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Pazzaglia Mariella

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Via dei Marsi 78, Roma.
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Mariella Pazzaglia received her degree in Psychology in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2008. She became a Research Professor in November 2010, at University of Rome " La Sapienza". She then worked as a senior research fellow at the IRCCS S. Lucia Hospital where she leads the Clinical Neuroscience ( research group. In the past 10 years, her interest becomes fascinated by the emerging field of Clinical Neuroscience and have contributed mainly to understanding how people respond to experiences of body and action. Her studies on the neural basis of action in brain-damaged patients and bodily sensations in spinal cord injured patients have been published in many peer-reviewed publications including Current Biology, Neuron, and The Journal of Neuroscience, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Behavioral Brain Science, Physics Life Review, Current direction in Psychological Sciences, Cortex. She has been awarded grants from the MIUR and EU-funded projects. In 2012, she was awarded a grant for her work in embodiment and disembodiment in spinal cord injury by the SWISS International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia (IRP, P133). In 2019 she was awarded a grant for her work on embodiment and agency of assistive tools in Ricerca Finalizzata, Italian Ministry of Health. Recent awards include the 2014 Social Brain FENS in Copenhagen, Denmark for studies on the embodiment of assistive tools. She is director of Clinical Neuroscience Lab at University of Rome " La Sapienza" and Corpo e Azione Lab at IRCCS S. Lucia Hospital.


  • Research Assistant Professor at Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
  • Head of the Clinical Neuroscience Labs at Psychology Department Sapienza
  • Head of the Body and Action Lab at the S. Lucia Hospital
- Phantom Limb
- The Experience of Embodiment 
- The cognitive neuroscience of voluntary action
- The role of the odour and sound in multisensory action
- The representation of body
- Pain and the Body
- The role of the motor system in action perception
- The voluntary action in apraxia
1. Phys Life Rev. 2016 The embodiment of assistive devices-from wheelchair to exoskeleton. Mar;16:163-75. doi: 10.1016/j.plrev.2015.11.006.
2. Physics of life reviews 2016 The re-embodiment of bodies, tools, and worlds after spinal cord injury: An intricate picture. Reply to comments on "The embodiment of assistive devices-From wheelchair to exoskeleton" Mar;16:191-4. doi: 10.1016/j.plrev.2016.02.004
3.Behav Brain Sci. 2013 Does what you hear predict what you will do and say? Aug;36(4):370-1. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X12002804. 
4.Trends Cogn Sci. 2011 Sounds and scents in (social) action.  15:47-55. Review. 
5. Current Biology.  2008  The sound of actions in Apraxia.  Nov 25;18:1766-1772.
6. Neuron 2008 The neural basis of body form and body action agnosia. Oct 23; 60:235-246.
  • Plos one 
  • Scientific Reports
  • EC Neurology 
  • EC Psychology and Psychiatry
  • Frontiers in Neuroscience
  • Brain Sciences
  • Frontiers in Neurology (Neurorehabilitation)
  • Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (Neuroprosthetics)
  • Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; 
  • Frontiers in Neurorobotics
• Number Articles in Peer review: 36
First authorship: 64% 
Last authorship: 30%
• IF medio= 6,67 (Range= 21.15-2.3)
• Sum of the Times Cited: 988
• Average Citations per Article: 30
• Sum of Impact factor: 252.17
• Mean impact index: 7.3
• h-index: 16


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1.Pazzaglia M, Galli G, Lucci G, Scivoletto G, Molinari M, Haggard P.

Phantom limb sensations in the ear of a patient with a brachial plexus lesion.

Cortex.2018 Sep 14. pii: S0010-9452(18)30272-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2018.08.020

2018 IF= 4907;  IF5 anni= 4970 

Citations: Google Scholar (3), Scopus (2), ISI (0)

Corresponding author

2. Pazzaglia M, Leemhuis E, Giannini AM, Haggard P.

The Homuncular Jigsaw: Investigations of Phantom Limb and Body Awareness Following Brachial Plexus Block or Avulsion.

J Clin Med.2019 Feb 3;8(2). pii: E182. doi: 10.3390/jcm8020182.

