Dr Sara Garofalo

Interests

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.

Research Focus

Keywords

reinforcement learning

Clinical conditions

Addiction

Cue-controlled behaviours

Obsessive-compulsive Disorder

Parkinson disease

Psychosis

Equipment

Behavioural analysis

Computational modeling

EEG

Eye-tracking

fMRI

GSR

Collaborators

Cambridge

Graham Murray

Trevor Robbins

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