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Vincenzo Romei

Associate Professor

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY "RENZO CANESTRARI"

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

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Vincenzo Romei

Head of the Consciousness Group  

Centro Studi e Ricerche in Neuroscienze Cognitive

Department of Psychology

University of Bologna

Via Rasi e Spinelli, 176

Cesena, 47521

Italy

Email: vincenzo.romei@unibo.it [mailto:vincenzo.romei@unibo.it]

Website: https://vincenzoromei.com/

 

Research Interests

Cognitive Neuroscience: temporal properties of brain communication through Electroencephalography (EEG), noninvasive transcranial brain stimulation (NTBS) and their online combination. Brain plasticity and functional connectivity; consciousness; visual awareness and cognition; sensory processing and attentional mechanisms; crossmodal and multisensory interactions; motor control; time perception; working memory; ageing; brain oscillatory activity and oscillatory entrainment; state-dependency.

 

Languages Italian (mother tongue)

English (fluently written and spoken)

Spanish (fluently written and spoken)

French (fluently spoken)

 

Education

· 2001-2005 PhD in Psychology

Department of Psychology, University of Rome “La Sapienza”

· 1995-2001 BSc and MSc (110/110 with honours) in Psychology

Department of Psychology, University of Rome “La Sapienza”

 

Certificates

· 2018-2023 Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale MIUR

Professore I Fascia, Settore Scientifico 11/E1.

· 2015 Registered Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)

 

Employment

· Since Oct 2017 University of Bologna

Associate Professor

· Oct 2016 – Sept 2017 University of Essex

Full Professor

· Oct 2015 - Sept 2016 University of Essex

Reader

· Jan 2013 – Sept 2015 University of Essex

Senior Lecturer

· 2010-2012 University College London (UCL)

Senior Research Associate at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging and Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

· 2008-2009 University of Glasgow

Research Associate

· 2005-2007 University of Geneva

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

· 2003-2004 Harvard Medical School

Visiting Research Fellow

 

Awards, Honours, Grants

· 2020: Best Contribution at Transcranial Brain Stimulation in Cognitive Neuroscience Workshop Rovereto (Italy): “Tuning alpha waves to shape conscious perception”

· 2020: Ministerio De Ciencia, Innovacion Y Universidades, Spain: “The role of alpha oscillations in gating sensory processing during Working Memory maintenance. Role Co-I. P.I. Claudia Poch. [€99.220]

· 2019: BIAL Grant awarded for the project entitled: “Boosting WM capacity by strengthening the oscillatory functional fronto-parietal pathway. P.I.: Vincenzo Romei. [€47.000]

· 2018: Comments in: Turi Z, Alekseichuk I, Paulus W, PLOS Biology (2018). On ways to overcome the magical capacity limit of working memory for the publication: Wolinski N, Cooper NR, Sauseng P, Romei V. The speed of parietal theta frequency drives visuospatial working memory capacity. (2018) PLOS Biology.

· 2016: Listed among the most cited Current Biology articles: Thut G, Veniero D, Romei V, Miniussi C, Schyns P, Gross J. Rhythmic TMS causes local entrainment of natural oscillatory signatures. Current Biology. (2011) 21:1176-1185.

· 2016: Best Contributed Poster Award at 6th international conference on Transcranial Brain Stimulation for the presentation of the study: “Parietal Theta Frequency peak drives spatial working memory capacity” by Romei V, Cooper N, Sauseng P, and Wolinski N.

· 2015: Highlights in the Research Highlights of Current Biology and comments in Kerlin JR, Shapiro KL. (2015). Multisensory integration: how sound alters sight. Current Biology. 25:R76-R77 for the publication: Cecere R, Rees G, Romei V. (2015). Individual differences in alpha frequency drive crossmodal illusory perception. Current Biology. 25:231-235.

· 2014: Best Contributed Poster Award at the BACN 2014 Sept 11-12, York for the presentation of the study “Modulation of individual oscillatory frequency-peak by off-peak entrainment” by Wolinski N, Cooper NR and Romei V.

· 2014: Best Contributed Paper Award at the Magstim Neuroscience Conference 2014. May 10-11, Oxford for the presentation of the study “Empowering feedback projections from V5 to V1 boosts motion perceptual sensitivity” by Chiappini E, Avenanti A, Hibbard P and Romei V.

· 2014-2017: Co-I in a grant awarded in a competition for a 3-years grant sponsored by the Italian National Health Service. Project Title: Empowering the brain. Induction of Hebbian-like plasticity in cortico-cortical neural networks with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): investigations of functional connectivity in healthy subjects and clinical trials in stroke patients. PI Alessio Avenanti. [€314.300]

· 2013-2017: Research Promotion Funds awarded by University of Essex for the study: state-dependency of cortico-cortical modulation in motion perception. [£12.500]

· 2013-2014: Undergraduate research opportunity programme (UROP) funds awarded by the Unversity of Essex [£2.740].

· 2013: Best Contributed Paper Award at the 1st Multidisciplinary Conference of Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making (RLDM2013). Oct 25-27. Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA for the presentation of the study “Manipulating model-based and model-free control through neurostimulation of prefrontal cortex” by Smittenaar P, Fitzgerald THB, Prichard G, Romei V, Wright ND, Dietrichsen J, and Dolan RJ.

· 2012: Highlights in the Research Highlights of Current Biology and Comments in: Sauseng P. Brain Oscillations: Phase locked EEG alpha controls perception. Current Biology (2012) 22: R306-R308 for the publication: Romei V, Gross J and Thut G. Sounds reset visual alpha phase and corresponding human visual perception. Current Biology. (2012) 22:807-813.

· 2012: Travel award for BACN2012 in Newcastle as organizer of the symposium: Entrainment of brain oscillations: How rhythmic stimulation affects behavior.