2018: IF= 5583;  IF5 anni = 5583

Citations: Google Scholar (0), ISI (0)

Corresponding author


3. Pazzaglia M,Galli G, Lewis JW, Scivoletto G, Giannini AM, Molinari M.

Embodying functionally relevant action sounds in patients with spinal cord injury.

Sci Rep.2018 Oct 23;8(1):15641. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-34133-z.

2018: IF= 4122;  IF5 anni = 4609

Citations: Google Scholar (2), Scopus (1), ISI (1)

Corresponding author

4. Pazzaglia M, Scivoletto G, Giannini AM, Leemhuis E.

My hand in my ear: a phantom limb re-induced by the illusion of body ownership in a patient with a brachial plexus lesion.

Psychol Res.2018 Nov 28. doi: 10.1007/s00426-018-1121-5.

2018: IF= 2.329;  IF5 anni = 2.709

Citations: Google Scholar (1), Scopus (0), ISI (0)


Corresponding author




Pazzaglia M, Zantedeschi M.
Plasticity and Awareness of Bodily Distortion.
Neural Plasticity. 2016
Pazzaglia M & Molinari M.
The re-embodiment of bodies, tools, and worlds after spinal cord injury: An intricate picture
Physics of life reviews. 2016
IF 13.840
Pazzaglia M, Haggard P, Scivoletto G, Molinari M, Lenggenhager B.
Pain and somatic sensation are transiently normalized by illusory body ownership in a patient with spinal cord injury.
Restorative neurology and neuroscience. 2016.
IF 2.661
Galli G. and Pazzaglia M.
Novel perspectives on health professionals’ attitudes to disability.
Medical Education 2016
IF 4.005
Pazzaglia M & Molinari M.
The embodiment of assistive devices—from wheelchair to exoskeleton.
Physics of life reviews. 2016
IF 13.840
Pazzaglia M,&  Zantedeschi M.
Non-invasive brain stimulation, a tool to revert maladaptive plasticity in neuropathic pain, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 10, no. Oct 2016, pp. , 2016.
IF 3.634
Luongo MA & Pazzaglia M.
Body image distortion and exposure to extreme body types: Contingent adaptation and cross adaptation for self and other.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 10, no. OCT2016, pp. , 2016.
IF 3.634
Leemhuis E & Pazzaglia M.
Come lo strumento diventa me. 
Sistemi Intelligenti,  2016
* 2015 *
Galli G, Lenggenhager B, Scivoletto G, Molinari M, Pazzaglia M,
Don’t look at my wheelchair! The plasticity of a long-lasting prejudice.
Medical Education 2015
IF 3.369
Pazzaglia M.
Body and Odors: Not Just Molecules, After All.
Current Direction in Psychological Science 2015
IF 7.269
Pazzaglia M and Galli G.
Translating novel findings of perceptual-motor codes into the neuro-rehabilitation of movement disorders.
Front. Behav. Neurosci. 2015 9:222. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00222
IF 3.3
Lucci G, Pazzaglia M.
Towards multiple interactions of inner and outer sensations in corporeal awareness.
Front Hum Neurosci. 2015 Apr 1;9:163. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00163.
IF 3.6
Galli G, Pazzaglia M
A tool for merging bodily and social self in immobile individuals.
Front Psychol. 2015 Mar 19;6:305. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00305.
IF 2.6
Pazzaglia M, Galli G.
Loss of agency in apraxia.
Front Hum Neurosci. 2014 Sep 23;8:751. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00751.
IF 3.6
Pazzaglia M.
Action and language grounding in the sensorimotor cortex. Issue 5-2/3:211-223 2014
Language and Cognition doi: 10.1515/langcog-2014-0015
Pazzaglia M.
Does what you hear predict what you will do and say?
Behav Brain Sci. 2013 Jun 24:42-43. [Epub ahead of print]
IF 25.056
Lenggenhager B, Scivoletto G, Molinari M, Pazzaglia M.
Restoring Tactile Awareness Through the Rubber Hand Illusion in Cervical Spinal Cord Injury.
Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2013 Jun 10. 
IF 4.49
Pazzaglia M, Galli G, Scivoletto G, Molinari M.
