Roberta Sellaro

Assistant Professor @ Cognitive Psychology Unit Leiden University

about me

An extended version of my CV is available here


I graduated in Psychology at the University of Padova (Italy) in 2007. In October 2009 I moved to the Center for Mind and Brain Sciences (CIMeC) of the University of Trento (Italy) where, in April 2013, I obtained my PhD in Cognitive and Brain Sciences. During my graduate studies, I carried out behavioral studies to investigate whether and to what extent cognitive control efficiency is affected by the belief of co-acting with another person. I conducted this research under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Roberto Cubelli and Dr. Barbara Treccani.

After receiving my PhD, I joined the Cognitive Psychology Unit of the Leiden University (the Netherlands) as a post-doctoral fellow where, by means of food supplementation (tyrosine, tryptophan, probiotics) and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (tDCS, tVNS), I carried out research to investigate the role of specific neurotransmitters (such as dopamine, GABA, noradrenaline and serotonin) and brain areas (such as prefrontal cortex areas and temporoparietal junction) in modulating cognitive and social functioning.

Since February 2017, I am Assistant Professor at the Cognitive Psychology Unit of the Leiden University, and (since October 2013) member of the Leiden Institute for Brain & Cognition (LIBC). I teach and do research. In very general terms, my research is aimed at uncovering reciprocal interactions between bottom-up (and/or self-related) and top-down cognitive control processes. I do investigate the role of several factors (e.g., environmental/contextual factors, task-specific features, reward, individual differences, and affect) in modulating cognitive and social functioning and decision-making processes. I use a wide range of approaches including behavioral, computational and neuroscientific techniques, and virtual reality methods.