Doctors of Philosophy Research of the Doctorate in Cognitive and Brain Sciences

While it has been 8 years since the graduation of the CIMeC’s first cycle of Ph.D students, it is evident that our students are finding very good post-doc and professional placements.

Our Ph.D graduates have gone on to both academic and professional careers, in Italy and abroad.

They  have secured post-doctoral positions at the Donders institute, Bangor University, University of Glasgow, University of Geneva, King’s College London, Royal Holloway University of London, University of Nottingham, Monash University, University of Western Ontario, Brandeis University, Heidelberg University, Utrecht University, University of Hamburg, MPI Leipzig, Konrad Lorenz Institute of Alternberg-Vienna, and Leiden University.  Several have obtained Marie-Curie grants.

Within Italy, our graduates have found positions at the University of Pisa, CNR, University of Verona, and University of Milan-Bicocca.

In Corporate, our students have found positions at Facebook, Brain Products, and several others are self-employed psychologists or chose careers in education.

For details on alumni thesis work please see graduation years listed to the left.

XXVIII & XXIX Cycle Alumni - Graduation year 2015-2016

December 2016 (session 1) - Cognitive Neuroscience Track

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Mara Andrione

Albercht Haase Olfactory representation  in the honey bee antennal lobe: investigations on a filter’s functions and dysfunctions.
Giacomo Ariani Angelika Lingnau Neural representations of movement planning within the human prehension system
Stefania Ferraro Olivier Collignon Investigating multisensory integration in early visual and auditory areas with Intracranial electrophysiological recordings in humans
Sara Parmigiani Luigi Cattaneo Ready... steady... GO! A transcranial magnetic stimulation study of set-related inhibitory activity in the dorsal precentral region in humans

 

December 2016 (session 1) -  Language, Interaction & Computation Track

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

German David Kruszewski Martel

Marco Baroni Inference with Distrubutional Semantics Models
Angeliki Lazaridou

Marco Baroni

From Predictive to Interactive Multi-modal Language Learning
The Nghia Pham

Marco Baroni

Sentential meaning in Distributional Semantics

 

March 2017 (session 2) - Cognitive Neuroscience Track

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Beatrice Agostini

Angelika Lingnau Where Symbols Meet Meanings: the Organization of Gestures and Words in the Middle Temporal Gyrus
Ludwig Pasquale Barbaro Clayton Hickey The Impact of Reward and Punishment on Visual Attention During Naturalistic Visual Search: Valence or Salience?
Florian Herpich Lorella Battelli Studies of Cortical Plasticity in the Normal and the Diseased Brain
Marco Pagani Alessandro Gozzi Gray Matter Covariance Networks in the Mouse Brain
Daria Proklova Marius Peelen Disentangling the Representations of Object Shape and Object Category in the Brain: the Animate-Inanimate Distinction

 

May 2017 (session 3) - Language, Interaction & Computation Track

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Rossella Varvara

Roberto Zamparelli Verbs as nouns: empirical investigations on event-denoting nominalizations

 

October 2017 (session 4) - Cognitive Neuroscience Track

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Lia Villanueva Villarreal

Massimiliano Zampini Audiotactile interactions in the percepetion of temporal duration

XXVII & XXVIII Cycle Alumni - Graduation year 2014-2015

November 2015 (session 1) - IDEALAB - Cognitive Neuroscience Track

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Vânia Marisa Correia de Aguiar

Gabriele Miceli

Co-Advisor: Roelien Bastiaanse

Enhancement of verb retrieval: neuromodulation, repetition priming, and aphasia rehabilitation
Adria' Rofes Sanchez

Gabriele Miceli

Co-Advisor: Roelien Bastiaanse

Verbs and nouns in awake neurosurgery: needs and answers

 

December 2015 (session 2) -  Cognitive Neuroscience Track

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Julia Natascha Frey

Nathan Weisz Oscillatory signatures of tactile conscious perception and spatial attention
Elisa Infanti

Massimo Turatto

Influence of Reward History on Visual Working Memory Representations
Daniel Kasier

Marius Peelen

Inter-object grouping in visual processing: How the brain uses real-world regularities to efficiently carve up the environment
Seth Levine Jens Schwazbach Cortical representations of supramodal information during auditory and tactile perceptual decisions
Raffaele Tucciarelli Angelika Lingnau Characterizing the spatiotemporal profile and the level of abstractness of action representations: neural decoding of magnetoencephalography (MEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data

