiello U. (2007).
Control of hand shaping in response to object shape perturbation.
Experimental Brain Research, 180, 85-96.

Ansuini C., Tognin V., Turella L., Castiello U. (2007).
Distractor objects affect fingers’ angular distances but not fingers’ shaping during grasping.
Experimental Brain Research, 178, 194-205.


Ansuini C., Pierno A. C., Lusher D., Castiello U. (2006).
Virtual reality applications for the remapping of space in neglect patients.
Restorative neurology and neuroscience, 24, 431-441.

Ansuini C., Santello M., Massaccesi S., Castiello U. (2006).
Effects of end-goal on hand shaping.
Journal of Neurophysiology, 94, 2456-2465.

Castiello U., Zucco G. M., Parma V., Ansuini C., Tirindelli, R. (2006).
Cross-modal interactions between olfaction and vision when grasping.
Chemical senses, 31, 665-671.