Portrait of Dr Luigi Tamè

Dr Luigi Tamè

Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience
Placement Degrees Coordinator


Luigi Tamè is a Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience in the School of Psychology.

Research interests

Luigi's research is concerned with aspects of sensory perception and sensory-motor interaction. He uses a combination of psychophysics and neuroimaging techniques (eg fMRI, MEG, EEG, TMS) in order to define the behavioural and neural correlates of these phenomena. He is particularly interested in the sense of touch, its interactions with the other senses and the motor system, and the way in which touch is represented and elaborated by the brain.

His main areas of interest include:

  • Physiology of the sense of touch in healthy individuals 
  • Neural basis of body representation in healthy individuals  
  • Multisensory integration between vision and touch 
  • The development of body knowledge during the first months of life  
  • TMS, EEG and fMRI techniques

Luigi welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral students interested in these or other related topics on somatosensation or multisensory and sensory-motor integration. 

Key publications

  • Tamè, L.,Tucciarelli, R., Sadibolova, R., Sereno, M.I. & Longo, M. R. (2021). Reconstructing the neuralrepresentations of tactile space. NeuroImage229, 117730.  
  • Tamè, L. & Holmes, N. P. (2016). Involvement of human primary somatosensory cortex in vibrotactile detection depends on task demand. NeuroImage138, 184-96.  
  • Tamè, L.,Pavani, F., Papadelis, C., Farnè, A. & Braun, C. (2015). Early integration of bilateral touch in the primary somatosensory cortex. Human Brain Mapping, 36:1506-23.  
  • Tamè, L., Braun, C., Lingnau, A., Schwarzbach, J., Demarchi, G., Li Hegner, Y., Farnè, A., Pavani, F. (2012). The contribution of primary and secondary somatosensory cortices to the representation of body parts and body sides: an fMRI adaptation study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24:2306-2320. 


Convenor and Lecturer


  • PSYC3010 Introduction to Biological and General Psychology
  • PSYC6110 The Neuroscience of Cognitive Disorders
  • PSYC8650 Mind, Brain and the Body
  • PSYC8500 Advanced Cognitive (Neuroscience) Methods in Practice
  • PSYC8640 Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology
  • PSYC5660 Cognition in Action
  • PSYC6050 Cognitive Psychology


Current Students

  • Antonio Zafarana (Kent GTA Scholarship, 2019-present)


Grants and awards

Apr-Jul 2021Visual and tactile learning in the near and far space. Division COVID mitigation fund
(Principal Investigator)
2019-2020EPS Small Grant
"Repetitive somatosensory stimulation and motor evoked potentials"
(Principal Investigator)
2019-2020University of Kent Faculty of Social Sciences Research Grant
"Sensory attenuation in preschool children"
(PI, with Dr Elena Nava, University Milano-Bicocca CoI; Dr Nadia Bolognini (University Milano-Bicocca CoI; Dr Nicholas P Holmes, University of Nottingham CoI)
2019-2020Visiting Expert Research Grant (PAT)
"Inter-hemispheric interactions serving sensory-motor coordination across body sides"
(Principal Investigator)
2017CIMeC Young Researcher Award, 10th anniversary CIMeC, University of Trento€500
2016Reviewer Lottery Winner, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Taylor & Francis€250
2015Best Paper Award, Italian Association of Psychology 
2011-2014Marie Curie Individual Fellow, European Commission/PAT
(Principal Investigator)
2013Young Researcher Award, Italian Association of Psychology€250
2010-2011Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
(Co Principal Investigator)
2006-2009PhD Research Fellowship, University of Trento€40,000
2001Erasmus Exchange Student Program Fellowship, University of Padova€1,500

Professional memberships

  • Experimental Psychology Society
  • Psychonomic Society
  • Italian Scientist UK 
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