Fabio Masina

Neuroscience, Technology, and Society, XXXI series
Grant sponsor

Daniela Mapelli

Alessandro Sperduti

Project description
The error awareness (EA) is a cognitive process which allows to monitor on-line the behavioral performance in order to prevent, identify and correct mistakes. It is an essential adaptive process, in fact its impairment could be responsible for some symptoms present in psychiatric and neurological disorders.
The electrophysiological components and the neuroanatomical correlates related to the EA have been broadly investigated. However, studies that allow to generate strong anatomical and functional hypotheses, especially based on the Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation techniques (NIBS), are lacking in literature. Moreover, researches that draw clearly an ontogenetic trajectory of the EA are neglected.
Against this background, my main project will be to study the EA through the NIBS, as well as to investigate this process along the lifespan by behavioral techniques, such as computerized tasks and neuropsychological tests.

Publications and presentations
- Di Rosa E., Bardi L., Umiltà C., Masina F., Forgione M., & Mapelli D. (2017). Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) reveals a dissociation between SNARC and MARC effects: implication for the polarity correspondence account. Cortex.
- Masina F., Vallesi A. Di Rosa E. Mapelli D. (2017) Error monitoring and arousal: Insights from on-line TMS. Poster presented at the International conference of Cognitive Neuroscience and Executive Functions, Padua, September 28-30.
- Di Rosa E, Bardi L, ForgioneM, Masina F, Umiltà CA, MapelliD. (2016) Neuromodulation of cognitive control: Different effects of left and right parietal tDCS on stimulus-response associations. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society - New York, April 2-5, 2016
- Cherubini P, Di Rosa E, Cardullo S, Masina F, MapelliD, Reverberi C (2016) Neural basis of the encoding and evaluation of logical connectives: a TMS study. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, April 2-5, 2016
- Masina F, Vallesi A, Di Rosa E, Saini F, & Mapelli D (2016) Neural and functional bases of error monitoring: a TMS study. Poster presented at the 6th International Conference on Transcranial Brain Stimulation 2016, Göttingen, September 7-10.
- Di Rosa E,  Masina F,  Vallesi A and Mapelli D (2015) Motivation and cognition in healthy aging: The paradoxical effect of reward on error awareness. Poster presented at the Meeting of the Società Italiana di Neuropsicologia, Padova, November 27-28