Dr Luca Passamonti


I study the brain mechanisms underlying variability in emotional behaviours, and their role in neuropsychiatric disorders. I consider the neural underpinnings of individual differences in personality traits as neuroticism, impulsivity, and aggression. Improving our knowledge of the neurological roots of personality is not only of interest theoretically but also has the potential to lead to new and brain-based approaches to manage complex neuropsychiatric disorders.

Personality modulates the functional connectivity between the amygdala and ventral anterior cingulate during acute tryptophan depletion (i.e., lowering serotonin)
Different personality traits are associated with changes in surface-based morphometry indices
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Research Focus




individual differences



Clinical conditions

Alzheimer's disease

Anxiety disorders

Cognitive impairment


Movement disorders

Multiple sclerosis

Parkinson's disease

Personality disorders

Progressive supranuclear palsy


Behavioural analysis

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)



Kieren Allinson

Karen Ersche

Ian Goodyer

Trevor Robbins

James Rowe

Maria Grazia Spillantini

United Kingdom

Graeme Fairchild Web: http://www.bath.ac.uk/psychol...

Edmund Sonuga-Barke Web: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/psychol...


Emrah Duzel Web: https://www.dzne.de/en/site...

Paola Feraco Web: https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb...

Iole Indovina Web: http://www.hsantalucia.it/cv/iole...

Francesco Lacquaniti Web: http://www.ae-info.org/ae/User...

Salvatore Nigro Web: https://www.researchgate.net/profile...

Aldo Quattrone Web: https://www.researchgate.net/profile...

Roberta Riccelli Web: https://www.researchgate.net/profile...

Jeffrey Staab Web: http://www.mayoclinic.org/biograp...

Antonio Terracciano Web: http://med.fsu.edu/index.c...

Nicola Toschi Web: http://odontoiatria.uniroma2.it/?page_i...

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Key publications

Roberta Riccelli · Nicola Toschi · Salvatore Nigro · [...] · Luca Passamonti (2017), “Surface-based morphometry reveals the neuroanatomical basis of the five-factor model of personality” Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

G. F. Fairchild · N. Toschi · K. Sully · [...] · L. Passamonti (2016), “Mapping the Structural Organization of the Brain in Conduct Disorder: Replication of Findings in Two Independent Samples” Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Roberta Riccelli · Iole Indovina · Jeffrey P Staab · [...] · Luca Passamonti (2016), “Neuroticism Modulates Brain Visuo-Vestibular and Anxiety Systems During a Virtual Rollercoaster Task” Human Brain Mapping

Luca Passamonti · Molly J Crockett · Annemieke M Apergis-Schoute · [...] · Trevor W Robbins (2011), “Effects of Acute Tryptophan Depletion on Prefrontal-Amygdala Connectivity While Viewing Facial Signals of Aggression” Biological Psychiatry