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Michela Balconi, PhD, is Professor of “Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience”, “Neuropsychology of Communication”, and “Neuropsychology of Well-being in the Lifespan” at the Faculty of Psychology of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan and Brescia.
She manages the research activities of the Laboratory for Cognitive Psychology and of many assistants and collaborators ( She also leads the Research Unit in Affective and Social Neuroscience.

Michela Balconi’s research interests mainly concern Cognitive Neuropsychology and Psychophysiology. In agreement with the relevance of a proper integration between the body and the mind, she has studied and introduced new methods to analyse and explore the relationship between affective, communication and cognitive processes and physiological markers – e.g. the application of fNIRS (functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy) technique and EEG frequency bands analysis to the investigation of social-affective processes and consciousness correlates, and the use of non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and tES, transcranial Electric Stimulation) in clinical and experimental contexts.
She has founded and is Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-reviewed online journal "Neuropsychological Trends" (indexed in PsycINFO and SCOPUS). Moreover, she contributes to many neuropsychology and neuroscience journals as a Scientific Reviewer.

She is Director and Scientific-Educational Coordinator of the II level University Master Program in Neuropsychology: Assessment, Diagnosis and Rehabilitation. She also regularly organizes lessons, courses, workshops and conferences on hot topics in clinical and experimental neurosciences, hosting national and international participants.

She is member of the Faculty and of the Educational Committee of the PhD School in Psychology at the Catholic University of Milan. Besides supervising PhD students, she is actually involved in organizing and managing the course on Quantitative Research Methods.

Michela Balconi is also member of many known national and international neuropsychology societies and associations, such as: the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), the Federation of the European Societies of Neuropsychology (FESN), the Italian Society of Neuropsychology (SINP), the Society of Psychologists in Neuropsychology Area (SPAN), the Italian Association of Psychology (AIP), the Italian Society of Aging Psychology (SIPI), and the Italian Society of Neuroethics (SINe).
Further, she is member of the Managing Committee of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology (SIPF), and auditor and member of the Ethics Committee of the Italian Association of Psychology (AIP).



Davide CRIVELLI – Post-doc
Maria Elide VANUTELLI – PhD Student
Roberta FINOCCHIARO – PhD Student
Federica LEANZA – PhD Student
Francesca PALA – Fellow
Irene VENTURELLA – Fellow
Elisabetta GRIPPA – Fellow
Giovanni LECCI – Fellow
Serafino TUTINO – External Fellow
Simona AMENTA – External Fellow