Elisa Ciaramelli

Dr. Elisa Ciaramelli

Post Doctoral Fellow Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest

Centro studi e ricerche di Neuroscienze Cognitive, Universita' di Bologna

Research Focus

My research focuses on the role of posterior patietal cortex in memory retrieval. Research in the attentional domain has shown that the superior parietal lobe (SPL) is implicated in directing top-down attention to relevant stimuli, whereas the inferior parietal lobe (IPL) mediates the bottom-up attentional capture by salient stimuli. I am currently investigating whether SPL and IPL serve conceptually similar roles during episodic memory retrieval. The hypothesis is that the SPL allocates top-down attention to strategic retrieval operations, including memory search, whereas the IPL mediates the bottom-up attentional capture by retrieved memory contents.
I am also interested in how prefrontal cortex exerts control on memory retrieval. For example, how do we resist false memory? There is evidence that ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPFC) and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) are both necessary to monitor memory accuracy. I would like to characterize monitoring operations in VMPFC and DLPFC, as well as their interplay.
I use behavioural, neuropsychological, and brain imaging (fMRI) methods.

Publications

Title Source (Journal/Book/Conference) Authors/Presenters Published On Type
Individualized Theory of Mind (iToM): When memory modulates empathy Frontiers in Psychology Ciaramelli E, Bernardi F, Moscovitch M 1359694800 Journal Article
Response to Nelson et al.: Ventral parietal subdivisions are not incompatible with an overarching function Trends in Cognitive Science Cabeza R, Ciaramelli E, Moscovitch M 1342065600 Journal Article
Cognitive contributions of the ventral parietal cortex: An integrative theoretical account Trends in Cognitive Science Cabeza R, Ciaramelli E, Moscovitch M 1337400000 Journal Article
Top-down and bottom-up attention-to-memory: mapping functional connectivity in two distinct networks that underlie cued and uncued recognition memory. NeuroImage Burianová H, Ciaramelli E, Grady CL, Moscovitch M 1325394000 Journal Article
The Scope of Disgust after Ventromedial Prefrontal Damage FRONTIERS OF NEUROSCIENCE Sperotto R, Ciaramelli E, DiPellegrino G 1311307200 Abstract
Overlapping Parietal Activity in Memory and Perception: Evidence for the Attention to Memory (AtoM) Model Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience Cabeza R, Mazuz Y, Stokes J, Kragel J, Woldorff M, Ciaramelli E, Olson I, Moscovitch M 1300161600 Journal Article
Top-down and bottom-up attention to memory are dissociated in posterior parietal cortex: neuroimaging and neuropsychological evidence Journal of Neuroscience Ciaramelli E, Grady CL, Levine B, Ween J, Moscovitch M 1270612800 Journal Article
Mental space travel: Damage to posterior parietal cortex prevents egocentric navigation and reexperiencing of remote spatial memories Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition Ciaramelli E, Rosenbaum RS, Solcz S, Levine B, Moscovitch M 1262840400 Journal Article
Divided attention during retrieval suppresses false recognition in confabulation. Cortex Ciaramelli E, Ghetti S, Borsotti M 1233464400 Journal Article
The role of the posterior parietal cortex in memory retrieval: The attention-to-memory hypothesis Rotman Rounds Ciaramelli E 1232341200 Presentation
Episodic memory for spatial context biases spatial attention Experimental Brain Research Ciaramelli E, Lin O, Moscovitch M 1230872400 Journal Article
Episodic memory for spatial context biases spatial attention EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH SPECIAL ISSUE: THE PHYSIOLOGY OF MIND. FESTSCHRIFT IN HONOUR OF GIOVANNI BERLUCCHI Ciaramelli E, Lin O, Moscovitch M 1226725200 Abstract
The parietal cortex and episodic memory: an attentional account Nature Reviews Neuroscience Cabeza R, Ciaramelli E, Olson IR, Moscovitch M 1217563200 Journal Article
Top-down and bottom-up attention to memory: A hypothesis (AtoM) on the role of the posterior parietal cortex in memory retrieval Neuropsychologia Ciaramelli E, Grady CL, Moscovitch M 1212292800 Journal Article
The role of ventromedial prefrontal cortex in navigation: A case of impaired wayfinding and rehabilitation Neuropsychologia Ciaramelli E 1212292800 Journal Article
Differential impact of brain damage on the access mode to memory representations: an information theoretic approach. European Journal of Neuroscience Lauro-Grotto R, Ciaramelli E, Piccini C, Treves A 1193889600 Journal Article
The contribution of prefrontal cortex to global perception Experimental Brain Research Ciaramelli E, Leo F, Del Viva MM, Burr DC, Ladavas E 1185940800 Journal Article
Selective deficit in personal moral judgment following damage to ventromedial prefrontal cortex Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Ciaramelli E, Muccioli M, Làdavas E, di Pellegrino G 1180670400 Journal Article
The regulation of cognitive control following rostral anterior cingulate cortex lesion in humans. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience di Pellegrino G, Ciaramelli E, Ladavas E 1170306000 Journal Article
What are confabulators' memories made of? A study of subjective and objective measures of recollection in confabulation Neuropsychologia Ciaramelli E, Ghetti S 1167627600 Journal Article
A pilot study for rehabilitation of central executive deficits after traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury Serino A, Ciaramelli E, Santantonio AD, Malagù S, Servadei F, Làdavas E 1167627600 Journal Article
Does Parietal Cortex Support Episodic Memory? Evidence from Focal Lesion Patients 17th Annual Rotman Research Institute Conference: Advances in Memory Research Kim ASN, Anaki D, Ciaramelli E, Cohn M, Davidson PSR, Murphy KJ, Troyer AK, Levine B, Moscovitch M 1167627600 Presentation
Parietal Cortex Support Episodic Memory? Evidence from Focal Lesion Patients 17th Annual Rotman Research Institute Conference: Advances in Memory Research Kim ASN, Anaki D, Ciaramelli E, Cohn M, Davidson PSR, Murphy KJ, Troyer AK, Levine B, Moscovitch M 1167627600 Presentation
Central executive system impairment in traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury Serino A, Ciaramelli E, Di Santantonio A, Malagù S, Servadei F, Làdavas E 1136091600 Journal Article
When true memory availability promotes false memory: Evidence from confabulating patients Neuropsychologia Ciaramelli E, Ghetti S, Frattarelli M, Làdavas E 1136091600 Journal Article
Central executive system impairment in traumatic brain injury. BRAIN AND COGNITION Ciaramelli E, Serino A, Di Santantonio A, Ladavas E 1136091600 Abstract
A rehabilitative program for central executive deficits after traumatic brain injury. BRAIN AND COGNITION Serino A, Ciaramelli E, Di Santantonio A, Ládavas E 1136091600 Abstract
Dissociating episodic from semantic access mode by mutual information measures: evidence from aging and Alzheimer's disease Journal of Physiology - Paris Ciaramelli E, Lauro-Grotto R, Treves A 946702800 Journal Article

