My research focuses in monitoring changes of cognitive functions in pathological and healthy populations. I worked on a wide range of projects, starting with the study of the normal functioning in different domains as perception, attention, emotion and memory, he investigated how these functions change during the life span and how pathological conditions such as dementia or mental disorders affect cognitive functions.
After my undergraduate degree in Psychological Science at University of Chieti, Italy, I earned a Master Degree in Clinical and Health Psychology followed by a Ph.D. in Psychology. From January 2013 to December 2013, I spent one year as a visiting student at Brandeis University and carried out a series of studies on face perception under the supervision of Prof. Leslie Zebrowitz, in collaboration with Prof. Nouchine Hadjikhani form MGH, Harvard Medical School. Using behavioral studies, connectionist models and fMRI we studied how the face traits influence the first impression of observers of different ages. We also used these methods to understand how and why people's physical appearance influences impressions of their traits as well as their social outcome.
After finishing my PhD, I started a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School and my research focused on the study of pathological and healthy aging, investigating how different cognitive components change in the life span.
I am currently working in the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at the VA Boston Healthcare System, in the Dr. Andrew Budson lab.
Research interests include memory, Alzheimer's disease, false memories, ERPs, TBI, CTE and more.