People

Under this section, you'll find all research personnel in the Cognitive Neuroscience group at SISSA, with a brief description of who they are and what they do. Where available, links are also provided to the personal/lab websites.

Faculty Members are full and associate professors in the group, i.e., tenured group leaders who can directly supervise students, recruit staff in their labs, and manage funds. They provide the bulk of the teaching offer in the PhD.

Senior Postdocs are non-tenured, but independent researchers who are recruited in the group to widen our research portfolio with their own investigations. They’re encouraged to liaise with (some of) the PI’s labs; but are expected to maintain independence. They typically don't supervise students independently, and don’t manage research funds directly (unless they have their own external funds, of course). They typically contribute to the teaching offer in the PhD.

Postdocs are non-tenured, research positions to work in one of the PI’s labs. They can be funded internally or through external grants. They don't supervise students independently, and don’t manage research funds directly. If they’re happy to do so, they can contribute to the teaching offer in the PhD.

Students include PhD in our own program; Master in one of the programs that we run in collaboration with partners institutions; and subsidised graduate and postgraduate fellows who run short-term visits to the group, typically in the view of joining our PhD program.


Mehdi is a postdoctoral research fellow in Mathew Diamond's Tactile perception and learning lab. He is interested in perceptual and motor categorization in a multimodal visual tactile behavior.

Filip joined Time Perception Lab in 2017 and is working under the supervision of Professor Domenica Bueti. He is interested in the oscillatory brain activity and its relation to the perception of short time intervals. Before starting his Ph.D. at SISSA, he obtained an M.Sc. degree in Cognitive Science in Ljubljana. 

Marilena's research interests are food perception and eating, emotional processing, spatial attention and numerical cognition.

Rosilari is part of Davide Zoccolan's visual neuroscience group. She is interested in psychophysics as well as neural substrates of both low-level and high-level visual processes. She is currently investigating high-level motion perception in rats.

Roberto received a degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Padua and a PhD in Anthropology and Epistemology of Complexity at the University of Bergamo. Before joining SISSA, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the New School for Social Research in New York, University of Milano-Bicocca and the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences in Trento.

I am a mathematical neuroscientist interested in spatio-temporal neural coding and human categorization.

Research in Domenica’s lab concerns the study of magnitudes i.e., how the human brain processes space, time and numbers using neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG). 

Contact: domenica.bueti@sissa.it

Pin-Jane Chen is a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Professor Rumiati and Dr. Foroni. Her work is about how food-related information influences preference formation and decision-making for food/beverage both at behavioral and neural level. Pin-Jane is from Taiwan and she got her Master's degree in Experimental and Cognitive Psychology, National Taiwan University, in 2012. 

Mattia is a postdoc researcher in the Visual Neuroscience Lab directed by Prof. D. Zoccolan, where his main research interests involve the study of complex features development in the visual cortex, with a particular focus on high level areas of the ventral stream, using data obtained by neural recordings in both anesthetized and implanted rats. 

Mara started her Ph.D. in 2017 after earning her MSc degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Center for Brain/Mind Sciences in University of Trento. She is a member of Language Learning and Reading lab, working on morpho-orthographic processing and letter co-occurrence regularities in both word and nonword processing. 

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