Who We Are


Viola Macchi Cassia, PhD

Full Professor

My studies involve populations of various age groups, from birth to childhood and older adulthood, and utilize a variety of behavioral (eye-tracking recording, reaction times) and electrophysiological (EEG, ERPs, fNIRS, skin conductance) methodologies.

·       The interplay between biological constraints and perceptual experience in the development of neurocognitive specialization, with particular reference to the face processing and spatial-numerical domains

·       Development and plasticity of face processing biases (race bias, age bias) across the lifespan 

·       Social attributions based on facial information across development

·       Interactions between biological and cultural factors in driving spatial biases across development

·       Spatial representation of serial order processing in infancy

Chiara Turati, PhD

Full Professor

My research interests focus on early child development, with specific reference to the domain of action understanding and face processing. As Principal Investigator, I coordinated a European Research Council Starting Grant. I am also part of a H2020-MSCA Innovative Training Network. My contribution to a better understanding of early development has been recognized internationally through more than 50 publications. I coordinate a lab for the study of children’s development through behavioral (visual preference and habituation paradigms) and neuropsychological measures (electroencephalography, EEG; event-related potentials, ERP; electromyography, EMG; skin conductance response, SCR). I now serve as President of the Master Course “Psicologia dello Sviluppo e dei Processi Educativi”.

Hermann Bulf, PhD 

Associate Professor

Elena Nava, PhD

Assistant Professor (not tenured)

Research areas:

The development of the body schema

Multisensory interactions in typical and atypical development

Unconscious processing of emotions in early infancy


Research methods and tools to study lifespan development (B.A. students)


Melissa Savoldi

Lab Manager


Ermanno Quadrelli, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher 

Margaret Addabbo, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Roberta Bettoni, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Martina Arioli, PhD student

Dottoranda in Psicologia Sperimentale, Linguistica e Neuroscienze Cognitive

My research interests focus on rhythm perception and attentional abilities in infancy. In particular, I'm interested in how rhythm modulates some attentional components, such as disengagement, and orients the focus of the attention in infancy


Julia Mermier, PhD student

PhD Student, MOTION project.

My research focuses on the development of emotion processing in infants through the use of electroencephalograms (EEG), electromyogram (EMG) and behavioural technics.

More specifically, I am interested in the influence of the social context, and more particularly of exclusion, on the neural and visual processing of emotional faces.


Victoria Licht, PhD student

PhD Student, MOTION project.

My research interests are how infants process complex social interactions and their affective value and the understanding of prosocial and antisocial interactions in infancy










Elisa Roberti, PhD student

PhD Student in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience


My research interests focus on the understanding of others’ actions and emotions in infancy. In particular, I am interested in how an emotional context influences the perception of a subsequent action and whether infants can use a person’s emotional state to create expectations about his/her behaviour.

I use both behavioural measures (visual preference, accuracy and reaction times) and electrophysiological measures (electroencephalography).




Valentina Silvestri, PhD student

PhD Student in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience

My research interests focus on emotion processing in infants. In particular, I’m interested in understanding what could be the developmental trajectory in emotion perception. Moreover, attention and perception in developmental disorders, and especially Autism Spectrum Disorder, have always interested me.



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Silvia Polver, PhD student

PhD Student in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience

My research interests concern the brain processing of audiovisual social stimuli. In particular, I am interested in the elaboration of audiovisual and human voice synchronies and how they can differentiate in autism spectrum disorders.




Nadia Bolognini, PhD 

Associate Professor

Research areas:

Multisensory integration: investigation of neural mechanisms of sensory interactions between vision, touch, proprioception, audition in healthy subjects and brain-damaged patients with unisensory and multimodal disorders by means of behavioural paradigms and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques.

Body and space representations in healthy subjects and brain-damaged patients.

Mechanisms of motor and sensory ‘mirror’ simulation.

Post-stroke neurorehabilitation of cognitive, sensory and motor disorders

Viola Brenna, PhD


Lucia Maria Sacheli, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Milano - Bicocca

Collaborations with other Universities and Research Centres

Stefania Conte, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow at the University of South Carolina



Elena Geangu, PhD

University of York

Valentina Proietti, PhD

Nipissing University, Canada

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Luca Rinaldi, PhD


RTD-b University of Pavia, Italy. 


Francesco Marangoni, PhD

Ricercatore Università di Trento

Silvia Serino, PhD

Catholic University of Milan

Luigi Tamè, PhD

Lecturer presso University of Kent, Inghilterra

Domna Banakou, PhD

University of Barcelona

Francesca Lionetti

Ricercatore, University of Chieti

Stefania Conte

University of South Carolina, USA


ManyBabies (MB) Consortium

A collaborative project for replication and best practices in developmental psychology research

Maria Dolores de Hevia

Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception - Uni­ver­sité Paris Descartes & CNRS, Parigi.


Masami Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi Lab, Department of Psychology, Chuo University, Tokyo.

Nobu Shirai

Department of Psychology, Niigata University, Giappone


Stefanie Peykarjou

Department of Developmental and Biological Psychology, University of Heidelberg, Germania

Massimo Molteni, Chiara Cantiani, Valentina Riva

IRCCS Eugenio Medea, Bosisio Parini, Italia


Eloisa Valenza

Dipartimento di Psicologia, Università di Padova