UCL Division of Biosciences

Prof Giandomenico Iannetti

Prof Giandomenico Iannetti

Professor of Neuroscience

Neuro, Physiology & Pharmacology

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2009

Research summary

We investigate fundamental questions about how humans and other animals cope with the world through perception and action. We are particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms that brains have evolved for the detection and the motor reaction to sudden and surprising environmental stimuli.

​This research is relevant for the study of pain, defensive behaviours, and peripersonal space.

We combine behavioural readouts with neurophysiology during the presentation of transient, tonic and naturalistic stimuli of multiple sensory modalities. We perform experiments in simple laboratory settings as well as in ecological virtual reality environments (VR).

Behavioural measures range from simple psychophysics and reaction times to detailed analysis of force and movement kinematics.

Neurophysiological measures include reflexes, electromyography (EMG) and cortical activity (EEG, fMRI, ECoG and LFP).

We analyse these measures with computational and statistical techniques, such as geometric modelling, machine learning, and information theory.

Teaching summary

I am the joint-director of the MRes Programme at CoMPLEX (www.ucl.ac.uk/complex)


Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2003
Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
Doctorate, Doctor of Medicine | 1999