Lucia Amoruso

Staff Scientist

Ikerbasque Reaserch Fellow 2019-2024

Juan de la Cierva (Inc.) Fellow 2019-2021

Cognitive Neuroscience, Proactive brain, Action prediction, Contextual modulations, Autism, Neuroplasticity of language in brain tumor patients

Tel.: +34 943 309 300 Ext.: 231


  • Lizarazu, M., Gil-Robles, S., Pomposo, I., Nara, S., Amoruso, L., Quiñones, I., & Carreiras, M., ( 2020 ) Spatiotemporal dynamics of postoperative functional plasticity in patients with brain tumors in language areas. Brain and Language, 202. Doi: 10.1016/j.bandl.2019.104741
  • Amoruso, L., Narzisi, A., Pinzino, M., Finisguerra, A., Billeci, L., Calderoni, S., Fabbro, F., Muratori, F., Volzone, A., & Urgesi, C., ( 2019 ) Contextual priors do not modulate action prediction in children with autism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286: 20191319. Doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1319
  • Amoruso, L., & Finisguerra, A. , ( 2019 ) Low or high-level motor coding? The role of stimulus complexity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (Motor Neuroscience), 13:332. Doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2019.00332
  • Amoruso, L., Finisguerra, A., & Urgesi, C., ( 2018 ) Autistic traits predict poor integration between top-down contextual expectations and movement kinematics during action observation. Scientific Reports, 8:16208. Doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-33827-8
  • Amoruso, L., Finisguerra, A., & Urgesi, C., ( 2018 ) Contextualizing action observation in the predictive brain: Causal contributions of prefrontal and middle temporal areas NeuroImage, 177, 68–78. Doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.05.020
  • Finisguerra, A., Amoruso, L., Makris, S., Urgesi, C., ( 2018 ) Dissociated Representations of Deceptive Intentions and Kinematic Adaptations in the Observer’s Motor System Cerebral Cortex, 28:1, 33-47. Doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw346.
  • Amoruso, L., Ibañez, A., Fonseca, B., Gadea, S., Sedeno, L., Sigman, M., Garcia, A.M., Fraiman, R., Fraiman, D. , ( 2017 ) Variability in functional brain networks predicts expertise during action observation. NeuroImage, pii: S1053-8119(16)30516-X.
  • Amoruso, L., Urgesi, C., ( 2016 ) Contextual modulation of motor resonance during the observation of everyday actions. NeuroImage, 134:74-84.
  • Amoruso, L., Urgesi, C., ( 2016 ) Familiarity modulates motor activation while observing other species’ actions: A magnetic stimulation study. European Journal of Neuroscience, 43(6):765-72.
  • Amoruso, L., Finisguerra, A., Urgesi, C., ( 2016 ) Tracking the Time Course of Top-Down Contextual Effects on Motor Responses during Action Comprehension. The Journal of Neuroscience, 36(46):11590-11600.
  • Cardona, J.F., Kargieman, L., Sinay, V., Gershanik, O., Gelormini, C., Roca, M., Bekinschtein, T., Amoruso, L., Manes, F., Ibañez, A. , ( 2014 ) How embodied is action language? Cognition,131: 311-322.
  • Cardona, J.F., Sinay, V., Amoruso, L., Hesse, E., Manes, F., Ibañez, A. , ( 2014 ) The impact of neuromyelitis optica on the recognition of emotional facial expressions: A preliminary report. Social Neuroscience, 11: 1-6.
  • Amoruso, L., Sedeño L., Huepe D., Tomio A., Kamienkowsky J., Hurtado E., Cardona J.F., Alvarez-González M.A., Reiznik A., Sigman M., Manes F., Ibañez A., ( 2014 ) Time to Tango: Expertise and contextual anticipation during action observation. NeuroImage, 98:366-85. Doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.05.005
  • Cardona, J.F., Gershanik, O., Gelormini, C., Houck, A., Cardona, S., Kargieman, L., Trujillo-Orrego, N., Arévalo, A., Amoruso, L., Manes, F., Ibañez, A. , ( 2013 ) Action-Verb Processing in Parkinson’s disease: New pathways for Motor-Language Coupling. Brain structure & function, 218(6): 1355-1373.
  • Ibañez, A., Cardona, J.F., Dos Santos, Y., Blenkmann, A., Aravena, P., Roca, M., Hurtado, E., Nerguizian, M., Amoruso, L., Gómez Arévalo, A., Chade, A.R., Dubrovsky, A., Gershanik, O., Kochen, S., Glenberg, A., Manes, F., Bekinschtein, T., ( 2013 ) Motor-language coupling: Direct evidence from early Parkinson’s disease and intracranial cortical recordings. Cortex, 49(4): 968-984.
  • Amoruso, L., Gelormini, C., Aboitiz, F., Alvarez-González, M.A., Manes, F., Cardona, J.F., Ibañez, A. , ( 2013 ) N400 ERPs for actions: Building meaning in context. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7: 57.
  • Barttfeld, P., Amoruso, L., Ais, J., Cukier, S., Bavassi, L., Tomio, A., Manes, F., Ibañez, A., Sigman, M. , ( 2013 ) Organization of brain networks governed by long-range connections index autistic traits in the general population. J Neurodev Disord, 5(1): 16.
  • Amoruso, L., Cardona, J.F., Melloni, M., Sedeño, L., Ibañez, A. , ( 2012 ) Contextual Impairments in Schizophrenia and the FN400. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6: 191.
  • Ibañez, A., Riveros, R., Hurtado, E., Gleichgerrcht, E., Urquina, H., Herrera, E., Amoruso, L., Martin-Reyes, M., Manes, F. , ( 2012 ) The face and its emotion: Cortical Deficits in Structural Processing and Emotional Discrimination in Schizophrenic and Relatives. Psychiatry Research, 195(1-2): 18-26.
  • Amoruso, L., Couto, J.B., Ibañez, A. , ( 2011 ) Beyond extrastriate body area (EBA) and fusiform body area (FBA): Context integration in the meaning of actions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, (5): 124.