Master degree in Biology. PhD in Experimental Psychology with a thesis entitled “Psychophysiology of emotions”. In 1995 spent one year in the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology of Tübingen directed by Prof. Niels Birbaumer. In 1997-1998, Marie-Curie post-doc grant at the University of Konstanz, laboratories of Prof. Thomas Elbert and Brigitte Rockstroh with a project on cortical plasticity of language in aphasic patients after recovery. In 1998, Assistant Professor of Psychobiology at the Department of General Psychology, University of Padova. In 2001, Associate professor and in 2015, Full professor of Psychobiology. He has been supervisor and tutor of several PhD students, for three of whom he was co-tutor with German Universities (Konstanz and Wuerzburg).
Angelo Bisazza is Professor of Psychobiology at the University of Padova and member of the Accademia Galileiana.
His early research focused on inter- and intra-specific diversity in reproductive strategies in teleost fishes with emphasis on evolution of male ornaments through female mate choice. In early nineties, he described the presence of functional brain asymmetries in fish and amphibians and later he investigated the genetic and environmental factors influencing the direction and strength of brain asymmetries in fish as well as the selective advantages and the disadvantages of cerebral lateralisation.
In recent years his research addressed the evolution of cognitive abilities in vertebrates, investigating in particular the mechanisms underlying numerical abilities in teleost fishes.
Chiara Begliomini graduated in Psychology at the University of Padova in 2000, studying the effects of traumatic brain injury on inhibition and control processes. She then moved to the study of motor control with neuroimaging techniques: she spent several months at the Neuroimaging Laboratory at the Royal Holloway University of London (UK), and from 2005 to 2006 she was visiting fellow at the Section of Experimental Neuroradiology of Tuebingen University Hospital (Germany).
In 2006 she received her PhD from the University of Trento, with a thesis investigating neural correlates of grasping movements with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and from the end of 2007 to the beginning of 2010 she joined the University of Ferrara to investigate the effects of action observation on motor recovery in stroke patients.
She receives her first-class degree at the University of Padova in 2003 (Summa cum laude), her qualification as State Registered Psychologist in 2005, and her PhD in 2007. From 2007 to 2011, she achieves three Research Grants, and from May 2012 she is Assistant Professor (M-PSI/02) at the Department of General Psychology of University of Padova. In addition to the main techniques for the psychophysiological research, she is skilled in administration and evaluation of a large number of batteries to assess the cognitive functioning, for the neuropsychological assessment and the evaluation of the main psychiatric syndromes. Within the international framework, she collaborates with the Reichenau Psychiatry Center, (Prof.
Christian Agrillo is Assistant Professor at the Department of General Psychology of the University of Padova. He received from M.I.U.R (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research) the National Scientific Habilitation as Full Professor in ‘General Psychology, Psychobiology and Psychometrics’ (11/E1).
He published more than 70 papers in international journals on human and non-human cognition. In particular, he is interested in the study of numerical abilities of animals. Most of these studies has been covered by important media, such as National Geographic, BBC, CNN and RAI. Recently, he started to use visual illusions as a tool to compare visual perception of vertebrates (e.g.,
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Department of General Psychology, University of Padova.
2002 – Medical Doctor – University of Pisa
2007 . Ph.D. Molecular, Metabolic, Functional exploration of Nervouse System and Sensorial Organs (University of Pisa)
2009 Master Degree in Psychology (University of Pavia)
2010 Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology (University of Pisa)
2012 Boarded Psychotherapist
Main research interests:
- Neurobiology of mental disorders: a particular interest has been devoted to resting state correlates of psychological traits related to psychopathology such as impulsivity and neuroticism and to phobic conditions such as social anxiety disorder.
- Electrophysiological correlates of mood and anxiety: in this framework ECG recording acquired both through traditional equipment and through wearable device were used to evaluate and predict mood and mood changes in patients with affective disorders.
Cristina Scarpazza is Assistant Professor at the Department of General Psychology of the University of Padova. She received from M.I.U.R (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research) the National Scientific Habilitation as Associate Professor in ‘General Psychology, Psychobiology and Psychometrics’ (11/E1).
She published more than 70 papers in international journals on translational psychology and neuroscience, with particular emphasis of early diagnosis of psychiatric disorders, identification of neuroanatomical signature of psychiatric illness, group to individual inferences, forensic psychiatry (with particular focus on insanity evaluation). Cristina is particularly interested in cognitive biases and their impact in the interpretation of scientific findings. Through her long standing collaboration with the King’s College London, she was actively involved in a EU-founded multicentric study (PSYSCAN) aiming to improve the translational impact of neuroimaging findings from research to clinical practice.
Daniela Palomba, MD:
Full Professor Clinical Psychology, Department of General Psychology, University of Padova.
2013-17: Deputy Head Department of General Psychology, University of Padova.
2012-present: Member Venetian Regional Committee on Mental Health.
2012-16: President of the Master level Course Clinical Psychology, University of Padova.
2008-11(VIII): Deputy-Dean, (IX-XII) Dean, Faculty of Psychology, University of Padova.
2009-13: Member of the Scientific Committee, Department of General Psychology, Padova.
2008-2016: Board of the Doctorate Program in Psychological Sciences.
2007-08: Director of the Master in Traumatology and Emergency Psychology, University of Padova.
2006-08: President of the University Scientific Committee (Section Psychology), University of Padova.
Giorgia Cona, PhD, is an assistant professor (Ricercatore di Tipo B) at the University of Padova, Department of General Psychology.
She received a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Neuroscience (110/110 cum laude) in 2008 at the University of Padova. She earned a PhD. in Psychobiology in 2012. She spent a period abroad in 2011 working at the University of Toronto, in the Morris Moscovitch’s Lab.
From 2012 to 2016, she had post-doc positions at the Department of Neuroscience and the Department of General Psychology (University of Padova). In 2017, she become lecturer (RTDa) at the Department of General Psychology.
Giovanni Mento is Research Assistant Professor (RTD-B) in Developmental Neuropsychology and EEG recording and Analysis at the Department of General Psychology of the University of Padua. He received his master degree in Psychology (2005) and his PhD in Psychobiology (2009) at the University of Padua. During his PhD, He visited the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at the INSERM-CEA ‘Cognitive Neuroimaging unit’ CEA/SAC/DSV/DRM/NeuroSpin, Saclay (Paris). He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of General Psychology of the University of Padua (2009-2016).
His research interests are in the field of Cognitive Neurosciences, Developmental Cognitive Neurosciences and Developmental Neuropsychology. His main research topic is the investigation of the brain predictive and anticipatory activity in a developmental neuroconstructivist perspective, with a special interest about how top-down and bottom-up temporal expectancy interplay to shape multiple cognitive domains, including attention, motor preparation, working memory and inhibitory control.