Group members

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Giorgio Coricelli
Principal Investigator

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Kaela Venuto 
Project Manager

With a background in international development work (for the Italian Foreign Office and the U.N. in Bosnia and not-for-profit organisations in Italy, the UK and Kosovo), and languages (bilingual Italian-English, fluent German and French and good Serbo-Croatian), I find it stimulating to work in CIMeC’s international environment, especially on foreign grants. Download my CV.

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Nadège Bault
Research Fellow

I am interested in understaing the interplay between the reward system and brain area implicated in social cogntion during decision making in various socially interactive environments. I use evidence from fMRI, physiological recordings, TMS and brain-lesioned patients to investigate the role of social emotions, social comparison and social ties in prosocial and antisocial decisions. Download my CV.

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Luca Polonio
Research Fellow

I am psychologist and I am interested in experimental and behavioral economics, strategic and non-strategic behavior in game playing and cognitive theories of reasoning. I use mostly fMRI and eye-tracking techniques.

Tobias Larsen
Research Fellow

I am a computational neuroscientist using mathematical modelling and brain imaging experiments to investigate how the human brain learns and makes decisions. I currently work on projects revolving around how the subjective confidence with which a decision is being made, influences learning about the consequences, and whether it is possible to externally influence that confidence. Download my CV.

Alexander Vostroknutov
Research Fellow

I am an experimental and neuro- economist with interest in behavioral economics, choice under risk, learning, behavior in games and modeling behavioral biases in strategic environments. View my CV here.

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Research Fellow

Doris Pischedda 
Research Fellow

I have a background in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. I am interested in executive functions, deductive reasoning, rule-guided behavior, and strategic as well as non-strategic behavior during social interaction. I employ a combination of behavioral paradigms, functional fMRI, univariate methods, and multivariate pattern classification techniques to shed light on both the neural and the psychological underpinnings of human behavior. The aim of my research is to characterize the cognitive mechanisms underlying behavior and the neural representation of variables that may influence decision and action. Download my CV.

Ben Timberlake
PhD candidate

I worked as a journalist, and then I studied bees. But now I'm looking at how certain emotional priming affects strategic decision making in unrelated situations. Download my CV.

Joshua Zonca
PhD candidate

I am interested in the cognitive components that intervene during strategic interaction. In particular, I am focusing on the reasoning mechanisms that must be triggered in order to behave strategically in a competitive setting. Download my CV.

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Folco Panizza
PhD candidate

I have a background in Psychology. After stdying three years at the University of Florence, I moved to Berlin for a MSc in Psychology/Neuroscience. I am interested in social interactions, especially in how competition and cooperation arise, and their underlying cognitive (and brain) mechanisms. Download my CV.

Martina Puppi
Research Assistant

I obtained my bachelor degree at the University of Amsterdam, where I studied cognitive sciences. Before joining this lab, I have been investigating olfactory learning mechanisms in the honeybee with the Neurophysics Group at CIMeC. Download my CV.

Master's students

Nicholas Menghi (supervisor: Giorgio Coricelli/Clayton Hickey) is a Master's student of Cognitive Science at CIMeC. He has a Bachelor in Psychology at the University of Bologna. In the lab, he is carrying out his Master's thesis project about how effort perception is shaped by reward.

Mojtaba Kazemian (supervisor: Nadège Bault) obtained a degree in medicine at MUMS in Iran and is now a Master's student of Cognitive Science at CIMeC. In the lab, he is carrying out a research internship about the role of the posterior superior temporal sulcus in the formation of social ties during economic exchanges. Previously, his research concerned personality characteristics of psychiatric patients with affective disorders.

Rick Nitsche (supervisor: Tobias Larsen) has a degree in Computer System Engineering at TU Darmstadt and is now a Master's student of Cognitive Science at CIMeC. In the lab, he is carrying out an internship project about regret-based neural network models in dynamic games.

Beatrice Del Frate (supervisor: Tobias Larsen) obtained a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan and she is now a Master's student of Cognitive Science at CIMeC. She recently carried out a 4-months traineeship at Ghent University in the Cognitive and Affective Psychophysiology Laboratory. In the lab, she is working towards her Master's thesis on the topic of confidence during decision making under uncertainty.

Marcella Tarantini (supervisor: Joshua Zonca) has a bachelor degree in Psychology at the University of Bari and is now continuing with a Master's at the University of Trento. In the lab, she is working towards her Master's thesis with a project about strategic sophistication in interactive games, which she studies using eye-tracking.

Affiliated collaborators

Aldo's picture Pr. Aldo Rustichini
Department of Economics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
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GATE, Lyon, France
Andrea Brovelli
Institut de Neuroscience de la Timone, CNRS, Marseille, France
Stefano Palminteri
Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives (U960) in the Départment d'Etudes Cognitives (DEC) at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris, France

Mehdi Khamassi

I am currently a tenured research scientist at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR UMR 7222) at Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6 (UPMC), and a Visiting Researcher in the group of Giorgio Coricelli at the University of Trento, Italy. I obtained my Habilitation to Direct Researches in Biology from UPMC on May 6th 2014.

Brenton's picture Brenton Keller
Affiliated PhD student, working at University of Southern California, Los Angeles


Giulia Gaggero, Master's student of Cognitive Science at University of Trento / CIMeC, now in a 3-months research internship at Aarhus University

Iris Proff, Bachelor student of Psychology at Osnabrück University, now in a 1-year internship in science communication./filesresearch/images/cimec-ldmg/download/cv-s/cv-martinapuppi-june2017.pdf