Ritratto di matteo.candidi@uniroma1.it

Comunicazioni / Communications

 

2021-2022

Social Neuroscience

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2021-2022

Experimental Methods in Social Neuroscience

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Theses and interships

Theses/internships are available on the following topics/techniques:

  1. Behavioral, physiological and neural bases of interpersonal motor interactions (motion kinematics, EEG, brain stimulation);
  2. Interpersonal body and space representations (EEG, brain stimulation);
  3. Role of motor functions for perception and higher-order cognitive/affective functions;
  4. Social neuropsychology.

Who: undergraduate students in Psychology/Neuroscience.

Where: Department of Psychology, IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia, Rome.

Time frame: at least 9 months.

Note: no option for "remote" work currently, unless we are forced by law restrictions.

 

Insegnamento Codice Anno Corso - Frequentare Bacheca
NEUROSCIENZE SOCIALI 1036138 2022/2023
EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE 1055041 2022/2023
EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE 1055041 2021/2022
NEUROSCIENZE SOCIALI 1036138 2021/2022
FURTHER LEARNING WORK AND TRAINING AAF1739 2020/2021
EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE 1055041 2020/2021
NEUROSCIENZE SOCIALI 1036138 2020/2021
EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE 1055041 2019/2020
NEUROSCIENZE SOCIALI 1036138 2019/2020
EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE 1055041 2018/2019
PSYCHOBIOLOGY OF TYPICAL AND ATYPICAL DEVELOPMENT 1055051 2018/2019
NEUROSCIENZE SOCIALI 1036138 2017/2018
NEUROSCIENZE DELLE ORGANIZZAZIONI 1044999 2017/2018
EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE 1055041 2017/2018
PSYCHOBIOLOGY OF ATYPICAL DEVELOPMENT 1045033 2016/2017
COGNITIVE NEUROIMAGING 1045031 2016/2017

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General information
Full Name Matteo Candidi
Date of Birth July 2nd, 1978
Place of Birth Boulder (Colorado), USA
Citizenship Italian, USA
Permanent Address Via Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi n.3, 00152, Rome, RM, Italy
Mobile Phone Number +39 335 8429990
E-mail matteo.candidi@uniroma1.it
ID (Codice Fiscale) CNDMTT78L02Z404R
Spoken Languages Italian, English
Web http://w3.uniroma1.it/scnl/index.php/matteo-candidi/

I am Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome. Since 2005 I am affiliated with the Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab headed by Prof. Aglioti at the Department of Psychology and the Social Neuroscience Lab at the research-oriented hospital IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation of Rome, where I coordinate research using brain stimulation, EEG and human kinematics methods. I have been member of the Sapienza Psychology and Social Neuroscience PhD board (curriculum Cognitive Social and Affective Neuroscience) since 2011 at the Department of Psychology. Since 2019 I am the coordinator of the Psychology and Social Neuroscience PhD programme. Since 2011 I held the courses in the field of of Neuropsychology, Psychobiology of atypical development, Experimental methods in Social Neuroscience at Master Degree level at the Department of Psychology, Sapienza University. In 2018 I received the National scientific qualification (ASN) as Full Professor (11/E1, SSD M-PSI/02).

Professional history
2018 present: Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome
2015 - 2018: Assistant Professor (RTD-B), Dept. of Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome
2014 - 2015: Research Fellow, Dept. of Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome
2011 - 2014: Assistant Professor (RTD-A), Dept. of Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome
2009 - 2011: Research Fellow, Dept. of Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome

Education:
2008: European PhD degree in Cognitive Plasticity and Rehabilitation , Dep. of Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome, score Excellent.
2005: Master degree in Psychology, score 110/110 cum laude, Dep. of Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome.
2000: Studies and exams at the Faculty of Physics.
1998: High School Diploma, score 56/60.

Research interests:
My research interests fall within the broad field of cognitive, affective and social neuroscience. My work focuses on the neural correlates of body and action visual and motor representations, predictive action simulation, embodied emotions, conscious vision, neuroaesthetics, motor error detection, interpersonal motor coordination, joint-actions, and the way these functions are shaped by psychological traits/states and culture. By adopting an embodied cognition perspective I focused my research on how low-level perceptual and sensorimotor skills shape higher-order perceptuo-cognitive functions and, vice-versa, what are the neurophysiological effects of higher-order cognition on lower-level perceptual and sensorimotor body representations. I study these topics mainly through non-invasive brain stimulation methods (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and transcranial Direct Current Stimulation) in healthy individuals, elite musicians and brain-damaged patients. I also use motion kinematics and EEG methods to correlate individuals interactive behavior to neural activity . My future research will focus on the perceptual, motor, affective and neurocognitive features that make our perceptual interpretation, and motor interaction with the world, intrinsically predictive. My research will shift from an areal-based approach to an inter-areal perspective in order to study the causal contribution of the anatomo-functional connectivity between distant sensorimotor brain areas for the development and control of different socio-cognitive affective and motor functions.

