CAtS @ CIMeC/Rovereto

Francesco Pavani, Principal Investigator

At the University of Trento, is Full Professor of of Experimental Psychology at the Center for Mind Brain Sciences (CIMeC), where he leads the Cognition Across the Senses (CAtS) laboratory. His interest for multisensory processes, attention and space perception is primarily applied in two domains: (1) cognition in deaf and hearing-impaired people; (2) own body perception. Francesco is currently Head of the PhD Program in Cognitive and Brain Sciences at CIMeC. He is also a member of the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science

At the Centre de Recherche en Neuroscience de Lyon (CNRL), he is a member of the Integrative Multisensory Perception Action and Cognition Team (IMPACT) where he coordinates an the ANR funded project VIRTUALHEARING3D. 

The complete CV is available here

Mara Mazzurega, Post-Doc Researcher

Mara is holds a post-doctoral fellowship sponsored by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto (CARITRO). Her research interest are in body perception and social psychology. In particular, she is currently working on a project entitled "The weight of others" aimed at understanding the way in which social comparisons affect body perception.

Luca Artesini, Ph.D Student

Luca is PhD student (XXXI cycle) at CIMeC. He is interested in the mechanisms of plasticity in people with hearing loss and in cochlear implant users. In particular, he is studying language comprehension and development in deaf people with an unilateral/bilateral CI, using (1) behavioral measures of language comprehension (2) EEG measures of language processing. He spent 5 months at the University of Colorado at Boulder (supervised by Prof. Albert Kim and in collaboration with Prof. Anu Sharma) where he started a project with young unilateral/bilateral CI users mainly focused on visual language-related ERPs.

Giuseppe Rabini, Ph.D Student

Giuseppe is PhD student (XXXII cycle) at CIMeC. He is interested in brain plasticity and perception of acoustic space after hearing impairment. He aims to use behavioural and neuroimaging techniques to study neurocognitive mechanisms that subtend learning of mappings between auditory cues and coordinates in the external space. He further aims to give concrete indication for rehabilitation procedures in clinical settings.


Chiara Valzolgher, Ph.D Student at the University of Lyon 1

Chiara joined the lab in 2015 for her Master thesis, which she obtained with honors in July 2016. In October 2016 she started a 1-year internship in the lab on a project on a temporal processing in deaf people (in collaboration with Monica Gori and Claudio Campus at IIT). She is now Ph.D student at the University of Lyon 1, co-supervised by Alessandro Farné and Francesco Pavani.

Silvia Turri, Graduate Student (Internship)

Silvia joined the lab on September 2016 for her master thesis, which she obtained with honors in October 2017. She is currently working on a project on the influence of external spatiotemporal cues on the acoustic spatial attention in a multi-talker environment, both in people with normal hearing and in cochlear implant users. 

Elena Altobelli, Master student (Internship)

Elena joined the lab in 2017 for her Master thesis. She is currently working together with Giuseppe Rabini. 

Elena Ragusa, Master student (Internship)

Elena joined the lab in 2017 for her Master thesis. She is currently working together with Luca Artesini. 

Claudia Vincenza D'Avanzo, Master student (Internship)

Elena joined the lab in 2017 for her Master thesis. She is currently working together with Luca Artesini. 

Adriana Catania, Master student (Internship)

Adriana joined the lab on October 2016 and she started a collaboration with Mara Mazzurega in a project about body image representation in a sample of adolescents. At the moment she is working on her Master's thesis' project regarding body image and self-serving bias in young women. 


Previous lab members

PhD students

  • Benedetta Heimler (currently at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
  • Luigi Tamè (currently at Birkbeck College, UK)
  • Davide Bottari (currently at Hamburg University, Germany)
  • Elena Nava (currently at Università di Milano Bicocca, Italy)
  • Maria Luisa Dematté (currently at Università di Padova, Italy)

Master students and internships (since 2015)

  • Gabriele Castagna (master thesis and internship; 2016-2017)
  • Mara Dighero (master thesis and internship; 2015-2017)
  • Ilaria Di Nunzio (master thesis and internship; 2015-2017)
  • Giulia Curti (master thesis and internship; 2015-2017)
  • Valeria Giannelli (internship; 2016-2017)
  • Riccardo Nicoli (master thesis; 2015-2016)
  • Irene Laudanna (internship; 2015-2016)
  • Laura Facci (master thesis and internship; 2015-2017)
  • Silvia Scarozza (master thesis and internship; 2014-2016)
  • Jlenia Marisa (master thesis and internship; 2014-2016)