One of the most important open question in Neuroscience is understanding how the brain integrates and interprets sensory information available in the outside word, in order to generate a perceptual experience and guide our behavior.
During my PhD in Mathew Diamond’s Lab (SISSA, Triest) I studied how rodents and humans can extract the perception of the intensity and the duration of a tactile stimulus in parallel. To do so, I combined psychophysical measures, extracellular recordings in awake-behaving animals and computational modeling.
During my Post-doc in the DonnerLab I will focus on how human subjects integrate sensory information in the visual domain and translate them into a decision. More specifically, I will try to address how this process is related to the balance between excitatory and inhibitory neural activity in cortical circuits using MEG and pharmacological manipulations. Moreover, I am interested in understanding if these neurophysiological processes are disrupted in Schizophrenic patients and can help to develop new clinical biomarkers of the disease.
I am a Medical Doctor and I obtained my Medical Degree from University of Triest in 2015.