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Assistant Professor in Psychology, University of Aberdeen

I got my Bachelor's degree in Psychology of Personality and Interpersonal Relationships at Padua University (Padua, Italy). Right before getting my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology (and starting a career as a clinical psychologist), I fell in love with everything that is about Perception and Visual Neuroscience. Since then, this is what I do and I love.

I joined the Psychophysics laboratory at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland) for a PhD in Neuroscience (2009-2014). My PhD focused on how our visual system organizes the cluttered environment around us in a coherent manner (go to for more info about my work on visual organization).

At the end of my PhD, I was awarded of the Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation, for an 18 months postdoc in the laboratory of Perception and Action at UC Berkeley (California, USA). Here, I have become interested in how our visual system stabilizes our visual interpretations of the world, turning discontinuous and chaotic retinal images into coherent visual percepts (go to for more info about my work on visual stabilization). As of August 2019, I am a Lecturer (~Assistant Professor) in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen (UK).


  • –present
    Lecturer, University of Aberdeen
  • 2015–2019
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2009–2014
    PhD candidate, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


  • 2021
    Illusion of visual stability through active perceptual serial dependence, Science Advances
  • 2018
    Multi-level crowding and the paradox of object recognition in clutter, Current Biology
  • 2017
    Neural dynamics of grouping and segmentation explain properties of visual crowding, Psychological Review