PhD Student

PhD program:: XXXV
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supervisor: Prof. Matteo Candidi, Prof. Beatriz Calvo-Merino
joint PhD: Joint-PhD Sapienza-City University

Research: The embodiment of visual body stimuli modulates top-down cognitive control

Tommaso Currò

Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU), Psychology Department | City, University of London
Dipartimento di Psicologia, “Sapienza” Università di Roma


Joint Ph.D. Student in Psychology and Social Neuroscience 01/2020 – Present
City, University of London and Sapienza, Rome.
The research focuses on the modulation of top-down inhibitory processes of cognitive control perceiving body-related stimuli following embodied and grounded theories of cognition. Using behavioural and electrophysiological data (EEG). 3-year scholarship by City and Sapienza.

Master of Science – Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology 09/2016 – 07/2018
University of Florence, Italy; Full marks: 110/110 cum Laude
Experimental thesis on the role of awareness on top-down cognitive control

Master course in Learning and Teaching Assessment 10/2020 – 02/2021
City, University of London; Pass with merit.

Associate Fellow (AFHEA) - UK Professional Standard framework for teaching 05/21 - Present


- Gavazzi, G., Giovannelli, F., Currò, T., Mascalchi, M., & Viggiano, M. P. (2020). Contiguity of proactive and reactive inhibitory brain areas: a cognitive model based on ALE meta-analyses. Brain Imaging and Behavior.
- Corradi, G., Belman, M., Currò, T., Chuquichambi, E. G., Rey, C., & Nadal, M. (2019). Aesthetic sensitivity to curvature in real objects and abstract designs. Acta Psychologica, 197, 124–130.

Poster presentations
- Currò, T., Candidi, M., Calvo-Merino, B., “Embodied visual stimuli modulate the inhibition response in executive function: a Bayesian analysis on top-down and bottom-up modulations.” Poster presented at “Bayesian statistical analyses for the human, social and cognitive sciences, May-June 2021, Online
- Belman, M., Corradi, G., Currò, T., Nadal, M., Rosselló, J. & Munar, E. "Individual differences in preference for curvature". Poster presented at "ESCoP 2017", "ECVP 2017" and "IAEA 2016.
- Currò T., Gea, J., Tortella-Feliu, M. & Montoya P. "Increased heart rate variability in positively related to dispositional mindfulness". Poster presented at "SEPNECA 2016”.


Graduate Research Assistant 09/2019 - 01/2020
Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths University of London, UK
Conducted a literature review and analysed data on the effect of suggestions on perception.

Graduate Research Assistant 02/2019 - 09/2019
Department of NEUROFARBA, University of Florence, Italy
Designed experiments and analysed data on proactive and reactive components of inhibitory control. Collected data using EEG. Produced a meta-analysis on the neural representation of cognitive control. Administered neuropsychological tests for a clinical study.

Internships - Erasmus Student
University of Amsterdam, 6 months, The Netherlands, 09/2017 – 02/2018
Designed experiment and analysed data about the role of awareness on cognitive control.
University of Balearic Islands, 10 months, Spain, 09/2015 – 06/2016
Collaborated with two research groups designing experiments, collecting and analysing data regarding the effect of mindfulness on heart-rate variability using ECG and the role of stimulus features on the aesthetic appreciation.


Graduate Teaching Assistant 03/2020 – Present
City, University of London
2020: Psychometric lab; Research design and analysis. 2 hours fortnightly, workshop sessions, 15 students per seminar.
2021: Research design and analysis; SPSS lab. 3 hours fortnightly, workshop session, 15 students per seminar.
Responsible for marking the final assignment of each course. Very positive feedback from lecturers regarding my ability to engage with the students, being supportive and provide constructive feedback.

External Consultant – Teaching 03/2021 – 05/2021
Associazione Rondine Cittadella della Pace, Arezzo, Italy
Teaching elements of psychology and neuroscience, the association gathers international university students from countries at war and provide university level education.

- Programming: Matlab (intermediate), Online testing (Testable) (intermediate)
- Data analysis: SPSS, Jasp (intermediate), Bayesian (novice)
- Image manipulation: GIMP, Photoshop (novice)
- General IT skills: Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) (advanced)
- Techniques: EEG, ECG (intermediate)
- Administrative: organising weekly online meetings of the research group (Zoom, Teams)
- Logical and critical thinking (Futurelearn, LinkedIn), Scientific writing (Coursera, LinkedIn), - Experimental design, Project management, Presentation and Public speaking (LinkedIn, City courses).

Italian Native; English Full Professional Proficiency C1; Spanish Full Professional Proficiency C1

Research products

  • 11573/1436667 - 2021 - Contiguity of proactive and reactive inhibitory brain areas: a cognitive model based on ALE meta-analyses (01g Articolo di rassegna (Review))
    Tommaso Currò, Maria Pia Viggiano
  • 11573/1417422 - 2019 - Aesthetic sensitivity to curvature in real objects and abstract designs (01a Articolo in rivista)
    Tommaso Currò

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