Corrado Corradi˗Dell'Acqua

Corrado Corradi˗Dell'Acqua

Neuroscientist - Cognitive Psychologist - Data Scientist

University of Geneva

Biography

I am a Cognitive neuroscientist and psychologist with long-lasting experience in the study of the human adult brain, through behavioral measures, electrophysiology and brain imaging. I’m interested in the study of the neural mechanisms underlying pain, personal affect and their interaction with social cognition and decision-making.

I am also invested in understanding the cognitive and neural processes underlying the diagnosis and management of people’s pain. This is a research line with both fundamental and translational relevance, and organized on the following axes: neural/physiological fingerprinting of somatic affect, prediction of real-life pain-management behaviour from brain activity, and effect of attention on pain experience and relief.

Please check all my Research Projects

Interests
  • Pain
  • Chemosensation
  • Affective Processing
  • Social Cognition
  • Decision-Making
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
Education
  • PhD in Neuroscience, 2007

    International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA/ISAS), Trieste, Italy

  • MS in Psychology, 2001

    UHSR, University Hospital San Raffaele, Milan, Italy

Skills

NeuroPsy
Neuroscience & Psychology

More than a decade of experience in the study of a human brain

MRI
fMRI

Investigating brain activity with functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Physio
Psychophysiology

Analysis of galvanic and cardiac responses to investigate human affect

Pain
Pain

More than a decade of experience in the study of the cognitive and neural mechanisms of Pain

Principal Investigator

Extensive experience as laboratory director and team leader.

Programming

Long lasting coding experience across different programming languages (chiefly Matlab)

Data Analysis

Extensive experience in data analysis/modeling across different platforms (R, Matlab, SPSS)

ML
Machine Learning

Employment of decoding techniques (SVM, Random Forest, Lasso) to predict behavior from brain activity.

Father

If you handle two kids, you can handle anything

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
Maître d’enseignement et de recherché (Lecturer)
Jan 2022 – Present Geneva, Switzerland
 
 
 
 
 
Assistant Professor
Sep 2015 – Dec 2021 Geneva, Switzerland
I have been coordinating my own research team, comprehending 2 post-doc, 4 doctoral students, 11 master students, and 4 interns. During this time, I’ve been managing my own SNSF fellowship.
 
 
 
 
 
Post-doc & Maître assistant
Oct 2009 – Aug 2015 Geneva, Switzerland
I worked in the laboratory of Prof. Patrik Vuilleumier, where I was tasked to design and carry-out research projects, acquire and analyze associated data, draft and publish scientific articles, and supervise doctoral/master students.
 
 
 
 
 
Post-doc
Dec 2007 – Sep 2009 Trieste, Italy
I worked in the laboratory of Prof. Raffaella I. Rumiati, where I was tasked to design and carry-out research projects, acquire and analyze associated data, draft and publish scientific articles, and assist in the supervision of doctoral students.
 
 
 
 
 
Research Assistant
Feb 2006 – Oct 2007 Jülich, Germany
I worked in the laboratory of Prof. Gereon R. Fink, where I was tasked to design and carry-out research projects, acquire and analyze associated data, and draft/publish scientific articles.

Grants

VRelief: the vitual reality to prevent and relief pain in hospitalized children
Creation and validation of an innovative VR tool from Geneva (Principal Investigator: Cyril Sahyoun)
Cognitive and neural systems for understanding others and their somatic states
Extension of the SNSF professorship grant for two additional years
Deciphering the neural impact of sleep loss on metacognition and empathic judgments for pain
Collaboration project investigating the interplay between sleep deprivation and restriction in the sensitivity to one’s and others' pain (Principal Investigator: Sophie Schwartz)
Cognitive and neural systems for understanding others and their somatic states
SNSF professorship grant which allowed me to estabilish my own research group
Your pains and my dangers: Linking empathy to shared predictive coding in the human anterior insula
Project investigating the role of expectancy in the experience of pain and disgust (Principal Investigator: Patrik Vuilleumier)

Research

Expecting Pain

How expectations shape pain sensitivity and relief.

Managing Pain

From Cognitive Sciences to Clinical Pactice.

Theory of Mind

How the brain represents others' cognitive and affective states.

Embodying Pain

How first-hand pain experience shapes social proficiency?

Recent Publications