My research interests concern primarily the investigation of memory and imagery processes in human cognition. The study of mental representations and the relationship with perception and/or memory processes has been addresses through the comparison between normal vision and congenital pathological conditions such as blindness, low-vision and monocular vision. The implications of these studies led us to address the role of supramodal processes and the characteristics of cognitive and neural plasticity by using both behavioral and neurostimulation techniques (TMS, tdcs).
In the last decade, my research interest also focused on the role and characteristics of human memory associated to predictive behavior. Central to my laboratory research program is the integration of behavioral and neurophysiological data suggesting a new interpretation of the memory process as well as its phylogenetic and ontogenetic origin. Within this theoretical framework, special attention is devoted to neural structures involved in predictive processes, i.e., the cerebellum. What is memory? What is memory for? Where is memory in the brain? These are the questions that we are now investigating in my laboratory.