PhD Student

Caterina Trentin

PhD Student

E-mail: c.trentin@vu.nl

Biography

I obtained my bachelor in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Cambridge (UK), and I hold both a Bachelor and a Master in Engineering from the Università degli Studi di Padova (IT). During my Psychology studies, I first worked as an intern in Dr. Marco Tripodi’s lab, at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (Cambridge, UK). There, I investigated the kinematics of head movements in freely-moving mice to better understand the role of the Superior Colliculus in programming the spatial coordinates of such movements. I subsequently worked as an intern in Dr. Tristan Bekinschtein’s Consciousness and Cognition Lab, where I researched the spatio-temporal neurodynamics of confidence and perceptual choice in awake and drowsy participants. Before starting my PhD, I was a Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Anat Arzi, who I collaborated with in an exciting project about auditory remapping across the sleep-wake cycle.

Research interest

My research interest ranges from the neuroscience of consciousness, creativity, sleep and confidence, to the role of action in cognition. Currently, my research focuses on understanding how prospective action influences the way we encode information in visual working memory, and on investigating whether it determines memory-based biases of visual attention.

Recent publication

Wilson, J., Alexandre, N., Trentin, C., & Tripodi, M. (2018). Three-dimensional representation of motor space in the mouse superior colliculus, Current Biology, 28(11), 1744-1755.