 

December 2015 (session 3) - Cognitive Neuroscience and Language, Interaction & Computation Tracks

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Ailbhe Noelle Finnerty

Fabio Pianesi Understanding Human Social Behaviour with Computational Social Science
Yuan Tao

Massimo Poesio

The neural representation of polysemy: The case of dot-object
James Francis Hartzell Uri Hasson Structural differences in grey and white matter of the brains of verbal memory specialists: the case of professional Vedic Sanskrit Pandits

Md. Taufiq Nasseef

Stefano Panzeri
Measuring directed functional connectivity in mouse fMRI networks using Granger Causality

 

April 2016 (session 4) - Cognitive Neuroscience Track

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Palipahana Pahalawaththage Chamanthi Rasangika Karunasekara

Stefano Panzeri Methods for Analyzing the Information Content of Large Neuronal Populations
Rocco Marchitelli

Jorge Jovicich

Test-retest reliability of intrinsic human brain default-mode fMRI connectivity: a study of slice acquisition and physiological noise correction effects
Davide Paoletti

Louise Johanna Francisca Maria van Zoest

Co-Advisor: Christoph Braun

Visual search strategies and brain states: a concurrent eye movement and neuroimaging approach

XXVI & XXVII Cycle Alumni - Graduation year 2013-2014

December 2014 session - Cognitive Neuroscience Track

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Michela Malfatti

Liliana Albertazzi Shape-to-color associations in non-synesthetes: perceptual, emotional, and cognitive aspects.
David Pascucci Massimo Turatto Task-related reinforcement signals and visual plasticity
Reshanne Rae Reeder Marius Peelen

The search template for object detection in natural scenes: contents, characteristics, neural underpinnings, and individual differences.

 

April 2015 session - Language, Interaction & Computation Track

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Gianluca Schiavo

Massimo Zancanaro (FBK) Socially Aware Interfaces for Supporting Co-located Interactions

 

April 2015 session - Cognitive Neuroscience Track

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Stefania Ficarella

Lorella Battelli The Neurophysiology of internally-driven actions
Elisa Leonardelli

Massimiliano Zampini

Co: Christoph Braun

Audiotactile interactions: psychophysical and neuroimaging approaches
Silvia Ubaldi Luigi Cattaneo Rule-dependent and stimulus-dependent visuomotor mappings of other’s actions

XXV & XXVI Cycle Alumni - Graduation year 2012-2013

Cognitive Neuroscience Track

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Gabriele Sam Chierchia

Giorgio Coricelli

Neuro-cognitive Mecahnisms Mediating the Impact of Social Distance on Human Coordination
Benedetta Heimler

Francesco Pavani

Co: Wieske Van Zoest

Mechanisms of learning and plasticity across sensory modalities: insights from bilateral deafness and intense visual training
Giovanni Mancuso

Fulvio Domini

Co: Lorella Battelli

Integration of Head-Centric Optic Flow and Head Rotation Signals Account for the Perception of Surface Tilt by the Active Observer

Francesca Maule

Luigi Cattaneo

Haptic-based Object Directed Behavior: the Role of the Parietal Operculum

Andreas Wutz

David Melcher

Co: Alfonso Caramazza

Temporal Windows and Visual Capacity

 

Language, Interaction & Computation Track

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Ligia Batrinca

Fabio Pianesi

MultimodalPersonality Recognition from Audiovisual Data

Elia Bruni

Marco Baroni

Multimodal Distributional Semantics

Kyriaki Kalimeri

Fabio Pianesi

Traits, States and Situations: Automatic Prediction of Personality and Situations from Actual Behavior

Eva Maria Vecchi

Roberto Zamparelli

Co: Marco Baroni

Distributional semantic phrases vs. semantic distributional nonsense: Adjective Modification in Compositional Distributional Semantics

XXIV & XXV Cycle Alumni - Graduation year 2011-2012

Cognitive Neuroscience Track (April 2013)

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Elsa Fouragnan

Giorgio Coricelli

The Neural Computations of Trust and Reputation

Sandra Petris

Angelika Lingnau    

Co: Alfonso Caramazza

The Neural Basis of Action Understanding

Elisa Rigosi

Giorgio Vallortigara

Co: Gianfranco Anfora

Brain-behavioural Olfactory Asymmetries in Apoidea

Roberta Sellaro

Roberto Cubelli

How Does Task Sharing Influence an Individual's Performance? An Investigation with Interference Paradigms

