Salvatore Maria Aglioti#

Salvatore Maria Aglioti
Membership Number:3284
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:ITALY

Present and Previous Positions
  • 2022-to present, Coordinator of the Neuroscience and Humanities curriculum of the Theoretical and Applied Neuroscience National PhD (Dottorato Nazionale in Neuroscienze)
  • 2019-to present, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, CLN2S@Sapienza, Rome, PI Neuroscience and Society, Research Line, (
  • 2013 - present coordinator of the research curriculum "CoSAN - Cognitive Social and Affective Neuroscience" ( at Sapienza University of Rome. CoSAN derived from the previous Ph.D. program in Cognitive Plasticity and Rehabilitation (2005 - 2012)
  • 2001 - present Full professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychological Physiology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • 2000 - present Director of four fully equipped laboratories based at Sapienza University of Rome and at IRCCS, Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome
  • 2015 - 2016 Director of the Psychology Doctoral School, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • 2013 - 2016 Coordinator of the International Ph.D. Program in "Psychology and Social Neuroscience (
  • Nov 2013 - Nov 2014: President of the Steering Committee of the Doctoral programmes at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • April - July 2013 Visiting Professor, Institute de Sciences Cognitives, Université de Lyon, France
  • 2011 - 2014: Delegate of the Rector for representing Sapienza in the European Committee for Doctoral Education
  • Nov 2009 - Nov 2012 Head of Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • 2006 - 2014 Member of the committee for the evaluation of Doctoral Programs at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • 2005 - 2008: Director of the School of Specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology, at the Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, and IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome, Italy
  • 1998 - 2000 Associate Professor, University of Rome “La Sapienza”
  • 1990 - 1997 Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological and Vision Sciences, Human Physiology, Medical School, University of Verona

Fields of Scholarship
  • Visual and multimodal mental images
  • Bodily illusions and self-other distinction
  • Behavioural and lesion studies of corporeal awareness
  • Neural correlates of excellence in sports
  • Neural basis of the empathic processes of other’s pain
  • Personality and neural foundations of ideological divide
  • Neural basis of imitative processes in neurotypicals and brain lesioned participants
  • Shared attention and social communication

Honours and Awards
  • 2022 - present Member of Scientific board of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2021 - 2024 Member of the international board for selection of applicants to the institute d’études avancées Paris, France
  • 2019 - 2021 Senior research fellow at Scuola Superiore Alti Studi (SSAS), Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • 2019 - 2020 Resident at the Institut d’études avancées, Paris salvatore-maria-aglioti
  • 2018 October-December. Erasmus Visiting Professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
  • 2018 European Research Council, Advanced grant. Title of the proposal: Embodied Honesty
  • September 2017 Ig Nobel Prize, Section: Cognition, for the study: “Is that me or my twin? Lack of selfface recognition advantage in identical twins. PLoS One. 2015 Apr 8;10(4):e0120900. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120900. Authors: Martini, Bufalari, Stazi, Aglioti
  • 2017 Senior research fellow at the Italian Institute for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University, NY, USA
  • Feb 2017 Senior Fellowship at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University
  • 2016 - 2018 Senior research fellow at Scuola Superiore Alti Studi (SSAS), Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • 2013 MagSTIM, Senior investigator award, Oxford (UK)
  • March 2015 Failed the evaluation for the qualification as full professor of Social Psychology (SSD MPSI05/E3)
  • October 2014 Passed the evaluation for the qualification as full professor of Physiology (SSD 05/D1 - FISIOLOGIA)
  • May 2013 MagSTIM, Senior investigator award, Oxford
  • May - July 2013 Chair d'excellence award, Fondation NeuroDis, Lyon
  • 2010 Menzione di Eccellenza Sapienza Ricerca, macroarea 5, for the studies on empathy for pain
  • 2009 Sapienza Eccellenza, macroarea 5, for the research on Action Anticipation in elite basketball players
  • 2009 Themosystems, PNI, First prize for the best entrepreneurial idea, Regione Lazio, Italy

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