Valerio Villani


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    Personal profile

    Educational background

    I completed both my BSc and MSc at the University of Padua, where I specialised in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology under the supervision of Prof. Antonino Vallesi and Prof. Ettore Ambrosini.

    I continued my training between Brescia and Rome, where I gained experience in non-invasive brain stimulation and physiological/pathological ageing. Accordingly, I joined Prof. Carlo Miniussi's laboratory at the IRCCS "The Saint John of God Clinical Research Centre" and attended a postgraduate course in Psychogeriatrics at "La Sapienza" University of Rome.

    At the end of 2017 I joined the Lab of Action and Body headed by Prof. Manos Tsakiris. Here, I have been investigating interoception with behavioural, physiological (ECG, BP, and Pupillometry), and non-invasive stimulation (auricular vagus nerve stimulation) techniques. 

    Research interests

    My current research interest lies in the field of interoception and embodied cognition. In particular, I am interested in understanding how interoception impacts on the expression of implicit race bias. To this aim, I use a combination of functional imaging and computational tools in my PhD project.

    I am also interested in executive functioning and aging, as well as the use of different methods to explore cognition (e.g., TMS -EEG coregistration).


    I teach statistics workshops at RHUL, as part of the course in Psychological Research Methods and Analysis (PS2010).

    Education/Academic qualification

    Psychogeriatrics, Postgraduate course, University of Rome La Sapienza

    Feb 2017Mar 2018

    Cognitive neuroscience and clinical neuropsychology, Master of Science, Department of Neuroscience, University of Padua, Padua, Italy; Department of General Psychology, University of Padua, Padua, Italy.

    Dec 2012Apr 2016

    Psychology of personality and interpersonal relationships, Bachelor of Science, University of Padua

    Oct 2009Dec 2012


    • Affective neuroscience
    • Interoception
    • fMRI
    • EEG
    • Social cognition
    • Social categorisation
    • Prejudice
    • Racism
    • Experimental psychology
    • Implicit behavioural measures
    • Computational modelling
    • Physiology
    • ECG
    • Skin conductance
    • Blood pressure
    • Programming
    • R
    • Matlab
    • Python


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