A functionally relevant tool for the body following spinal cord injury.
PLoS One. 2013;8(3):e58312. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0058312. Epub 2013 Mar 6.
IF 4.09
Pazzaglia M.
Action discrimination: impact of apraxia.
J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2013 May;84(5):477-8. doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2012-304817. Epub 2013 Mar 5. No abstract available.
IF 6.58
Fuentes CT, Pazzaglia M, Longo MR, Scivoletto G, Haggard P.
Body image distortions following spinal cord injury.
J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2013 Feb;84(2):201-7. doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2012-304001. Epub 2012 Dec 1.
IF 6.58
Pazzaglia M.
Action and language grounding in the sensorimotor cortex.
Issue 5-2/3 2013 Language and Cognition
Lenggenhager B, Pazzaglia M, Scivoletto G, Molinari M, Aglioti SM.
The sense of the body in individuals with spinal cord injury.
PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e50757. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050757. Epub 2012 Nov 29.
IF 4.09
Aglioti SM, Pazzaglia M
Sounds and scents in (social) action.
Trends Cogn Sci. 2011 Feb;15(2):47-55. Epub 2011 Jan 14.
Review. Impact Factor: 12.586.
Cover of publication in Trends in Cognitive Sciences
IF 16.586
Aglioti S.M. and Pazzaglia M. 
Representing actions through their sound. 
Exp Brain Res. 2010 206:141-151
IF 2.3
Nelissen N, Pazzaglia M, Vandenbulcke M, Sunaert S, Fannes K, Dupont P, Aglioti SM, Vandenberghe R.
Gesture discrimination in primary progressive aphasia: the intersection between gesture and language processing pathways.
J Neurosci. 2010 30:6334-6341.
IF 7.2
Pazzaglia M., Pizzamiglio L., Pes E., Aglioti S.M. (2008). 
The sound of actions in Apraxia. Current Biology 2008 Nov 25;18:1766-1772. Epub 2008 Nov 13. 
Cover of publication in Current Biology
Moro V., Urgesi C., Pernigo S., Lanteri P., Pazzaglia M., Aglioti SM. (2008)
The neural basis of body form and body action agnosia. Neuron. Oct 23; 60:235-246.
IF 16.7
Pazzaglia M., Smania N., Corato E., Aglioti S. (2008) 
Neural underpinnings of gesture discrimination in patients with limb apraxia. J Neurosci. 28:3030-3041.
IF 7.2
Natalie Nelissen, Mariella Pazzaglia, Stefan Sunaert, Rik Vandenberghe (2008)
P2-190: Action observation in primary progressive aphasia Alzheimer's and Dementia, Volume 4, Issue 4, Supplement 1
Costantini M., Bueti D., Pazzaglia M., Aglioti S. (2007). Temporal Dynamics of Visuo-Tactile Extinction Within and Between Hemispaces. Neuropsychology. 21:242-250. 
Pazzaglia M., Corato E., Smania N., Aglioti S.M. (2006). Neural circuits underlying recognition of correct gesture execution in patients with limb apraxia. Neuroimage Volume 31, Supplement 1, Pages 1-242 (2006)
Carmelo Mario Vicario, Alba Sciangula, Patrizia Turriziani, Enea F Pavone, Mariella Pazzaglia, Massimiliano Oliveri (2009). Reaction time in the judgement of temporal inequality of digits. Advances in Clinical and Cognitive Neurosciences Neuropsychological and Cognitive-Behavioural Journal 2: 1 
Pizzamiglio L., Piras F., Pazzaglia M. (2008) Attenzione spaziale e temporale: uno studio comportamentale e di risonanza magnetica funzionale. In teoria e metodi della psicologia italiana: tendenze attuali. In memoria di Angelo Majorana, psicologo in terra di confine.Franco Angeli Editor
Vicario C. and Pazzaglia M. (2008). Effetti di preattivazione ed interferenze tra grandezze: studi comportamentali a confronto in "Tempo, Spazio e Numeri tra percezione e rappresentazione" Boopen Editor 
Pazzaglia M. (2006). Comprensione del gesto in pazienti con lesioni cerebrali focali.
DiPAV- Quaderni, Franco Angeli Editor 15: 107-123.

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