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Office hours
Tuesday from 14:00 to 16:00 via Venezia 14, IV floor, Dept of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology, Psico 3 Office hours are every Tuesday from 2 to 4 pm. Office hours on January 28th have been rescheduled to the same day at 10 to 12. Starting from March 2020 Office hours will be every Thursday from 4.30 to 6.30 pm.
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Proposals for thesis
A bachelor’s final report (i.e. Elaborato finale) should focus on the critical reading and interpretation of scientific papers on specific issues.
A master’s final thesis (tesi Magistrale) should be based on original experimental research presenting one or more experiments or the collection of data made directly by the student and its critical elaboration.
Arguments could refer to different topics of clinical neuropsychology such as clinical pathologies and diagnostic instruments and techniques.

I am currently offering experimental investigations on:
- specific new, computerized software, to evaluate different cognitive functions with both healthy and pathological samples of individuals;
- the development of new tools to investigate a variety of aspects in patients with multiple sclerosis;
- a specific project on a rehabilitation programme with virtual reality;
- organisation of a database of patients with different pathologies in order to evaluate their prognostic value for the oucome.

Curriculum Vitae
Sara Mondini graduated in Psychology at the University of Padua (Italy) where she also obtained a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology. While studying for her Ph.D. she spent many months abroad at different research places: the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London; the Centre de recherche de l’Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (University of Montreal, Canada); and McGill University in Montreal. The Ph.D. dissertation was prepared in collaboration with the Mental Lexicon group of Montreal. She was the recipient of a Bourse d’excellence from the Ministère de l’Éducation, Gouvernement du Québec (Canada) to do research activity at the Université de Montréal and of a grant from the University of Padua, Progetto di Ricerca per Giovani Ricercatori, [Research Project for Young Researchers]. From 2000 to 2003 she taught Introduction to Neuropsychology at the University of Trieste. Since 2004 she has had a permanent position as an Assistant professor and since 2007 as an Associate Professor of Psychobiology at the Department of General Psychology, University of Padua. She teaches Psychobiology at the Bachelor’s degree courses and Neuropsychological assessment and Clinical neuropsychology at the Master’s and the post-graduate courses of the same University. Her research topics focus on language processing in aphasia and on cognitive impairment in neurodegenerative diseases. She is the author of a number of studies on neuropsychology, which have been published on peer-reviewed international journals.

Lecturer's Curriculum (PDF): 6F6A659D3712DBF906A3EB3EB09472CD.pdf

Research areas
Topics of research are currently related to:
brain and cognitive reserve
degenerative diseases and brain aging
cognitive functions after brain damage
aphasia and acquired language difficulties

Scientific Publications
2019- Menardi, A., Bertagnoni, G., Sartori, G., Pastore, M., Mondini, S. (2019) Past life experiences and neurological recovery: the role of cognitive reserve in the rehabilitation of severe post-anoxic encephalopathy and traumatic brain injury. Manuscript in press on the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 1-13, doi:10.1017/S1355617719001231.
2019- Devita, M., Mondini, S., Bordignon, A., Sergi, G., Girardi, A., Manzato, E, Mapelli , D., Coin, A. The importance of cognitive reserve in comprehensive geriatric assessment for dementia, Aging Clinical and Experimental Research,
2019- Devita, M., Peppard P., Mesas, A., Mondini S., Rusconi M.L., Barnet J., Hagen, E. Associations between the apnea hypopnea index during REM and NREM sleep and cognitive functioning in a cohort of middle-aged adults. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 15(7):965–971.
2019- Montemurro, S., Mondini, S., Signorini, M., Marchetto, M., Bambini, V., Arcara, G. Pragmatic language disorder in Parkinson’s Disease and the potential effect of Cognitive Reserve. Frontiers in Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01220.
2019- Montemurro, S., Mondini, S., Crovace, C., Jarema, G. Cognitive Reserve and its effect in older adults on retrieval of Proper Names, Logo Names and Common Nouns. Frontiers in Communication, section Language Sciences, 4(14), doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2019.00014.
2019- Navarrete, E., Arcara, G., Mondini, S., Penolazzi, B. Italian norms and naming latencies for 357 high quality color images. PLOS one, 14(2), February 2019, Article number e0209524,
2019-Hokkanen, L., Lettner, S., Barbosa, F., Constantinou, M., Harper, L., Kasten, E., ... & Hessen, E. (2019). Training models and status of clinical neuropsychologists in Europe: Results of a survey on 30 countries. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 33(1), 32-56. DOI: 10.1080/13854046.2018.1484169
2018- Montemurro, S., Mondini, S., Nucci, M., and Semenza, C. Proper name retrieval in cognitive decline: the role of cognitive reserve. The Mental Lexicon, 13(2), 215-229.
2018- Devita M., Zangrossi, A., Marvisi, M., Merlo, P., Rusconi, ML, Mondini, S. Global cognitive profile and different components of reaction times in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome: effects of continuous positive airway pressure over time. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 123, 121-126
2018-Merlo, P., Devita, M., Mandelli, A., Rusconi, M. L., Taddeucci, R., Terzi, A., Arosi, G., Bellati, M., Gavazzeni, M., Mondini, S. (2018). Alzheimer café: An approach focused on Alzheimer’s patients but with remarkable values on the quality of life of their caregivers. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 30(7), 767-774. doi:10.1007/s40520-017-0844-2
2017- Arcara, G., Mondini S., Bisso, A., Palmer, K., Meneghello, F., Semenza, C. The relationship between Cognitive Reserve and Math Abilities. Frontiers aging neuroscience. ID: 275850. Front. Aging Neurosci., 22 December 2017.
2017- Devita M., Montemurro S., Zangrossi A., Ramponi S., Marvisi M., Villani D., Raimondi MC, Merlo P., Rusconi ML., Mondini S. Cognitive and motor reaction times in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. A study based on computerized measures. Brain and Cognition, 117, 26-32. DOI: 10.1016/j.bandc.2017.07.002.

Lecturer's Publications (PDF): 6F6A659D3712DBF906A3EB3EB09472CD.pdf

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
»   PSP5070114 6 1st Year (2019/20) Second
»   PSP5070115 6 1st Year (2019/20) Second
PS1091 COMMON PSP8082779 3 2nd Year (2019/20) First
PS1932 COMMON PSO2044204 6 1st Year (2019/20) Second
PS1091 COMMON PSN1032247 6 1st Year (2019/20) First