Keywords: spatial orientation; human navigation; navigational deficits; gender differences; individual differences; hemineglect; cognitive decline; executive functions; visuo-spatial memory; mental imagery.
is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Sapienza University of Rome (Rome, Italy) and collaborates with IRCCS San Raffaele of Rome (Italy). Her research explores spatial cognition across lifespan both in healthy and in clinical populations focusing on effects of individual differences in performing navigational tasks. Specifically, she investigates topographic memory, environmental representation, travel planning and navigational strategies. Her research team use several methods including neuropsycholgical testing, brain imaging, virtual reality to better understand spatial orientation. Her doctoral studies were conducted at the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) and at IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia of Rome (Italy) in the research groups of Cecilia Guariglia and Luigi Pizzamiglio. She got a post-doctoral fellowships at College de France (Paris, France) (with Alain Berthoz) and at Hopital Pitie Salpetriere (Paris, France)(with Michel Baulac). Until January 2020 she worked as Associate Professor at the Life, Health and Environmental Science of the University of L’Aquila (Italy). She runs as group leader the Spatial Cognition Laboratory and she is member of the Di.Vi.Na. (Visuo-spatial and Navigation disorders) Laboratory directed by Cecilia Guariglia at IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome (Italy). She is member of several scientific societies in the field of General Psychology and Neuropsychology and she regularly publish in the neuroscientific field.