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Structure Department of Neurosciences
Telephone 0498214450
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My main research areas include: executive functions, hemispheric asymmetries, cognitive aging, anatomo-functional organization of frontal lobes, spatial and temporal attention. The main methods we use to investigate these research topics include: Neuroimaging, Event-related potentials, Neuropsychology, neuromodulation and experimental psychology.

Office hours
Thursday from 10:30 to 12:30 Dip. Neuroscienze, via Giustiniani 5, Padova (Unità Neurologia, II Piano, ala sinistra); Dep. Neuroscience, Via Giustiniani 5, Padova (Neurology Unit, II Floor, left wing). Consiglio di prendere appuntamento per email per tempo (
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Proposals for thesis
Topics for the thesis may change depending on the period.

Topics: superior cognitive processes (executive functions), hemispheric asymmetries, cognitive aging.

Methods: Experimental Psychology, EEG/ERP, fMRI, Neuropsychology, Neuromodulation (depending on the period).

Profilo di laureando/a ideale: il/la laureando/a che meglio si concilia con il mio stile di supervisione è una persona preparata dal punto di vista tecnico-statistico, proattiva e motivata, ed ama approfondire la teoria che sta alla base delle ricerche proposte.

Description of the ideal thesis student: the ideal student who is a best match with my supervision style is knowledgable from the technical-statistical point of view, proactive and motivated, and seeks to know the theory behind the proposed research activity.

Note: I advice the master's candidates potentially interested to work with me to send their complete CV together with their request of supervision by email in advance. Moreover, please do not ask me about potential research projects too early with respect to the moment in which you are available to effectively and intensely work on your thesis.

Curriculum Vitae
Academic Positions
Dal 1/4/14. Professore Associato. Dip. Neuroscienze - Università di PADOVA
Dal 1/9/12 al 31/3/14. Ricercatore. DUniversità di PADOVA
2009-12. Ricercatore t.d., SISSA, Trieste
2007-09. Post-dottorato. Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest, Toronto

- 19/2/07. PhD Neuroscienze (laude). SISSA
- Apr-Ago 2005. Periodo di studio, ICN, UCL, Londra
- 20/6/03. Laurea Psicologia (laude). Univ. di Padova

Prizes (sel.)
• 2017. SIPF prize, Roma
• 2011. Bertelson Award ESCOP
• 2011. TOYP Award Research, JCI

Grants (selected)
• 2013-18: ERC Starting Grant LEX-MEA. GA: 313692
• 2011-12: Competition for SISSA Young Scientists

Conference organization
28-30/9/2017. Cognitive Neuroscience of Executive Functions, Padova.

Invited talks and keynotes (sel.)
13/03/18. 60th Conf. Exp Psychologists, Marburg, Germany
17/11/17. Keynote Lecture SIPF prize. Rome
21/10/17. Ten years of Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento. CIMeC, Italy
11/08/17. Universidad de Costarica, San José, Costa Rica.
8/5/14. Escan conference, Dortmund, Germany
25/01/13. European Workshop in Cognitive Neuropsychology, Brixen
11/5/12. IV Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science
29/2/12. CNRS, Lione 12/1/2012. Jagiellonian University, Cracovia
30/9/11. Bertelson Award Keynote Lecture, ESCOP, San Sebastian
18/3/10. Carleton University, Ottawa
28/9/09. SiNAPSA Neuroscience Conference, Ljubljana
11-12/6/09. The human frontal lobes and the mind. Univ. of Toronto

Supervision/Co-superv.: > 40 among Phd, grad. students, trainees.

Evaluation activity
• PhD thesis: Pompeu-Fabra; Granada; SISSA-Trieste; Roma Foro Italico; Pavia.
• Internat. grants: NSERC, Canada; Romanian NCDI; FET and MSCA actions; OPUS–NSC, Poland.
• Editorial Board: Frontiers in Psychol (Associate Ed.); BioMed Research Intern (Action Ed.); J Educ Develop Psychol
• Ad-hoc rev.: Plos Biol; Brain; Neurosci Biobehav R; Cereb Cortex; Neuroimage; Human Brain Mapping; J Cogn Neurosci; Cortex; Cognition etc.

