Dr Sara Garofalo
visiting PhD Student
I’m a young scientist in the broad field of neuroscience. My researches concern neural and behavioural correlates of human reinforcement learning. I’m particularly interested in how adaptive behaviors can evolve in pathological and maladaptive conducts, as expressed in a variety of pathologies (like addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder or psychotic symptoms). My aim is to explore basic learning mechanism and tackle the transition from intentional goal-directed behaviours to more automatic and habitual behaviours. For this purpose, I combine the use of neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, EEG, Eye-tracking, TMS, TDCS), psychophysiological measures (GSR, HR) and computational models. I have strong expertise and passion for data analysis and methodology, along with cutting edge knowledge of statistics and excellent IT skills.
I truly believe in the importance of public awareness of science, and try to contribute to scientific divulgation and education anytime I can.