Faculty research lines: Neuroscience curriculum

- Addressing the cognitive and language learning needs of children with hearing loss. 
-Text simplification for readers with special needs.
-Learning and rehabilitative tools for children with frontal brain deficits.

- Serial effects in perception: priming and adaptation
- Improving sensory/perceptual functions with practice
- Modulation of cortical excitability with non-invasive brain stimulation techniques: tES and TMS
- Visual motion perception (and neural bases)
- Improvement of perceptual and cognitive functions with training coupled with transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) in different types of patients

- Health Psychology with a focus on illness experience, caregiving, interactions, healthcare system, and eHealth
- Psycho-social perspective on experiences (e.g. birth, death, and illness) that motivate the use of medical treatment or led to hospitalization
- Use of electronic communication and information technologies in the health sector.

- Respiratory mechanics and cardiovascular adaptations in diving, metabolic disorders and environmental stress on exercise-induced oxygen toxicity
- Safety of human performance in extreme environments and peri-operative quality of care in orthopedic, vascular and surgical patients
- Link among oxygen reactive species, ischemia and bone remodeling on cells, animals, volunteers during exercise and in patients.

- Sensory,  perceptual and attentional functioning and their disorders in specific  learning disabilities (e.g., developmental dyslexia and dyscalculia), language impairment, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome and ADHD
- Neuropsychological rehabilitation by using perceptual learning, action video games and transcranial electrical  stimulation
- Genetic bases of specific learning disabilities.

- Human-computer interaction, interaction design, ergonomics
- Work psychology, distributed cognition and user studies
- Smart city and communities
- Symbiotic systems
- Persuasive technology

- Auditory and audiovisual perception
- Improving sensory performance and ensuing improvements in cognitive performance
- Benefits of the musical training to people with poor auditory performance (e.g., hearing-impaired listeners, cochlear implantees) or specific cognitive impairments.

IRENE LEO (External expert)
- Infant perceptual and motor behaviors as predictors of subsequent cognitive and language development;
- Emotional intelligence, proprioception and awareness in the development of motor skill in the daily life activities and in sports;
- Sport psychology and Psychological wellbeing

- Neuropsychology
- Neuropsychological rehabilitation
- Cognitive neuroscience, aging, executive functions, decision making,
- Non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS, tdcs)

- Transition to parenthood in traditional and non-traditional families;
- Developmental Psychopathology (ex. Self-harm and NSSI in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatients, pediatric psychiatric emergency) ;
- Parental Burnout and parenting stress;
- Gender dysphoria in children and adolescents;
- A multimethod and multi-informant approach in the study of neuropsychological, affective-relational and psychophysiological functioning in children with pediatric conditions (preterms, IUGR, SGA, TSC, Epilepsy).

- Cognitive processing issues in pathological populations (neurodegenerative disorders, oncologic patients,  vascular patients, patients in pre- and post-transplantation of organs, patients with respiratory disorders)
- Identifying neuropsychological tests predicting cognitive profile and detecting mild cognitive impairment
- How cognitive/brain reserve interacts with executive functions and how it could predict the outcomes of neuro-rehabilitation or neuro-surgery
- Computerized tools to measure different patterns of cognitive abilities, for example those needed to drive competently and in safety

CATERINA NOVARA (external expert)
- Emotional reactivity and Hoarding Disorder
- CBT interventions in anxiety disorders  and OCD spectrum
- Reinforcement contingencies and internet addiction

MASSIMO NUCCI (external expert)
- Fake Data Analysis
- Standardized measure of Cognitive Reserve
- Bayesian modeling

- Relations between the mental representation of space and the representation of various types of quantities/magnitudes (number, time, pitch, etc.)
- Design and standardization of sensitive and specific neuropsychological tests for assessing spatial disorders (such as spatial neglect) following right-hemisphere brain damage
- Disorders of object, space, and numerical processing

- Interaction between diet and exercise on metabolism and skeletal muscle
- Fasting, ketogenic diet and health
- Molecular basis of exercise training adaptation
- Biomechanics of physical exercise and sport

PATRIK PLUCHINO (external expert)
- Attention functions and limitations in the domain of human-computer interaction
- Assessments of cognitive workload and visuo-spatial attention in robotic assembly lines

- Biological and psychodynamic bases of parenting
- Maternal Emotion Regulation
- Environmental Factors that can modulate maternal responsiveness to infant signals  identified through an integrated approach including psychological measures, behaviours and neuroimaging (fNIRS, fMRI)

- Aggression, Self Control, internalizing/externalizing symptoms in Adolescence
- Therapeutic alliance in the case of specific personality (e.g. depressive; narcissistic;  dependent…) disorders
- Efficacy of specific communicative patterns emerged during psychotherapeutic interventions
- Therapeutic process unfolds within a standard vs. on-line setting; this last is increasingly popular, particularly among people who live in rural areas and cannot easily get to a therapist’s office or who are concerned about the costs of in-person therapy.

- Online techniques of lie detection
- Identification of false self-declared identity
- Identification of false self-declared statements, especially about crimes
- Identification of malingering
- Identification of violent social networks users from their activity (posts, likes, etc.)
- Cognitive neuroscience
- Forensic neuroscience
- Model of eyewitness

- Models and study methods of the parental function: biological and psychological aspects
- Psychopathology of the developmental age
- Evaluation methods

- Mediated interaction practices, including traffic behavior
- Telepresence and virtual reality to enhance prosocial behavior
- Persuasive technology in the area of privacy protection

- Assessment and rehabilitation of executive functions in traumatic  brain injury patients
- Assessment and rehabilitation of prospective memory in the aging population
- Assessment tools to detect mild cognitive impairment in the aging  population
- Time perception in normal and clinical populations (traumatic brain  injury and Parkinson's disease patients)

ELOISA VALENZA (External expert)
- Units of attention in early infancy and their cascading effects on typical and atypical development 
- From action to cognition: how motor experience influences perceptual and cognitive abilities during the development 
- The early effect of individual and environmental vulnerabilities on language acquisition

- Cognitive neuroscience, artificial intelligence and machine learning
- Computational simulations based on deep learning, recurrent neural networks and related types of probabilistic graphical models

- Understanding signaling networks in cancer and neurons
- tools and databases for proteins at different levels (sequence, structure, folding, function, interactions)

- Perception and memory for odors
- Environmental odors
- Neuropsychology of olfaction
- Olfaction in Neurodegenerative disorders
- Memory
- Mental retardation