· 2011: Highlights in the Research Highlights of Current Biology for the publication: Thut G, Veniero D, Romei V, Miniussi C, Schyns P, Gross J. Rhythmic TMS causes local entrainment of natural oscillatory signatures. Current Biology. (2011) 21:1176-1185.

· 2010: Conference Highlight at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brian Mapping, held in Barcelona, Spain (June6-10, 2010), for the presentation of the study: “Occipital alpha phase is reset by sound and cycles with TMS-probed neural excitability” by Romei V, Gross J and Thut G.

· 2009: Conference Highlight at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brian Mapping, held in San Francisco, US (June 18-23 2009), for the presentation of the study: “Spatially and frequency specific biasing of visual detection through rhythmic TMS over occipito-parietal sites: Preliminary evidence for a causal role of posterior alpha-oscillations in sensory selection” by Thut G and Romei V.

· 2008: Best Poster award at the 3rd International Conference on TMS and tDCS in Gottingen, Germany, October 1-4, for the poster: “Looming sounds selectively and pre-consciously enhance visual cortex excitability” by Romei V, Murray MM and Thut G.

· 2006: Travel award for OHBM 2006

· 2006: SSN Travel Fellowship (FENS Meeting 2006 in Vienna)

· 2002: “Young researchers awards” awarded by “Associazione Italiana Psicologi” (A.I.P.)

· 2002: Graduation Grant awarded by the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, for a period of study (one year) in foreign countries [€12.500]

 

Editorial Board

2010-Present: Reviewing Editor for Frontiers in Perception Science

2012-Present: Reviewing Editor for Frontiers in Human Science

2013-2015: Academic Editor for Biomed Research International

2017-Present: Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports, Nature Research

2017-Present: Guest Editor for Frontiers in Consciousness Research

2018-Present: Academic Editor for Plos Biology

2020-Present: Associate Editor for Frontiers in Cognitive Neuroscience

 

Reviewer

2007-present: ad hoc referee for the following peer-reviewed journals:

Attention, Perception and Psychophysics;

Auditory Perception and Cognition;

Biological Psychology;

Biological Psychiatry;

Brain and Cognition;

Brain Connectivity;

Brain Research;

Brain Stimulation;

Brain Topography;

Cerebral Cortex;

Cognitive, Affective and Behavioural Neuroscience;

Cortex;

Current Biology;

Current Directions in Psychological Science;

E-Life;

E-Neuro;

European Journal of Neuroscience;

Experimental Brain Research;

Frontiers in Perception Science;

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience;

Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience;

Human Brain Mapping;

iScience;

International Journal of Psychophysiology;

International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease;

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience;

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General;

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance;

Journal of Neurophysiology;

Journal of Neuroscience;

Journal of Pain Research;

Journal of Psychosomatic Research;

Journal of Vision;

Nature Communications;

Nature Human Behaviour;

Nature Scientific Reports;

Neural Plasticity;

NeuroImage;

Neuropsychologia;

Neuroscience;

Neuroscience Letters;

Perceptual & Motor skills;

PLOS Biol;

PLOS ONE;

PNAS;

Proceedings of the Royal Society B;

Psychological Science;

Psychophysiology;

Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics;

Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience;

Science Advances

 

2011-present: grant proposals ad hoc reviewer for the following Trusts:

ERC Starting and Advanced (European Research Council);

MRC (UK);

BBSRC (UK);

Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research (UK);

ORA ESRC (UK, INTERNATIONAL);

ANR (France);

INSERM (France);

The Research Foundation – Flanders (Belgium);

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) grant (The Netherlands);

German Research Foundation (Germany);

DFG (Germany);

Swiss National Science Foundation (CH).

Israel Science Foundation (ISF) (Israel).

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

 

Peer-reviewed Publications (n = 56)

(Scopus) H-index = 24; total citations 3270;

(Google Scholar) H-Index = 28; total citations 4844.

 

 

  1. Trajkovic J, Di Gregorio F, Ferri F, Marzi C, Diciotti S, Romei V. Resting state alpha oscillatory activity is a valid and reliable marker of schizotypy. Sci Rep. 2021 May 17;11(1):10379.

  2. Fotia F, Cooke J, Van Dam L, Ferri F, Romei V. The temporal sensitivity to the tactile-induced Double Flash Illusion mediates the impact of beta oscillations on schizotypal personality traits. (in press) Consciousness and Cognition. 2021

  3. Ellena G, Starita F, Haggard P, Romei V, Làdavas E. Fearful faces modulate spatial processing in peripersonal space: An ERP study. Neuropsychologia. 2021 Mar 17;156:107827. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2021.107827. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33722572.

  4. Di Luzio P, Borgomaneri S, Sanchioni S, Tessari A, Romei V. Exposure to first-person shooter videogames is associated with multisensory temporal precision and migraine incidence. Cortex. 2021 Jan;134:223-238.

  5. Chiappini E, Borgomaneri S, Marangon M, Turrini S, Romei V, Avenanti A. Driving associative plasticity in premotor-motor connections through a novel paired associative stimulation based on long-latency cortico-cortical interactions. Brain Stimul. 2020 Sep-Oct;13(5):1461-1463.

  6. Fenner B, Cooper N, Romei V, Hughes G. Individual differences in sensory integration predict differences in time perception and individual levels of schizotypy. Conscious Cogn. 2020 Sep;84:102979.

  7. Asher JM, Romei V, Hibbard PB. Spatial Frequency Tuning and Transfer of Perceptual Learning for Motion Coherence Reflects the Tuning Properties of Global Motion Processing. Vision (Basel). 2019 Sep 2;3(3). pii: E44.

  8. Pietrelli M, Zanon M, Làdavas E, Grasso PA, Romei V, Bertini C. Posterior brain lesions selectively alter alpha oscillatory activity and predict visual performance in hemianopic patients. Cortex. 2019 Dec;121:347-361.

