Consciousness and Agency

Investigations about consciousness are based on the concept of “states of consciousness”, modifications or alterations of these states. These discoveries suggest that the mind is a complex structure derived from various distributed functions that are bound together with a unitary awareness. Case studies of consciousness states and the deficits caused by lesions, stroke or injury that disrupt the normal functioning of human senses and cognition are the main topics.

The sense of agency as the awareness of the sense of self in action is a recent and proficient field of study. Disruption of the sense of agency and its correlates are explored by focalizing the mental and body perception of self in action.

 
 
National and International Pubblications
 
  Books and book chapters
 

Balconi, M., Far capitare le cose. Pensiero e azione nelle neuroscienze cognitive. Il Mulino, Bologna 2012.
Balconi, M., Neuropsychology of the sense of agency. Nova Science Publishers, New York, USA, 2011.
Balconi, M. (Ed.), Neuropsychology of the sense of agency. From consciousness to action. Springer-Verlag, New York, 2010.
Balconi, M., Psicologia degli stati di coscienza Dalla coscienza percettiva alla consapevolezza di sè. LED, Milano, 2006.

Balconi, M., (2012). Neuropsychology of the sense of agency: Theoretical and empirical contributions, in Advances in Brain Research (O.B. Williams &       G.I. Wilson, Eds.). Nova Science Publishers, New York, 2012, pp. 17-33.
Balconi, M, Consciousness and emotion: attentive vs. pre-attentive elaboration of face processing, in Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning (N.M.       Seel, Ed.), Springer-Verlag, New York, 2012, pp.774-776.
Balconi, M., Neuropsychology of the sense of agency: empirical contributions, in Encyclopedia of Psychology Research, Volume 3 (M. E. Weinstein,
       Ed.), Nova Science Publisher: New York, 2011, pp. 1641-1659.
Balconi, M., Neuropsychology of the sense of agency, in Advances in Psychology Research, Volume 60 (A.M. Columbus, Ed.). Nova Science       Publisher: New York, 2011, pp. 87-106
Balconi, M., Neuropsychology of the sense of agency: theoretical and empirical contributions, in Advances in Psychology Research, Volume 60, (A.M.       Columbus, Ed.), Nova Science Publisher: New York, 2009, pp. 87-106.
Balconi, M., Lucchiari, C. Consciousness, emotion and face: An event-related potential study, in Consciousness and emotion. Agency, conscious       choice, and selective perception (R. Ellis, N.  Newton, Eds.), John Benjamins: Philadelphia, 2005, pp.121-135.

 

Scientific papers

2014

Balconi, M. Consapevolezza e senso di agentività: un'integrazione possibile?, «Sistemi Intelligenti», 26(1), 79-102.
      Falciati, L., Balconi, M., Cobelli, C., Maioli, C. Effects of spatial cueing on overt orienting of gaze to attentive stimuli, «Neuropsychological       Trends», 15, 25-33.
Balconi, M., Stoppelli, R., Vanutelli, M.E.Autonomic responsivity and semantic associative competences in disturb of consciousness,       «Neuropsychological Trends», 15, 55-65.

2013

Balconi, M., Bortolotti, A. Conscious and unconscious face recognition is improved by high-frequency rTMS on pre-motor cortex, «Consciousness       and Cognition», 22, 771-778.
Balconi, M., Inhibition of monitoring mechanisms in response to erroneous or veridical feedback. “Virtual lesion” induction by an rTMS study       «Neurorehabilitation», 32, 823-831.
Balconi, M., Bortolotti, A., The “simulation” of the facial expression of emotions in case of short and long stimulus duration. The effect of pre-
      motor cortex inhibition by rTMS, «Brain and Cognition», 83, 114-120.
Balconi, M., Arangio, R., Guarnerio, C., Disorder of consciousness and N400 ERP measures in response to a semantic task, «The Journal of       Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience», 25, 237-243.

2012

Balconi, M., Scioli, S., Error monitoring functions in response to an external feedback when an explicit judgment is required. ERP modulation and       cortical source localization, «International Journal of Psychophysiology», 83, 295-301.
Balconi, M., Ferrari, C., Subliminal and supraliminal processing of facial expression of emotions. Brain oscillation contribution «Brain Sciences» 2,       85-100.
Balconi, M. Neuropsychology of facial expressions. The role of consciousness in processing emotional faces. «Neuropsychological Trends», XI,
      19-40.
Crivelli, D., Balconi, M. Uno sguardo vale più di mille parole: percepire gli altri e se stessi come agenti, «In-Mind Italia», 2, 1-5.

2011
Balconi, M., State of consciousness and ERP (event-related potential) measures. Diagnostic and prognostic value of electrophysiology for       disorders of consciousness, «Neuropsychological Trends», IX, 43-55.

2010

Balconi, M., Crivelli, D., FRN and P300 ERP effect modulation in response to feedback sensitivity: The contribution of punishment-reward system       (BIS/BAS) and Behaviour Identification of action, «Neuroscience Research», 66, 162-172.
Balconi, M, Crivelli, D. Veridical and false feedback sensitivity and punishment-reward system (BIS/BAS).ERP amplitude and theta frequency band       analysis, «Clinical Neurophysiology», 2010; 121: 1502-1510.
Balconi, M. Neuropsychology of the sense of agency- theoretical and empirical contributions, «Brain Research Journal», 3, 17-36.

