Research Laboratories

Movement Analysis Laboratory

The laboratory carries out experiments that require the recording and analysis of movements.

The SMART System is equipped with 6 remote-controlled infrared video cameras that make it possible to estimate the coordinates of reflective markers placed on the subject’s body. The system records and analyses the kinematics of the movement of the body segment where the markers were placed.

The schedule to book access to the laboratory can be found at Permission to access the laboratory must be obtained from the director.

Director: Prof. Emanuela Bricolo 

Location: U6, 3rd floor, Room 3111

Cognitive Electrophysiology Laboratory - EEG/ERP Laboratory
Villa Como

Acquisition and analysis of the EEG, visual evoked potential and auditory evoked potential (VEP and AEP) and event-related potential (ERP).

Acoustically-screened Faraday cage, system to acquire and analyze EEG/ERP from ANT (Enschede, Netherlands) with digital amplifier. Polhemus digitizer. Two Electrocap 128-channel EEG caps.

Contact the director if interested in EEG projects, which require the prior approval of the Ethics Committee. For the acoustically-screened Faraday cage, get in touch the contact person below:

Director: Prof. Alice Mado Proverbio

Contact person: Andrea Orlandi

Location: U6, 3rd floor, room 3107

Light and Colour Laboratory

This laboratory is dedicated to experiments in psychology of perception and psychology of art. The laboratory is small, and its walls and ceiling are painted in black. There are several stations that can be re-arranged if needed, but it is not possible to carry out more than one experiment at the same time.

There are PCs (old), Macs (old), several CRT and LCD, various tools to create stimuli, mirror stereoscopes, and chinrests.

To book a session at the laboratory, contract Prof. Zavagno. The laboratory is generally quite busy from mid-October to late June.

Director: Prof. Daniele Zavagno

Location: U6, 3rd floor, room 3095

Eye Movement Laboratories

The two laboratories are dedicated to experiments that require measuring ocular motility. Both labs have a station that includes a setting comprising two PCs: the first generates and presents visual/aural stimuli while the other manages the video camera and the equipment that records eye movements (ASL and EYElink). The two PCs communicate in real time to allow for the synchronized recording of the events. 

The schedule to book access to the laboratory can be found at Permission to access the laboratory must be obtained from the director.

Director: Prof. Emanuela Bricolo 

Contact person: Prof. Francesca Foppolo

Location: U6, 3rd floor, rooms 3103 and 3108

Early Childhood Observation Laboratory

The laboratory comprises two adjacent rooms (a control room and an observation room) linked by a one-way mirror.

The laboratory is equipped in order to allow for observation sessions that can be recorded in their entirety, so that the behaviours being analysed can then be classified and measured. It is used for research into various childhood development topics, particularly in the cognitive-linguistic, cognitive, and socio-affective realms. 

Director: Prof. Nicoletta Salerni

Location: U6, 3rd floor, room 3092

Early Childhood Laboratory - MinDevLab

The laboratory studies early childhood cognition and perceptual development during the first year of life and in pre-school age through the recording of eye movements and the duration of visual attention and the recording of electrophysiological indices related to the measurement of the activity of the peripheral nervous system.

The research carried out in the laboratory studies the origins and development of the recognition of faces and expressions of emotions and implicit learning abilities. It attempts to identify statistical regularities and the origins of the representation of quantity.

The development of social cognition is studied through recording variations in the heart rate and skin conductance response.

Director: Prof. Viola Macchi Cassia

Location: U6, 3rd floor, room 3094

Neuropsychology Laboratory

The laboratory is equipped for experimental neuropsychology studies  in neurologically healthy individuals and in patients with brain lesions and sensory-motor and cognitive disabilities.

It is equipped for the following:

- Computerized multisensory stimulation (visual, tactile, vibratory,, pain, and acoustic) and video screening;

- Recording of neurophysiological parameters through Biopac and portable equipment (skin conduction, cardiovascular parameters, breathing)

- Study of body illusions (rubber hand illusion, mirror box)

- Trans-cranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS)

- Portable virtual reality 

Director: Prof. Angelo Maravita

Location: U6, 3rd floor

Laboratory of Spatial Perception and Attention

This laboratory is used for experiments in the psychology of unisensory and multisensory perception, visual attention, and spatial cognition.

