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28 September 2022 @ 9:00 - 12:00

As part of the 30th congress of the Italian Association of Psychology (Padua, 26 – 30 September 2022), and of the scientific program for the 800 years of the University of Padua, the professor of cognitive neuroscience Sarah Garfinkel (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience – University College of London) gives a talk about Clinical Neuroscience and the Heart-Brain Axis.

Cognitive and emotional processes are shaped by the dynamic integration of brain and body. A major channel of interoceptive information comes from the heart, where phasic signals are conveyed to the brain to indicate how fast and strong the heart is beating.

This talk details how cardiac afferent signals can interact with neuronal mechanisms to alter emotion processing. This interoceptive channel is disrupted in distinct ways in schizophrenia, autism and anxiety; specific interoceptive disturbances may contribute to our understanding of symptoms in these clinical conditions. The discrete cardiac effects on emotion and cognition have broad relevance to clinical neuroscience, with implications for peripheral treatment targets and behavioural interventions focused on the heart.

Watch the live stream on Youtube.


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Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo

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