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Maria Ida Gobbini

Associate Professor

Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine - DIMES

Academic discipline: M-PSI/01 General Psychology

Curriculum vitae


Busch EL, Slipski L, Feilong M, Guntupalli JS, Visconti di Oleggio Castello M, Huckins JF, Nastase SA, Gobbini MI, Wager TD, Haxby JV. (2021).Hybrid Hyperalignment: A single high-dimensional model of shared information embedded in cortical patterns of response and functional connectivity. NeuroImage, 117975


Visconti di Oleggio Castello M, Chauhan V, Jiahui G, Gobbini MI. (2020).An fMRI dataset in response to “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, a socially-rich, naturalistic movie. Scientific Data, 7 (1), 1-9


Haxby JV, Gobbini MI, Nastase SA. (2020). Naturalistic stimuli reveal a dominant role for agentic action in visual representation. NeuroImage, 216, 116561


Chauhan V, Kotlewska I, Tang S, Gobbini MI. How familiarity warps representation in face space. Journal of Vision, 20 (7), 18-18


Jiahui G, Feilong M, Visconti di Oleggio Castello M, Guntupalli JS, Haxby JV, Gobbini MI. (2020). Predicting individual face-selective topography using naturalistic stimuli. NeuroImage, 216, 116458


Chauhan V, Visconti di Oleggio Castello M, Taylor MK, Gobbini MI. Familiarity facilitates detection of angry expression. BioRxiv, 458984


Visconti di Oleggio Castello M, Taylor MK, Cavanagh P, Gobbini MI. (2018) Idiosyncratic, retinotopic bias in face identification modulated by familiarity. eNeuro, pii: ENEURO.0054-18.2018. doi: 10.1523/ENEURO.0054-18.2018.


Van Uden CE, Nastase SA, Connolly AC, Feilong M, Hansen I, Gobbini MI, Haxby JV. (2018). Modeling semantic encoding in a common neural representational space. Front Neurosci, 12:437


Nastase SA, Halchenko YO, Connolly AC, Gobbini MI, Haxby JV. (2018). Neural responses to naturalistic clips of behaving animals in two different task contexts . Front Neurosci, 12, 316


Farashahi S, Rowe K, Aslami Z, Gobbini MI, Soltani A. (2018). Influence of learning strategy on response time during complex value-based learning and choice . PLOSONE 13 (5), e0197263


Ramon M, Gobbini MI. (2018). Familiarity matters: a review on prioritized processing of personally familiar faces. Visual Cognition. 26, 179-195


Guntupalli JS, Gobbini MI. (2017). Reading faces: from features to recognition. Trends in Cogn Sciences. 21: 915-916


Visconti di Oleggio Castello M, Halchenko YO, Guntupalli JS, Gors JD, Gobbini MI. (2017). The neural representation of personally familiar and unfamiliar faces in the distributed system for face perception [] . Sci Rep, 7:12237.

Fairhall SL, Porter KB, Bellucci C, Mazzetti M, Cipolli C, Gobbini MI. (2017). Plastic reorganization of neural systems for person perception in the congenitally blind: an fMRI study on the perception of voices. NeuroImage, 158:126-135.

Darlymple KA, Visconti di Oleggio Castello M, Elison J, Gobbini MI. (2017). Concurrent development of facial identity and expression discrimination. PLOSONE, 12(6):e0179458.

Visconti di Oleggio Castello M, Wheeler KG, Cipolli C, Gobbini MI. (2017). Familiarity facilitates feature-based face processing. PLOSONE, 12(6):e0178895.


Nastase SA, Connolly AC, Oosterhof NN, Halchenko YO, Guntupalli JS, Visconti di Oleggio Castello M, Gors J, Gobbini MI, Haxby JV. (2017). Attention selectively reshapes the geometry of distributed semantic representation. Cerebral Cortex, 7:1-15.


Chauhan V, Visconti di Oleggio Castello M, Soltani A, Gobbini MI. (2017). Social saliency of the cue slows down attention shifts. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:738.


Guntupalli JS, Wheeler KG, Gobbini MI. (2017). Disentangling the representation of identity from head view along the human face processing pathway. Cerebral Cortex, 27:46-53.

Connolly A, Sha L, Guntupalli JS, Oosterhof N, Halchenko Y, Nastase S, Visconti di Oleggio Castello M, Abdi H, Jobst B, Gobbini MI, Haxby JV. (2016). How the human brain represents perceived dangerousness or "predacity" of animals". J Neurosci, 36:5373-84.

Visconti di Oleggio Castello M, Gobbini MI. (2015). Familiar face detection in 180 ms. PLOSONE, 10(8):e0136548.

Visconti di Oleggio Castello M*, Guntupalli JS*, Yang H, Gobbini MI. (2014). Facilitated detection of social cues conveyed by familiar faces. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8:678.


Gobbini MI, Gors JD, Halchenko YO, Rogers C, Guntupalli JS, Hughes HC, Cipolli C. (2013). Prioritized Detection of Personally Familiar Faces. PLOSONE, 8(6):e66620.