The laboratory is divided into three small spaces: two are isolated by walls and accessible through an independent door (no windows), and the third comprising the remaining space and equipped with a sound-proof booth.

There are thus three different work stations, which make it possible for two experiments to be conducted at the same time.

Director: Prof. Roberta Daini 

Location: U6, 3rd floor, room 3105

Social Perception and Cognition LAB

The  Social Perception and Cognition LAB studies the processes that determine human behaviour. The laboratory carries out experimental studies on attitudes, inter-group relations, and cognitive processes underpinning the formation of impressions of individuals and groups. Most of the studies carried out at the laboratory use ‘computer-based’ behavioural methodologies and concern social categorization and the processes that lead to stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.

The laboratory has three stations, each equipped with PC and video camera. The PCs are equipped with software for the study of reaction times (e.g., inquisit, e-prime, mouse tracker).

To book a session at the laboratory, register here:

Director: Dr. Marco Brambilla

Location: U6, 3rd floor, room 3114

Laboratory of Psycholinguistics and Cognition
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The laboratory focuses on carrying out behavioural experiments in pscycholinguistics and cognitive psychology.

The laboratory is equipped with 5 testing stations with Windows and/or Linux partitions, plus a computer for the personal use of researchers. The testing stations are equipped with software for collecting chronometric data (Psychtoolbox, E-Prime), and optimized for precise temporal control in presenting experimental stimuli. The laboratory also has a desk for researchers who want to conduct experiments using their own equipment (e.g. a laptop).

Laboratory sessions must be booked through the following website: Rules for users: - each research group can book the lab for up to three half-day sessions per week; it is thus necessary to coordinate with other groups to make reservations – morning sessions are from 8.00-9.00 to 12.00-13.00, afternoon sessions are from 13.00-14.00 to 18.00-19.00 – if you are unable to attend a session you have booked, please cancel as soon as possible to allow for re-booking.

Directors: Dr. Marco Marelli, Dr. Francesca Foppolo, Prof. Claudio Luzzatti

Location: U6, 3rd floor, room 3035

Laboratory of Psychology and Health Communication
Patrizia Steca

The laboratory focuses on psychology and communication as applied in the health sector.

The main issues it explores include:

a) the role of psychological factors and lifestyles in the genesis, evolution, and management of chronic and complex pathologies

b) the use of communication in primary and secondary prevention, with a particular focus on new technologies.

 Research projects concern:

- the role of psychological factors and lifestyles over the course of cardiovascular diseases

- motivation and personalities of smokers

- strategies for the early prevention of smoking addiction during childhood and adolescence

– studies on the efficacy of tailored communication protocols

- development of apps and digital interventions for the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

Director: Prof. Patrizia Steca, Contact persons: Marco D'Addario and Andrea Greco

Location: U6, 3rd floor, room 3045

Villa del Grumello Como

The laboratory uses a number of neuromodulation techniques (TMS/tDCS/tACS), records brain activity (EEG) and carries out neuropsychological evaluations (VLSM + neuropsychological questionnaires) to study the interface between brain and cognition in several field: from facial processing to language, and from attention to consciousness. Additionally, the laboratory studies how neuromodulation changes brain activity at the neurophysiological level.

The facility is equipped with a rTMS, a TMS-EEG nexstim integrated system, and tDCS, in two laboratories.

The labs and the tDCS can be booked for up to three half-day sessions per week, no more than two weeks in advance, through the laboratories’ google calendar.

Directors: Prof. Costanza Papagno, Dr. Leonor J Romero Lauro

Location: U6, 3rd floor, room 3104/310

Odmir - MinDevLab

The laboratory investigates the origins and development of human cognition using both behavioural paradigms based on recording the duration of visual attention (visual preferences and habituation) and electrophysiological techniques (electroencephalogram, EEG; event-related potential, ERP; electromyogram, EMG; skin conductance response, SCR).

The research carried out in the lab explores the development of social conditions and the origins of understanding emotions and the actions of others as well as the development of numerical cognition during early childhood.

Director: Chiara Turati

Location: U6, 3rd floor, room 3093