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Cristina Becchio

Ph.D. in Cognitive Science


Cristina is Full Professor at the Psychology Department, University of Turin, and Senior Researcher at the Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova. After studying philosophy at the University of Turin, in 2001 she joined a PhD Program in Cognitive Science. In 2004 she moved on to a post-doctoral work on cognitive neuroscience. She became researcher at the University of Turin in 2006. In 2013 she started a five year project on “Intention-from-movement understanding” (funded by the ERC, ERC-St-2012). She is interested in the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying motor cognition.

Research Interests

Motor cognition
Social intentionality, action and intention representation
Mechanisms underlying the ability to create a shared world
Temporal cognition and role of temporal mechanisms in object processing
Kinematics, Neuroimaging (fMRI)

Selected Publications


Sciutti A., Ansuini C., Becchio C., & Sandini G. (2015).
Investigating the ability to read others’ intentions using humanoid robots.
Frontiers in Psychology, 6
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Cavallo A., Lungu O., Becchio C., Ansuini C., Rustichini A., & Fadiga L. (2015).
When gaze opens the channel for communication: integrative role of IFG and MPFC.
Neuroimage, 119, 63-69
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Cavallo A., Ansuini C., & Becchio C. (2015).
The (un)coupling between action execution and observation.
Phisics of life reviews, 12, 129
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Capozzi F., Bayliss A.P., Elena M.R., & Becchio C. (2015).
One is not enough: Group size modulates social gaze-induced object desirability effects.
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22 (3), 850-855

Ansuini C., Cavallo A., Koul A., Jacono M., Yang Y., & Becchio C. (2015).
Predicting object size from hand kinematics: a temporal perspective.
PLoS One, 10(3), e0120432
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Ansuini C., Cavallo A., Bertone C., & Becchio C. (2015).
Intentions in the brain: The unveiling of Mister Hyde.
The Neuroscientist, 21(2), 126-135
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Furlanetto T., Becchio C., Samson D., & Apperly, I. (2015).
Altercentric Interference in Level 1 Visual Perspective Taking Reflects the Ascription of Mental States, Not Submentalizing.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 9, DOI:

Manera V., Von der Luhe T., Schilbach L., Verfaille K.,& Becchio C. (2015).
Communicative interactions in point-light displays: Choosing among multiple response alternatives.
Behavior research methods, DOI: 10.3758/s13428-015-0669-x

Capozzi F., Tirassa M., & Becchio C. (2015).
Beyond dyads: The study of social cognition from labs to organizations. (in Italian)
Sistemi intelligenti, 27(1), 45-60.

