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Research Article

Effects of Emotional Contexts on Cerebello-Thalamo-Cortical Activity during Action Observation

  • Viridiana Mazzola mail,

    Viridiana.Mazzola@unige.ch

    Affiliation: Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA), University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Patrik Vuilleumier,

    Affiliation: Laboratory for Behavioral Neurology and Imaging of Cognition, Department of Neurology, University Hospital & Department of Neuroscience, Medical School University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Valeria Latorre,

    Affiliation: Institute of Post-Rationalist Psychology (IPRA), Rome, Italy

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  • Annamaria Petito,

    Affiliation: Institute of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy

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  • Vittorio Gallese,

    Affiliation: Department of Neuroscience, Section of Physiology University of Parma & Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) Brain Center for Social and Motor Cognition, Parma, Italy

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  • Teresa Popolizio,

    Affiliation: Department of Neuroradiology, “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” IRCCSS, San Giovanni Rotondo (FG), Foggia, Italy

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  • Giampiero Arciero equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Giampiero Arciero, Guido Bondolfi

    Affiliations: Institute of Post-Rationalist Psychology (IPRA), Rome, Italy, Institute of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy, Department of Neuroscience, Section of Physiology University of Parma & Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) Brain Center for Social and Motor Cognition, Parma, Italy, Department of Neuroradiology, “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” IRCCSS, San Giovanni Rotondo (FG), Foggia, Italy, Department of Mental Health and Psychiatry, University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Guido Bondolfi equal contributor

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Giampiero Arciero, Guido Bondolfi

    Affiliation: Department of Mental Health and Psychiatry, University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Published: September 26, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0075912
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Viridiana Mazzola
Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA), University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Patrik Vuilleumier
Laboratory for Behavioral Neurology and Imaging of Cognition, Department of Neurology, University Hospital & Department of Neuroscience, Medical School University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Valeria Latorre, Giampiero Arciero
Institute of Post-Rationalist Psychology (IPRA), Rome, Italy
Annamaria Petito, Giampiero Arciero
Institute of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy
Vittorio Gallese, Giampiero Arciero
Department of Neuroscience, Section of Physiology University of Parma & Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) Brain Center for Social and Motor Cognition, Parma, Italy
Teresa Popolizio, Giampiero Arciero
Department of Neuroradiology, “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” IRCCSS, San Giovanni Rotondo (FG), Foggia, Italy
Giampiero Arciero, Guido Bondolfi
Department of Mental Health and Psychiatry, University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Corresponding Author

Email: Viridiana.Mazzola@unige.ch

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: VM GA GB. Performed the experiments: VL AP. Analyzed the data: VM. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: AP TP. Wrote the manuscript: VM PV. Discussion of the results: VG.