M.Sc., PhD Student
Cecilia joined the lab as a PhD student in 2022. She graduated with an M.Sc. in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oslo in 2022, where she conducted her thesis work on opioid-induced changes in reinforcement learning during stress in Siri Leknes’ lab. Moreover, she worked as a teaching and research assistant at the Department of Psychology in Oslo.
Before moving to Oslo for her master’s, Cecilia obtained her B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Bologna. She also studied as an exchange student at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Isreal, focusing on psychopathology and the treatment of mental disorders, and as an Erasmus+ student at the University of Bergen in Norway.
Cecilia is interested in affective neuroscience and decision-making with an emphasis on the modulation of choices and learning by affective and bodily states as well as rewards. To better understand neural mechanisms of behavioral control, she uses pharmacological interventions and investigates neuroendocrine modulations.
In addition to her curricular activities, she was an active member of the student parliament and the Vice President of the local chapter of Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund at the University of Oslo. In addition, she was engaged in the meetings of the local ReproducibiliTea chapter. Outside of the lab, Cecilia is a skilled flutist and she will now add a fifth European language to her growing repertoire.