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Contact: davidenardo@gmail.com

Last update: October 2018


Current position

  • Since Oct 2018 - Research Associate, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, UK


Previous appointments

  • 2017-18 - Hourly-Paid Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Psychology, University of East London, London, UK
  • 2016-18 - Research Associate, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, London, UK
  • 2016-18 - Contract Lecturer in Clinical Neuroimaging, Professional Master’s Programme in Clinical Neuroscience, Department of Neuroscience, Federico II University, Naples, Italy
  • 2012-15 - Panel Member/Research Tutor, PhD Programme in Psychology and Cognitive Science, Department of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • 2009-15 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neuroimaging Laboratory, Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome, Italy
  • 2009-11 - Contract Lecturer in Biological Psychology, Department of Human and Educational Sciences, University of Perugia, Italy
  • 2007-15 - Collaborator, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Italian National Research Council, Rome, Italy
  • 2007-09 - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Cognitive Psychology, Department of Human Sciences, LUMSA University, Rome, Italy
  • 2007-09 - Graduate Teaching Assistant/Students' Tutor in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • 2007-09 - Collaborator, Cognitive Science and Psychology LaboratoryDepartment of Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • 2007-08 – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Campus Bio-Medico University, Rome, Italy
  • 2006-07 – Research Assistant, Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • 2004-07 - Visiting PhD Student, Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioural Neurobiology, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • 2003-04 - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • 2003-04 - InternInteruniversity Centre for Research on Cognitive Processing in Natural and Artificial Systems, Rome, Italy
  • 2003-04 - Intern, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council, Rome, Italy
  • 2002-03 - Postgraduate Student, Department of Neurological Sciences, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • 2001-02 - Visiting Student (Erasmus), Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioural Neurobiology, University of Tübingen, Germany


Editorial activities

  • Since Jan 2013 - Advisory Editor, Cognitive Processing, Springer Verlag, Berlin, Germany
  • Ad-hoc Reviewer for the following international journals:
        Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
        Acta Psychologica
        American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
        Archives of General Psychiatry
        Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
        Biological Psychiatry
        BMC Psychiatry
        Brain
        Brain & Behavior
        Brain Imaging & Behavior
        Cerebral Cortex
        Clinical Neurophysiology
        Computers in Biology and Medicine
        Cognitive Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience
        Cognitive Processing
        Cortex
        Human Brain Mapping
        International Neuropsychiatric Disease Journal
        JAMA Psychiatry
        Journal of Affective Disorders
        Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
        Journal of EMDR Practice and Research
        Medicine
        Molecular Psychiatry
        Neuroimage: Clinical
        Neuropsychologia
        Neuropsychology
        Neuroscience
        PLoS ONE
        Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging
        Psychological Medicine
        Scientific Reports


Education & qualifications

  • 2014 - Habilitation in Associate Professorship (Italy) in Experimental Psychology, Biological Psychology and Psychometrics, Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research
  • 2012 - Chartered Psychologist (Italy), Italian Council of Psychologists, Italy
  • 2007 - PhD in Cognitive Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • 2003 - Master's Degree (MSc) in Experimental Psychology (Distinction), Sapienza University, Rome, Italy


Expertise

  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
  • Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM)
  • Voxel-Based Morphometry (VBM)
  • Eye-tracking
  • Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation (tDCS)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Cognitive control
  • Spatial attention
  • Memory


Current research

  • Memory control


Professional networks


Publications

  • Papers:
    1. Nardo DHolland R, Leff AP, Price CJ, Crinion JT. Less is more: Neural mechanisms underlying anomia treatment in chronic aphasic patients. Brain 2017; 140(11): 3039–3054.

    2. Nardo DConsole P, Reverberi C,  Macaluso M. Competition between visual events modulates the influence of salience during free-viewing of naturalistic videos. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2016;10:320.
    3. Nardo DHögberg G, Jonsson C, Jacobsson H, Hällström T, Pagani M. Neurobiology of sleep disturbances in PTSD patients and traumatized controls: MRI and SPECT findingsFrontiers in Psychiatry 2015;6:134.
    4. Nardo D, Santangelo V, Macaluso E. Spatial orienting in complex audiovisual environments. Human Brain Mapping 2014;35(4):1597-1614. 
    5. Nardo D, Högberg G, Lanius AR, Jacobsson H, Jonsson C, Hällström T, Pagani M. Gray matter volume alterations related to trait dissociation in PTSD and traumatized controls. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 2013;128(3):222-233.