  9. Migliorati D, Zappasodi F, Perrucci MG, Donno B, Northoff G, Romei V, Costantini M. Individual Alpha Frequency Predicts Perceived Visuotactile Simultaneity. J Cogn Neurosci. 2020 Jan;32(1):1-11.

  10. Cooke J, Poch C, Gillmeister H, Costantini M, Romei V. Oscillatory Properties of Functional Connections Between Sensory Areas Mediate Cross-Modal Illusory Perception. J Neurosci. 2019 Jul 17;39(29):5711-5718.

  11. Bender M, Romei V, Sauseng P. Slow Theta tACS of the Right Parietal Cortex Enhances Contralateral Visual Working Memory Capacity. Brain Topogr. 2019 May;32(3):477-481.

  12. Asher JM, O'Hare L, Romei V, Hibbard PB. Typical Lateral Interactions, but Increased Contrast Sensitivity, in Migraine-With-Aura. Vision (Basel). 2018 Feb9;2(1). pii: E7.

  13. Berntsen MB, Cooper NR, Hughes G, Romei V. (2019) Prefrontal transcranial alternating current stimulation improves motor sequence reproduction. Behavioural Brain Research. 361, 39-49.

  14. Ferri F, Venskus A, Fotia F; Cooke J, Romei V. (2018) Higher proneness to multisensory illusions is driven by reduced temporal sensitivity in people with high schizotypal traits. Consciousness and Cognition. 65, 263-270 IF=2.272.

  15. Chiappini E, Silvanto J, Hibbard PH, Avenanti A, Romei V. (2018) Strengthening functionally specific neural pathways with transcranial brain stimulation. Current Biology 28, R735-R736. IF=9.251.

  16. Wolinski N, Cooper NR, Sauseng P, Romei V. (2018) The speed of parietal theta frequency drives visuospatial working memory capacity. PLOS Biology 16, e2005348. IF=9.797.

    · Comments in: Turi Z, Alekseichuk I, Paulus W (2018) On ways to overcome the magical capacity limit of working memory.

  17. Borghini G, Candini M, Filannino C, Hussain M, Walsh V, Romei V, Zokaei N, Cappelletti M. (2018). Alpha oscillations are causally linked to inhibitory abilities in ageing. The Journal of Neuroscience 38, 4418-4429. IF=5.988.

  18. Asher JM, O’Hare L, Romei V, Hibbard PB. (2018). Typical Lateral Interactions, but Increased Contrast Sensitivity, in Migraine-With-Aura. Vision 2, 7.

  19. Fiori F, Chiappini E, Candidi M, Romei V, Borgomaneri S, Avenanti A. (2017) Long-latency interhemispheric interactions between motor-related areas and the primary motor cortex: a dual site TMS study. Nature Scientific Reports 7, 14936. IF=4.122.

  20. Berntsen MB, Cooper NR, Romei V. (2017) Transcranial alternating current stimulation to the inferior parietal lobe decreases mu suppression to egocentric, but not allocentric hand movements. Neuroscience 344, 124-132. IF=3.277.

  21. Fiori F, Chiappini E, Soriano M, Paracampo R, Romei V, Borgomaneri S, Avenanti A. (2016) Long-latency modulation of motor cortex excitability by ipsilateral posterior inferior frontal gyrus and pre-supplementary motor area. Nature Scientific Reports 6, 38396. IF=4.122.

  22. Romei V, Thut G, Silvanto J. (2016) Information-Based Approaches of Noninvasive Transcranial Brain Stimulation. Trends in Neurosciences 39, 782-795. IF=11.439.

  23. Romei V, Chiappini E, Hibbard PB, Avenanti A. (2016) Empowering reentrant projections from V5 to V1 boosts sensitivity to motion. Current Biology 26, 2155-60. IF=9.251.

  24. Romei V, Bauer M, Brooks, JL, Economides M, Penny W, Thut G, Driver J. Bestmann S. (2016) Causal evidence that intrinsic beta-frequency is relevant for enhanced signal propagation in the motor system as shown through rhythmic TMS. NeuroImage. 126, 120-30. IF=5.835.

  25. Rigato S, Rieger G, Romei V. (2016) Multisensory signalling enhances pupil dilation. Nature Scientific Reports 6, 26188. IF=4.122.

  26. Murray MM, Thelen A, Thut G, Romei V, Martuzzi R, Matusz PJ. (2015) The multisensory function of the human primary visual cortex. Neuropsychologia pii:S0028-3932(15) 30127-30135. Review. IF=3.197.

  27. Cecere R, Rees G, Romei V. (2015) Individual differences in alpha frequency drive crossmodal illusory perception. Current Biology 25, 231-235. IF=8.983.

    · Comments in: Kerlin JR, Shapiro KL. Multisensory integration: how sound alters sight. Current Biology 2015 25, R76-7.

    · Highlights in the Research Highlights of Current Biology.

  28. Sutherland CA, Thut G, Romei V. (2014) Hearing brighter: changing in-depth visual perception through looming sounds. Cognition 132, 312-323. IF= 3.354.

  29. Cecere R, Romei V, Bertini C, Ladavas E. (2014). Crossmodal enhancement of visual orientation discrimination by looming sounds requires functional activation of primary visual areas: A case study. Neuropsychologia 56, 350-358. IF=3.197.

  30. Smittenaar P, Fitzgerald TH, Romei V, Wright ND, Dolan RJ. (2013) Disruption of dorsolateral prefrontal cortex decreases model-based in favor of model-free control in humans. Neuron 80, 914-919. IF=14.318.

  31. Romei V, Murray MM, Cappe C and Thut G. (2013) The contribution of sensory dominance and attentional bias to cross-modal enhancement of visual cortex excitability. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 25, 1122-1135. IF=3.468.

  32. de Haas B, Cecere R, Cullen H, Driver J, Romei V. (2013) Discrimination of near-threshold visual stimuli is enhanced by concurrent presentation of auditory stimuli of longer duration. PLoS ONE 8, e54789. IF=2.806.

