Zaira Romeo

Ritratto di Zaira Romeo
(+39) 049 8276528
Lab P13, via Venezia 12/2 - 35131, Padova, Italy

Research interests

 Spatial Attention; Cognitive Neuropsychology; EEG; ERP; Resting State


Dec. 2016 – present  -  Visiting Student Researcher

Physiological Investigations of Clinically Normal and Impaired Cognition (Prof. Paolo Bartolomeo)

Institut du cerveau et de la moelle épinière (ICM) – Salpetriere Hospital, Paris – France


2014 – present  - Ph.D., Psychological Sciences

Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab  (Prof. Marco Zorzi)

Psychophysiology Research Group (Dr. Chiara Spironelli)                                                                            

Department of General Psychology, University of Padova – Italy


2013-2014 - Postgraduate Internship

Institute for Medical Psychology and Behavioural Neurobiology, Eberhard Karls University, Tubingen - Germany (Prof. Niels Birbaumer)


2011 – 2013 - M.Sc., Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 

Department of  General Psychology, University of Padova -  Italy


2008 – 2011 - B.Sc., Psychological Sciences and Techniques 

Department of Cognitive, Psychological, Pedagogical Sciences and Cultural Studies, University of Messina - Italy.



Altre informazioni: 
My research interests are focused on the modulation of visuospatial awareness and on the electrophysiological correlates of resting state in stroke patients. I am studying the clinical implications of the finding that spatial awareness deficits following stroke (e.g., neglect) are strongly modulated by the interaction between spatial and non-spatial attentional mechanisms. Though the presence of non-lateralized attention deficits is well established, the interactive effects exemplified by the emergence of severe spatial awareness deficits during multi-tasking in apparently unimpaired patients have important implications for diagnosis and rehabilitation. I am also interested in the study of Default Mode Network and functional connectivity in healthy subjects and in brain damage patients, using electroencephalography (EEG) and functional Magnetic Risonance Imaging (fMRI). My current research goal is to understand whether behavioural and neurofunctional markers of susceptibility to multi-tasking are better predictors of the performance in everyday activities and the future functional recovery, compared to standard neuropsychological assessment I have also focused my research on language hemipheric lateralization in psychiatric patients. Notwithstanding the evidence of an altered hemispheric lateralization in psychotic disorders has been demonstrated with both structural and functional brain imaging methods, no clear links have been established between loss of the hemispheric specialization for linguistic processing and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). For this reason, I am currying out a EEG study to understand if brain activity, engaged in specific language processes, could be able to reveal the alteration of language lateralization in MDD patients, and a correlation between left frontal hypoactivation and higher levels of negative affect.