Dr Luigi Tamè

Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience,
Director of Placements
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Dr Luigi Tamè


Luigi Tamè is a Senior 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. & Longo M. R. (2023). Emerging principle in the functional representations of touch. Nature Reviews Psychology, 2:459-471.
  • 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
  • PSYC3040: Introduction to Psychology I
  • PSYC5660: Cognition in Action
  • PSYC6110: The Neuroscience of Cognitive Disorders
  • PSYC8500: Advanced Cognitive (Neuroscience) Methods in Practice
  • PSYC8640: Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology


Current Students

  • Louisa Gwynne (ESRC SeNSS 1+3 funding, 2023-present)  
  • George Rhodes (School of Architecture and Planning, 2022-present)

Past Students

  • Antonio Zafarana (Kent GTA Scholarship, 2019-2023)


Current Roles

  • Editorial board member for Scientific Reports
  • Peer-reviewer for numerous grant funders including MRC, King’s Health Partners Challenge Fund, ESRC, and the Swiss National Science Foundation
  • Peer-reviewer for journals such as the Journal of Neuroscience, Current Biology, Cognition, NeuroImage, and The Royal Society Open Science
  • PhD examiner

Grants and awards

2024-2025University of Lille
Soutien à l’internationalisation de la recherche de l’Université de Lille
Evaluation of touch perception abilities in typical and atypical ageing
Apr-Jul 2021Division COVID mitigation fund
“Visual and tactile learning in the near and far space”
(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 experience and recognition

2022Academic & Research Additional Salary Awards University of Kent Faculty of Social Sciences
2020Member of the Psychonomic Society
2020Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Kent
2018Habilitation to the role of Associate Professor of Psychobiology, Italian Ministry of Education
2018Habilitation to the role of Associate Professor of Physiology, Italian Ministry of Education
2017CIMeC Young Researcher Award, 10th anniversary CIMeC, University of Trento
2016 - presentMember of Experimental Psychology Society
2016Reviewer Lottery Winner, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Taylor & Francis
2015Best Paper Award, Italian Association of Psychology
2013Young Researcher Award, Italian Association of Psychology
2006Habilitation to the role of Chartered Psychologist, University of Padova
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