2009

Balconi, M. Mazza, G., Consciousness and emotion. ERP modulation and attentive vs. pre-attentive elaboration of emotional facial expressions       by backward masking, «Motivation and Emotion», 33, 113-124.
Balconi, M., Crivelli, D., Spatial and temporal cognition for the sense of agency: neuropsychological evidences «Cognitive Processing», 10 (Suppl
      2), S182-S184.
Balconi, M., Crivelli, D., Trends in social neuroscience: from biological motion to joint actions, «Neuropsychological Trends», VI, 71-93.

2008

Balconi, M., Lucchiari, C., Consciousness and arousal effects on emotional face processing as revealed by brain oscillations. A gamma band       analysis, «International Journal of Psychophysiology», 67, 41-46.

2007

Balconi, M., Lucchiari, C., Encoding of emotional facial expressions in direct and incidental tasks: Two event-related potential studies, «Australian       Journal of Psychology», 59, 13-23.
Balconi, M., Lucchiari, C., Consciousness and emotional facial expression recognition. Subliminal/supraliminal stimulation effect on N200 and P300       ERPs, «Journal of Psychophysiology», 2, 100-108.

2006

Balconi, M., Exploring consciousness in emotional face decoding: An event-related potential analysis, «Genetic, Social, and General Psychology       Monographs», 131, 41-69.
Balconi, M., Lucchiari, C., Indici psicofisiologici (potenziali corticali evento-correlati) nel decoding dell’espressione facciale delle emozioni. Effetto       della stimolazione sovraliminale e subliminale, «Giornale Italiano di Psicologia», 4 721-754.

2005

Balconi, M., Lucchiari, C., In the face of emotions: event-related potentials in supraliminal and subliminal facial expression recognition, «Genetic,       Social, and General Psychology Monographs», 131, 41-69.

Agency and inter–agency

The sense of self is a complex concept, in this field agency is defined as the experience of oneself to be the agent of one's own action. Starting to this awareness, then we can differentiate ourself and act like individuals. Neuropsychology, analysing the active cognitive and electrophysiolgical processes, has begun to explore how can our brain foster this necessary function.
 
National and International Pubblications

 

2014

Balconi, M. Consapevolezza e senso di agentività: un'integrazione possibile?, «Sistemi Intelligenti», 26(1), 79-102.

2013
Balconi, M., Inhibition of monitoring mechanisms in response to erroneous or veridical feedback. “Virtual lesion” induction by an rTMS study       «Neurorehabilitation», 32, 823-831.

2012
Balconi, M., Far capitare le cose. Pensiero e azione nelle neuroscienze cognitive. Il Mulino, Bologna.
Balconi, M., (2012). Neuropsychology of the sense of agency: Theoretical and empirical contributions, in Advances in Brain Research (O.B. Williams
      & G.I. Wilson, Eds.). Nova Science Publishers, New York, pp. 17-33.
Balconi, M., Scioli, S., Error monitoring functions in response to an external feedback when an explicit judgment is required. ERP modulation and       cortical source localization, «International Journal of Psychophysiology», 83, 295-301.

2011
Balconi, M., Neuropsychology of the sense of agency. Nova Science Publishers, New York, USA.
Balconi, M., Neuropsychology of the sense of agency: empirical contributions, in Encyclopedia of Psychology Research, Volume 3 (M. E. Weinstein,       Ed.), Nova Science Publisher: New York, pp. 1641-1659.
Balconi, M., Neuropsychology of the sense of agency, in Advances in Psychology Research, Volume 60 (A.M. Columbus, Ed.). Nova Science       Publisher: New York, pp. 87-106

2010
Balconi, M. (Ed.), Neuropsychology of the sense of agency. From consciousness to action. Springer-Verlag, New York.
Balconi, M., Crivelli, D., FRN and P300 ERP effect modulation in response to feedback sensitivity: The contribution of punishment-reward system       (BIS/BAS) and Behaviour Identification of action, «Neuroscience Research», 66, 162-172.
Balconi, M, Crivelli, D. Veridical and false feedback sensitivity and punishment-reward system (BIS/BAS).ERP amplitude and theta frequency band       analysis, «Clinical Neurophysiology», 2010; 121: 1502-1510.
Balconi, M. Neuropsychology of the sense of agency- theoretical and empirical contributions, «Brain Research Journal», 3, 17-36.

2009
Balconi, M., Neuropsychology of the sense of agency: theoretical and empirical contributions, in Advances in Psychology Research, Volume 60, (A.M.       Columbus, Ed.), Nova Science Publisher: New York, pp. 87-106.
Balconi, M., Crivelli, D., Spatial and temporal cognition for the sense of agency: neuropsychological evidences «Cognitive Processing», 10 (Suppl
      2), S182-S184.

 
Body & Spatial Rapresentation – subtopic

Abundant research in the cognitive, neuroscientific, and developmental literature attest to the idea that body and spatial representations are not single omnibus systems with a single set of characteristics. Rather, different kinds of body and spatial representations are highly specialized (in terms of function, computational properties, and under laying brain mechanisms) differently interwoved with the self and consciousness dimensions.
 
 
 
National and International Pubblications

 

2014

Balconi, M. Consapevolezza e senso di agentività: un'integrazione possibile?, «Sistemi Intelligenti», 26(1), 79-102.
      Falciati, L., Balconi, M., Cobelli, C., Maioli, C. Effects of spatial cueing on overt orienting of gaze to attentive stimuli, «Neuropsychological
      Trends», 15, 25-33.

2012

Balconi, M., Far capitare le cose. Pensiero e azione nelle neuroscienze cognitive. Il Mulino, Bologna.