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).