I carried out my PhD at the Cognitive Neuroscience Sector of the, International School for Advanced Studies (http://www.sissa.it/cns/) under the supervision of Prof. Raffaella Rumiati. My PhD project focused on investigating the neural correlates of body representations: in particular, I attempted to disentangle the neural signatures of the Body Schema (held to be an egocentric model of the orientation of one’s own body in space and in time) from those of the Body Structural Description (held to be an allocentric model of the “body-shape” coding the position of each body segment within a standard body). I am nowadays still involved in this line of research by testing, in collaboration with prof Rumiati and its staff, the involvement of these body models in everyday situations (e.g., imitation).
My previous post-doctoral experience has been carried out both at SISSA and at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine of the Jülich Research Centre (Germany) (http://www.fz-juelich.de/inm/) with prof. Gereon R. Fink. During this time, not only I followed the same line of research carried out during my PhD, but I also investigated the neural mechanisms underlying economical choices made either for oneself (first-person) and in behalf of another person (third-person), by means of the Ultimatum Game task. Furthermore, I collaborated in projects investigating first vs. third person distinction in the context of lexical processing of motor verbs and in the context of motor agency.
I am currently working at the LabNic and at Swiss Center for Affective Sciences in Geneva (Switzerland), with prof Patrik Vuilleumier. In the last year, my research focused on investigating the neural correlates of empathy in people undergoing different professional training (e.g., medical or psychology practitioners).