I graduated in Cognitive Neuroscience at Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan (2009) and received a PhD in Robotics, Cognition and Interaction Technologies from the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) - University of Genova (2013), under the supervision of Maria Concetta Morrone, Giulio Sandini and Monica Gori. During my PhD, I mainly worked on time perception in relation to the sensorimotor system and I gained extensive experience in psychophysical methods. After the PhD, I spent two more years at IIT as postdoc and then moved to the Netherlands for a two-years postdoc at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior (Centre for Cognition - DCC), where I worked with Eric Maris and Pieter Medendorp. Here, I have been investigating mechanisms of sensory-motor coupling by combining psychophysical and neurophysiological (EEG) techniques. In 2017, I moved back to IIT at the Center for Translational Neurophysiology of Speech and Communication (hosted by the University of Ferrara) to study the role of oscillation-based mechanisms in sensorimotor communication.
Tomassini, A. & D’Ausilio, A. (2018). Passive sensorimotor stimulation triggers long lasting alpha-band fluctuations in visual perception. J Neurophysiol., 119(2), 380:388, doi: 10.1152/jn.00496.2017.
Tomassini, A., Ambrogioni, L., Medendorp, W.P., Maris, E. (2017). Theta oscillations locked to intended actions rhythmically modulate perception. eLife, 6: e25618. doi:10.7554/eLife.25618.
Tomassini, A. & Morrone, M. C. (2016). Perceived visual time depends on motor preparation and direction of hand movements. Sci Rep, 6:27947, doi: 10.1038/srep27947.
Tomassini, A., Spinelli, D., Jacono, M., Sandini, G. and Morrone, M. C. (2015). Rhythmic oscillations of visual contrast sensitivity synchronized with action. J Neurosci, 35(18), 7019-7029, doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4568-14.2015.
Tomassini, A., Gori, M., Baud-Bovy, G., Sandini, G. and Morrone, M. C. (2014). Motor commands induce time compression for tactile stimuli. J Neurosci, 34(27), 9164-9172, doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2782-13.2014.
Tomassini, A., Gori, M., Burr, D., Sandini, G. and Morrone, M. C. (2012). Active movement restores veridical event-timing after tactile adaptation. J Neurophysiol., 108(8), 2092-100, doi: 10.1152/jn.00238.2012.
Tomassini, A., Gori, M., Burr, D., Sandini, G. and Morrone, M. C. (2011). Perceived duration of visual and tactile stimuli depends on perceived speed. Front Integr Neurosci., 5:51. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2011.00051.