  33. Romei V, Gross J and Thut G. (2012) Sounds reset visual alpha phase and corresponding human visual perception. Current Biology 22, 807-813. IF=9.251.

    · Comments in: Sauseng P. Brain Oscillations: Phase locked EEG alpha controls perception. Current Biology (2012) 22: R306-R308.

    · Highlights in the Research Highlights of Current Biology

  34. Cappe C, Thelen A, Romei V, Thut G and Murray MM. (2012) Looming signals reveal synergistic principles of multisensory interactions. The Journal of Neuroscience 32,1171-1182. IF=5.988.

  35. Romei V, de Haas B, Mok RM, Driver J. (2011) Auditory stimulus timing influences the perceived duration of co-occurring visual stimuli. Frontiers in Perception Science 2:215. IF=2.089.

  36. Thut G, Veniero D, Romei V, Miniussi C, Schyns P, Gross J. (2011) Rhythmic TMS causes local entrainment of natural oscillatory signatures. Current Biology 21:1176-1185. IF=9.251.

    · Highlights in the Research Highlights of Current Biology

    · Among the most cited papers in Current Biology

  37. Romei V, Driver J, Schyns PG and Thut G. (2011) Rhythmic TMS over right parietal cortex causally links distinct brain frequencies to global versus local visual processing. Current Biology 21,334-337. IF=9.251.

  38. Cappe C, Thut G, Romei V and Murray MM. (2010) Auditory-visual multisensory interactions in humans: timing, directionality, topography, and sources.

    The Journal of Neuroscience 30,12572-12580. IF=5.988.

  39. Romei V, Gross J and Thut G. (2010) On the role of pre-stimulus brain rhythms in the alpha-band in perception: Correlation versus causation. The Journal of Neuroscience 30, 8692-8697. IF=5.988.

  40. Brodbeck V, Thut G, Spinelli L, Romei V, Tyrand R, Michel CM, and Seek M. (2010) Effects of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on spike pattern and topography in patients with focal epilepsy. Brain Topography 22, 267-280. IF=2.703.

  41. Romei V, Murray MM, Cappe C, and Thut G. (2009) Pre-perceptual and stimulus-selective enhancement of low-level human visual cortex excitability by sounds. Current Biology 19,1799-1805. IF=9.251.

  42. Cappe C, Thut G, Romei V, and Murray MM. (2009) Selective integration of auditory-visual looming cues by humans. Neuropsychologia 47, 1045-1052. IF=3.197.

  43. Romei V, Brodbeck V, Michel C, Amedi A, Pascual-Leone A, and Thut G. (2008) Spontaneous fluctuations in alpha-band EEG activity predict awareness for stimulation-induced visual percepts. Cerebral Cortex 18,20010-200108. IF=6.308.

  44. Romei V, Rihs T, Brodbeck V, and Thut G. (2008) Resting electroencephalogram alpha-power over posterior sites indexes baseline visual cortex excitability. NeuroReport. 19,203-208. IF=1.266.

  45. Romei V, De Gennaro L, Fratello F, Curcio G, Ferrara M, Pascual-Leone A, and Bertini M. (2008) Interhemispheric Transfer Deficit in Alexithymia: a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) study. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 77,175-181. IF=13.122.

  46. Romei V, Murray MM, Merabet LB, and Thut G. (2007) Occipital TMS has opposing effects on visual and auditory stimulus detection: implication for multisensory interactions. The Journal of Neuroscience 27, 11465-11472. IF=5.988.

    · Comments in: Doehrmann O. Listen to your visual cortex: effects of occipital transcranial magnetic stimulation on auditory stimulus detection. The Journal of Neuroscience (2008) 28:1-2.

  47. Ramos-Estebanez C, Merabet LB, Machii K, Fregni F, Thut G, Wagner TA, Romei V, Amedi A, and Pascual-Leone A. (2007) Visual phosphene perception modulated by subthreshold crossmodal sensory stimulation. The Journal of Neuroscience 27,4178:4181. IF=5.988. · Comments in: Chapman A. Seeing with your fingers: a transcranial magnetic stimulation investigation of multimodal sensory perception. The Journal of Neuroscience. (2007) 27:7081-7082.

  48. Bertini M, De Gennaro L, Ferrara M, Curcio G, Romei V, Fratello F, Cristiani R, Pauri F, and Rossini PM. (2004). Transcallosal inhibition upon awakening from REM and NREM sleep as assessed by Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Sleep 27, 875-882. IF=5.135.

  49. De Gennaro L, Bertini M, Ferrara M, Curcio G, Cristiani R, Romei V, Fratello F, Pauri F, and Rossini PM. (2004) Intracortical inhibition and facilitation upon awakening from different sleep stages: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study. European Journal of Neuroscience 19:3099-3104. IF=2.832.

  50. De Gennaro L, Cristiani R, Bertini M, Curcio G, Ferrara M, Fratello F, Romei V, and Rossini PM. (2004) Handedness is mainly associated with an asymmetry of corticospinal excitability and not of transcallosal inhibition. Clinical Neurophysiology. 115, 1305-1312. IF=2.98.

  51. Bertini M, Ferrara M, De Gennaro L, Curcio G, Fratello F, Romei V, Pauri F, and Rossini PM. (2004) Corticospinal excitability and sleep: a motor threshold assessment by transcranial magnetic stimulation after awakenings from REM and NREM sleep. Journal of Sleep Research 13, 31-36. IF=3.433.

  52. De Gennaro L, Ferrara M, Bertini M, Pauri F, Cristiani R, Curcio G, Romei V, Fratello F, and Rossini PM. (2003) Reproducibility of callosal effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with interhemispheric paired pulses. Neuroscience Research (2003) 46, 219-227. IF=2.277.

 

Commentari

 

  1. Hoogenboom N and Romei V. (2010) Probing different time scales of neuronal fluctuations in visual awareness: from behavior to phase. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience IF= 2.871.

