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Art & Neuroscience Fellowship Opportunities
at the Italian Academy

For details about neuroscience events at the Academy, please go to the
Art & Neuroscience Project page; see here below for details about ongoing study through Fellowships at the Academy.

Each year, the Academy sponsors a Fellowship in Art & Neuroscience, and we are proud to have become known as the leading academic institution for the advanced study of this rich interdisciplinary field.

The Art & Neuroscience Project at the Italian Academy is dedicated to the understanding of the possibilities offered by the cognitive neuroses, broadly conceived, for the understanding of the arts and letters. The aim of the project is to establish a firm basis for interdisciplinary work in this area. Fellows are given every opportunity to organize joint projects and whatever seminars and conferences may be necessary to further development of the relations between the neurosciences and the arts. Applications from neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists, and scholars of the humanities with an interest in the neurosciences or neurophilosophy are encouraged, as well as from other relevant fields.

The following scholars in the field have been in residence at the Academy:

2006–7: Luigi Mazzone (the Bodini Research Fellow; the influence of risperidone on emotional stimuli processing in individuals with autism), Domenica Crupi (motor responses and imitation), and Daniela Puzzo (Alzheimer's).
2007–8: Rosalia Crupi (the Bodini Research Fellow; whether antidepressant effects TMS are mediated by stem cells) and Anna Ipata (the neurophysiology of vision and emotion).
2008–9: Antonio Mantovani (the Bodini Research Fellow; TMS for severe Tourette's) and Ferdinando Fiumara (the perpetuation of memory storage; long-term maintenance of synaptic plasticity and behavior).
2009–10: Tiziano Colibazzi (the Bodini Research Fellow; longitudinal imaging of adolescents at risk for schizophrenia), Chiara Cappelletto (theatre, simulation, and mirror neurons), and Franco Pestilli (neuroimaging of reward processing and decision-making).
2010–11: Laura Bevilacqua (the Bodini Research Fellow; genomics of suicidal behavior) and Valeria Giardino (visual routines for manipulating diagrams).
2011–12: Francesca Zanderigo (the Bodini Research Fellow; combined analysis of multimodal brain imaging data for the study and prevention of major depressive disorders in high risk offspring), Maria Brincker (the social affordance model: a sensorimotor view of intentional action and aesthetic involvement), and Alessandro Pignocchi (the viewer as simulated artist).
2012–13: Luca Colnaghi (the Bodini Research Fellow; how pre-exposure to nicotine and other drugs affect the systemic response to cocaine); Joerg Fingerhut (pictorial presence as a function of conflicting information-processing in two visual subsystems); and Guillermo Horga (detecting auditory verbal hallucinations in schizophrenia with multivariate pattern analysis of fMRI).
2013–14: Bettina Drisaldi (the Bodini Research Fellow; the consequences of prenatal nicotine exposure on nicotine and cocaine addiction during adolescence); Bruss Lima (a novel anticipatory task-related brain imaging signal); and Mattia Rigotti (brain representations of mental states: the neuronal integration of emotion and cognition).