The Cognitive Neuroscience Section is a research unit based at the Saint John of God Clinical Research Centre. The main aim of the Section is to understand if cortical plasticity can be induced and manipulated by means of non-invasive brain stimulation combined with behavior task, in healthy and pathological adult brains. This lead us to study what is the relation between induced cortical plasticity and cognitive plasticity. Moreover, we aim to understand how cognitive plasticity can be sustained by the activity of a “functional neuronal network” (connectivity) and how this network is related with the condition of the subject. To achieve these objectives we use non invasive brain stimulation techniques like TMS, rTMS and tES (i.e., tDCS, tACS, tRNS) combined with other research methods (EEG, and co-registration TMS-tES-EEG)


Latest publications

J. Cespón et al. 2016. Cognitive control activity is modulated by the magnitude of interference and pre-activation of monitoring mechanisms. View PDF

M. Bortoletto et al. 2016. Reduced Current Spread by Concentric Electrodes in Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (tES). View PDF

A. Fertonani, C. Miniussi 2016. Transcranial Electrical Stimulation: What We Know and Do Not Know About Mechanisms. View PDF

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Ministry of Health “Ricerca Corrente” and “Ricerca Finalizzata”

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