I acquired a PhD in Anthropology and Epistemology of Complexity from the University of Bergamo (with significant spells at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen). I also held postdoctoral positions at the New School for Social Research in New York, at the University of Milano Bicocca, Italy, and at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) in Trento, Italy.

Academic career and teaching activities

I am currently teaching "Understanding cognitive psychology and neuroscience" in the master in Cognitive Neuroscience at CIMeC, LMI track.

Research interests

My research interests are conceptual processing, consciousness, abstract thinking and the cognitive neuroscience of blindness.

Research work

We follow different research paths, including: Language processing, memory, spatial navigation, abstract thought and theories of conscious experience. For instance, we study how the neuro-cognitive system that mammals evolved to navigate space has been "recycled" to organize conceptual information and find it in memory. We also study how our brain understand language and confer a meaning to words. We also want to understand the role of consciousness in cognitive processing. Another area of research concerns the study of brain plasticity using blindness as a model.

We use a variety of techinques including behavioral testing, fMRI, M/EEG.