I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Udine.
My current research project focuses on neural foundations of religiosity and spirituality in the context of predictive processing of exteroceptive and interoceptive information. The project combines behavioral manipulation of priors, EEG and tACS in interoceptive and exteroceptive perception tasks, and implicit attitudes to religiosity and spirituality. In addition, I am working on a project that evaluates virtual reality training of action prediction as a tool for improving predictive processes in a broader context.
I obtained a PhD in Neurosciences from the University of Turin in 2019. My PhD research project focused on bodily self-awareness, in particular, on the interaction between body ownership and sense of agency. I employed primarily body ownership illusions in healthy participants in combination with various behavioral tasks and (neuro)physiological (EEG, skin conductance recording, EMG) and brain stimulation (TMS) techniques.
After the PhD, I worked for two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Verona where my research focused on neurophysiological correlates of action awareness and error monitoring in patients with brain lesions. This was followed by one year of postdoctoral research at the University of Turin where I continued to study body and motor awareness, focusing on the role of body-ownership manipulations in immersive virtual reality and their consequences for the motor system and social cognition.