During my university years in Italy I developed an interest in the cognitive and neural mechanisms responsible for social interactions. Once completed my master I moved to the UK where I started collaborating with Dr Geoff Bird on a project investigating facial emotion expression and recognition in Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Currently I am about to complete a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at City, University of London. My PhD focuses on Developmental Prosopagnosia, a condition characterised by severe difficulties recognising familiar faces which affects up to 2.5% of the population. My main interest is to understand the extent to which deficits are caused by perceptual or memory impairments, using sensitive psychophysical measures.
My personal mission is to combine scientific research and public engagement. I believe in the interdisciplinary nature of science, where research is done in parallel on the personal and collective levels - ideas and findings need to be transmitted easily and effectively across different disciplines, and ultimately towards the general public.
I collaborate with different research labs across the UK and the US. I am also a member of Troublewithfaces.org. In my spare time I like to explore reality through a creative lens, trying to capture the complexity of being humans with my beloved camera.