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Qualification Ricercatore a tempo determinato di tipo A
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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.
(updated on 19/12/2017 18:47)

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.

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)


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.

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.

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:
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.

• 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
Details for students enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18
Current A.Y. 2017/18
6 1st Year Second
Details for students enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18
Current A.Y. 2017/18
2 1st Year Second