-Neurocognitive mechanisms of emotions. The main objective of this field is to uncover the psychological and neural mechanisms by which individuals perceive and regulate their emotions. Emotion regulation is important for good mental health and failures of such regulation are associated with many neurological and psychopathological conditions.
-Emotional bases of decision making. This area refers to the study of how emotions (in normal population), emotional dysregulation (in psychopathological conditions) and emotional deficits (in neuropsychological syndromes) affect decision-making and higher cognition.
-Neurocognitive mechanisms of psychologic disorders and their treatment. This area aims at discovering the neural bases of psychopathology (anxiety, schizophrenia, personality and mood disorders), and how to develop new treatments based on affective neuroscience findings. To study these topics, I exploit up to date neuroimaging techniques (MRI, EEG, MEG, tDCS), and the assessment of psychiatric and neurological patients.