Ambra Ferrari

Ambra Ferrari

School of Psychology
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ambra is currently undertaking her PhD in the Computational Cognitive Neuroimaging Group (Supervisor: Professor Uta Noppeney). Her doctoral research focuses on the interplay between multisensory perception and attention both in healthy control subjects and in clinical populations with perceptual and attentional deficits (e.g. hemianopia and neglect patients).

She is developing psychophysics and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) studies to assess her questions both at the behavioural and neural level.


  • BSc Cognitive Psychology, University of Trento (Italy)
  • MSc Psychology (Curriculum Neuroscience), University of Trento (Italy)


After the high school degree in Sciences, Ambra studied Cognitive Psychology, Neuropsychology and Neuroscience at the University of Trento, where she graduated with first class honours developing an original fMRI study on cross-modal cerebral plasticity in relation to sensory deprivation (deafness). Then she spent one year as trainee psychologist. During the first semester she worked inside the neuro-rehabilitation unit of a hospital (G.B. Rossi Hospital, Verona, Italy), where she was trained to do the neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation of adult patients with neurological disorders; she was also involved in the activities of an Alzheimer's Nucleus (therapeutic gardening, cognitive stimulation, neuropsychological assessment). During the second semester she moved to another hospital (Nuovo Ospedale Civile S. Agostino Estense, Modena, Italy), where she learned to do the pre-surgical mapping of motor and linguistic brain areas and she increased her knowledge and skills in performing MRI experiments (characterize the neural bases of cognitive and affective functions both in healthy subjects and patients with neurodegenerative diseases and post-stroke outcomes).

Doctoral research

PhD title
Multisensory decision making


Research interests

Multisensory integration, Cross-modal plasticity, psychophysics, MRI