Sandra Arbula

Via Giustiniani 5, 35128, Padova

Research interests

Modulation of cognitive control functions due to brain lesions or particular life experiences.

Methods: Behavioral, Voxel-based Lesion-Symptom Mapping, EEG


Arbula S., Pacella V., De Pellegrin S., Rossetto M., Denaro L., D'Avella D., Della Puppa A., Vallesi A. (2017) Addressing the selective role of distinct prefrontal areas in response suppression: A study with brain tumor patients. Neuropsychologia (In Press)

Arbula S., Capizzi M., Lombardo N., Vallesi A. (2016) How Life Experience Shapes Cognitive Control Strategies: The Case of Air Traffic Control Training. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0157731

Capizzi M., Ambrosini E., Arbula S., Mazzonetto I., Vallesi A. (2016). Testing the domain-general nature of monitoring in spatial and verbal cognitive domains. Neuropsychologia 89, 83-95.

Capizzi M., Ambrosini E., Arbula S., Mazzonetto I., Vallesi A. (2016). Electrophysiological evidence for domain-general processes in task-switching. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10:124.

Vallesi A., Arbula S., Capizzi M., Causin F., & D’Avella D. (2015). Domain-independent neural underpinning of task-switching: An fMRI investigation. Cortex 65, 173-183.

Correa A., Cona G., Arbula S., Vallesi A., & Bisiacchi P. (2014). Neural dissociation of automatic and controlled temporal preparation by transcranial magnetic stimulation. Neuropsychologia 65, 131-136.

Vallesi A., Arbula S., & Bernardis P. (2014). Functional dissociations in temporal preparation: Evidence from dual-task performance. Cognition 130, 141-151.


2014 - onward: PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Padova. Supervisor: prof. Antonino Vallesi

2013: Research assistant at Department of Neuroscience, University of Padova

2012: Master's degree in Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Trieste - Final thesis: Functional dissociation in time preparation: evidence from dual-task performance

2011: Research training fellowship for undergraduate students at International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste – SISSA.

2009: Bachelor's degree in Psychology (curriculum: Psychobiology), University of Trieste - Final thesis: Mechanisms of cerebellar motor learning