    • Curcio G*, Nardo D*, Perrucci MG, Pasqualetti P, Chen TL, Del Gratta C, Romani GL, Rossini PM. Effects of mobile phone signals over BOLD response while performing a cognitive task. Clinical Neurophysiology 2012;123(1):129-136. [* authors contributed equally]
    • Nardo D, Högberg G, Flumeri F, Jacobsson H, Larsson S, Hällström T, Pagani M. Self-rating scales assessing subjective well-being and distress correlate with rCBF in PTSD-sensitive regions. Psychological Medicine 2011;41(12):2549-2561.
    • Reiterer SM, Hu X, Erb M, Rota G, Nardo D, Grodd W, Winkler S, Ackermann H. Individual differences in speech imitation/pronunciation aptitude in late bilinguals: functional neuro-imaging and brain morphology. Frontiers in Psychology 2011;2:271.
    • Högberg G, Nardo D, Hällström T, Pagani M. Affective psychotherapy in post-traumatic reactions guided by affective neuroscience: Memory re-consolidation and play. Psychology Research and Behavior Management 2011;4:87-96.
    • Nardo D, Santangelo V, Macaluso E. Stimulus-driven orienting of visuo-spatial attention in complex dynamic environments. Neuron 2011;69(5):1015-1028.

    • Nardo D, Högberg G, Looi JC, Larsson S, Hällström T, Pagani M. Gray matter density in limbic and paralimbic cortices is associated with trauma load and EMDR outcome in PTSD patients. Journal of Psychiatric Research 2010;44(7):477-485.

    • Manna A, Raffone A, Perrucci MG, Nardo D, Ferretti A, Tartaro A, Londei A, Del Gratta C, Belardinelli MO, Romani GL. Neural correlates of focused attention and cognitive monitoring in meditation. Brain Research Bulletin 2010;82(1-2):46-56.

    • Olivetti Belardinelli M, Palmiero M, Sestieri C, Nardo D, Di Matteo R, Londei A, D'Ausilio A, Ferretti A, Del Gratta C, Romani GL. An fMRI investigation on image generation in different sensory modalities: The influence of vividness. Acta Psychologica (Amst) 2009;132(2):190-200.

    • Nardo D, Brunetti R, Cupellini E, Olivetti Belardinelli M. The influence of melodic and rhythmic redundancies on recognition memory for unknown musical themes. Musicae Scientiae 2009;13(2):337-355.

    • Pagani M, Salmaso D, Rodriguez G, Nardo D, Nobili F. Principal component analysis in mild and moderate Alzheimer's disease – A novel approach to clinical diagnosis. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging 2009;173(1):8-14.

    • Gardner A, Salmaso D, Nardo D, Micucci F, Nobili F, Sanchez-Crespo A, Jacobsson H, Larsson SA, Pagani M. Mitochondrial function is related to alterations at brain SPECT in depressed patients. CNS Spectrums 2008;13(9):805-814.

    • Tecchio F, Zito G, Zappasodi F, Dell’Acqua ML, Landi D, Nardo D, Lupoi D, Rossini PM, Filippi MM. Intra-cortical connectivity in Multiple Sclerosis: A neurophysiological approach. Brain 2008;131(7):1783-1792.

    • Rota G, Veit R, Nardo D, Weiskopf N, Birbaumer N, Dogil G. Processing of inconsistent emotionalinformation: An fMRI study. Experimental Brain Research 2008;186(3):401-407.

    • Pagani M, Högberg G, Salmaso D, Nardo D, Sundin O, Jonsson C, Soares J, Aberg-Wistedt A, Jacobsson H, Larsson SA, Hällström T. Effects of EMDR psychotherapy on 99mTc-HMPAO distributionin occupation-related post-traumatic stress disorder. Nuclear Medicine Communications 2007;28(10):757-765.

