Program Overview

A detailed list of planned courses for year 2022/2023 is available here.

In the first year, students will attend multiple courses, including fundamentals in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral and social neuroscience, neuropsychology, psychophysiology, neural basis of perception, neural basis of consciousness, philosophy of science, critical thinking, structural and functional neuroimaging, and basic/advanced methods for data analysis.

After completing the required courses in the curriculum, students engage in their own research, under the guidance of the faculty members from one of the research groups.

All students are encouraged to spend part of their studies abroad, both within the Erasmus+ framework and through ad hoc mobility agreements.

Teaching is mostly carried out by members of the MOMILAB research unit, with significant 'contaminations' from members of AXES, NETWORKS, SYSMA and LYNX.


The students will have access to the Multidisciplinary Lab (equipped for EEG, psychophysics and psychophysiology measures) and the Neuroscience Lab (the conjoint research lab with Innovation Center Intesa Sanpaolo) at IMT School, the Thematic laboratory for research on sleep, wakefulness and their mutual interactions (equipped for polysomnographic measures at the Fondazione Toscana ‘Gabriele Monasterio’ in Pisa) and the external MRI facilities (scanner from 1.5T to 7T are available in Pisa and Massa).

Ph.D. students will also have the opportunity to be involved in collaborative research programs with national and international institutions, including the Piaggio Research Center at the University of Pisa, the Fondazione Toscana ‘Gabriele Monasterio’ in Pisa, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, the University of Siena, the Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Pavia, the Department of Philosophy at the University of Milan, the Department of Psychology at the University of Turin, the Department of Psychology at the University of Padua, the CIMeC – Center for Mind/Brain Sciences in Rovereto, the Center for Consciousness and Sleep at the University of Wisconsin, the Institute of Psychology & Institute of Neuroscience - the University of Louvain, the Massachusetts Eye & Ear of the Harvard Medical School and the Center for Investigation and Research on Sleep of Lausanne University Hospital.