The central theme of my research focuses on investigating the effects of sleep, sleep-deprivation, and sleep disturbances on cognitive functioning and brain structure and function. During my Ph.D., I have investigated how sleep (and the lack thereof) affects the human ability to empathize with others and the way individuals process emotional stimuli, as well as the ability to orient in the environment. As a postdoctoral fellow I am investigating how a six month aerobic exercise intervention can improve elderly individuals’ cognitive ability, and the role of sleep quality as a mediator in this relationship. My methodological approach includes objective (actigraphy and polysomnography) and subjective (questionnaires) sleep quality measures, structural and functional neuroimaging techniques, and cortisol measures.
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Most Cited Publications
|Guadagni V, Burles F, Ferrara M, Iaria G, "The effects of sleep deprivation on emotional empathy." Journal of sleep research 23,6 (2014 Dec): 657-663|
|Mazza M, Tempesta D, Pino MC, Nigri A, Catalucci A, Guadagni V, Gallucci M, Iaria G, Ferrara M, "Neural activity related to cognitive and emotional empathy in post-traumatic stress disorder." Behavioural brain research 282, (2015 Apr 1): 37-45|
|Burles F, Guadagni V, Hoey F, Arnold AE, Levy RM, O'Neill T, Iaria G, "Neuroticism and self-evaluation measures are related to the ability to form cognitive maps critical for spatial orientation." Behavioural brain research 271, (2014 Sep 1): 154-9|