 

Special issues

 

  1. 1. Ten Oever S, Romei V, van Atteveldt N, Soto-Faraco S, Murray MM, Matusz PJ.(2016) The COGs (context, object, and goals) in multisensory processing. Experimental Brain Research 234, 1307-23. Review. IF=1.806. Special Issue in Multisensory Processing.

    2. Romei V, Thut G, Mok RM, Schyns P and Driver J. (2012) Causal implication by rhythmic TMS of alpha frequency in feature-based local versus global attention. European Journal of Neuroscience 35, 968-974. IF=2.832 ‘Virtual Issue’ entitled: “Noninvasive Brain Stimulation”.

    3. Leo F, Romei V, Freeman E, Làdavas E. and Driver J. (2011) Looming sounds enhance orientation sensitivity for visual stimuli on the same side as the sound. Experimental Brain Research Special Issue on Multisensory processing. 213, 193-201. IF=1.806.

    4. Romei V, Thut G, Ramos-Estebanez C. and Pascual-Leone A. (2009) M1 contributes to the intrinsic but not the extrinsic movement components of motor skills. Invited publication for the Special Issue of Cortex: The Contribution of TMS to Structure-Function Mapping in the Human Brain. Action, Perception and Higher Functions. Guest Editors: Elena Rusconi and Sven Bestmann. 45, 1058-1064. IF=4.907.

 

 

Capitoli

 

  1. Romei V. (2015). Assessing fluctuations in cortical excitability with TMS-evoked phosphenes. Webclip: Research spotlight 3.2. In the book “Essentials of Cognitive Neuroscience” written by Prof. Brad Postle, University of Wisconsin, edited by Wiley.
  2. Murray MM, Cappe C, Romei V, Martuzzi R and Thut G. (2012). Auditory-Visual Multisensory Interactions in Human Primary Cortices: Synthesis and Controversies. Book chapter in the New handbook of multisensory processes edited by Barry E.Stein (MIT press).

 

 

 

Articoli in revisione

     

  1. Valentini E, Halder S, McInnersey D, Cooke J, Romei V. Assessing the specificity of the relationship between brain alpha oscillations and tonic pain (under revision (NeuroImage), Preview on BioRXiv: doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/787283

  2. Di Gregorio F, Trajkovic J, Roperti C, Marcantoni E, Di Luzio P, Avenanti A, Thut G Romei V. Tuning alpha rhythms to shape conscious visual perception. Submitted.

  3. Di Luzio P, Tarasi L, Silvanto J, Avenanti A, Romei V. Driving associative plasticity in reentrant visual networks dissociate subjective vs. objective components of perceptual decision-making. Submitted.

  4. Tarasi L, Trajkovic J, Ursino M, Diciotti S, Di Pellegrino G, Romei V. Predictive waves in autism and schizophrenia: a continuum hypothesis. Submitted.

  5. Tarasi L, Magosso E, Ricci G, Ursino M, Romei V. The directionality of fronto-posterior brain connectivity is associated with the degree of individual autistic traits. Submitted. 

 

 

Articoli in preparazione:

4. Borgomaneri S, Zanon M, Di Luzio P, Tamietto M, Romei V, Avenanti A. Empowering temporo-occipital back-projections boosts visual perception of emotions. In Preparation.

5. Di Luzio P, Borgomaneri S, Romei V, Avenanti A. “SHE’S GOT THE LOOK”. Selective gaze-cueing modulation for female cues through temporo-occipital network stimulation. In Preparation.

 

Talks:

I am routinely invited to conferences, workshops, and Departmental Seminars. Selected invited talks:

1. Invited talk at seminar on 17th December entitled “Enhancing brain connectivity and testing its functional significance through manipulation of Hebbian-like plasticity of targeted networks” at the CINET (Center for Information and Neural Networks), Osaka University, Japan.

2. Invited talk at 7th international conference on non-invasive brain stimulation at Baden-Baden, Germany (24-26 march 2020) in the symposium: “Enhancing functional resolution and specificity of NIBS: Information-based approaches to brain stimulation”. Title of the talk: Enhancing brain connectivity and testing its functional significance through manipulation of Hebbian-like plasticity of targeted networks.

3. Invited talk at seminar hosted by Prof. Morrone at University of Pisa on 24 Jan 2020 entitled: "Strengthening functional connectivity of posterior brain networks to enhance perceptual decision-making processes".

4. Invited talk at workshop on kick off ERC meeting in Matera 4-6 nov 2019, by Prof Burr. How do we become aware of what (we think) we see? Oscillatory correlates of Subjective Confidence and Objective Accuracy.

5. Invited talk at seminar hosted by Patrik Villeumieur in Geneva on 12 Nov 2019. How do we become aware of what (we think) we see? Oscillatory correlates of Subjective Confidence and Objective Accuracy.

6. Invited talk at Universidad de la Laguna, Spain, July 2019. Hosted by Prof. David Beltrand. How do we become aware of what (we think) we see? Oscillatory correlates of Subjective Confidence and Objective Accuracy.

7. Invited talk at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain, 26 July 2018. Hosted by Prof. Salvador Soto-Faraco: Strengthening functional connectivity using transcranial magnetic stimulation.

8. Invited talk at symposium: Rhythms for perception: how neural oscillations determine our perceptual interpretation. ECVP 2018. 26-30 August, Trieste, Italy.

9. Invited talk at Workshop: Shaping brain waves: an information-based approach. University of Cambridge, Uk 18-19 Jan 2018.

10. Invited talk at symposium: Shaping Brain waves: an information-based approach. Neurospin, Paris, France, 11 Sept 2017.

11. Shaping Brain waves: an information-based approach. Invited Speaker at University of Tubinghen, Germany 12 June 2017.

12. Shaping brain waves: an information-based approach. Invited Speaker at Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière – ICM CNRS UMR 7225 – INSERM, Paris, France, April 28th 2017.

