Lucia Melloni

Lucia Melloni PhD
Research Group Leader
Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

Research Professor
NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Lucia Melloni is broadly interested in understanding the neural underpinnings of how we see (perception), how and why we experience what we see (consciousness) and how those experiences get imprinted in our brain (learning and memory) – as well as the interplay between these processes. She used multiple methods to get at those questions, ranging from invasive and non-invasive electrophysiological and neuroimaging methods over behavioral techniques to online surveys. Answering those questions in humans also needs methods advancement, which is another focus of her lab. The most recent one focus is on laminar electrophysiology in humans. Finally, she is committed to team-science and open science practices and she is leading a large-scale adversarial collaboration, involving 11 international collaborators to learn more about the footprints of consciousness and what makes us humans.

Key publications

  • Henin S, Turk-Browne NB, Friedman D, Liu A, Dugan P, Flinker A, Doyle W, Devinsky O, Melloni L (under review), “Learning hierarchical sequence representations across human cortex and hippocampus”, bioRxiv 583856, doi: 10.1101/583856
  • Peviani V, Magnani F.G, Bottini G, Melloni L (in press), “Metric biases in body representation extend to objects”, COGNITION
  • van Leeuwen T, Sauer A, Jurjut AM, Uhlhaas PJ, Wibral L, Singer W, Melloni L (in press), “Perceptual phenotypes: Perceptual gains and losses in synesthesia and schizophrenia”, SCHIZOPHR. BULL. , bioRxiv 443846, doi: 10.1101/443846
  • Leszczyński M, Barczak A, Kajikawa Y, Ulbert I, Falchier AY, Tal I, Haegens S, Melloni L, Knight RT, Schroeder CE, “Dissociation of broadband high-frequency activity and neuronal firing in the macaque neocortex”, SCI. ADV., in press
  • Schwiedrzik CM, Sudmann SS, Thesen T, Wang X, Groppe DM, Mégevand P, Doyle W, Mehta AD, Devinsky O, Melloni L, “Medial prefrontal cortex supports perceptual memory”, CURR BIOL, 28(18):R1094-R1095, doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.07.066