Davide Zoccolan’s Visual Neuroscience Lab
SISSA / PhD In Cognitive Neuroscience

The lab is affiliated to the Neuroscience Area of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste (Italy) and its activities contribute to SISSA PhD program in Cognitive Neuroscience. The lab was established in 2009 thanks to the support of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and of the Compagnia di San Paolo. Since then, it has received the support of several funding bodies (see list at the bottom of this page), including the European Research Council.

Our research aims at understanding the neuronal mechanisms underlying visual object recognition, using a combination of psychophysics, electrophysiology, and computational modeling.

Latest News
  • Mariantonietta Firmani
  • Parallelo42 contemporary art, February 27, 2023

podcast Contemporaneamente (intervista a Davide Zoccolan e Marinella Senatore)

  • SISSA News, June 7, 2022

Understanding autism spectrum disorders through vision: a new project at SISSA

Davide Zoccolan is among the seven investigators that have been awarded a grant by SFARI to establish Autism Rat Model Consortium.

  • SISSA News, December 7, 2021

Efficient coding: how the brain optimizes allocation of resources

Our new study (in collaboration with Eugenio Piasini and Vijay Balasubramanian from Penn) about rat perceptual sensitivity to texture statistics, has been published in eLife.

  • SISSA News, July 21, 2021

This is how the visual system shows us a more persistent world

An international collaboration elucidates the mechanisms that facilitate accurate identification of moving images. The findings have been published in Nature Communications

  • Hillary Sanctuary
  • EPFL News, July 9, 2021

Tailored optical stimulation for the blind

Our new study, led by our collaborator Silvestro Micera (about using machine learning approaches to optimize optic nerve stimulation for vision restoration), has been published in Patterns.

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