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Research interests

When I approached neuroscience and neuropsychology, I became more and more fascinated by humans behavior: we have memory, language, attention, motor skills, emotions ... 

We use our bodies and our emotional expressions to interact (or to act) with the environment. We need motor control and sensory processing to reach a glass of water when thirsty. We need emotions to understand other people, to make decisions and to find a meaning for our lives. 

Patients with impairments in these abilities end up not being able  to perform normal actions such as using a  phone, talking to their friends or run because they are scared. 

These are only a few examples of how much our lives are characterized by routine actions that in reality require a lot of work from our brain networks.


My research is focused on  body representation and emotional processing (and their interaction) to study  human-environment relationship.

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Body Image Medicine & Life Sciences
Hand Medicine & Life Sciences
Imagery (Psychotherapy) Medicine & Life Sciences
Touch Medicine & Life Sciences
Agnosia Medicine & Life Sciences
Brain Medicine & Life Sciences
Hemiplegia Medicine & Life Sciences
Aptitude Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2009 2019

Mental representation of the body in action in Parkinson's disease

Scarpina, F., Magnani, F. G., Tagini, S., Priano, L., Mauro, A. & Sedda, A., Oct 2019, In : Experimental Brain Research. 237, 10, p. 2505-2521 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Body Image
Imagery (Psychotherapy)
Parkinson Disease
14 Downloads (Pure)

Affordances after spinal cord injury

Sedda, A., Ambrosini, E., Dirupo, G., Tonin, D., Valsecchi, L., Redaelli, T., Spinelli, M., Costantini, M. & Bottini, G., 16 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Neuropsychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Spinal Cord Injuries
Neuropsychological Tests

Commentary on "Grey matter or social matters? Causal attributions in the era of biological psychiatry"

Sedda, A., Aug 2018, In : European Psychiatry. 52, p. 134-135 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Body Integrity Identity Disorder

Sedda, A., Jan 2017, Unusual and Rare Psychological Disorders: A Handbook for Clinical Practice and Research. Sharpless, B. (ed.). 1st ed. Oxford University Press, p. 328-341 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

25 Downloads (Pure)

Computational rehabilitation of neglect: Using state-space models to understand the recovery mechanisms

Sedda, G., Ottonello, M., Fiabane, E., Pistarini, C., Sedda, A. & Sanguineti, V., 15 Aug 2017, 2017 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR). IEEE, p. 187-192 6 p. (International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Space Simulation
Patient rehabilitation

Activities 2017 2020

  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Other

Scientific Expert Reviewer

Anna Sedda (Reviewer)
31 Jan 2020 → …

Activity: Other

The multifaceted body:updates into Body Representation and Embodiment

Anna Sedda (Organiser), Elisa Raffaella Ferrè (Organiser), Gianna Cocchini (Organiser)
29 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Frontiers in Psychology (Journal)

Anna Sedda (Guest editor)
22 Mar 201730 Apr 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Press / Media

Mind is key in treating spinal injuries, research finds

Anna Sedda


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Heriot-Watt study says mind matters for spinal patients

Anna Sedda


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Living With BIID: I Want To Cut Off My Leg

Anna Sedda


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research