I am interested in understanding the interplay between the reward system and brain area implicated in social cognition 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.
I have a background in cognitive neuroscience. I am interested in cognitive control, deductive reasoning, rule-guided behavior, and social interaction. I employ a combination of behavioral paradigms, functional fMRI, univariate methods, and multivariate pattern classification techniques to shed light on the neural basics of human behavior in individual and social contexts. Download my CV.
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.
Department of Economics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US
GATE L-SE, Lyon, France
Institut de Neuroscience de la Timone, CNRS, Marseille, France
Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives, Départment d'Etudes Cognitives, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris, France
Affiliated PhD student, working at University of Southern California, Los Angeles
People who worked in the lab
Ben was a PhD student at the lab from October 2015 to July 2019.
Joshua was a PhD student at the lab from September 2015 to July 2019. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa.
Kaela was the Project Manager at the lab from November 2015 to June 2019.
Tobias was a Research Fellow at the lab from February 2015 to February 2019.
Alexander was a Research Fellow at the lab from April 2015 to December 2018. He is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands.
Luca was a Research Fellow at the lab from October 2014 to September 2018. He is currently an Assistant Professor at IMT, Scuola Alti Studi, Lucca.
Martina was a Research Assistant at the lab from October 2015 to September 2018.
Nicholas was a Research Assistant at the lab from September 2017 to September 2018. He is currently a PhD student at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
Thibaud was a Research Assistant at the lab from November 2016 to July 2017. He is currently a Researcher a Scalp! Sciences Cognitives et Société in Paris, France.
Mehdi was a visiting Researcher at the lab from January 2015 to December 2015. He is currently a Researcher at the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.
Laura was a Researcher Assistant and Manager at the lab from November 2014 to October 2015. She is currently a psychologist and coach in Amsterdam - Utrecht, Netherlands.
Students who worked in the lab
Christian Mangione (supervisors: Nadège Bault and Doris Pischedda) did a 6-months internship in the lab on a tDCS project about level-K thinking in the Beauty Contest task. Afterwards, he carried out his Master's thesis about disentangling observational learning and social ranking signals in the human brain. He graduated at the University of Trento in the Master program in Neuroscience in 2019.
Lorenzo Guarnieri graduated at the University of Trieste in the Neuroscience Master program in 2018. In the lab, he carried out an internship on the impact of social and monetary incentives over force control and did a short work collaboration to assist on participant recruitment and data collection. Lorenzo was supervised by Nicholas Menghi.
Sirine Bencheikh is a student at the agronomy school Montpellier Supagro in France. In the lab, she carried out a 5-months internship project about confidence in pairs based on the self-esteem of both partners. Sirine was supervised by Tobias Larsen.
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.
Juan F. Rivera-Urdaz is a student of the MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Bremen, Germany. He spent 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. Juan was supervised by Nadège Bault.
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 transcranial 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 July 19th, 2019 by Doris Pischedda.