Rocco Mennella


Research interests

Affective Neuroscience


  • E/MEG correlates of emotional processing in healthy and clinical samples;
  • Social threat and its relation with action disposition: E/MEG correlates.


  1. Mennella, R., Sarlo, M., Messerotti Benvenuti, S., Buodo, G., Mento, G., & Palomba, D. (2017). The two faces of avoidance: Time‐frequency correlates of motivational disposition in blood phobia. Psychophysiology
  2. Mennella, R., Leung, R. C., Taylor, M. J., & Dunkley, B. T. (2017). Disconnection from others in autism is more than just a feeling: whole-brain neural synchrony in adults during implicit processing of emotional faces. Molecular Autism, 8(1), 7.
  3. Mennella, R., Patron, E., & Palomba, D. (2017). Frontal Alpha Asymmetry Neurofeedback for the Reduction of Negative Affect and Anxiety. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 92, 32 -40.
  4. Messerotti Benvenuti, S., Mennella, R., Buodo, G., & Palomba, D. (2016). Frontal Theta Activity as an EEG Correlate of Mood-Related Emotional Processing in Dysphoria. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.
  5. Mennella, R., Messerotti Benvenuti, S., Buodo, G., & Palomba, D. (2015). Emotional modulation of alpha asymmetry in dysphoria: results from an emotional imagery task. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 97, 113-119.
  6. Messerotti Benvenuti, S., Mennella, R., Buodo, G., & Palomba, D. (2015). Dysphoria is associated with reduced cardiac vagal withdrawal during the imagery of pleasant scripts: Evidence for the positive attenuation hypothesis. Biological Psychology, 106C, 28–38.
  7. Messerotti Benvenuti, S., Buodo, G., Mennella, R., & Palomba, D. (2015). Somatic, but not cognitive-affective, symptoms are associated with reduced heart rate variability in individuals with depression. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 599.



2017: Postdoctoral Researcher of the Social Cognition Group, Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives, École normale supérieure, Paris (FR)

Research experience

2015-16: visiting researcher, 9 months, at the Margot Taylor lab, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Hospital for Sick Children Toronto (CA)

2014-2016: research collaboration, MEGlab, IRCSS Fondazione Ospedale San Camillo, Venice (IT)

2014-16: PhD program in Psychological Sciences, University of Padua (IT)


2014-2016: PhD (cum laude) in Psychological Sciences, University of Padua (IT). Thesis: Motivational underpinnings of negative affect as revealed by emotional modulation of EEG bands. Supervisor: Prof. Daniela Palomba

2011-2013: Msc (cum laude) in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, University of Padua (IT). Thesis: Action Disposition in Blood Phobia: an ERP study within an emotional Go/NoGo paradigm. Supervisor: Prof. Daniela Palomba

2008-2011: Bsc (cum laude) in Psychological Sciences and Techniques, University of Turin (IT). Thesis: Role of amygdala and secondary sensory cortices in long-term emotional memory storage. Supervisor: Prof. Benedetto Sacchetti

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