Main national and International research collaborations:
I have developed my research at the Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome and at the hospital IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia, Rome, in the laboratories leaded by Prof. Aglioti. My research on the neural underpinnings of body form and body action perception and on the neural correlates of emotional body language (coll. Prof Beatrice de Gelder at Tilburg University and Maastricht University, the Nederlands) was mainly carried out using brain stimulation methods (spTMS, ppTMS, event-related on-line interferential and off-line inhibitory TMS) and has shown the causal contribution of visual occipito-temporal, temporal and premotor cortices to body form, action and emotion representation (coll. Prof. Patrick Haggard, UCL, London, UK), respectively (see publication list). My research focused also on the kinematics of joint actions in emotionally realistic social environments (Prof. Beatrice de Gelder, Prof. Martin Giese) and has been performed in collaboration with Dr. Giovanni Pezzulo (ISTC, CNR, Rome) for the development of neural models describing the ways in which individuals change their kinematic behavior according to the knowledge they implicitly acquire during the interaction. Previous collaborations regarded projects on the neural correlates of linguistic action representation (Prof. Manuel Carreiras, Prof. Horacio A. Barber, University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain). I have collaborated with national colleagues especially on body and action visuo-motor neural representations (Prof. Cosimo Urgesi, University of Udine, Prof. Valentina Moro, University of Verona), predictive action coding and action perception (Prof. Cosimo Urgesi, University of Udine, Prof. Alessio Avenanti, University of Bologna), visual perception of facial and bodily emotional expressions in prosopoagnosic patients (Prof. Valentina Moro, University of Verona).

Research commitment and bibliometric impact:

Documents
61 on SCOPUS
64 on Pubmed (3 in 2022 still not migrated to SCOPUS)

Total Impact factor: 279,103
Average Impact factor: 4,4
Total Citations: >1989 (SCOPUS)
Average Citations per Product: 31,1 (Total citations / Total publications)
Hirsch (H) index: 24 (SCOPUS)
Normalized H index*: 1,5 (as for the formula below my academic seniority is 2022-2006 = 16 years; 24/16 = 1,5)

Research funding:
As PI:
2021: Sapienza University, Roma, Sapienza Medie Attrezzature ( La Stimolazione Magnetica Transcranica ripetitiva (rTMS) in un approccio multi-tecnica per lo studio e la modulazione delle basi cerebrali della percezione, cognizione, dei processi sociali, della personalita e dei disturbi psicologici. ), 71980 euros.
2018: Sapienza University, Rome, grant for the international mobility of PhD students.
2016: Ministry of Heath, Ricerca Finalizzata, Progetto Giovani Ricercatori 2016 ( Promoting the recovery of higher-order motor functions in brain damaged patients. A novel approach based on the combination of virtual reality and non-invasive brain stimulation ), 350000 euros.
2016: Sapienza University, Rome, Sapienza Ricerca ( ElectroEncephaloGraphic correlates of body and action visual perception, their functional role and modulation through non-invasive brain stimulation. ), 8000 euros + 1 year funded Post-Doc position 22800 euros
2016: Individual reseach grant (MIUR), 3.000 euro
2013: Sapienza University, Rome, Sapienza Ricerca ( Neuroscience of inter-subjectivity: from motor interactions to social impairments ), 2000 euros
2012: Sapienza University, Rome, Sapienza Ricerca ( I see it this way: personality and neural foundations of emotionally positive conscious visual perception ), 12000 euros
2011: Sapienza University, Rome, Sapienza Ricerca ( Neural and personality foundations of predictive motor interactions in healthy and damaged brains ), 5000 euros + 1 year funded Post-Doc position 22800 euros
As co-PI:
2020: Marie-Curie Global Fellowship ("InteroceptionAction - Unraveling the role of interoceptive abilities in aesthetic appreciation of movement" PI, Andrea Orlandi)
2020: BIAL Foundation Beyond your own body: extending the bodily self to the neuroaesthetics of interactions , 49.500,00 euros
2014: Bial Foundation Fellowship Programme (Portugal) ("Measuring the Self: behavioural and neural correlates of bodily awareness"), PI PhD Tidoni E, 47000 euros
As team member:
2019: Sapienza University, Rome, Sapienza Ricerca ( MicroRNA-34 as potential biomarker of coping style to stress and stress-induced cognitive performance: a translational study. ), 29.000 euros
2018: Sapienza University, Rome, Sapienza Ricerca ( SHARETRAIN : an integrated international, EU-based, network for innovative training in social cognitive and affective neuroscience ), 30.000 euros
2017: Sapienza University, Rome, Sapienza Ricerca ( To the heart of the matter: Brain-body pathways to perseverative cognition ), 15.000 euros + 1 year funded Post-Doc position 23.750 euros
2013: The Cogito Foundation ( Embodied (e)motions: brain mechanisms and their socio-cultural modulation ), PI Avenanti A
2011: Bial Foundation Fellowship Programme (Portugal) ( The Spiritual Brain: neurophysiologic investigations of Self-transcendence and Spirituality ), PI Prof Aglioti SM, 41000 euros
2010-2013: IIT SEED ( Predictive Action-perception Resonance and Mental Simulation (PARMS) ), PI Prof. Aglioti SM, 320000 euros
2010-2013: FP7 Tango ( Emotional interaction grounded in realistic context (TANGO) ), PI Prof. de Gelder, 2784999 euros
2010-2015: FP7 VERE ( Virtual Embodiment and Robotic Re-Embodiment (VERE) ), PI Prof SlaterM, 11100000 euros
2009: PRIN ( Meccanismi e basi nervose dell attenzione riflessa condivisa e sua modulabilità sociale ), PI Prof. Berlucchi, co-PI Prof. Aglioti.

Editorial activity and reviewing:
2020: Associate Editor for Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, section Brain imaging and Stimulation (https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/human-neuroscience/sections/brain-i...)
2011: Ad hoc Review Editor for Frontiers in Emotion Science
Ad-hoc reviewer for peer-reviewed ISI journals (e.g. Current Biology, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Jou...