13. Invited talk for the symposium: “Driving the brain to understand cognition” at CNS, in San Francisco 25-28 March 2017: “Shaping brain waves: an information-based approach”.

14. Invited talk at conference: The speed of parietal theta frequency drives visuospatial working memory capacity. 6th international Conference on Transcranial Brain Stimulation. 7-10 Sept 2016 Gottingen, Germany.

15. New vistas in Neuromodulation: shaping brain oscillations and connectivity in the human brain. Invited talk at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. 10 June 2016.

16. New vistas in Neuromodulation: beyond a causal approach in the study of brain oscillations and connectivity. Invited talk at the University of Trento. Rovereto, 30 Oct 2015.

17. Invited talk for the symposium: “Brain stimulation investigations of cognition” at BACN2015 in Essex, September 10-11 2015: “Induction of cortico-cortical Hebbian-like plasticity in the human visual system boosts visual awareness”

18. Causal mapping of brain functions: from brain oscillations to brain connectivity. Invited talk at the University of East Anglia. June 3rd 2015.

19. Crossmodal illusory perception depends on individual differences in alpha frequency peak. Invited talk at the EPS Jon Driver Workshop. 7 Jan 2015.

20. Invited talk for best poster prize at Magstim Neuroscience Conference, Oxford, May 10-11 2014. “Empowering feedback projections from V5 to V1 boosts sensitivity for motion”.

21. Assessing the functional impact of brain connectivity and brain oscillations using novel methodologies in Neurostimulation. Invited talk at the Symposium on Attention and perception at BACN, 11-12 Sept 2014, York.

22. Invited talk at symposium entitled “Demystifying the Contribution of Attentional Control Mechanisms to Multisensory Processing” at the IMRF 2014 conference, June 11-14, Amsterdam.

23. Novel methodologies in Neurostimulation. Invited talk at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain, 23rd May 2014. Hosted by Prof. Salvador Soto-Faraco.

24. New insights on the functional role of alpha oscillations in (multi)sensory processing. Invited talk at City University London, Department of Psychology, London. 5th Feb 2014. Hosted by Dr. Elliot Freeman.

25. The functional role of brain oscillations in sensory and multisensory processing. Invited talk at Aston Brain Centre, School of Psychology, Birmingham. 29th Jan 2014. Hosted by Prof. Klauss Kessler.

26. The causal role of alpha oscillations in (multi)sensory selection. Invited talk for the Symposium in the honour of Walfgang Klimesch. University of Salzburg, Austria. 19 and 20 September 2013.

27. Assessing the causal role of oscillatory brain activity in perception, cognition and action by combining TMS and EEG. Invited talk for the Symposium at Aalto University Finland: 17 May 2013. Hosted by Dr. Juha Silvanto.

28. Driving brain oscillations to understand behavior: a causal mapping approach. Invited talk at CiMeC, Universita’ degli studi di Trento, Rovereto Italy. 22 June 2012. Hosted by Prof. Nathan Weisz.

29. Crossmodal auditory interactions in early visual areas: as early as an alpha wave. Invited talk at Consolider CognNeuro Seminar Series at Universitat de Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. 25 May 2012. Hosted by Prof. Salvador Soto-Faraco.

30. New perspectives in neuromodulation: from crossmodal interactions to brain entrainment. Presented at the symposium entitled “Entrainment of brain oscillations: How rhythmic stimulation affects behaviour”. BACN2012, Newcastle, UK. 11-13 April 2012.

31. On entrainment of occipito-parietal brain rhythms and modulation of perception by rhythmic transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) presented at the symposium entitled: Entraining the Brain? Effects of rhythmic brain stimulation protocols on oscillatory brain activity and behaviour”. ICON XI, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. September 2011.

32. Entraining the Brain? Effects of rhythmic TMS bursts on EEG oscillatory brain activity and behaviour”. Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, London, UK. September 2011.

33. Looming sounds selectively and pre-consciously enhance visual cortex excitability. 3rd International Conference on Transcranial Magnetic and Direct Current Stimulation. October 1st-4th 2008, Göttingen, Germany.

34. Visual awareness without visual stimulus presentation: An EEG-TMS study on the electrophysiological predictors of conscious phosphene perception after single pulse TMS. Organization for Human Brain Mapping. Florence, 2006.

Selected (First and Senior author) Conference Proceedings

1. Traikovic J, Di Gregorio F, Roperti C, Romei V. Prestimulus alpha frequency predicts the latency of visual-evoked P1 component. Baden Baden March 2020.

2. Traikovic J, Di Luzio P, Roperti C, Marcantoni E, Di Gregorio F, Romei V. Tuning alpha rhythms to shape conscious visual perception.

3. Romei V, Cooper N, Sauseng P, Wolinski N. Individual differences in Parietal Theta Frequency Drives Spatial Working Memory Capacity. Gottingen Sept 2016.

4. Romei V, Chiappini E, Soriano M, Hibbard P, Avenanti A. Asymmetric interhemispheric connectivity between V5 areas drives asymmetric perception of motion: a ccPAS study. Gottingen Sept 2016.

5. Rigato S, Rieger G, Romei V. Pupil dilation: a novel ecological measure for multisensory integration? A preliminary report. IMRF, Pisa, June 13-16 2015.

6. Romei V. Induction of cortico-cortical Hebbian-like plasticity in the human visual system boosts visual awareness BACN 2015. Essex, (UK), September.

7. Wolinski N, Cooper N, Romei V. Modulation of individual oscillatory frequency-peak by off-peak entrainment. BACN 2014. York, (UK), September.

8. Berntsen M, Cooper N, Romei V. Modulating the parietal node of the human mirror neuron system. BACN 2014. York, (UK), September.

9. Berntsen M, Cooper N, Romei V. Point-light motion cues of mental states on the human mu rhythm. BACN2013, Nottingham, (UK), April.

