ABOUT ME

I have worked and continue working on two major challenges of cognitive science. The first challenge is about understanding how humans form a coherent perception of themselves and the world surrounding them. A naïve account of perception would suggest that we perceive everything that hits our senses. However, in reality, what we actually perceive is strongly influenced by what we expect to perceive. In particular, I focused on the influence of motor, sensory, temporal and causal expectations on time perception, perceptual sensitivity and perceptual decisions, and multisensory integration.

 

The second challenge that I have worked on is about decoding people’s cognitive states from physiological signals, such as the brain electrical activity recorded with EEG. Decoding is a technique that aims at solving the inverse problem: by analysing people’s brain activity one tries to infer what they perceive, plan, think or do. During the last years I used electroencephalography and eye-tracking in combination with multivariate pattern classification analyses to decode processes such as spatial attention and action preparation.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2017 - Now 

ONERA, The French Aerospace Lab, Salon-de-Provence, France.                       

Researcher in cognitive science

Research interests: EEG decoding; Multivariate pattern classification; Agency; Metacognition; Multisensory integration; Attention

 

2016 - 2017         

Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, CNRS & Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France

Postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Patrick Cavanagh & Prof. Thérèse Collins

Decoding motor preparation, intentions and attention using EEG and eye-tracking

 

2015 – 2016      

Centre for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet), Osaka, Japan   

Visiting researcher, collaboration with Dr. Nobuhiro Hagura

Time perception of actions and sensory events

 

2013 – 2015

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London UCL, UK          

Postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Patrick Haggard

The role of actions and predictions on multisensory integration 

 

2012 – 2013

Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, CNRS & Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France         

Postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Florian Waszak

The temporal dynamics of action-prediction

2009 – 2012

Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS & EHESS, Paris, France

Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, CNRS & Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France         

PhD in Cognitive Science with Dr. Florian Waszak & Dr. Roberto Casati

A study of the mechanisms underlying intentional binding and sensory attenuation

2009 – 2012 

PhD in Cognitive Science

Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS & EHESS, Paris, France

Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, CNRS & Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France         

2007 – 2009 

Master's degree in Cognitive Science (CogMaster)

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Université Paris Descartes, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

2002 – 2006

Bachelor's degree in Philosophy

Università degli Studi di Macerata, Macerata, Italy

EDUCATION