Marco Tamietto, Principal Investigator

I hold a Ph.D in Neuroscience and I am currently Research Fellow at Tilburg University and at the University of Turin. I am also Visiting Professor at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford.

My studies concern the functional and structural neuroanatomy of the human visual system and emotion perception. I combine neuroimaging methods with psychophysics and I am particularly interested in patients with cortical blindness and in patients with hemispatial neglect.

My studies are supported by the Vidi grant from NWO, and by the FIRB 2012 from the MIUR.

Alessia Celeghin, Post-doc

I got my Ph.D. working on patients with hemianopia and blindsight under the supervision of prof. Carlo Alberto Marzi. I have been collaborating with prof. Beatrice De Gelder at Maastricht University, prof. Alain Ptito at McGill University Health Centre and prof. Luiz Pessoa at Maryland University with frequent work visits. My research interests concern visual awareness and affective neuroscience. 

I investigate the neural correlates of conscious and non-conscious vision and emotion perception, as well as the neural bases of inter-hemispheric transfer and integration of information in both, healthy subjects and clinical populations. I am particularly interested in the comprehension of the small- and large- scale network interactions and their role in modulating visual and emotional awareness.

Methodologically, I master, and often combine, psychophysics and fMRI techniques.

Matteo Diano, Post-doc

I got myPh.D. in Neuroscience with a thesis entitled “Bridging the gap: benefits and limitations of functional connectivity” under the supervision of Prof. Giuliano Carlo Geminiani. My main collaborations are with Prof. Franco Cauda, Prof. Beatrice deGelder and Dr. Enrico Premi (Stroke Unit, Vascular Neurology).

For my master thesis I spent one year at the Neuroimaging Center in Groningen (NL), for a collaborative project with Prof. Christian Keysers and Dr. Leonardo Cerliani. As Ph.D student I spent one year at Maastricht University, collaborating with Prof. Beatrice de Gelder and Prof. Rainer Goebel. I am currently working as a post-doc at the University of Tilburg under the supervision of Prof. Marco Tamietto. 

My research focuses on emotional processingand brain plasticity following brain damage using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as a main investigating tool. My interests are related to profile the functional (fMRI) and structural (Diffusion Weighted Imaging) connectivity, using advanced tractography techniques, to investigate the neural network involved in emotion processing. 

Arianna Bagnis, PhD Student

I am currently in my second year of a Ph.D. programme in Psychological, Antropological and Educational Sciences. I have a bachelor degree in Psychology (University of Genova) and a master degree in Mind Science (University of Torino). 

My main research interest concerns understanding how social factors influence the perception of emotional stimuli and their neural correlates. I am currently working on a quantitative meta-analysis of fMRI studies on racial bias. I am also interested in the neuroanatomy of conscious and non-conscious perception of emotion from facial and bodily expressions.

Ylenia Camassa Nahi, Research Assistant

I hold a Master degree in Mind Science and my master thesis dealt with neural correlates of the conscious and non conscious perception of emotions. I am currently doing my post-graduate internship at Rehabilitation Center, San Camillo Hospital where I am engaged in the assessment and rehabilitation of neuropsychological patients following focal brain lesions. 

My research interests are concerned with affective neuroscience and the clinical neuropsychology. I am particularly interested in the study of the neural networks for conscious and non conscious perception of emotions from facial expressions, as well as in the study of emotional processing following stroke.


Carlos Andrés Méndez Guerrero, Post-doc

I hold a PhD from the faculty of Computer Science at the University of Verona. Before studying in Italy I obtained a Masters degree (MSc) in Biomedical Engineering in Vienna, Austria.
My research has been concerned with Medical Image Analysis methods. In broad terms during my PhD I focused on two main areas: the first one is methodologies for the fusion of information derived from multi-modal MRI sources. The second area was concerned with pattern recognition strategies in medical images. 
As a postdoctoral researcher I have worked with semi-supervised clustering strategies for brain tissue segmentation based on microstructural models in diffusion MRI.

Currently I use Deep Learning methods, particularly Convolutional Neural Networks, to model subcortical visual pathways.