    • Pagani M, Salmaso D, Nardo D, Jonsson C, Jacobsson H, Larsson SA, Gardner A. Imaging theneurobiological substrate of atypical depression by SPECT. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 2007;34(1):110-120.


  • Chapters:


  • Conferences:
  • Nardo D, Pappa K, Duncan J, Zeidman P, Josephs O, Callaghan M, Leff AP, Crinion JT. Modulating the left inferior frontal cortex in chronic aphasic stroke patients. 19th Science of Aphasia Conference, Venice, September 18-22, 2018.
  • Nardo DPappa K, Duncan J, Zeidman P, Callaghan M, Leff AP, Crinion JT. The role of the left inferior frontal cortex in cognitive challenge. 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington DC, USA, November 11-15, 2017.
  • Nardo DPappa K, Duncan J, Zeidman P, Callaghan M, Leff AP, Crinion JT. Modulating the left inferior frontal cortex by task, task challenge and tDCS. 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore, MD, USA, November 8-10, 2017.
  • Nardo DHolland R, Leff AP, Price CJ, Crinion JT. Less is more: facilitating naming in aphasic patients8th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, London, United Kingdom, August 17-20, 2016.
  • Alragam S, Aguilar O, Brownsett S, Coley-Fisher H, Crinion J, Ferguson L, Kerry S, Krason A, Leff A, Maegli M, Nardo D, Ong Y-H, Peacock A, Woodhead Z. Developing digital neuro-interventions and understanding how they interact with surviving language networks. UCL Neuroscience Symposium, London, United Kingdom, June 24, 2016.
  • Nardo DConsole P, Reverberi C, Paolucci S, Doricchi F, Macaluso E. Control of visuo-spatial attention in complex environments: Behaviour, functional imaging and brain-lesion dataEuropean Brain Behaviour Society Meeting, Verona, Italy, September 12-15, 2015.
  • Macaluso E, Nardo D. Crossmodal spatial interactions in naturalistic environments: Behaviour, functional imaging and brain-lesion data. 16th International Multisensory Research Forum, Pisa, Italy, June 13-16, 2015.
    • Nardo D, Rotondaro F, Doricchi F, Paolucci S, Macaluso E. Attentional control in complex environments: spatial orienting in neglect patients and controls. 20th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Hamburg, Germany, June 8-12, 2014.
  • Di Francesco SA, Santangelo V, Nardo D, Macaluso E. Attentional selection for short-term memory: Gaze-direction at encoding predicts retrieval activity in posterior parietal cortex. 18th Meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Budapest, Hungary, August 29 - September 1, 2013.

  • Di Francesco SA, Santangelo V, Nardo D, Macaluso E. Attentional selection for short-term memory: Gaze-direction predicts retrieval activity in fronto-parietal cortex. 20th Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA, USA, April 13-16, 2013.
  • Nardo D, Santangelo V, Macaluso E. Audiovisual stimulus-driven contributions to spatial orienting in ecologically valid situations: an fMRI study. 13th International Multisensory Research Forum, Oxford, United Kingdom, June 19-22, 2012. Seeing and Perceiving 2012;25(S1):16.

  • Pagani M, Nardo D, Högberg G, Lanius RA, Bravo T, Jacobsson H, Jonsson C, Hällström T. Gray matter volume alterations associated with dissociative traits in PTSD and traumatized controls. 20th European Congress of Psychiatry, Prague, Czech Republic, March 3-6, 2012. European Psychiatry 2012;27(S1):1190.

    • Nardo D, Santangelo V, Macaluso E. BOLD correlates of audiovisual spatial attention in real-like situations. 4th Rovereto Attention Workshop, Rovereto, Italy, October 27-29, 2011.
    • Pigliautile M, Nardo D, Olivetti Belardinelli M. Episodic and semantic musical memory in elderly people. 17th Meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain, September 29 - October 2, 2011.

    • Nardo D, Högberg G, Larsson SA, Hällström T, Pagani M. Limbic and paralimbic cortex grey matter densities are negatively associated with trauma load. 18th European Congress of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany, February 27 - March 2, 2010. European Psychiatry 2010;25(S1):1550.

    • Pagani M, Nardo D, Högberg G, Jacobsson H, Larsson SA. Self-rating scales assessing subjective well-being and distress correlate with CBF in PTSD-sensitive regions. 18th European Congress of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany, February 27 - March 2, 2010. European Psychiatry 2010;25(S1):179.

