Research information:

As a postdoctoral researcher in the Klingberg group my focus is on understanding of how subcortical nuclei shape is related to genetic factors, behavioral and cognitive measures. I am interested in whether information about subcortical nuclei shape can be used in order to predict neurocognitive outcome or to predict the benefit of cognitive training.

I obtained my bachelor degree (2006) and master degree (2008) in Cognitive Psychology at la Sapienza University in Rome. In 2009 I started my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience under the direction of Cecilia Guariglia. The main topic of my PhD was human spatial navigation and orientation in the environment, investigated by means of neuropsychological and neuroimaging technique.

During the first two years of my PhD I mainly worked with fMRI, designing cognitive tasks tapping egocentric orientation, allocentric orientation and memory of spatial sequences, and carrying out the statistical analysis on the same data. During these years I started a collaboration with Patrice Péran, focusing on multimodal imaging and MRI structural data analysis. This led to a one-year internship (2011-2012) at the INSERM Unity 825 in Toulouse, France. I got my PhD in 2013 and then spent 12 month as a Research Assistant in Toulouse, focusing on MRI-PET multimodal imaging, histogram analysis, MRI-based patients classification and subcortical nuclei shape analysis.

Refereed journal articles:

Palermo, Liana, Giulia Ranieri, Federico Nemmi, and Cecilia Guariglia. “Cognitive Maps in Imagery Neglect.” Neuropsychologia 50, no. 5 (April 2012): 904–912. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.01.030.

Saint-Aubert, L, F Nemmi, P Péran, E J Barbeau, P Payoux, F Chollet, and J Pariente. “Comparison between PET Template-Based Method and MRI-Based Method for Cortical Quantification of Florbetapir (AV-45) Uptake in Vivo.” European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (December 19, 2013). doi:10.1007/s00259-013-2656-8.

Saint-Aubert, Laure, Emmanuel J Barbeau, Patrice Péran, Federico Nemmi, Celine Vervueren, Helene Mirabel, Pierre Payoux, et al. “Cortical Florbetapir-PET Amyloid Load in Prodromal Alzheimer’s Disease Patients.” EJNMMI Research 3, no. 1 (2013): 43. doi:10.1186/2191-219X-3-43.

Péran, P, F Nemmi, D Méligne, D Cardebat, A Peppe, O Rascol, C Caltagirone, J F Demonet, and U Sabatini. “Effect of Levodopa on Both Verbal and Motor Representations of Action in Parkinson’s Disease: A fMRI Study.” Brain and Language 125, no. 3 (June 2013): 324–329. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2012.06.001.

Nemmi Federico, Federica Piras, Patrice Péran, Chiara Incoccia, Umberto Sabatini, and Cecilia Guariglia. “Landmark Sequencing and Route Knowledge: An fMRI Study.” Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior 49, no. 2 (February 2013): 507–519. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2011.11.016.

Palermo, Liana, Giulia Ranieri, Maddalena Boccia, Laura Piccardi, Federico Nemmi, and Cecilia Guariglia. “Map-Following Skills in Left and Right Brain-Damaged Patients with and without Hemineglect.” Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology 34, no. 10 (2012): 1065–1079. doi:10.1080/13803395.2012.727385.

Boccia, Maddalena, Federico Nemmi, and Cecilia Guariglia. “Neuropsychology of Environmental Navigation in Humans: Review and Meta-Analysis of fMRI Studies in Healthy Participants.” Neuropsychology Review (February 1, 2014). doi:10.1007/s11065-014-9247-8.

Nemmi Federico, Maddalena Boccia, Laura Piccardi, Gaspare Galati, and Cecilia Guariglia. “Segregation of Neural Circuits Involved in Spatial Learning in Reaching and Navigational Space.” Neuropsychologia 51, no. 8 (July 2013): 1561–1570. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.03.031.
Péran, Patrice, Sheila Catani, Chiara Falletta Caravasso, Federico Nemmi, Umberto Sabatini, and Rita Formisano. “Supplementary Motor Area Activation Is Impaired in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Parkinsonism.” Journal of Neurotrauma (October 29, 2013). doi:10.1089/neu.2013.3103.

Bianchini, Filippo, Liana Palermo, Laura Piccardi, Chiara Incoccia, Federico Nemmi, Umberto Sabatini, and Cecilia Guariglia. “Where Am I? A New Case of Developmental Topographical Disorientation.” Journal of Neuropsychology (January 21, 2013). doi:10.1111/jnp.12007.