Cognitive Neuroscience Track (December 2012)

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Guido Barchiesi

Luigi Cattaneo

Motor Resonance Meets Motor Performance: Neuroscognitive investigations with TMS

Vittorio Iacovella

Uri Hasson

Directional relationships between BOLD activity and autonomic nervous system fluctuations revealed by fast fMRI acquisition

Silvia Pagano

Veronica Mazza

Electrophysiological correlates of multiple object processing

Francesca Perini

Marius Peelen &
Alfonso Caramazza

TMS and fMRI studies investigating the neural mechanisms of tool perception

Nicola Soldati

Jorge Jovicich
Co: Lorenzo Bruzzone

Novel data-driven analysis methods for real-time fMRI and simultaneous EEG-fMRI neuroimaging

Language, Interaction & Computation Track

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Fabio Celli

 Massimo Poesio

Adaptive Personality Recognition from Text

Michela Ferron

Paolo Massa

Collective Memories in Wikipedia

Tommaso Fornaciari

Massimo Poesio

Deception Detection in Italian Court Testimonies

Gianluca Lebani

Emanuele Pianta

STaRS.sys designing and building a commonsense-knowledge enriched wordnet for therapeutic purposes

XXIII & XXIV Cycle Alumni - Graduation year 2010-2011

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Silvia Erla

 Giandomenico Nollo

Co: Christoph Braun

Computational methods for the assessment of brain connectivity in visuo-motor integration processes

Laura Fontanari

Giorgio Vallortigara

Object Individuation in Domestic Chicks (Gallus gallus)

Alessio Fracasso

David Melcher

Visual stability: perception of stable objects across saccadic eye movements

Alessia Giovenzana

Gianpaolo Basso

Interaction between language and analogical reasoning from the brain imaging perspective

Lisandro Nicholàs Kaunitz

David Melcher

On the fate and consequences of conscious and non-conscious vision

Caterina Quaresmini

Giorgio Vallortigara

 

Hemispheric Specialization Tied to Lateralized Motor Preference in Human and Non-Human Primates

Marianna Riello

Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini

Neural correlates of semantic memory: from Neuropsychology to Neuroimaging

Stefano Targher

Massimiliano Zampini

The neural correlates of verbs and nouns: a MEG study on Italian homophones

Fu Ju Yang

Gabriele Miceli

The Talking Hands? The Relation between Gesture and Language in Aphasic Patients

XXIII Cycle Alumni - Graduation year 2009-2010

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Fabbri Sara

 Alfonso Caramazza

Selectivity for movement direction in the human brain

Frasnelli Elisa

Giorgio Vallortigara

Lateralization in Insects: Theoretical and Experimental Approaches

Furlan Michele

Jens Schwarzbach

Neural mechanisms of attention to motion

Herdagdelen Amac

Marco Baroni

Collecting Common Sense from Text and People

Kremer Gerhard

Marco Baroni

A Crow's Beak is not Yellow - Investigations on Cognitively Salient Concept Properties

Rodriguez Rodriguez Kepa Joseba

Massimo Poesio

Resources for linguistically motivated multilingual anaphora resolution

Schobert Anne Kathrin

Jens Schwarzbach

Category and Space in the Ventral Stream

Tsigka Styliani

Gabriele Miceli

The neural correlates of verbs and nouns: a MEG study on Italian homophones

XXII Cycle Alumni - Graduation year 2008-2009

Name

Advisor

Title of Dissertation

Eduard Barbu

Massimo Poesio

Extracting conceptual structures from multiple sources

Federico Boschetti

Marco Baroni

A Corpus-based Approach to Philological Issues

Federica Cavicchio

Massimo Poesio

Computational Modeling of (un)Cooperation:
The Role of Emotions

Alessandro Chinello

Manuela Piazza

The development of number processing and its relation to other parietal functions in early childhood

Delia Guagnano

Roberto Cubelli

Bilingualism and cognitive development: a study on the acquisition of number skills

Tommaso Mastropasqua

Katya Tentori

Bayesian confirmation by uncertain evidence: Epistemological and psychological issues

Elena Hae-Kyung
Nava

Francesco Pavani

Plasticity following auditory deafferentation and reafferentation

Luigi Tamè

Francesco Pavani

Multiple spatial representations for haptic perception

Andrea Vilardi

Leonardo Ricci

The role of noise in brain dynamics processes

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