CONA GIORGIA

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Structure Department of General Psychology
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Qualification Ricercatore a tempo determinato di tipo A
Scientific sector M-PSI/02 - PSYCHOBIOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
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Office hours
Wednesday from 14:00 to 16:00 V piano, studio 23, Via Venezia 8 Il ricevimento del giorno 20 Dicembre è spostato a Venerdì 22, dalle ore 1030 alle ore 1230.
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Proposals for thesis
- EEG studies on commonalities and differences among the individuals
- Cognitive and descision-making processes in sport
- Reward system: cognitive and neural bases
- Visual exploration and memory across individuals: commonalities and differences
- Neural bases of high-level cognitive processes (prospective memory, spatial abilities, temporal discounting...)

Curriculum Vitae
Professional Experience

03/2017 – Present: Assistant Professor at the Department of General Psychology, University of Padua “Ricercatore a tempo determinato tipo A (RTDa)”.

04/2015 – 02/2017: Post-doc fellow at the Department of Neuroscience, University of Padua.

01/2012 – 02/2015: Post-doc fellow at the Department of General Psychology.

02/2011 – 07/2011: Research experience at the Department of Psychology of Toronto (University of Toronto) and Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Health.

Education
04/2012 University of Padua
PhD. in Psychobiology at the Department of General Psychology

10/2008 University of Padua
Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Neuroscience Final grade: 110/110 cum laude

10/2006 University of Padua
Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive and Psychobiological Sciences Final grade: 110/110 cum laude

07/2003 Verona
Scientific High School degree “G. Galilei”. Final grade: 100/100


External collaborations

2017–Present: University Bochum & Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (Lorenza Colzato’s Lab)
2016–Present: School of Psychology, Keele University (Nicola Edelstyn’s Lab)
2013–Present: Department of Psychology, University of Geneva (Matthias Kliegel’s Lab)
2012–2013: Departamento de Psicología Experimental, Universidad de Granada (Angel Correa’s Lab)
2011–2016: Department of Psychology, University of Toronto (Morris Moscovitch’s Lab)

Membership

Member of:
- Associazione Italiana di Psicologia (AIP)

Awards and Grants

2017: Fund for Basic research activities (Fondo per il Finanziamento Attività Base di Ricerca -FFABR; MIUR), € 3000,00

July 2016. Travel Award obtained from the AIP (Associazione Italiana di Psicologia) society for the presentation ‘Neurocognitive mechanisms of prospective memory: The influence of cue features’ – International Conference on Memory (ICOM-6), in Budapest.

April 2015. Travel Award obtained from the AIP (Associazione Italiana di Psicologia) society for the presentation ‘Age-related differences in electrophysiological correlates of prospective memory’ – Aging & Cognition conference, in Dortmund.

September 2012. Young Researcher Award – AIP (Associazione Italiana di Psicologia).

September 2010. Young Researcher Award – ISHEN Symposium.

Conferences
More than 25 presentations at national and international conferences (12 poster presentations).
Symposia organizer: “From pleasure to bad habit: the role of reward in evolution, cognition, brain and society” (Da piacere a vizio: il ruolo della ricompensa nell’evoluzione, la cognizione, il cervello e la società) - CONGRESSO AIP SPERIMENTALE

Invited speaker at the following international conferences:

2018 ESNS/SISMeS Joint International Conference  “Nutrition, muscle, neurons and brain: squaring the circle”. Milan. Italy.
2016 International conference on memory (ICOM-6), Budapest. Hungary
2015 In ‘Cognitive Aging Lab’, Department of Psychology, University of Geneva. Switzerland
2015 Aging & Cognition conference, Dortmund. Germany.
2013 CIRMANMEC conference, Department of Medicine, Padua. Italy
2013 Geneva Aging Series 2 – GAS2, Department of Psychology, Geneva. Switzerland.


Publications
Since 2010 she has authored 26 peer-reviewed journals and two chapters of books.
Impact Factor (mean): 4.5
Impact Factor (total): 106.8
Full list: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Giorgia_Cona
Citations: 389 (Google Scholar); 240 (Scopus)
h-index: 12 (Google Scholar); 8 (Scopus)
i10-index: 13 (Google Scholar)

Research areas
- Cognitive Neuroscience: Investigation of neural bases of high-level cognitive processes (cognitive control, prospective memory, mental rotation, spatial and timing processing) by using TMS, tdcs, EEG/ERPs, meta-analysis of fMRI studies.
- Neuropsychology of aging.

