Piero Paolo Battaglini

Elettroencefalografia, Brain Computer Interface, movimento volontario

GROUP: Perception and Action


He obtained the degree in Medicine and Surgery in Catania, in 1976 and then moved to the University of Bologna, until 1988. While in Bologna, he spent a period of time in Baltimore (USA), at the John Hopkins University working on experiments on visual perpecption. In Bologna, he contributed to the discovery and description of new types of visual neurons (real motion and real position cells), probably involved in the visual recognition of movement and position of objects in visual space.
In 1988 he moved to the University of Trieste, where now he is professor of Physiology. Here he continued to work, for a period of time, with the group of Bologna. Then he started experiments based on electroencephalography and transcranial magnetic stimulation. The main interest is the study of the involvement of the cerebral cortex in the preparation and execution of voluntary movement. More recently, he launched a line of research based on brain-computer interfaces and neurofeedback, in order to better understand the mechanisms that are the basis of voluntary movement and develop new strategies to enable interpersonal communication and to operate devices by using the brain's electrical activity only.