I amĀ an international Phd candidate at the University of Calgary, Canada and I joined NeuroLab from the University of L’Aquila (Italy). The central theme of my research focuses on investigating the effects of sleep, sleep-deprivation, and sleep disturbances on cognitive functioning. I am investigating how sleep (and the lack thereof) affects the human ability to empathizeĀ and the way individuals process emotional stimuli, as well as the ability to orient in the environment. My methodological approach includes objective (actigraphy) and subjective (questionnaires) sleep quality measures, structural and functional neuroimaging techniques, and cortisol measures.