Publications
• Cona, G., & Semenza, C. (2017). Supplementary motor area as key structure for domain-general sequence processing: A unified account. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 72, 28-42.

• Cona, G., Marino, G., & Bisiacchi, P. S. (2017). Superior parietal cortex and the attention to delayed intention: An rTMS study. Neuropsychologia, 95, 130-135.

• Cona, G., Marino, G., & Semenza, C. (2016). TMS of supplementary motor area (SMA) facilitates mental rotation performance: Evidence for sequence processing in SMA. NeuroImage.

• Cona, G., Bisiacchi, P.S., Sartori, G., Scarpazza, C. (2016). Effects of cue focality on the neural mechanisms of prospective memory: A meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies. Scientific Reports, 6.doi:10.1038/srep25983

• Bisiacchi, P. S., & Cona, G. (2016). Time perception and aging. Encyclopedia of Geropsychology, ed. Pachana NA, editor. Singapore: Springer Science+ Business Media, 1-8.

• Marcolin, G., Grainer, A., Reggiani, C., Bisiacchi, P., Cona, G., Petrone, N., & Paoli, A. (2016). Static and Dynamic Postural Changes after a Mountain Ultra-Marathon of 80 km and 5500 D+. PloS one, 11(5), e0155085. 10.1371/journal.pone.0155085

• Cona, G., Treccani, B., Umiltà, C.A (2016). Is cognitive control automatic? New insights from transcranial magnetic stimulation. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 1-7. doi: 10.3758/s13423-016-1023-8

• Cona, G., Cavazzana, A., Paoli, A., Marcolin, G., Grainer, A., & Bisiacchi, P. S. (2015). It’s a Matter of Mind! Cognitive Functioning Predicts the Athletic Performance in Ultra-Marathon Runners. PloS one, 10(7), e0132943. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132943

• Cona, G., Scarpazza, C., Sartori, G., Moscovitch, M., Bisiacchi, P.S. (2015). Neural bases of prospective memory: A meta-analysis and the “Attention to Delayed Intention” hypothesis. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 52, 21–37. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.02.007

• Cona, G., Kliegel, M., & Bisiacchi, P. S. (2015). Differential effects of emotional cues on components of prospective memory: an ERP study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 1–15. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00010.

• Cona, G., Arcara, G., Tarantino, V., & Bisiacchi, P. S. (2015). Does predictability matter? Effects of cue predictability on neurocognitive mechanisms underlying prospective memory. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00188.

• Cona, G., Bisiacchi, P. S., & Moscovitch, M. (2014). The Effects of Focal and Nonfocal Cues on the Neural Correlates of Prospective Memory: Insights From ERPs. Cerebral Cortex. 24, 2630–2646. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bht116.

• Correa, Á., Cona, G., Arbula, S., Vallesi, A., & Bisiacchi, P. (2014). Neural dissociation of automatic and controlled temporal preparation by transcranial magnetic stimulation. Neuropsychologia, 65, 131–136. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.10.023.

• Bisiacchi, P., Cona, G., Tarantino, V., Schiff, S., Montagnese, S., Amodio, P., & Capizzi, G. (2014). Assessing inter- and intra-individual cognitive variability in patients at risk for cognitive impairment: the case of minimal hepatic encephalopathy. Metabolic Brain Disease, (Mci). doi:10.1007/s11011-014-9529-0.

• Schiff, S., D’Avanzo, C., Cona, G., Goljahani, A., Montagnese, S., Volpato, C, Gatta, A., Sparacino, G., Amodio, P., Bisiacchi. P. (2014). Insight into the relationship between brain/behavioural speed and variability: evidence from minimal hepatic encephalopathy. Clinical Neurophysiology, 125(2), 287-297. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.20

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2017/18
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
PS1091 COMMON PSN1032217 NEUROPSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
Details for students enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18
Current A.Y. 2017/18
6 1st Year Second
semester
ENG GIORGIA CONA
PS1932 COMMON PSP7077959 NONINVASIVE BRAIN STIMULATION
Details for students enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18
Current A.Y. 2017/18
2 1st Year Second
semester
ENG GIORGIA CONA