Who I am

My whereabout(s), condensed

I grew up in a little village, San Pietro in Gu, located in the North-East part of Italy. In high school (1994 - 1999) I studied Electronics and Telecommunications in a technical college.

After the completion of this study course I decided to procastinate for another few years the entrance in an industrially-oriented world as the education that I undertook had me formed for, and I opted to follow another of my vocations, enrolling at the University of Padova to study Psychology (1999-2004).

Nonetheless at the beginning of my study course I was more oriented for the clinical applications of psychology, I soon realized that topics that passionate me most were the neural basis of behavior and the systematic study of psychological mechanisms. Therefore I opted for the study course in Experimental and General Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsycholgy.

In the fall of 2003 I had the beautiful opportunity of moving as an exchange student at the Cognitive Psychology Unit in Leiden (Netherlands), where under the supervision of Bernhard Hommel I did my ERASMUS period. I remained in Leiden for four months, working on integrating the Event File Theory with the Attentional Blink phenomenon.

Back from Leiden I completed my study course in Psychology, which ended in June 2004, but before I had the chance to catch an amazing opportunity getting some Lab experience with Roberto Dell'Acqua's group in Padova. This time I was investigating the Psychological Refractory Period (PRP), but using electrophysiology, which since then has remained my passion (electrophysiology, not the PRP effect).

In the fall of 2004 I moved to Groningen, in the Netherlands, where I started a PhD at the Graduate School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience , performing my research at the Neuroimaging center. During this period I've been working in several research projects under the direct supervision of Addie Johnson and Ritske de Jong, and Sander Martens has also seldomly participated in our brain storming sessions. The topics covered during period of my PhD have been severals, spanning from individual differences in intelligence to the use of frequency tagging to investigate divided attention, and using several different paradigms, such as dual-task paradigms, search tasks, or the sentence verification task. Electroencephalography, however, has always been the commonality between these different studies and fields of research, I find electroencephalography a very fasinating technique, as it gives a clear insight on when things happen in the brain, and later on one can interpret what actually happened. As a result my PhD thesis (which can be found following this link) focused on the possibility of visualizing the management of resources using electroencephalography.

Since January 2009 I am a teaching assistant in statistics at the University of Groningen and also a post-doc (since March 2009). I'm currently employed at the faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, collaborating and under the supervision of Addie Johnson and Ritske de Jong, ... and we are still keeping ourselves busy doing pretty amazing stuff.

... to be continued

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