Education

  • 2006: PhD in Psychology, Universita' di Bologna Italy
  • 2002: MA in Psychology, Universita' di Firenze Italy

Academic Appointments

  • 2006–Present: Post Doctoral Fellow, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest
  • 2011–Present: , Centro studi e ricerche di Neuroscienze Cognitive, Universita' di Bologna, Italy

Professional Affiliations

  • 2011–Present: Cognitive Neuroscience Society (Ordine degli Psicologi della regione Toscana)
  • 2011–Present: European Federation of Neuropsychological Societies
  • 2011–Present: Societe Italiana di Neuropsicologia

Reviewership

Other

  • 2005–Present: Reviewer for Neuropsychologia
  • 2006–Present: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
  • 2007–Present: Neuroscience Letters
  • 2007–Present: European Journal of Neuroscience
  • 2008–Present: PNAS
  • 2008–Present: Journal of Neuroscience
  • 2008–Present: Cortex
  • 2009–Present: Neuropsychology
  • 2009–Present: Brain

Distinctions and Awards

  • 2006: The role of the posterior parietal cortex in episodic memory retrieval, EU Marie Curie Individual Fellowship for studying

Research Projects

External

  • 2011: 'The role of posterior parietal cortex in episodic memory retrieval: The Attention-to-Memory (AtoM) hypothesis"
    Collaborators: Morris Moscovitch, Cheryl Grady, Brian Levine, Roberto Cabeza
  • 2011: 'Cognitive control over false memory'
    Collaborators: Morris Moscovitch, Giuseppe di Pellegrino, Michael Tau, Kathy Li, Nina Janic

History  (by G. Baldini)

Poetry (by A.A. Milne)


Contact

Email: eciaramelli@rotman-baycrest.on.ca