Sara Calzolari, MSc
I did my BSc in Cognitive Psychology and Psychobiology, and MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Padova, Italy. I joined the Erasmus+Traineeship program and spent six months working in Dr Damian Cruse’s lab. There, I carried out a project aimed at looking for EEG markers of semantic embodiment to be used as prognostic tool for acute comatose patients, and assisted in a work on the EEG signal improvement for the motor imagery paradigm. I have now obtained a BBSRC MIBTP PhD studentship, supervised by Dr Davinia Fernández-Espejo and Dr Andrew P. Bagshaw. As a PhD student, I intend to investigate the functional architecture of consciousness by means of fMRI, pupillometry and neurostimulation. I will focus on looking at the anticorrelated pattern of DMN and attentional network during internal and external awareness processes, and investigating the influence of the thalamus in such behavioural and neural dynamics.