Research areas
My main research areas include: executive functions, cognitive aging, hemispheric asymmetries, frontal lobes, spatial and temporal attention, influence of life experiences and professions on cognitive processes.
The main methods we uwe include Neuroimaging, Event-related potentials, neuropsychology, experimental psychology, neuromodulation.

Selected Publications:

- Moretti L., Semenza C., Vallesi A. (2018). General slowing and education mediate task switching performance across the life-span. Front Psychol
- Furlan M., Babcock L., Vallesi A. (2018). Decoding rule search domain in the left inferior frontal gyrus. Plos ONE, 13(3), e0194054
- Visalli A., Vallesi A. (2018). Monitoring processes in visual search enhanced by professional experience: the case of orange quality-control workers. Front Psychol, 9, 145
- Capizzi M., Ambrosini E., Vallesi A. (2017). Individual differences in verbal and spatial Stroop: interactive role of handedness and task context. Front Hum Neurosci, 11, 545
- Vallesi A., et al. Hemispheric asymmetries in the posterior inferior temporal cortex underlie verbal Stroop performance. Behav Brain Res, 335, 167-173
- Tarantino V. ... Vallesi A. (2017). The neural bases of event monitoring across domains: a simultaneous ERP-fMRI study. Front Hum Neurosci, 11, 376
- Vallesi A., Arbula S., Capizzi M., Causin F., D’Avella D. (2015). Domain-independent neural underpinning of task-switching: an fMRI investigation. Cortex. Doi: 10.1016/j.cortex
- Ambrosini E., Vallesi A. (2017). Domain-general Stroop performance and hemispheric asymmetries: a resting-state EEG study. J Cogn Neurosci, 29(5), 769-779
- Ambrosini E., Vallesi A. (2016) Asymmetry in Prefrontal Resting-state EEG Spectral Power Underlies Individual Differences in Phasic and Sustained Cognitive Control. Neuroimage. 124(1), 843–857.
- Babcock L., Vallesi A. (2015). The interaction of process and domain in prefrontal cortex during inductive reasoning. Neuropsychologia, 67, 91-99
- Vallesi A., Canalaz F., Balestrieri M., Brambilla P. (2015). Modulating Speed-Accuracy Strategies in Major Depression. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 60, 103-108
- Vallesi A., Arbula, S., Bernardis, P. (2014). Functional dissociations in temporal preparation: evidence from dual-task performance. Cognition, V130 (2), 141-151
- Vallesi A., Weisblatt Y., Semenza C., Shaki S. (2014). Cultural modulations of space-time compatibility effects. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21 (3), 666–669
- Vallesi A., Lozano V., Correa A. (2013). Dissociating temporal preparation processes as a function of the inter-trial interval duration. Cognition, 127 (1), 22–30
- Puccioni O., Vallesi A. (2012). Conflict resolution and adaptation in normal aging: the role of verbal intelligence and cognitive reserve. Psychology and Aging. 27 (4), 1018–1026
- Vallesi A. (2012). Organization of Executive Functions: Hemispheric Asymmetries. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. 24 (4), 367-386
- Puccioni O., Vallesi A. (2012). Sequential congruency effects: Disentangling Priming and Conflict Adaptation. Psychological Research. 76 (5), 591-600
- Vallesi A., McIntosh A.R., Crescentini C., Stuss D.T. (2012). FMRI investigation of speed-accuracy strategy switching. Human Brain Mapping. 33 (7), 1677-1688
- Crescentini C., Allaei S., Vallesi A., Shallice T. (2012). Two networks involved in producing and realizing plans. Neuropsychologia. 50 (7), 1521-1535
- Vallesi A., Crescentini C. (2011). Right fronto-parietal involvement in monitoring spatial trajectories. Neuroimage, 57 (2), 558-564
- Vallesi A., McIntosh A.R., Stuss D.T. (2011). Over-recruitment in the aging brain as a function of task demands: evidence for a compensatory view. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23 (4), 801-815

Lecturer's Publications (PDF): F978CE48F3C1C2BAA1C69A901A9DBB44.pdf

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2018/19
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
ME1847 COMMON MEN1036220 6 1st Year First
ME1858 COMMON MEP3056245 3 2nd Year Second
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