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The Research Unit.

The Molecular Mind Laboratory (MoMiLab) is a research group of the IMT School for Advanced Studies in Lucca, Italy.

Our Approach.

Our research focuses on supramodal semantic representation of conceptual knowledge, multisensory perception, action and sleep. To this aim, we employ a wide range of experimental techniques including brain functional methodologies (fMRI) and neurophysiological techniques (EEG). The Lab comprises a multidisciplinary integrated research group with biologists, engineers, psychologists and physicians. We employ and develop advanced tools for brain functional and structural data analysis, including multivoxel pattern analyses, functional/effective connectivity approaches, cortical and subcortical morphological evaluation. cloud

Our Collaborations.

The MoMiLab is constantly enlarging its collaborations with national and international institutions. The topics of collaborations range from the neuroscience of the ‘blind brain’ to action understanding and motor control, from the neurobiology of sleep to neurolinguistics. These collaborations aims at providing complementary expertise on neuropsychological tools, advanced analyses in neuroimaging, translational applications in bioengineering and robotics and clinical psychology. collaborations

Research Group.

Pietro Pietrini

Full Professor

M.D., Ph.D. Director of IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca. Full Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Emiliano Ricciardi

Associate Professor

M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor in Psychobiology and Psychophysiology

Luca Cecchetti

Assistant Professor

Experimental psychologist. Mainly trained in neuroimaging and psychophysics. Member of MoMiLab since 2011.

Davide Bottari

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Interested in the experience dependence and constraints that characterize the functional development of sensory cortices.

Andrea Leo

Assistant Professor

Physician. Main interests: motor control, functional MRI data analysis and integration with behavioral measures and peripheral signals.

Giulio Bernardi

Assistant Professor

I am interested in the investigation of the relationship between experience-dependent brain plasticity and sleep.

Giacomo Handjaras

Methods and Software Developer

Experienced in multivariate fMRI data analysis. Member of the MoMiLab since 2009.

Monica Betta


Biomedical Engineer. Interested in developing automated tools for advanced processing of central and peripheral electrophysiological signals.

Linguist MA. Specializing in fMRI. She earned her PhD degree in Psychobiology and Psychophysiology at the University of Pisa.

Momilab Seminars.

UPCOMING - May 3, 2019

Peter Neri

École Normale Supérieure, Paris

"Human reconstruction of local image structure from natural scenes"

February 05, 2019

Davide Zoccolan

SISSA, Trieste

"Unsupervised temporal learning governs the development of complex cells in primary visual cortex"

September 21, 2018

Mathew Diamond

SISSA, Trieste

"Supralinear and supramodal integration of visual and tactile signals in rats: psychophysics and neuronal mechanisms"

June 26, 2018

Takao Hensch

Harvard University, Boston

"Balancing Brain Plasticity / Stability"

June 14, 2018

Jody Culham

Western University, London

"The treachery of images”: How the realness of objects and actions affects brain activation and behavior"

May 14, 2018

Adina Roskies

Dartmouth College, Hanover

"Disorders of Consciousness: Neurotechnologies and Neuroethics"

April 27, 2018

Lotfi Merabet

Harvard Medical School, Boston

"Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI): A Model of Developmental Plasticity"

March 15, 2018

Fabrizio Doricchi

La Sapienza University, Rome

"Expectancy, attention and consciousness"

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