Nadia Bolognini


Born in Lecco, since 2016 she is Associate Professor of Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology. Degree in Psychology (110 cum laude) and PhD in Clinical and Experimental Psychology at the University of Bologna; past visiting researcher at the Bereson-Allen Center for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation and at the Laboratory of Neuromodulation, both at Harvard Medical School. Member of the Committee of the Specialization School in Neuropsychology of the University of Milano Bicocca. Since 2008, affiliated to the Laboratory of Neuropsychology – IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano. She has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed international scientific journals (H-Index= 36, >5600 citations). Among the main awards received for her scientific career: Early Career Award by Italian Society of Psychophysiology (2014), Human Brain Mapping Editors’ Choice Award (2012). Further details on her personal website and institutional websites.


  • Neural and psychological mechanisms of multisensory perception, investigated in healthy subjects and neurological patients
  • Multisensory rehabilitation of visual, spatial and body awareness disorders in stroke patients
  • Neuro-rehabilitation: clinical applications of transcranial non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS, tDCS) for post-stroke cognitive and motor rehabilitation and the treatment of chronic pain
  • Clinical and forensic neuropsychology



The projects in this area aim to investigate the effectiveness of non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS), for the rehabilitation of cognitive and motor deficits in stroke patients. The neurophysiological underpinnings of improvements brought about by NIBS are also under investigation, in order to correlate the clinical benefits with indexes of brain plasticity; the ultimate goal is to identify prognostic and predictive outcomes of NIBS treatments.


The project aims to investigate the neurophysiological substrates of multisensory perception and interpersonal cognition, using neurophysiological techniques (TMS, EEG, EMG) and behavioral paradigms applied in neurologically healthy individuals as well as in patients with psychiatric or neurological disorders, also taking into consideration their diagnostic and therapeutic potential.


  1. Neurophysiological and behavioural effects of tDCS combined with Constraint Induced Movement Therapy in post-stroke patients.Bolognini N, Vallar G, Casati C, Abdul Latif L, El-Nazer R, Williams J, Banco E, Duarte DM, Tesio L, Chessa C, Fregni F. Neurorehab Neural Repair 2011, 25(9):819-29
  2. Using non-invasive brain stimulation to augment motor training-induced plasticity. Bolognini N, Pascual-Leone A, Fregni F. J Neuroeng Rehab 2009, 6:8.
  3. Touch to see: Neuropsychological evidence of a sensory mirror system for touch. Bolognini N, Olgiati E, Xaiz A, Posteraro L, Ferraro F, Maravita A. Cer Cortex 2011, 22(9):2055-64
  4. Motor and parietal cortex stimulation for phantom limb pain and sensations. Bolognini N, Olgiati E, Maravita A, Ferraro F, Fregni F. Pain 2013, 154(8):1274-80.
  5. Hemianopia, spatial neglect, and their multisensory rehabilitation. Bolognini N., Vallar G., in: In: K. Sathian, V.S. Ramachandran, Multisensory Perception: From Laboratory to Clinic, Elsevier/Academic Press, pp. 423-447
  6. Hebbian associative plasticity in the visuo-tactile domain: a cross-modal paired associative stimulation protocol. Zazio A., Guidali G., Maddaluno O., Miniussi C., Bolognini N. (2019). NeuroImage, 201:116025
  7. Paired Associative Stimulation drives the emergence of motor resonance. Guidali G., Souza Cairnero M.I., Bolognini N. (2020).  Brain Stimulation, 13(3):627-636.


  • Prof. Felipe Fregni, Laboratory of Neuromodulation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
  • Prof. Alessandro Farnè, Université Claude Bernard Lyon I, INSERM U864 Espace et Action, Bron, FR