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Alberto Zani

Alberto Zani

Alberto Zani,
Senior Researcher,
Institute of Molecular Bio-imaging and Physiology,



Alberto Zani, born in Rome in 1955, graduated in Experimental Psychology in 1979 with a thesis on “Brain Chemical Neurotransmitters and Behaviour”. He then specialized in Cognitive Psychophysiology from 1980-1982 at the Institute of Physiology of University of Leiden, The Netherlands. He worked as researcher at the Institute of Psychology, and the Institute of Neuroscience and Bioimaging (now renamed in Institute of Molecular Bioimaging and Physiology), of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), where he carries out a Research Program in Cognitive Neuroscience as the director of the Electro-Functional Brain Imaging unit. He taught for many years, as Adjunct Professor, Physiological Psychology, Anatomical and Physiological Foundations of Mind, Neuroanatomy, Cognitive Psychology, and Perception, in several Italian Universities. In 2001, he was enrolled in the Ministry of University national list of Psychobiology and Psychophysiology Associate Professors. He authored four books, among which “Theories of the Brain. From Eighteenth Century Up Today” (in Italian), and “The Cognitive Electrophysiology of Mind and Brain (in English)”, as well as almost 100 peer-reviewed articles in International Science Journals. His general specialization areas are Cognitive Psychophysiology and Cognitive Neuroscience. His specific specialization areas are Visual attention, Language, and Emotions.


Research Interest

  • Cognitive Psychophysiology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Visual attention
  • Language
  • Emotions