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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

Guest researcher

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 - January 12, 2018

Pieter Roelfsema

Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, KNAW, Amsterdam

November 23, 2017

Andrea Guzzetta

University of Pisa and Stella Maris Institute, Pisa

"From early activity to early interactivity: towards a new culture of very early intervention in infants at high neurodevelopmental risk"

October 23, 2017

Monica Gori

IIT Genova

"Multisensory integration development for rehabilitation"

July 24, 2017

Marina Ida Gobbini

Dartmouth College and University of Bologna

"Familiarity matters! neural mechanisms for recognition of personally familiar faces in humans"

July 18, 2017

Bruce McCandliss

Stanford Neuroscience Institute

"Selective Attention and Educational Neuroscience: how teachers can change brain circuitry"

July 18, 2017

Paul Taylor


"Il Gatto Grasso: using AFNI-FATCAT for DTI (and other) analyses"

July 17, 2017

Gang Chen


"Applications of Hierarchical Modeling in Neuroimaging"

July 17, 2017

Robert Cox


"ETAC: Equitable Thresholding and Clustering in AFNI"

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