Born in Naples, 16/09/1974
Academic degree: Master’s degree in Psychology, University of Torino (110/110 cum laude), PhD in Psychology, University of Pavia.
Present position: Associate Professor, Department of Brain and Behavioural Sciences – University of Pavia.
2011-2019 Lecturer, Department of Brain and Behavioural Sciences – University of Pavia.
2009-2011 Research Fellow, Psychology Department, University of Milan-Bicocca.
Title: Neural bases of anosognosia for hemiplegia.
2006-2007. Research Fellow, Psychology Department, University of Milan-Bicocca.
Title: Neural bases of prism adaptation in healthy subjects and in patients with neglect.
Martina Gandola is an Associated professor in the Department of Brain and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Pavia. Her research activity focuses on the study of the neural basis of motor awareness and its alterations in patients with brain lesions using brain mapping and lesion analysis (VLSM), functional magnetic resonance imaging and neuromodulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation and caloric vestibular stimulation (CVS). In the above-mentioned research field, she contributed to the definition of the neuroanatomical correlate of the motor awareness deficit observed in patients with anosognosia for hemiplegia, and she defined using fMRI the neurofunctional correlates of the false belief of movement. A large part of her research activity focuses on the study of the anatomical correlate of somatoparaphrenia and its modulation through appropriate physiological techniques such as CVS. In more recent years, she has studied the neurofunctional correlates of motor execution and explicit and implicit motor imagery in healthy subjects and patients. Furthermore, she has also studied the neural consequences of disuse and immobilization in patients with orthopedic diseases and the behavioural and neurofunctional effects of rehabilitation training based on motor imagery. Over the years, she has developed skills in the assessment and rehabilitation of motor awareness deficits in patients with brain injuries and expertise in the use of functional neuroimaging and neuromodulation techniques for the study and treatment of such patients.