Gobbini MI, Gors JD, Halchenko YO, Hughes HC, Cipolli C. (2013). Processing of invisible social cues. Conscious Cog. 22:765-770.


Baron S.G., Gobbini M.I., Engell A.D., Todorov A. (2011). Amygdala and Dorsomedial prefrontal cortex responses to appearance-based and behavior-based person impressions. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 6:572-581

Gobbini MI, Gentili C, Ricciardi E, Bellucci C, Salvini P, Laschi C, Guazzelli M, Pietrini P. (2011). [] J Cogn Neurosci. 23: 1911-1920


Danti S, Ricciardi E, Gentili C, Gobbini MI, Pietrini P, Guazzelli M. (2010). [] Front Syst Neurosci. 4:152.

[] (2009). Beyond amygdala: Default Mode Network activity differs between patients with social phobia and healthy controls. Brain Res Bull, 79: 409-413

[] (2008). Differential modulation of neural activity throughout the distributed neural system for face perception in patients with Social Phobia and healthy subjects. Brain Res Bull. 77: 286-292.

Gobbini MI, Koralek AC, Bryan RE, Montgomery KJ, Haxby JV. (2007). Two takes on the social brain: a comparison of theory of mind tasks. JOCN, 19, 1803-1814


Haxby JV, Gobbini MI. The perception of emotion and social cues in faces. (2007). Neuropsychologia, 45: 1.

Gobbini MI, Haxby JV. Neural systems for recognition of familiar faces. Neuropsychologia, 45: 32-41.


Todorov A, Gobbini MI, Evans K, Haxby JV. (2007). Spontaneous retrieval of affective person knowledge in face perception Neuropsychologia, 45: 163-173.


Gobbini MI, Haxby JV. Neural response to the visual familiarity of faces. (2006). Brain Research Bulletin, 71: 76-82.

Gobbini MI, Leibenluft E, Santiago N, Haxby JV. (2004). Social and emotional attachment in the neural representation of faces. Neuroimage, 22(4):1628-35.


Leibenluft E, Gobbini MI, Harrison T Haxby JV. (2004). Mothers' neural activation in response to pictures of their, and other, children. Biol Psychiatry, 56(4):225-32


Pietrini P, Furey ML, Ricciardi E, Gobbini MI, Wu WH, Cohen L, Guazzelli M, Haxby JV. (2004). Beyond sensory images: Object-based representation in the human ventral pathway. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 101(15):5658-5663.


Haxby JV, Hoffman EA, Gobbini MI. (2002). Human neural systems for face recognition and social communication. Biol Psychiatry, 51(1):59-67. Review.


Haxby JV, Gobbini MI, Furey ML, Ishai A, Schouten JL, Pietrini P. (2001). Distributed and overlapping representations of faces and objects in ventral temporal cortex. Science. 293(5539):2425-30.


Leist TP, Gobbini MI, Frank JA, McFarland HF. (2001). Enhancing magnetic resonance imaging lesions and cerebral atrophy in patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis. Arch Neurol, 58(1):57-60.


Haxby JV, Hoffman EA, Gobbini MI. (2000). The distributed human neural system for face perception. Trends Cogn Sci. 4(6):223-233.


Gobbini MI, Smith ME, RichertND,FrankJA, McFarlandHF (1999). Effect of open label pulse cyclophosphamide therapy on MRI measures of disease activity in five patients with refractory relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. J Neuroimmunol. 99(1):142-9


Sorbi S, Nacmias B, Forleo P, Latorraca S, Gobbini I, Bracco L, Piacentini S, Amaducci L. (1994). ApoE allele frequencies in Italian sporadic and familial Alzheimer's disease. Neurosci Lett. 177(1-2):100-2



Connolly AC, Gobbini MI, Haxby JV. Three virtues of similarity-based multi-voxel pattern analysis. In N Kriegeskorted, G Kreiman (eds), Understanding visual population codes (UVPC) – toward a common multivariate framework for cell recording and functional imaging, (Boston: MIT Press, in press).


Haxby JV, Gobbini MI. Distributed neural systems for face perception. In AJ Calder, G Rhodes, MH Johnson, JV Haxby (eds), Handbook of Face Perception. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, in press).

Gobbini MI. (2010). Distributed process for retrieval of person knowledge. In: Social Neuroscience: Toward the underpinnings of the Social Mind (pp.40-53). Todorov A., Fiske S.T., and Prentice D.A. (eds). Oxford University Press.


Haxby J, Gobbini MI. Spatial distribution of face and objects representation in the human brain. Face processing, Advanced modeling and methods. Edited by Wenyi Zhao and Rama Chellappa. Elsevier 2006.


Haxby JV, Gobbini MI, Montgomery K. Spatial and temporal distribution of face and object representation in the human brain. The Cognitive Neurosciences, 3rd edition. Michael S. Gazzaniga. Editor- in-Chief. MIT Press November 2004.

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