Who I am..

I am a tenured Lecturer in Health Neuroscience, at the University of Reading, UK, affiliated to the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, at the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences.

Before starting in Reading as a Lecturer, I was a postdoctoral Research Assistant at Goldsmiths Univ. London, where I developed a theoretical framework for information processing based on interaction, as an alternative to computationalism. Before that, I was the recipient of a Fellowship for Prospective Researchers, awarded by Swiss National Science Foundation, which I used to join Prof. Murray Shanahan's Cognitive Robotics group at Imperial College London. During this time, I contributed to the development of NeMo, a modelling platform for spiking neurons using GPUs.

I completed my doctoral studies at the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences, at the University of Geneva, under the supervision of Prof. Klaus Scherer and Prof. David Sander. My research aimed at characterizing the unfolding of attentional resources to the processing of emotion-laden information. I employed a number of experimental paradigms, including the modulation of the attentional blink, and tailored psychophysical paradigms to assess the minimum display duration necessary to make a correct gender decision on emotional faces.

Before my doctoral studies, I was an RA in Prof. Diego Pizzagalli's Affective Neuroscience Lab, at Harvard University. And before that, I completed studies in cognitive science (BSc, MSc), and computer science (BSc).

I am an elected committee member for the Society for Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour, and the editor of the AISB Quaterly. I have also served as an external examiner for the Univ. of Plymouth (UK).

I have reviewed scientific papers for over 30 journals, and 10 national and international funding councils. At this point in time, I am being very selective and mostly review for funding bodies.