Formazione

​​​​2013 Oct - 2017 May: Joint International PhD Program in Cognitive Neuroscience - University of Bologna

2015 Dec - 2016 Oct: Visiting PhD student - University of Glasgow

2012 Sep - 2013 Sep: Post-graduate internship

2009 Oct - 2012 Jul: Master's degree in Psychology (curriculum: Experimental Psychology) - University of Firenze

2005 Oct - 2009 Jul: Bachelor's degree in Experimental Psychology - University of Firenze

Carriera accademica ed attività didattica

2017 September - present: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) - University of Trento

2013 Oct - 2017 May: Joint International PhD Program in Cognitive Neuroscience - University of Bologna

Attività di ricerca

My main research goal is to establish the influence of non-invasive electrical stimulation protocols on plastic changes at both behavioral and neural level. This is investigated through the combined use of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (TMS, TES) and electrophysiological measures (EEG) which allow to shed light on the neurophysiological markers of induced cognitive changes.

In particular, I am interested in the study of TES-induced changes of spatial memory formation given the strong and well documented relationship with memory formation ad plastic neural phenomena. The interest to investigate behavioral and neurophysiological mechanisms of spatial memory formation has an importance not only for base research but also for its potential clinical application. The identification of a causal-effect relationship between brain stimulation and spatial learning could pave the way for the advance of brain stimulation based rehabilitative approaches for spatial memory disorders.

Convegni e conferenze

LIST OF POSTER PRESENTATIONS

  • Grasso P.A., Tonolli E., Esposito R. & Miniussi C.” Transcranial direct current stimulation and visuo-spatial contextual learning reveal homeostatic regulatory principles in the human posterior parietal cortex”. Transcranial Brain Stimulation in Cognitive Neuroscience Workshop, Rovereto, Italy (6-7 December 2018)
  • Grasso P.A., Tonolli E., Esposito R. & Miniussi C.” Transcranial direct current stimulation and visuo-spatial contextual learning reveal homeostatic regulatory principles in the human posterior parietal cortex”. IV NeuroMi International Meeting, Milano, Italy (21-23 November 2018)
  • Grasso P.A., Tonolli E., Esposito R. & Miniussi C.” Transcranial direct current stimulation and visuo-spatial contextual learning reveal homeostatic regulatory principles in the human posterior parietal cortex”. XXVI Congress of the Società Italiana di Psicofisiologia, Torino, Italy (15-17 November 2018)
  • Bertini, C., Pietrelli, M., Grasso, P. A., Zanon, M., & Làdavas, E. “An audio-visual multisensory training reduces interhemispheric imbalance in hemianopic patients”. XXIII World Congress of Neurology, Kyoto, Japan (16-21 September 2017)
  • Pietrelli M., Grasso P.A., Zanon M., Bertini C., Làdavas E. “Alpha event-related desynchronization for motion stimuli presented in the blind field of hemianopic patients”. XXXV European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, Bressanone, Italy (22-27 January 2017)
  • Grasso P.A., Làdavas E., Bertini C., Caltabiano S., Thut G., Morand S. “Early V5 processing decoupled from awareness with fast but not slow moving stimuli: TMS evidence for dynamic deployment of parallel pathways depending on motion velocity”. XXXV European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, Bressanone, Italy (22-27 January 2017)
  • Grasso P.A., Benassi M., Bertini C., Làdavas E. “An audio-visual multisensory training enhances the visual processing of motion stimuli in healthy participants: an electrophysiological study”. Società Italiana di Neuropsicologia, Padova, Italy (27-28 November 2015)
  • Grasso P.A., Bertini C., Benassi M., Làdavas E. “Electrophysiological correlates of the effects induced by an audio-visual training on healthy participants”. 16th International Multisensory Research Forum, Pisa, Italy (13-16 June 2015)
  • Grasso P.A., Dundon N., Maier M.E., Bertini C., Làdavas E. “The effects of a multisensory training for visual field defects on spatial attention”. XXXII European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, Bressanone, Italy (26-31 January 2014)

 

LIST OF ORAL PRESENTATIONS

  • Grasso P.A., Làdavas E., Bertini C., Caltabiano S., Thut G., Morand S. “Early V5 processing decoupled from awareness with fast but not slow moving stimuli: TMS evidence for dynamic deployment of parallel pathways depending on motion velocity”. XXXV European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, Bressanone, Italy (22-27 January 2017)
  • Grasso P.A., Benassi M., Bertini C., Làdavas E. “An audio-visual multisensory training enhances the visual processing of motion stimuli in healthy participants: an electrophysiological study”. Società Italiana di Neuropsicologia, Padova, Italy (27-28 November 2015)
  • Grasso P.A., Dundon N., Maier M.E., Bertini C., Làdavas E. “The effects of a multisensory training for visual field defects on spatial attention”. XXXII European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, Bressanone, Italy (26-31 January 2014)

 

WORKSHOPS PARTICIPATION

  • 4-8 April 2016 - “21st EEGlab Workshop”. Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy.
  • 14-18 April 2014 - “Practical data analysis and modeling in cognitive and clinical neuroscience”. University of Gent, Belgium.
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