Giulia Mattavelli

Senior Researcher


Giulia Mattavelli is senior researcher of Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IUSS) of Pavia. She graduated in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology in 2008 and she obtained her PhD in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics and Neuroscience at the University of Milano-Bicocca in 2013. In the same university she worked as postdoctoral fellow (2014-2019). Her main research interest concerns how emotions are represented and processed in the human brain and she investigates these questions with multiple techniques ranging from behavioural experiments with healthy and clinical populations to researches with neurostimulation and neuroimaging techniques as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation combined with Electroencephalography (TMS-EEG), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). She is also interested in the application of non-invasive neurostimulation techniques as therapeutic tool in eating disorders and in  different clinical population.




Vergallito, A., Mattavelli, G., Lo Gerfo, E., Anzani, S., Rovagnati, V., Speciale, M., Vinai, P., Vinai, P., Vinai, L., Romero Lauro, L. J. (2020). Explicit and implicit responses of seeing own vs. others’ emotions: An electromyographic study on the neurophysiological and cognitive basis of the Self-Mirroring Technique. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 433.

Gallucci, A., Del Mauro, L., Pisoni, A., Romero Lauro, L., Mattavelli, G. (2021). A systematic review of implicit attitudes and their neural correlates in eating behaviour. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 1–30.

Mattavelli, G., Pisoni, A., Romero Lauro, L. J., Marino, B. Bonomi, M., Rosanova, M., Papagno, C. (2019). TMS-EEG approach unveils brain mechanisms underlying conscious and unconscious face perception. Brain Stimulation, 12(4), 1010-1019.

Mattavelli G., Gallucci A., Schiena G., D’Agostino A., Sassetti, T., Bonora, S., Bertelli S., Benetti, A., Tugnioli, E., Ruggiero G.M., Sassaroli, S., Romero Lauro L., Gambini, O., Papagno C. (2019). Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) modulates implicit attitudes towards food in Eating Disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 52, 576–581.

Mattavelli, G., Rosanova, M., Casali, A. G., Papagno, C., Romero Lauro, L. J. (2016). Timing of emotion representation in right and left occipital region: Evidence from combined TMS-EEG. Brain and Cognition, 106, 13-22.

Mattavelli G., Rosanova, M., Casali, A., Papagno, C., Romero Lauro, L. J. (2013). Top-down interference and cortical responsiveness in face processing: a TMS-EEG study. NeuroImage, 76, 24-32.

Romero Lauro, L. J., Pisoni, A., Rosanova, M., Casarotto, S., Mattavelli, G., Bolognini, N., Vallar, G. (2016). Localizing the effects of anodal tDCS at the level of cortical sources: A Reply to Bailey et al., 2015. Cortex, 74, 323-328.

Romero Lauro, L. J., Rosanova, M., Mattavelli, G., Convento, S,. Pisoni, A., Opiz, A., Bolognini, N., Vallar, G. (2014). Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) increases cortical excitability: direct evidence from TMS-EEG. Cortex, 58, 99-111.

Mattavelli, G., Pisoni, A., Casarotti, A., Comi, A., Sera, G.,  Riva, M., Bizzi, A., Rossi, M., Bello, L., Papagno, C. (2019). Consequences of brain tumour resection on emotion recognition, Journal of Neuropsychology, 13 (1), 1-21.

Pisoni, A., Mattavelli, G., Casarotti, A., Comi, A., Riva, M., Bello, L., Papagno, C. (2019). The neural correlates of auditory-verbal short-term memory: a voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping study on 103 patients after glioma removal. Brain Structure and Function, 224 (6), 2199-2211.

Pisoni, A., Mattavelli, G., Casarotti, A., Comi, A., Riva, M., Bello, L., Papagno, C. (2018). Object-action dissociation: A voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping study on 102 patients after glioma removal. NeuoImage: Clinical, 18, 986-995.

Pisoni, A., Mattavelli, G., Papagno, C., Rosanova, M., Casali, A. G., Romero Lauro, L. J. (2017). Cognitive Enhancement Induced by Anodal tDCS Drives Circuit-Specific Cortical Plasticity. Cerebral cortex, 28 (4), 1132-1140.