10. Chiappini E, Avenanti A, Hibbard P and Romei V. “Empowering feedback projections from V5 to V1 boosts sensitivity for motion”. Magstim Neuroscience Conference, Oxford, May 10-11 2014.

11. Romei V. Individual alpha peak frequency predicts and drives the temporal profile of the sound-induced double-flash illusion. IMRF 2014, 11-14 june, Amsterdam.

12. Romei V, Thut G, Sutherland CA. Hearing brighter: Changing in-depth visual perception through looming sounds. IMRF 2014, 11-14 june, Amsterdam.

13. Cecere R, de Haas B, Cullen H, Driver J and Romei V. Detection performance for short visual stimuli depends on the duration of co-occuring auditory stimuli. IMRF 2012. Oxford, UK. June 19-22, 2012.

14. Romei V, Bauer M, Bestmann S, Brooks J, Economides M, Penny W, Thut G and Driver J. Rhythmic TMS entrains the natural oscillatory activity of the cortico-spinal motor circuit at individual beta but not surrounding motor frequencies. FENS 2012 Barcelona, Spain. 14-18 July.

15. Romei V. Effects of entrainment by rhythmic TMS on ongoing oscillatory activity. EEG and behavioural consequences for spatial attention, featural attention and motor control. BACN2012, Newcastle (UK), April 11-13, 2012.

16. Romei V and Thut G. On entrainment of occipito-parietal brain rhythms, and modulation of perception by rhythmic transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). ICON XI, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. September 2011.

17. Romei V, Schyns P, Driver J and Thut G. Causal implication of distinct brain rhythms in decoding of local versus global image content. UCL Neuroscience Symposium, London (UK), April 29 2010.

18. Romei V, Gross J and Thut G. Occipital alpha phase is reset by sound and cycles with TMS-probed neural excitability 16th Annual Meeting, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, June 6 -10, 2010 Barcelona, Spain. Selected as conference highlight.

19. Thut G, Schyns P, Driver J and Romei V. Causal implication of distinct brain rhythms in decoding of local versus global image content. Organization for Human Brain Mapping, June 6 -10, 2010 Barcelona, Spain.

20. Romei V, Murray MM, Cappe C and Thut G. Selective enhancement of visual cortex excitability by looming sounds. 15th Annual Meeting, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, June 18 - 23, 2009 San Francisco, CA, USA.

21. Thut G and Romei V. Spatially and frequency specific biasing of visual detection through rhythmic TMS over occipito-parietal sites: Preliminary evidence for a causal role of posterior alpha-oscillations in sensory selection. 15th Annual Meeting, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, June 18 - 23, 2009 San Francisco, CA, USA. Invited Oral Presentation - selected as conference highlight.

22. Romei V, Murray MM and Thut G. Looming sounds selectively and pre-consciously enhance visual cortex excitability. 3rd International Conference on Transcranial Magnetic and Direct Current Stimulation. October 1st-4th 2008, Göttingen, Germany. Abstract Special Issue of Brain Stimulation, 1(3), July 2008, 247.

23. Romei V, Murray MM and Thut G. Looming sounds selectively enhance visual excitability. 9th International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF) July 16-19 2008, Hamburg, Germany.

24. Romei V, Murray MM and Thut G. Timing of auditory-visual convergence in early visual cortex. Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting (ABIM) January 14-18, 2007 Champéry, Switzerland.

25. Thut G, Rihs T, Brodbeck V, Michel CM, Pascual-Leone A and Romei V. Resting alpha-band power over parieto-occipital sites reflects baseline visual cortex excitability. Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting (ABIM) January 14-18, 2007 Champéry, Switzerland.

26. Romei V, Murray MM and Thut G. Occipital TMS Has Opposing Effects on Visual and Auditory Peripheral Stimuli: Implications for Multisensory Interactions. CNS Annual meeting 5-8 May 2007. New York (USA).

27. Romei V, De Gennaro L, Fratello F, Curcio G, Ferrara M, Pascual-Leone A, Bertini M. Alexythymia and interhemispheric transfer deficit: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Congresso Emozioni Padova (Italy), 19 November 2007.

28. Romei V, Murray MM, Thut G. Evidence for early changes in visual cortex excitability by auditory stimulation: a single-pulse TMS study on the mechanisms of multisensory interactions. Annual Meeting of the Swiss society for Neuroscience, Berne, March 9-10th, 2007.

29. Romei V, Brodbeck V, Michel C, Landis T, Amedi A, Pascual-Leone A, and Thut G. Visual awareness without visual stimulus presentation: An EEG-TMS study on the electrophysiological predictors of conscious phosphene perception after single pulse TMS. Organization for Human Brain Mapping. Florence, 2006.

30. Romei V, Brodbeck V, Michel C, Landis T, Amedi A, Pascual-Leone A, and Thut G. Visual awareness without visual input: neural correlates and electrophysiological predictors of conscious phosphene perception studied with online TMS-EEG and TMS-fMRI combinations. 5th forum of European neuroscience (FENS), july 8-12 2006 Vienna, Austria.

31. Romei V, Thut G, Ramos-Estebanez C and Pascual-Leone A. Role of the primary motor cortex in intermanual transfer of motor skills: a Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) study. Organization for Human Brain Mapping. Florence, 2006.

32. Romei V, Thut G, Ramos-Estebanez C and Pascual-Leone A. Role of the primary motor cortex in intermanual transfer of motor skills: a Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) study. Annual Meeting of the Swiss society for Neuroscience, January 28th 2006, Basel.

33. Romei V, Brodbeck V, Michel C, Landis T, Amedi A, Pascual-Leone A, Thut G. Spontaneous EEG activity in the alpha frequency band predicts whether upcoming visual events are consciously perceived: an EEG-TMS study on the electrophysiological correlates of visual awareness. Annual Meeting of the Swiss society for Neuroscience, January 28th 2006, Basel.

