Ph.D. Students in Cognitive, Social and Affective Neuroscience (CoSAN) programme

June 24, 2021

Call for Application for Prospective Ph.D. Students
Code: 16167 – Psychology and Social Neuroscience
Research curriculum in Cognitive Social and Affective Neurosciences (CoSAN)


3 three-year funded PhD positions in Cognitive, Social and Affective Neuroscience (CoSAN) programme (

New: CoSAN programme offers, to at least one of the selected candidates, the possibility to achieve a joint PhD degree in agreement with City University, London (UK).


Highly motivated applicants with a deep interest in systems neuroscience and higher-order cognitive, affective and social functions are encouraged to apply. Preferred Degrees: Psychology, Medicine, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Computational Neuroscience, Computer graphics, Computer Science, Biomedical engineering, Statistics, Mathematics. Computer Programming skills are in particularly high demand.

Applications are invited from candidates who:

  • hold an Italian diploma di laurea / laurea specialistica / laurea magistrale in any discipline,
  • hold an equivalent second-level degree (generally equivalent to a Master’s Degree) obtained in any country , in any discipline
  • expect to receive their degree award by October 31, 2021



Euro €15.343,28 per year; which includes I.N.P.S. – National Insurance Contributions which fellowship recipients are required to pay (around 11,41%).

The amount of the scholarship can be increased by 50% for research periods spent abroad, previously authorized by the Ph.D. Coordinator.


Neural correlates of cognitive, social and affective processes including:

  • Bodily and brain correlates of Intergroup processing, stereotype and prejudice
  • Bodily paths to lie, deception, corruption, (cyber)bullying
  • Neuroleadership
  • Joint attention and joint action in healthy and brain damaged people
  • Intention, action and emotion understanding
  • Pain perception, empathy for pain, existential neuroscience
  • Body awareness and Self-Other distinction in healthy, spinal cord injured, brain damaged people
  • Body Image Disorders in neurological and psychiatric patients
  • Embodiment and agency in Immersive virtual reality
  • Brain and beauty
  • Interoception
  • Autism


  • Non Invasive Brain Stimulation
    • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
    • Transcranial electric Stimulation (tDCS, tACS)
    • Functional Ultrasound Imaging
  • Electroencephalography (EEG), including:
    • Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SEP)
    • Laser Evoked Potentials (LEP)
  • fMRI
  • Physiological measures
    • Electrocardiography (EKG)
    • Electrogastrography (EGG)
    • Electromyography (EMG)
    • Thermal  lmaging
  • Immersive virtual reality (CAVE  and  Head mounted display)
  • Infrared Eye-tracking and Motion-tracking
  • Brain lesion analysis
  • Computational Modeling


Admission is based on an evaluation of the skills and aptitude of the candidate, and the selection procedure includes two steps:

Phase 1. Evaluation of qualifications
Phase 2. On site (or video-conference) interview

Results and time schedule of the on-site interviews will be available by July the 29th, 2021

On site interviews will be in September 9-10th, 2021 at the Department of Psychology. It is possible, following motivated requests, to conduct Phase 2 interview using video-conferencing facilities.


  1. Applications must be submitted by July 20th, 2021, 02:00 p.m. (CEST)
  2. Application fee (€ 35, non-refundable) must be payed by July 20th, 2021 at 11.59 p.m. (CEST).


General PhD Call:

Psychology and Social Neuroscience PhD Call:



Michela La Padula (organizational manager) – (administrative requests)

Salvatore M. Aglioti or Ilaria Bufalari – or  (scientific requests)

Coordinator of the Psychology and Social Neuroscience PhD Program: 

Matteo Candidi:

Coordinator of the CoSAN Curriculum

Salvatore Maria Aglioti, Director of the Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Sapienza University of Rome:

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