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Leonardo Bonetti


Junior Research Fellow and Associate Professor

Investigating the brain mechanisms underlying encoding and recognition of temporal patterns

I am Junior Research Fellow at the Center for Eudaimonia and Human Fluorishing, Linacre College, University of Oxford and Associate Professor at Center for Music in the Brain (MIB), Aarhus University, mainly interested in the whole-brain mechanisms underlying encoding and recognition of temporal sequences. Previously, I have completed a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at MIB, Aarhus University, an MSc in cognitive applied psychology and an MSc in classical guitar at University of Bologna.

Time is a central constituent of the physical world and several pieces of information available in the environment becomes meaningful only when sequentially arranged over time. Thus, the main aim of my research is to understand and mathematically model how the healthy brain processes temporal sequences and information evolving over time. To do so, I use state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques such as magnetoencephalogray (MEG) and (functional) magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in connection with sequences of stimuli arranged over time and presented either via auditory or visual channel.

While my current research focuses on healthy individuals at different stages of their life, a primary future step that I wish to undertake consists of applying our paradigms and analysis methods to clinical populations such as patients affected by dementia.