Researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience
I currently am Project research Associate at the International Research center for neurointelligence (The University of Tokyo) where I conduct my research using immersive virtual reality and robotics to explore and support neurodiversity.
The main goals of my research activity are
THEORETICAL GOAL: to understand and describe bodily self-awareness, and
CLINICAL GOAL: to support neurodiversity (such as autism spectrum disorders).
I employ different techniques, but the most compelling and fruitful are
1. immersive virtual reality (IVR), which induces the illusory sense of body ownership over it and its movements, and, in turn, it causes other beneficial effects on different functional levels.
2. robotics, since human-robot interaction can unveil the mechanisms behind social cognition, controlling every single possible factor.
In addition, I exploit other brain imaging/stimulation techniques (e.g., fNIRS, TMS, EEG) physiological (e.g., skin conductance, neuroendocrine measurements), behavioural (e.g., the rubber hand illusion) and subjective methods (e.g., MMSE and other cognitive/neuropsychological test and questionnaires).
I'm always available to discuss potential collaborations!
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