34. Romei V, Bertini M, Fratello F, Curcio G, Ferrara M, Astone V, and De Gennaro L (2005). Direct demonstration of an interhemispheric transfer deficit in alexithymia: a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) study. International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE) Conference. Bari (Italy) 11-15 July 2005.

Symposium Organisation

· Organizer of the Symposium entitled: Neural oscillations in perceptual and attentional sampling. OHBM 2019. 9-13 June 2019, Rome, Italy.

· Chair of the symposium entitled: From early development of low-level sensory integration to the emergence of language: a multisensory account. IMRF2015 13-16 June 2015, Pisa, Italy

· Chair of the Symposium entitled: "Entrainment of brain oscillations: How rhythmic stimulation affects behaviour” BACN2012 11-13 April 2012, Newcastle, UK

· Chair of the Symposium entitled: "Entraining the Brain? Effects of rhythmic brain stimulation protocols on oscillatory brain activity and behaviour" ICON XI, 25-29 September 2011, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

Teaching activities

· 2018-Present: Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience

· 2018-Present: Master course module: Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

· 2017-Present: Undergraduate third year module: Self-awareness and consciousness

· 2017-present: Master course module: Current topics in Cognitive Neuroscience

· 2017: Visiting Professor at SISSA, Trieste, Italy, 3 - 7 april 2017. Master and PhD students lectures and practical sessions on: “Noninvasive Transcranial Brain Stimulation (NTBS)”.

· 2016-2017: Third Year module: “Consciousness and the bodily self”. Lectures and practical sessions on techniques for the study of Consciousness.

· 2016-2017: Third Year Module: “Beyond Brain and Behaviour”. Lectures on Crossmodal and Multisensory integration.

· 2015-2017: Master Course module: “Special Topics in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology” covering material on the research activity of the lecturer.

· 2014: Proficio. Teaching activities in the advanced course for postgraduate students in EEG, Neurostimulation and their online combination.

· 2014-2017: Second Year module on “Brain & Behavior”; Lectures on Neurons and Neurotransmitters.

· 2013: First year module “Discovering Psychology”: Lectures on Genetics and evolutionary Psychology; The Central Nervous system; Emotion and Motivation.

· 2013-2017: Master Course module entitled: “Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience”. Lectures and practical demonstration on Noninvasive Brain Stimulation techniques.

· 2008: “TMS course”; postgraduate practical demonstrations: Department of Psychology, University of Glasgow

· 2007: Lectures in the “Doctorat en Neurosciences, Cognitive Neuroscience: Techniques d'investigation des fonctions cérébrales” (Course in Cognitive Neuroscience) for master and PhD students University of Geneva

· 2006: Lectures in the “Intensive course on human neuroimaging and psychophysics: methods, experimental design, and analyses” for master and PhD students. Neuropsychology Division & Radiology Service, CHUV, Lausanne

Current Research Supervision

Students’ supervision:

· 2018- Present: Paolo Di Luzio (PhD Supervisor, curriculum: International Joint PhD Programme in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Bologna)

· 2019-present: Jelena Trajkovich (PhD Supervisor, curriculum: International Joint PhD Programme in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Bologna)

· 2020-present: Luca Tarasi (PhD Supervisor, curriculum: Health and Technology, University of Bologna)

· 2020-Present: Joachin Macedo Pascual (Research Assistant, University of Bologna)

· 2021-Present: Giulia Ellena (Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Bologna)

Past Research Supervision

· 2015-2020 Ben Fenner (PhD External supervisor; previously primary co-supervisor) Now Psychology Tutor at Essex Pathways Department.

· 2015-2018 Jordi Asher (PhD External supervisor; previously primary co-supervisor) Now post doc at University of Essex

· 2016-2019 Achilleas Pavlou (2016) (PhD External Secondary supervisor). Now post doc at University of Essex

· 2016-2019 primary supervisor for the PhD programme of Jason Cooke. Now Research Assistant at the University of Essex.

· 2015-2018 External supervision of PhD programme for Diana Tonin, PhD, Now Research Assistant at Ofqual.

· 2014-2017 Supervision of PhD programme for Nina Wolinski, PhD. For her contribution to my research program see publication list for 2018.

· 2012: Roberto Cecere: third year of his joint Bologna-ICN PhD program. For his contribution to my research program see publication list for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

· 2013 April-June: Dr. Roberto Cecere: Visiting Fellow at the University of Essex. Now Data Analytics Team Leader at Quotient Limited.

· 2013-2014 and 2016-2017: Emilio Chiappini, Visiting Fellow at the University of Essex. For his contribution to my Research program see the section on Awards, Conferences and publication list. Now Postdoctoral student at the University of Vienna.

· Jan 2015 –July 2015: Marco Soriano, Visiting Fellow at the University of Essex. Now PhD student at the University of Torino under the supervision of Prof. Cristina Becchio.

· Feb 2016-July 2016: Martina Berto, Visiting Fellow at the University of Essex, now PhD student at the University of Lucca.

Ruoli Accademici

· 2019-present: Member of the academic board of the PhD programme in Health and Technologies, University of Bologna.

· 2014-2016: Year 3 Tutor at the University of Essex, Department of Psychology.

· 2014-2017: Coordinator of the Final Undergraduate Research Project.

· 2013: Member of the REF 2014 Committee: The Department of Psychology at Essex has ranked 8th in the national evaluation for Research output.

· 2013-2017: Member of the Research Strategy Committee, Department of Psychology, University of Essex.

· 2013-2017: Organiser of the Departmental Research Seminars, Department of Psychology, University of Essex.

Further Academic activities

· 2014-2017 Member of the ANR (Agence National De La Recherche, France) panel for the selection process of national grant proposals

· 2014-2018: External Examiner for the MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sussex.

· 2013: Member of the Faculty Academic Panel representative for a periodic Review of PGR in the School of Biological Science, University of Essex.

· Since 2012: Regularly serves as Internal and External Examiner for PhD and MRes viva in Italy, UK and Europe.