Giacomo Guidali


Born in Gallarate (VA) on October 22nd 1992, I am graduated with honors at University of Milano-Bicocca, first in Psychological Sciences (BCs) in 2014 and then in Clinical, Developmental and Neuropsychology (MCs) in 2016. Post graduate I continued to carry out my researches in the Department of Psychology of the University of Milano-Bicocca and I followed part of my annual internship qualifying as a psychologist in the Laboratory of Neuropsychology of the IRCCS Auxologico-Capitanio in Milan. Since 2015 I am working with the research group of Prof. Nadia Bolognini. From the same year I also collaborate with Prof. Costanza Papagno at the University of Milano-Bicocca and with Prof. Carlo Miniussi at the Cognitive Neuroscience Section of IRCCS San Giovanni di Dio-Fatebenefratelli of Brescia. From November 2017 I am a PhD student in Neuroscience at the School of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Milano-Bicocca under the supervision of Prof. Bolognini. My main research interest concerns the use of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (TMS, tDCS) to investigate the functioning of brain networks and the neural bases of cognitive processes of cross-modal integration, both in healthy subjects and in neurological patients. From April to October 2019, I spent a research period abroad at the Centre Hospitalier Universitarie Vaudois (CHUV) in Lousanne under the supervision of prof. Andrea Serino.


Cross-modal plasticity in sensory-motor cortices and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques: new ways to explore and modulate brain plasticity

  • Track: Clinical Neuroscience
  • Tutor: Prof. Nadia Bolognini

In recent years, the investigation of the qualitative and quantitative mechanisms of cortical plasticity and cross-modal integration has represented a topic of great interest within neurosciences, both for its theoretical and practical aspects. My PhD project aims to deepen these issues, both on healthy subject and in injured human brains, through the use of novel Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) paradigms, namely Paired Associative Stimulation protocols. In particular, the main focus of my investigation concerns the mechanisms of cross-modal brain plasticity that govern the working of somatosensory and motor cortices and the related networks with mirror properties that have in these two regions core centers for their functioning. Another research line of my PhD investigates the Working Memory network focusing on the possible role of the primary somatosensory cortex in this high-order cognitive function.



  • Guidali G., Carneiro S. I. M. & Bolognini N. (2020). Paired Associative Stimulation drives the emergence of motor resonance. Brain Stimulation, 13(3), 627-636.
  • Maddaluno O., Guidali G., Zazio A., Miniussi C. & Bolognini N. (2020). Touch anticipation mediates cross-modal Hebbian plasticity in the primary somatosensory cortex. Cortex, 126, 173-181.
  • Zazio A., Guidali G., Maddaluno O., Miniussi C. & Bolognini N. (2019). Hebbian associative plasticity in the visuo-tactile domain: a cross-modal paired associative stimulation protocol. NeuroImage, 201, 116025.
  • Guidali G., Pisoni A., Bolognini N. & Papagno C. (2019). Keeping order in the brain: the Supramarginal Gyrus and serial order in short-term memory. Cortex, 119, 89-99.


  • Guidali G., Zazio A., Maddaluno O., Miniussi C. & Bolognini N. Modulating the response of the primary somatosensory cortex with a novel Paired Associative Stimulation protocol. Poster presented at 4th International Meeting of the Milan center for Neuroscience (NeuroMI). Nov 21-23, 2018, Milan, Italy.
  • Guidali G., Pisoni A., Bolognini N. & Papagno C. The Supramarginal Gyrus: a neural storage for order information in Short-Term Memory. Talk presented at XXVI Congress of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology and Cognitive Neuroscience (SIPF), 2018, Nov 15, Turin, Italy.
  • Guidali G., Zazio A., Maddaluno O., Miniussi C. & Bolognini N. Primary somatosensory cortex and Hebbian associative learning: a novel cross-modal Paired Associative Stimulation (PAS) protocol. Poster presented at Hand, Brain & Technology: the somatosensory system, 2018, Aug 26-31, Ascona, TI, Switzerland.


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