ABOUT US

“Cognitive Neuroscience and Cerebellum” Laboratory

Sapienza University of Rome

The “Cognitive Neuroscience and Cerebellum” Laboratory (CNCLab) was founded by Prof. Leggio
in 2003. Since 2006 the research team works in conjunction with the Ataxia Lab at Santa Lucia
Foundation IRCCS, also directed by Prof Leggio and linked to the Psychological Department by a
formal agreement.

The research topics of the laboratory address the cerebellar role in different cognitive domains with
particular interest in the analysis of cerebello-cortical interactions.
These studies allow to deepen the current knowledge on the effects of cerebellar modulation on
cortical functions and to develop neurorehabilitation protocols and normative data specific for
pathologies that affect cerebellar structures.


Among the research lines the most prominent are those concerning:
The functional characterization of the cerebello-cortical circuits in cognitive, behavioral, and
emotional domains.
The role of the cerebellum in the neurobiological basis of the autism
Implementations of neurorehabilitation protocols aimed to cerebellar pathologies

The laboratory activity benefits of a variety of techniques like transcranial current direct stimulation
(tDCS), electronic platforms, and devices for the mood-monitoring. Further, collaborations with
other research groups allow to perform studies applying Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, EEG,
Laser Evoked potentials, immersive virtual reality, structural and functional MRI.
Research Topics


THE ROLE OF THE CEREBELLO-CORTICAL CIRCUITS IN THE SOCIAL COGNITION
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THE ROLE OF THE CEREBELLUM IN THE NEURO-BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF AUTISM
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CEREBELLAR TRANSCRANIAL DIRECT CURRENT STIMULATION EFFECTS ON COGNITION AND BEHAVIOUR.
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THE CEREBELLAR ROLE IN COGNITION AND BEHAVIOR AS ASSESSED BY ADVANCED NEUROIMAGING TECHNIQUES
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THE ROLE OF THE CEREBELLO-CORTICAL CIRCUITS WITHIN VISUOSPATIAL FUNCTIONS
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VIRTUAL REALITY AND INTERACTIONS AMONG CEREBELLAR FUNCTIONS
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MOOD AND EMOTION REGULATION IN EVERYDAY LIFE OF CEREBELLAR PATIENTS
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