Okruszek Ł., Haman M., Kalinowski K., Talarowska M., Becchio C., & Manera V. (2015).
Impaired recognition of communicative interactions from biological motion in schizophrenia.
PLoS One, 10, e0116793.
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Capozzi F., Cavallo A., Furlanetto T., & Becchio C. (2014).
Altercentric intrusions from multiple perspectives: Beyond dyads.
PLoS One, 9, e114210.
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Ansuini C., Cavallo A., Bertone C., & Becchio C. (2014).
The visible face of intention: why kinematics matters.
Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 815.
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Becchio C., Zanatto D., Straulino E., Cavallo A. , Sartori G., Castiello C. (2014).
The kinematic signature of voluntary actions.
Neuropsychologia, 64, 169-175.
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Cavallo A., Catmur C., Sowden S., Ianì F., & Becchio C. (2014).
Stopping movements: when others slow us down.
European Journal of Neuroscience, 40, 2842-2849.
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Cavallo A., Heyes C., Becchio C., Bird G., & Catmur C. (2014).
Timecourse of mirror and counter-mirror effects measured with transcranial magnetic stimulation.
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 1082-1088.
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Ciaramidaro A., Becchio C., Colle L., Bara B.G., & Walter H. (2014).
Communicative intentions recruit the mirror and the mentalizing system.
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 909-916.
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Furlanetto T., Gallace A., Ansuini C., & Becchio C. (2014).
Effects of arm crossing on spatial perspective taking.
PLoS ONE, 9, e95748.
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Manera V., Elena M.R., Bayliss A.P., & Becchio C. (2014).
When seeing is more than looking: Intentional gaze modulates object desirability.
Emotion, 14, 824-832.
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Becchio, C., Del Giudice, M., Dal Monte, O., Latini-Corazzini, L., & Pia, L. (2013).
In your place: Neuropsychological evidence for altercentric remapping in embodied perspective taking.
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8, 165-170.
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Cavallo A., Bucchioni G., Castiello U., & Becchio C. (2013).
Goal or movement? Action representation within the primary motor cortex.
European Journal of Neuroscience, 38, 3507-3512.
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Furlanetto T., Cavallo A., Manera V., Tversky B., & Becchio C. (2013).
Through your eyes: Incongruence of gaze and action increases spontaneous perspective.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 455.
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Furlanetto, T., Bertone, C., & Becchio, C. (2013).
The bilocated mind: new perspectives on self location and self identification.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 71.
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Manera V., Schouten B., Verfaillie K., & Becchio C. (2013).
Time will show: Real time predictions during interpersonal action perception.
PLoS One, 8, e54949.
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Becchio C. & Castiello U. (2012).
Visuomotor resonance in autism spectrum disorders.
Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 6, 110.
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Becchio C., Cavallo A., Begliomini C., Sartori L., Feltrin G., & Castiello U. (2012).
Social grasping: from mirroring to mentalizing.
NeuroImage, 61, 240-248.
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Becchio C., Manera V., Sartori L., Cavallo A., & Castiello U. (2012).
Grasping intentions: from thought experiments to empirical evidence.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 117.
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Cavallo, A., Becchio, C., Sartori, L., Bucchioni, G., & Castiello, U. (2012).
Grasping with Tools: Corticospinal excitability reflects observed hand movements.
Cerebral Cortex, 22, 710-716.
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Manera V., Cavallo A., Chiavarino C., Schouten B., Verfaillie K., & Becchio C. (2012).
Are you approaching me? Motor execution influences perceived action orientation.
PLoS One, 7, e37514.
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Becchio, C., Skewes, J., Lund, T. E., Frith, U., Frith, C. D., & Roepstorff, A. (2011).
How the brain responds to the destruction of money.
Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics, 4, 1-10.
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Manera, V., Becchio, C., Cavallo, A., Sartori, L., & Castiello, U. (2011).
Cooperation or competition? Discriminating between social intentions by observing prehensile movements.
Experimental Brain Research, 211, 547-556.
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Manera, V., Becchio C., Schouten, B., Bara, B. G., & Verfaillie, K. (2011).
Communicative interactions improve visual detection of biological motion.
PLoS ONE, 6, e14594.
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Manera, V., Del Giudice, M., Bara, B.G., Verfaillie, K., & Becchio, C. (2011).
The second-agent effect: Communicative gestures increase the likelihood of perceiving a second agent.
PLoS ONE, 6, e22650.
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Sartori, L., Becchio, C., & Castiello, U. (2011).
Cues to intention: the role of movement information.
Cognition, 119, 242-252.
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Becchio, C., Mari, M., & Castiello, U. (2010).
Perception of shadows in children with autism spectrum disorders.
PLoS ONE, 5, e10582.
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Becchio, C., Sartori, L., & Castiello, U. (2010).
Towards you: the social side of actions.
Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 183-188.
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Castiello, U., Becchio, C., Zoia, S., Nelini, C., Sartori, L., Blason, L., et al. (2010).
Wired to be social: The ontogeny of human interaction.
PLoS ONE, 5, e13199.
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Manera, V., Shouten, B., Becchio, C., Bara, B. G., & Verfaillie, K. (2010).
Inferring intentions from biological motion: A stimulus set of point-light communicative interactions.
Behavior Research Methods, 42, 168-178.
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Sartori, L., Becchio, C., Bara, B. G., & Castiello, U. (2009).
Does the intention to communicate affect action kinematics?
Consciousness and cognition, 18, 766-772.
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Sartori, L., Becchio, C., Bulgheroni, M., & Castiello, U. (2009).
Modulation of the action control system by social intention: unexpected social requests override preplanned action.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 35, 1490-1500.
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Becchio, C., Bertone, C., & Castiello, U. (2008).
How the gaze of others influences object processing.
Trends in Cognitive Science, 12, 254-258.
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Becchio, C., Sartori, L., Bulgheroni, M., & Castiello, U. (2008).
The case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: A kinematic study on social intention.
Consciousness and cognition, 17, 557-564.
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Colle, L., Becchio, C., & Bara, B. G. (2008).
The non-problem of other minds: a neuro-developmental perspective on shared intentionality.
Human Development, 51, 336-348.
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Pierno, A. C., Becchio, C., Tubaldi, F., Turella, L., & Castiello, U. (2008).
Motor ontology in representing gaze-object relations.
Neuroscience Letters, 430, 246-51.
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Pierno, A. C., Becchio, C., Turella, L., Tubaldi, F., & Castiello, U. (2008).
Observing social interactions: The effect of gaze.
Social Neuroscience, 3, 51-59.
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Becchio, C., Sartori, L., Bulgheroni, M., & Castiello, U. (2008).
Both your intention and mine are reflected in the kinematics of my reach-to-grasp movement.
Cognition, 106, 894-912.
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Becchio, C., Pierno, A. C., Mari, M., Lusher, D., & Castiello, U. (2007).
Motor contagion from gaze: the case of autism.
Brain, 130, 2401-2411.
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Georgiou, I., Becchio, C., Glover, S., & Castiello, U. (2007).
Different action patterns for cooperative and competitive behaviour.
Cognition, 102, 415-433.
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Becchio, C., & Bertone, C. (2006).
Time and neglect: Abnormal temporal dynamics in unilateral spatial neglect.
Neuropsychologia, 44, 2775-2782.
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Pierno, A. C., Becchio, C., Wall, M. B., Smith, A. T., & Castiello, U. (2006).
Transfer of interfered motor patterns to self from others.
European Journal of Neuroscience, 23, 1949-1955.
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Pierno, A. C., Becchio, C., Wall, M. B., Smith, A. T., Turella, L., & Castiello, U. (2006).
When Gaze Turns into Grasp.
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18, 2130-2137.
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Becchio, C., Adenzato, M., & Bara, B. G. (2006).
How the brain understands intentions: Different neural circuits identify the componential features of motor and prior intentions.
Consciousness and Cognition, 15, 64-74.
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Becchio, C., & Bertone, C. (2005).
Beyond Cartesian Subjectivism: Neural Correlates of Shared Intentionality.
Journal of Consciousness studies, 12, 20-30.
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Becchio, C., & Bertone, C. (2005).
The ontology of neglect.
Consciousness and Cognition, 14, 483-494.
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Becchio, C., & Bertone, C. (2004).
Wittgenstein running: Neural mechanisms of collective intentionality and we-mode.
Consciousness and Cognition, 13, 123-133.
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Becchio, C., & Bertone, C. (2003).
Object temporal connotation.
Brain and Cognition, 52, 192-196.
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