The Iannettilab (aka the GAMFI Centre) is a neuroscience research group led by Giandomenico Iannetti, and currently based at the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology of University College London.

 

Our research field is sensory neuroscience in humans. We investigate the neural processes leading to perception of objects and events in the world around us. We have a particular interest in studying the nociceptive system and how its activation generates painful percepts. We are also interested in understanding the defensive behaviours triggered by dangerous sensory events happening around the body.

 

Our approach consists in combining psychophysics and different laboratory tools (brain imaging techniques like EEG/MEG and fMRI, EMG, microneurography) to provide a readout of the function of the nervous system at different levels, in response to stimuli belonging to various sensory modalities.

 

To activate selectively A-delta and C nociceptive fibres we use cutaneous laser stimulation (shown in the figures below and in this video) - a technique that we have been using and developing since 1998.

 

            

                       Laser stimulation of the hand       Our group at the entrance of the UCL-NPP Department 

 

From 2006 until 2009 the lab was based at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics of the University of Oxford.

 

If you would like more information about the lab, or about joining the group, please email Giandomenico Iannetti (g.iannetti@ucl.ac.uk).

 

Selected Recent Publications

Beyond metaphor: contrasting mechanisms of social and physical pain

Iannetti GD, Salomons TV, Moayedi M, Mouraux M, Davis KD

Trends in Cognitive Sciences (2013) [PDF]

Primary Sensory Cortices Contain Distinguishable Spatial Patterns of Activity for Each Sense

Liang M, Mouraux A, Hu L and Iannetti GD

Nature Communications (2013) [PDF]

A fovea for pain at the fingertips

Mancini F, Sambo C, Ramirez JD, Bennett DLH, Haggard P and Iannetti GD

Current Biology (2013) [PDF]

To Blink or Not to Blink: Fine Cognitive Tuning of the Defensive Peripersonal Space

 

Sambo CF, Forster T, Williams S and Iannetti GD

The Journal of Neuroscience (2012) 2(37):12921-7 [PDF]

Gamma-Band Oscillations in the Primary Somatosensory Cortex—A Direct and Obligatory Correlate of Subjective Pain Intensity

 

Zhang ZG, Hu L, Hung YS, Mouraux A and Iannetti GD

The Journal of Neuroscience (2012) 32(22):7429-38. [PDF]

Defensive peripersonal space: the blink reflex evoked by hand stimulation is increased when the hand is near the face

 

Sambo CF, Liang M, Cruccu G and Iannetti GD
Journal of Neurophysiology (2012) 107(3):880-9  [PDF]

The primary somatosensory cortex largely contributes to the early part of the cortical response elicited by nociceptive stimuli

 

Valentini E, Hu L, Chakrabarti B, Hu Y, Aglioti SM and Iannetti GD
NeuroImage (2012) 59(2):1571-81 [PDF]

Seeing Touch and Pain in a Stranger Modulates the Cortical Responses Elicited by Somatosensory but not Auditory Stimulation

 

Valentini E, Liang M, Aglioti SM, and Iannetti GD

Human Brain Mapping (2012) 33(12):2873-84 [PDF]

Linking Pain and the Body: Neural Correlates of Visually Induced Analgesia

Longo M, Iannetti GD, Mancini F, Driver J and Haggard P 

The Journal of Neuroscience (2012) 32(8):2601-7 [PDF]

The balance of feelings: vestibular modulation of bodily sensations

Ferrè ER, Bottini G, Iannetti GD, Haggard P. 

Cortex (2012) in press [PDF]

Taking into account latency, amplitude, and morphology: improved estimation of single-trial ERPs by wavelet filtering and multiple linear regression

Hu L, Liang M, Mouraux A, Wise RG, Hu Y, Iannetti GD

Journal of Neurophysiology (2011) 106(6):3216-29 [PDF]

A multisensory investigation of the functional significance of the "pain matrix"

 

Mouraux A, Diukova A, Lee MC, Wise RG, Iannetti GD.

NeuroImage (2011) 54(3):2237-49 [PDF]

The analgesic effect of crossing the arms

Gallace A, Torta DME, Moseley L, Iannetti GD.

PAIN (2011) 152: 1418-23.[PDF]

Single-trial detection of somatosensory evoked potentials by probabilistic independent component analysis and wavelet filtering

 

Hu L, Zhang ZG, Hung YS, Luk KD, Iannetti GD, Hu Y.

Clinical Neurophysiology (2011) [PDF]

The pain matrix reloaded: A salience detection system for the body

Legrain V, Iannetti GD, Plaghki L, Mouraux A.

Progress in Neurobiology (2011) [PDF]

A supramodal representation of the body surface

Mancini F, Longo MR, Iannetti GD, Haggard P.

Neuropsychologia (2011) 49(5):1194-201 [PDF]

Nociceptive steady-state evoked potentials elicited by rapid periodic thermal stimulation of cutaneous nociceptors

Mouraux A, Iannetti GD, Colon E, Nozaradan S, Legrain V, Plaghki L.

The Journal of Neuroscience (2011) 31:6079-87 [PDF]


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