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I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Psychology, Birkbeck College, in collaboration with Prof Martin Eimer on a MRC funded project on crossmodal attention and multisensory integration (2006-2009). In 2010, I completed a second post-doctoral appointment at City University London working with Dr Bettina Forster on a BBSRC funded project investigating the mechanisms of tactile spatial orienting and selection. In May 2011, I took up a lectureship at the University of Edinburgh, Department of Psychology.

Research Interests

Action-perception links: Spatial Attention within and across sensory modalities; Conflict and Cognitive Control

Action-perception links: The effect of movement preparation on sensory processing; Control processes in spatial attention and response preparation; Cross-modal links in spatial attention; Spatial selectivity in somatosensory processing; Cognitive control mechanisms in conflict tasks.

I use psychophysiological (EEG, ERP) and behavioural measures to investigate several aspects of perception, attention and action. The main focus of my research has been space and selective attention. I am specifically interested in understanding the brain mechanism underlying attentional selection within and across different sensory modalities such as vision, audition and touch. Further, my research has focused upon elucidating the links between attention and action: specifically, the perceptual consequences of movement planning and the nature of the action-perception coupling (mandatory vs. optional).

Research Groups


2004-2007 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

1996-2003 Degree in Psychology, University of Parma, Italy


2019-2020 Undergraduate teaching

Honours Year Psychology, University of Edinburgh
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention (Semester 2)

3rd Year Psychology, University of Edinburgh
Mini-dissertation (Semester 1 and 2)

4th Year Psychology, University of Edinburgh
Tutorials (Semester 1)


2019-2020 Post-graduate teaching

MSc, Psychology, University of Edinburgh
Multisensory Integration (Semester 1)

MSc, Psychology, University of Edinburgh
Brain imaging in cognitive neuroscience (Semester 2)

Administrative Roles

Programme Director MSc Human Cognitive Neuropsychology [2014 - 2018]

Honours years (Y3 & Y4) Course Organizer [2019 - ]

Technology strategy and enhancement co-director [2019 - ]



Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007


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