- Assistant Professor
- Core research topics
- multisensory integration, speech production, attentional modulation in sematic processing
My research focuses on multisensory integration and speech production. My very first encounter with science dates back to 2003, when I started my first fMRI study for my master thesis, in the department of Cognitive Neuroscience in Maastricht. Together with my supervisor Elia Formisano we used the support vector machine algorithm to classify the independent components extracted from an fMRI experiment on face processing. In 2004, I got my master in Biomedical Engineer in Rome and after few months I went back to Maastricht to follow my passion: research. In this period I was involved in a project on active control of noise in an fMRI scanner to reduce the noise emission in an fMRI settings. In 2006, I started my PhD with Bernadette Jansma. Here, I tested an attentional model known as Biased Competition in the context of face processing and semantics using both fMRI and EEG. After the PhD period, in 2011, I moved into the group of Bruno Rossion in Louvain-la-Neuve to deepen my expertise on face processing by studying the temporal dynamics of face detection with fMRI. In 2014, I started my second postdoctoral degree in Amsterdam at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience where, with the supervision of Rainer Goebel, I investigated the functional organization of the multisensory superior temporal cortex using ultra high field fMRI at 7 Tesla. In the same period I also tested the validity of a neuronal model representing motion perception region MT using empirical fMRI dataset at 7 Tesla of a motion-direction selectivity experiment. Over the course of my academic carrier, besides focusing on the neuroscientific content of a particular project, I also developed and applied new tools for fMRI and EEG data analysis.