I am currently enrolled as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Udine.
My current research projects aim to further understanding the predictive role of the brain in shaping upcoming perception in social contexts: human brain can be thought as an "anticipation machine" which relies on top-down predictions based not only on past experience of specific actions but also on prior knowledge of the context in which actions are typically embedded.
In 2010, I obtained a MSc in Pharmacy at the "University of Chieti and Pescara “G. D’Annunzio”. I have always been interested in neuroplasticity, the specific ability of the brain to undergo structure and functional changes in order to adapt to the environmental factors. Therefore, I enrolled as a PhD Student in Human Movement and Sport Science at the University of Foro Italico in Rome where I leveraged EEG techniques to explore the brain adaptations induced by sport exercise and music expertise. My final PhD project, entitled " The proactive control: brain correlates of cognitive and motor anticipation of actions” explored the neural correlates of motor behaviour by means of Event-related potentials with a main focus on proactive control of voluntary actions.
In 2016 I spent one year as a visiting Graduate researcher at Neuroimaging and Brain Stimulation Lab at the University of California, Los Angeles, where I learnt to perform non-invasive brain stimulation techniques. Specifically, I was involved in one project of action observation using single pulse Transcranial magnetic stimulation and in one project of neuroplasticity assessment by means of Paired associative stimulation.
Afterwards, I spent two years as a research scholar at the Cognitive processes electrophysiology Lab at IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia in Rome, with a special focus on probing different cognitive, motor and sensory anticipations among visual, auditory and tactile modalities, by means of ERPs.