Dr Luca Ticini Dr.rer.nat.(PhD)


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• Over 90 papers among peer-reviewed journals, book chapters (e.g., Springer, Skira), abstracts at scientific meetings and articles for the popular press.

• 91% papers in top 10% scientific journals; 27% in top 10% most cited worldwide; 71% with researcher of other countries (SciVal); Citations: 635; H-index: 12 (Google Scholar).

• The research activity in cognitive neuroscience, mainly in the field of sensorimotor learning, neuropsychology and neuroaesthetics, is recognised at international level and cited by leading journals (e.g., BRAIN, PNAS, Trends in Cognitive Neuroscience) and textbooks (e.g., American Psychological Association Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology).

• High students’ evaluation of teaching performance (mean of 4.6/5, MSc level since 2014).

• President of “The Italian Society of Neuroaesthetics Semir Zeki” (www.neuroestetica.org) and leading member of other organisations.

• Over 57 invited lectures at international meetings, research/academic Institutions and in other public occasions.

• Extensive international media coverage (e.g., EXPO 2015, BBC WORLD).


Since 2014 Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience at The University of Manchester, School of Psychological Sciences, Manchester (UK)

2013-2014 Research Associate at the University College London, Wellcome Lab. of Neurobiology, London (UK)

2012 - 2013 CNRS researcher (National Center of Scientific Research) at the École Normale Supérieure & Brain and Spine Institute, Pitié-Salpêrière Hospital, Paris (F)

2012 Guest scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig (D)

2009 - 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Research Group "Body and Self", Dept. Psychology, Leipzig (D)

2005 - 2009 Predoctoral Fellow at the Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research, Section Neuropsychology, Tübingen (D)

2004 - 2005 Internship at the University of Trieste, Dept. of Physiology, Trieste

Social responsibility

Dr. Ticini is the author of several scientific papers and book chapters. His activities include  public talks (such as Brain Awareness Week, Neuroscience café, Festival of Science), media coverage (e.g., BBC, Corriere della Sera, La Stampa, La Repubblica, Radio Vaticana, RAI, L'Espresso and in leading art journals), as well as articles and essays for internationally recognized artists and designers (e.g. Missoni). He has also worked as consultant (e.g. for BBC).

For more info: www.lucaticini.com and www.neuroestetica.org

He contributed to the development of the field of neuro-aesthetics and he co-organized several international initiatives in this research field. In 2004 he received the compliments by the President of the Italian Republic for the originality and the scientific content of his work, and in 2011 he has been elected a member of the group Italian leaders abroad - Aspen Institute Italia. Since then, Ticini has been Expert evaluator for the European Commission, and reviewer for the Economic & Social Research Council (UK). 


2014 National Scientific Qualification: Associate Professor of General psychology, psychobiology and psychometrics (Professore di II fascia, settore concorsuale 11/E1), Italy

2010 PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Neural and Behavioral Sciences, International Max Planck Research School, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (D)

2005 Master degree (Laurea Magistrale) in Biological Sciences, University of Trieste (I)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellow, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (AKA Royal Society of Arts)

President, The Italian Society of Neuroaesthetics “Semir Zeki”, Trieste (www.neuroestetica.org).

Honorary Member, The Japanese Society for Neuroaesthetics, Tokyo. 

Scientific director, Manara Medical Center - Neuroaesthetic zone, Milan.

Member, Institute of Neuroaesthetics of London and Berkeley.

Vice president Committee for the Promotion of Neurosciences, Trieste.

Vice president, Réseau des Chercheurs Italiens en France, Paris.

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