Research Topics

  • Visual food perception
  • Sustainability
  • Eating habits
  • Joint attention
  • Neuroimaging

Brief Biographical Sketch

Dr. Carol Coricelli is a postdoctoral researcher in Neuroscience who investigates food visual perception and eating behaviors. She uses Cognitive Neuroscience techniques, including behavioral and physiological measures, virtual reality (VR) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the brain mechanisms underlying food cognition.

Dr. Coricelli current research projects will investigate eating habits learned through reinforcement, whether micronutrient composition of foods influences food selection in humans and the cognitive processes underlying sustainable food choices, with a particular attention to perceptual, evolutionary and social aspects.

Dr. Coricelli graduated in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science (BSc 2009; MSc 2012) at the University of Padova (Italy). She obtained her PhD cum laude in Cognitive Neuroscience (2013-2018) at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste (Italy) with the thesis “Neural representations of food: Disentangling the unprocessed and processed dimension”.
Throughout her studies and career as a scientist she has gained international experience at Radboud University in Nijmegen (The Netherlands), at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) in Lausanne (Switzerland) and at Western University in London (Canada), where she also was a postdoctoral fellow investigating the neural representations of food stimuli along the ventral visual stream using multivariate fMRI analyses (2021-2022).

Dr. Coricelli has a strong dedication to teaching and science communication, in 2021 her first book for the general public “Guide for hungry brains” was published in Italian.


Selected Publications

Migliavada, R.*, Coricelli, C.*, Bolat, E. E., Uçuk, C., Torri, L.: The modulation of sustainability knowledge and impulsivity traits on the consumption of foods of animal and plant origin in Italy and Turkey. Sci. Rep. 12:20036 (2022).

Devoto, F.*, Coricelli, C.*, Paulesu, E., Zapparoli, L.: Neural circuits mediating food cue-reactivity: Toward a new model shaping the interplay of internal and external factors. Front. Nutr. 9:954523 (2022).

Chen, P. J., Coricelli, C., Kaya, S., Rumiati, R. I., Foroni, F.: The role of associative learning in healthy and sustainable food evaluations: An event-related potential study. Neurosci. Res. 183, 61-75 (2022).

Coricelli, C., Aiello, M., Lunardelli, A., Galli, G., Rumiati, R. I.: sFEra APP: description and usability of a novel tablet application for executive functions training. J. Cogn. Enhanc. 6(3), 389-401 (2022).

Coricelli, C., Rumiati, R. I., Rioux, C.: Implicit and explicit safety evaluation of foods: The importance of food processing. Appetite 175:106062 (2022).

Coricelli, C., Toepel, U., Notter, M. L., Murray, M. M., Rumiati, R. I.: Distinct brain representations of processed and unprocessed foods. Eur. J. Neurosci. 50(8), 3389-3401 (2019).

Coricelli, C., Foroni, F., Osimo, S. A., Rumiati, R. I.: Implicit and explicit evaluations of foods: The natural and transformed dimension. Food Quality Pref. 73, 143-153 (2019).

Foroni, F., Rumiati, R. I., Coricelli, C., Ambron, E.: A bait we cannot avoid: Food-induced motor distractibility. Brain cogn. 110, 74-84 (2016).

Dalmaso, M., Galfano, G., Coricelli, C., Castelli, L.: Temporal dynamics underlying the modulation of social status on social attention. PLoS One 9(3):e93139 (2014).

Galfano, G., Dalmaso, M., Marzoli, D., Pavan, G., Coricelli, C., Castelli, L.: Eye gaze cannot be ignored (but neither can arrows). Q. J. Exp. Psychol. 65, 1895-1910 (2012).

*authors contributed equally and share first authorship