Giuseppe di Pellegrino, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department of Psychology of the University of Bologna, Italy. He was trained as neurologist and has carried out research in the field of psychology and cognitive neuroscience in many laboratories, both in Italy and abroad. He has investigated the neural and cognitive mechanisms of selective attention and space representation, using a variety of methodological approaches, ranging form single-cell recordings in animals, to behavioral, eye-movement, electroencephalographic and psycho-physiological measurements in humans. His empirical works has revealed the existence of a visual peripersonal space centered on the hand and its modulatory effects on tactile perception. He has also shown that visual selective attention is modulated by the position of the hand in space and by object affordance for grasping. His current research focuses on the functional mechanisms of cognitive control and decision-making. He has authored many research articles published in peer-reviewed, international journals.
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