— Motivated Cognition Lab

Hanna Kadel is visiting from the University of Marburg, where she is completing her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Anna Schubö. Hanna will spend about 3 months in Rovereto. Welcome Hanna!hanna

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The deadline for applications is Friday March 11, 2016 at midday.

We anticipate a second call for EU citizens and non-EU residents of Italy with deadline on Friday July 8, 2016 at midday, if places are still available.


Application link: http://www5.unitn.it/Apply/en/Web/Home/master

Summary of the Call in English

Please, find attached a pdf version of the poster advertising the selection call should you want to hang it up in your department/research center.


The CIMeC, the Master’s program and UNITN in numbers:

–          CIMeC ranked 1st in Italy for Quality of Research 2013

–          2015-2016 UNITrento ranks 3rd in Italy in the rankings of THE – Times Higher Education

–          Courses are given in English

–          2 tracks: Cognitive Neuroscience and Language & Multimodal Interaction

–          40 positions, 20 reserved to non-EU students

–          Possibility of funding (scholarship and tuition fee exemption) with Opera Universitaria

–          Joint study programs and other international opportunities

–          According to our recent internal survey, 77% of our graduates are currently employed, 74% of them by pursuing a PhD

–          Why choose UNITRENTO


Please feel free to browse our website www.mcs.unitn.it for further information or contact the Master’s Secretariat at mcs@unitn.it


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Recognition as a ‘rising star‘ from the Association for Psychological Science.

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2015 – 2016 Times Higher Education University Rankings

The University of Trento ranks 198th in the world in the THE 2015-2016 rankings and as the top University in Italy*.

test*  Kudos to the  Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (462 students) and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (729 students), ranking 112th and 180th respectively. The majority of students at these special institutes are completing doctoral work. The University of Trento has about 18k students, the vast majority completing undergraduate programs. 

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Christina Lavallee has joined the lab as postdoctoral fellow. Christina recently completed her PhD at the University of Oldenburg, DE, and will be investigating selective attention using concurrent EEG and MRI.

Poppy Sharp has joined the lab as PhD student. Poppy finished her MA at the Donders Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL, and will be working on temporal integration in perception using MEG.

Welcome Christina!                       Welcome Poppy!













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SPM = spm_spm(SPM)

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Matt Weaver and Clayton Hickey attended a workshop on ‘Lateralized attention in the brain’ at the Center for Advanced Studies, LMU, Munich.

Matt had a chance to discuss his N2pc / Pd / eye movement data with Steve Luck, who wrote the book on the topic.

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Very happy to report two new papers, both investigating the effects of reward association on naturalistic human vision.

Hickey, Kaiser and Peelen (2015). Reward guides attention to object categories in real-world scenes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144(1). <link>

Hickey and Peelen (2015). Neural mechanisms of incentive salience in naturalistic human vision. Neuron, 85, 512-518.


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Alisha Siebold has joined the lab as postdoctoral fellow. Alisha’s position is funded by the Provincia Autonoma di Trento Grandi Progetti grant ‘ATTEND’, and she’ll be using eye tracking and EEG to investigate plasticity in vision. Welcome Alisha!


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Elena Aggius-Vella has joined the lab as a research assistant. Elena’s position is shared with the Peelen lab and is funded by the Provincia Autonomia di Trento ‘Grande Progetto’ ATTEND. She will support collaborative work between the Motivated Cognition lab and the Peelen lab as well as independent projects from both groups. Welcome Elena! enda

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