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Ivan Toni

WP1 Speech perception and production in interaction

Ivan Toni is professor of Motor Cognition at Radboud University Nijmegen, and research coordinator of the research theme “Perception, Action and Control” at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.
Ivan Toni’s research focuses on understanding the cerebral mechanisms supporting the integration of rules and perceptual processes into the sensorimotor machinery. He studies how the brain generates movements designed to change the physical environment, as well actions designed to induce desired mental states in other agents. His working hypothesis is that both types of actions are organized and selected according to perceptual and conceptual knowledge, with abstract knowledge influencing sensorimotor processes at the earliest stages of movement planning. Empirically, these issues are addressed in both healthy and pathological human brains, using non-invasive neurophysiological techniques (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Magneto-Encephalography, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and computational methods. The approach is pervasively multi-disciplinary, combining neurophysiology, experimental psychology, and cognitive science.
Ivan Toni is keen on translating knowledge from neurobiological mechanisms into clinical opportunities, exploring compensatory mechanisms in movement planning and action control in both neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.

He is a PI in WP1. His expertise is on understanding the neural and cognitive mechanisms that turn a thought into a movement, and make that movement a suitable vehicle for changing the physical world, or for triggering an intended thought in another mind. For a list of his publications, please see: