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Elisa Ciaramelli

Associate Professor


Academic discipline: M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology

Director of Second Cycle Degree in Neurosciences and neuro-psychological rehabilitation

Curriculum vitae


2006, PhD in Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Bologna (final grade: Excellent)

2005, Visiting PhD student, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto

2002, Degree in Experimental Psychology (Summa Cum Laude), University of Florence



2023, 2018, 2016 - Visiting professor, Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto (July-September)

2022, Visiting professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis (July-September, December)

2014 - Associate professor, Psychology, University of Bologna

2010-2014, Assistant professor, Psychology, University of Bologna

2009-2010, Postdoctoral fellow, Centro studi e ricerche di Neuroscienze Cognitive, Universita' di Bologna (Marie Curie individual fellowship– Return phase)

2007-2009, Postdoctoral fellow, Rotman Research Institute, Toronto (Marie Curie individual fellowship – Outgoing phase)

2006-2007, Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto



2022-2025, PRIN (20224FWF2J. Title: Neuropsychological and neural circuit mechanisms for projecting memory into future choice (FORWARD) (with Mathew Diamond, PI). Local coordinator. Length: 36 months

2019, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant (prot. DC0190GP). Title: Decision making in the time of COVID-19 (with Shayna Rosenbaum, Donna R Addis, PIs). Co-applicant. Length: 1 year.

2020, Bando strutture. Title: Toward building a partnership in cognitive neuroscience training and instruction between UNIBO and UC Davis, USA (with Simona Ghetti). Coordinator. Length: 12 months

2017-2022, PRIN (prot. 20174TPEFJ). Title: Transitions in Retrieval-Induced Productive Sequences (TRIPS) (with Alessandro Treves, PI). Local coordinator. Length: 36 months

2018, Bando strutture. Title: Psychology, Building cooperation between the University of Bologna and York University, Toronto (with Shayna Rosenbaum). Coordinator. Length: 12 months

2010-2022, Fondi Ricerca Fondamentale Orientata (RFO), Universita' di Bologna

2017, Alma Attrezzature 2017, Universita' di Bologna (with Mirko Viroli, PI). Member of the research unit

2012-16, FARB (prot. FFBO125244). Title: Mortality salience, conformità a norme giuridiche e sociali, comportamenti economici: modelli teorici e metodologie sperimentali (with Antonino Rotolo, PI, Raimondello Orsini, Caterina Giannetti). Member of the research unit. 

2010-2011, PRIN (prot. 2010XPMFW4_009). Title: I meccanismi neurocognitivi alla base delle interazioni sociali (with Umberto Castiello, PI, Giuseppe di Pellegrino). Member of the research unit. Length: 36 months

2008-2010, PRIN. (prot. 2008YTNXXZ_002). Title: Basi neurali delle decisioni economiche in contesti sociali (with Umberto Castiello, PI, Giuseppe di Pellegrino) Member of the research unit. Length: 24 months



2023, Member of the M&A Committee of Memory Disorders Research Society

2014, Elected member, Memory Disorders Research Society

2010, Laird Cermak Award from Memory Disorders Research Society for "outstanding research into the neuropsychology of memory"

2007-2010, Marie Curie Outgoing individual fellowship (OIF-40575) for the project “Role of the posterior parietal cortex in episodic memory retrieval” (36 months)

2008, Functional MRI visiting fellowship at MIT Center for Biomedical Imaging, Harvard Medical School, Charlestown, Massachusetts

2005-2006, Research fellowship, Department of Psychology, University of Bologna



  • member of the editorial board:

Entropy (Section Board Member), Frontiers in Psychology (Reviewing Editor), Experimental Brain Research (Guest Editor)


  • ad hoc reviewer:

Behavioural Brain Research, Biological Psychology, Brain, Brain structure & function, Cortex, Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognition, Cortex, eLife, Emotion Review, Entropy, European Journal of Neuroscience, Hippocampus, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Journal of NeuroPsychology, Journal of Neuroscience, Memory, Memory & Cognition, Neurobiology of Aging, Neuron, Neuropsychologia, Neuropsychology, Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Neuroscience Letters, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Philosophical Psychology, Plos ONE, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Research, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Psychophysiology, Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, Scientific Reports, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Social Neuroscience


  • grant reviewer:

European Research Council (ERC)

Wellcome Trust, UK

The Royal Society, UK

Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

MIUR, Italia

Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), France

United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, Israel


  • book reviewer:

The MIT Press, The Lancet



since 2021, Coordinator of the Master degree in Neuroscience and neuropsychological rehabilitation  

since 2020, Lead Instructor for the Science of the Mind summer program (University of Bologna - University of California, Davis)

2018-2021, Member of the Joint student-faculty committee of the Department of Psychology, Bologna

2015 - 2018, Member of the Internationalization committee of the Department of Psychology, Bologna

since 2011, Member of the PhD program in Psychology, curriculum: Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology. Bologna



Memory Disorders Research Society

Cognitive Neuroscience Society

European Federation of Neuropsychological Societies

Società Italiana di Neuropsicologia

Ordine degli Psicologi della regione Toscana (# 3482)