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Silvia Salerno, Elisa Zamagni, Christian Urquizar, Romeo Salemme, Alessandro Farnè and Francesca Frassinetti Increases of corticospinal excitability in self-related processing European Journal of Neuroscience 36

Version of Record online: 13 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2012.08176.x

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The right hemisphere dominates in face-related self-recognition processes. Here, by using TMS over the left and right motor cortex we show that vision of one’s own hand (and cell-phone) increases corticospinal excitability selectively for the right hemisphere, and at relatively late timings. Our findings suggest that owned hands and objects may undergo similar self-processing, although possibly via a different cortical network from that responsible for self-face processing.

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