Call for application 39th cycle

Bando ordinario (expired 22/06/2023)

Educational goals and objectives

The PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience is characterized by a high level of interdisciplinarity to train highly qualified young scholars in all the levels of interest in the neurosciences of normal and pathological behavior, starting from cellular and molecular and neurotransmitters level, to that of the neurophysiological, neuropsychological and neurocognitive bases of higher functions and of the highest levels of integration of cognitive functions. The PhDs trained in this course will have a solid theoretical and methodological preparation useful for their subsequent placement not only in academic or research institutes, but also in the field of neurorehabilitation, clinical psychology, neuropsychology and in the emerging fields of neuroimaging diagnostics and neural control of artificial prostheses.
The doctorate includes 4 curricula that differ for the methodological approach. In addition to interdisciplinary training, each curriculum offers specific training, which in the "Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology" curriculum concerns the methodological framework and experimental investigation techniques for the study of normal and pathological behavior in murine models, the biological basis of behavior, the use of drugs active on the nervous system to investigate the function of nervous structures or nuclei. In the "Neurophysiology of Behavior" curriculum it concerns the knowledge of the methods of recording nervous activity from non-human primates during the execution of cognitive tasks, the multiscale analysis of neuronal processes in decision tasks, the spatio-temporal organization of cortical efferent systems and th relative b b rain cortical dynamic, the dynamic properties of parietal and frontal cortical efferent neurons in non-human primates. The "Cognitive Neuroscience" curriculum covers experimental approaches and psychophysical and psychophysiological techniques related to the study of the complexity of human behavior in its cognitive and affective-emotional aspects, the evolution of cognitive functions over the life span, methods for the development of investigative tools experimental or clinical-diagnostic and programs for cognitive enhancement. The "Neuropsychology" curriculum covers the planning and design of experimental and clinical research in the neuropsychological field, the skills necessary for the use of behavioural, neuropsychological, psychophysiological and neuroimaging techniques for the study of human cognitive activity and the underlying brain mechanisms, the in-depth analysis of recent neurocognitive and neuropsychological models of cognitive functions.
Particular attention is paid among the curricula to the interdisciplinarity stimulated by periodic meetings between doctoral students and the solicitation of collaboration in research on topics common to the various curricula.

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Tipologia 5: Sapienza Senza borsa
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Tematiche, curriculum e competenze specifiche
Themes, curriculum and specific competence


- Indaginee sulle dinamiche neuronali delll'attenzione, della ricompensa e dell'inibizione del movimento negli esseri umani e nei primati non umani
Ente finanziatore: PNRR
Competenze richieste: Formazione in campo neurobiologico, psicologico, ingegneristico o fisico e propensione allo studio dei correlati neurali del comportamento nell'Uomo e/o modello animale anche con approcci computazionali.
- Investigating Neuronal Dynamics of Attention, Reward, and Movement Inhibition in Humans and Non-Human Primates
Founded by: PNRR
Required skills: Education in neurobiology, psychology, engineering, or physics and propensity to study the neural correlates of behavior in Humans and animal models even with computational approaches.


- sicobiologia delle dipendenze comportamentali
Ente finanziatore: PNRR
Competenze richieste: Familiarità con i principali paradigmi per la misurazione e l'analisi del comportamento nei modelli murini
- Psychobiology of behavioral addictive disorders
Founded by: PNRR
Required skills: knowledge of the main paradigms for measuring and analyzing behavior in mouse models


- Componenti mnemoniche e attentive alla base del travel planning: una prospettiva nell'arco di vita.
Ente finanziatore: PNRR
Competenze richieste: Conoscenza della lingua inglese (almeno livello intermedio B1); laurea magistrale in psicologia
- Mnemonic and attentional components underlying travel planning: a lifespan perspective
Founded by: PNRR
Required skills: English Knowledge (at least B1 intermediate level); Master's degree in Psychology

F - ENTI TERZI - non associata a curriculum

- ATENA – Autobiographical memory, time and environmental navigation: unveiling the cognitive map of our past through an integrated neuropsychological perspective
Competenze richieste: nessuna competenza specifica richiesta

Il candidato sceglierà una tematica in fase di presentazione della candidatura on line

Admission Procedure

Qualifications assessment The evaluation of the qualifications, which include the letter of motivation, university education, research experiences and any publications (including the thesis) is preliminary to the written test.

Written examination For the purposes of the selection, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to critically analyze a scientific text relating to the curriculum of the doctorate indicated by the candidate in the application. A scientific article will be proposed that the candidate will have to place in the theoretical area of reference and of which he/she will have to comment on the methodological appropriateness and consistency of the discussion with respect to the results.
language ITALIANO

Oral interview Candidates who have achieved a grade of at least 16/30 in the written test are admitted to the oral exam. During the oral exam, aspects concerning the qualifications presented, the written paper, the motivation letter and knowledge of the English language will be investigated and clarified
language ITALIANO

contacts and info

Curriculum studiorum

Graduation date and grade of the Master's degree
detailed list of exams including completion dates and scores of Masters's degree
History of Scholarships, Research Grants (or similar)
Certificates of participation in post-graduate university courses
certificates of Participation in research groups
Other University Awards/Degrees (e.g.: awards in competition, second degree)

Required documentation

§ List of publications
optional, the file must be uploaded within 22/06/2023 ore 14:00 (ora italiana)

§ letter of motivation (by the candidate)
Indicate your favorite curriculum and topics listed on the PhD web page (; these indications will be used for the written and oral exams. A template of the motivation letter is present on the same web page., the file must be uploaded within 22/06/2023 ore 14:00 (ora italiana)

Language Skills

the candidate must know the following languages

Exam Schedule

Qualifications assessment
publication on notice boardNO
publication on the web siteYes
web site
date of publication05/09/2023

Written examination
addressvia dei Marsi, 78
publication on notice boardNO
publication on the web siteYes
web site
date of publication14/07/2023

Oral interview
addressvia dei Marsi, 78
publication on notice boardNO
publication on the web siteYes
web site
date of publication18/07/2023

Evaluation scale

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