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 studying three years at the University of Florence, I moved to Berlin for a MSc in Psychology/Neuroscience. At CIMeC, my research focuses on the influence of others in our decisions. In particular, I make use of computational models to explore the different mental processes that occur when decisions are made in isolation vs. when done in a social context. 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.

Nicholas Menghi
Research assistant

I have a Bachelor in Psychology at the University of Bologna and I recently graduated at the Cognitive Science Master's program at University of Trento / CIMeC. I study how effort perception is shaped by reward, in collaboration with Clayton Hickey. Download my CV.

Students currently working in the lab

Juan F. Rivera-Urdaz is a student of the MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Bremen, Germany. He is spending a 6-months research period in the lab to work on a fMRI project about aspiration levels and preferences for skewness in decisions under risk.

Affiliated collaborators

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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.

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Affiliated PhD student, working at University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Students who worked in the lab

Mojtaba Kazemian (supervisor: Nadège Bault) obtained a degree in medicine at Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in Iran and then did a Master's in Cognitive Science at CIMeC. In the lab, he worked on a thesis about the relationship between personality traits and the dynamic of social tie formation during economic exchanges, enquired with a transcranial direct current stimulation experiment.

Beatrice Del Frate (supervisor: Tobias Larsen) obtained a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan and then did a Master's in Cognitive Science at CIMeC. She also carried out a 4-months traineeship at Ghent University in the Cognitive and Affective Psychophysiology Laboratory. Her Master's thesis was 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 then continued with a Master's at the University of Trento. In the lab, she carried out her Master's thesis about strategic sophistication in interactive games, which she studied using eye-tracking.

Ana Raquel Pereira is a student of Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. She joined the lab as an Erasmus+ student to carry out a 2-months research internship about decision confidence and how it can be influenced by observation of either human behavior or algorithms. Ana Raquel was supervised by Tobias Larsen.

Rick Nitsche carried out an internship project about regret-based neural network models in dynamic games, supervised by Tobias Larsen. Afterwards, he worked on his Master's thesis at the Computational Neuroscience Research Group at the Pompeo Fabra Universiy (Barcelona) and graduated in the Cognitive Science Master's at CIMeC.

Giulia Gaggero carried out a research internship in the lab about trans-cranial direct current stimulation techniques, supervised by Nadège Bault. Afterwards, she obtained her MSc in Cognitive Science at the University of Trento / CIMeC. The title of her thesis was "Intersubjective agreement and synchronicity in music listening: a dialogue between behavior, physiology and computational music processing".

Iris Proff graduated in Psychology at Osnabrück University. In the lab, as an Erasmus+ student, she conducted research for her bachelor thesis titled "Human Exploration Strategies in a Spatial Reinforcement Learning Task". She was supervised by Tobias Larsen. She currently enrolled in the Brain and Cognitive Science Master's program at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Last updated on April 16, 2018 by Martina Puppi.