PhD Carola Salvi (Italy & USA) : Interview of the Cognitive Neuroscientist at the University of Texas, Austin.
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Tony Grisoni. Screenwriter (UK & Italy)
Vinca Wiedemann. Script-consultant & Story supervisor (Denmark)
Carola Salvi, Ph.D., is a research scientist in Dell Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a professor at the John Cabot University of Rome. She graduated summa cum laude and received her Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Milano-Bicocca. Prior to joining Dell Med, Salvi completed a T32 postdoctoral research fellowship at Northwestern University, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.
Salvi’s work focuses on neural mechanisms underlying problem solving, creativity and cognitive flexibility. She approached this field by investigating its relationship with the sensory system (i.e., recording biomarkers such as eye blinks and pupil dilation), the involvement of the right temporal lobe (using brain stimulation and imaging) and the dopamine system (studying Parkinson’s disease patients and using reward-based learning paradigms), the effects of its emotional component (the “aha” experience) detecting its association with stress-induced by risk-taking and monetary reward, and validating new scales for measuring it in the Italian language.