    • Palmiero M, Olivetti Belardinelli M, Nardo D, Sestieri C, Di Matteo R, D’Ausilio A, Romani GL. Mental imagery generation in different modalities activates sensory-motor areas. 4th International Conference on Spatial Cognition, Rome, Italy, September 14-19, 2009. Cognitive Processing 2009;10(S2):68-71.

    • Olivetti Belardinelli M, Nardo D, Martinelli V, Cacciafesta M. Recognition memory for music in healthy elderly subjects: A pilot study. 7th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, Jyväskylä, Finland, August 12-16, 2009.

    • Reiterer S, Hu X, Erb M, Nardo D, Jilka M, Ackermann H, Grodd W. Neuronal correlates of pronunciation talent in a speech imitation task: An fMRI study. European Science Foundation Research Conferences – Social Cognitive Neuroscience, Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy, February 27 - March 4, 2009.

    • Pagani M, Nardo D, Flumeri F, Salmaso D, Looi J, Sanchez-Crespo A, Larsson SA, Sundin Ö, Högberg G. Volumetric changes in PTSD and in a subgroup of PTSD patients not responding to EMDR psychotherapy. 17th European Congress of Psychiatry, Lisbon, Portugal, January 24-28, 2009. European Psychiatry 2009;24(S2):1057.

    • Pagani M, Flumeri F, Salmaso D, Nardo D, Sanchez-Crespo A, Danielsson AM, Brolin F, Jacobsson H, Larsson SA, Högberg G. Neurobiological changes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following treatment with Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing. 21st Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine, Munich, Germany, October 11-15, 2008. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 2008;35(S2):158.

    • Pagani M, Flumeri F, Nardo D, Salmaso D, Sanchez-Crespo A, Danielsson AM, Fränden M, Jacobsson H, Larsson SA, Högberg G. Correlations between cerebral blood flow and structural and neuropsychological parameters in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. 21st Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine, Munich, Germany, October 11-15, 2008. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 2008;35(S2):150.

    • Hu X, Nardo D, Grodd W, Ackermann H, Reiterer S. The neuropsychology of second language (L2) pronunciation talent. 29th International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany, July 20-25 2008.

    • Landi D, Tecchio F, Dell'Acqua ML, Zito G, Zappasodi F, Nardo D, Lupoi D, Rossini PM, Filippi MM (2008). Intra-cortical connectivity in multiple sclerosis: a neurophysiological approach. 13th European Congress of Clinical Neurophysiology, Istanbul, Turkey, May 4-8, 2008. Clinical Neurophysiology 2008;119(S1):13-14.

    • Curcio G, Nardo D, Perrucci MG, Chen TL, Ferreri F, Del Gratta C, Romani GL, Rossini PM. Effects induced by exposure to mobile phone emissions: TMS and fMRI studies on healthy volunteers. 13th European Congress of Clinical Neurophysiology, Istanbul, Turkey, May 4-8, 2008. Clinical Neurophysiology 2008;119(S1):10.

    • Dell’Acqua ML, Tecchio F, Zito G, Zappasodi F, Landi D, Nardo D, Rossini PM, Filippi MM. Corticocortical connectivity in Multiple Sclerosis: A neurophysiological approach. 38° Congresso della Società Italiana di Neurologia, Florence, Italy, October 13-17, 2007.

    • Olivetti Belardinelli M, Nardo D, Veit R, Birbaumer N. Mapping encoding and retrieval of melodic and rhythmic redundancies in music processing: An fMRI study. 15th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Marseille, France, August 29 - September 1, 2007.

    • Pagani M, Salmaso D, Nardo D, Jonsson C, Danielsson A, Hatherly R, Jacobsson H, Larsson SA, Gardner A. Impact of mitochondrial disfunction on 99mTc-HMPAO uptake in depressed patients. 19th Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine, Athens, Greece, September 30 - October 4, 2006.

    • Pagani M, Högberg G, Salmaso D, Nardo D, Jonsson C, Danielsson A, Engelin L, Jacobsson H, Larsson SA, Hällström T, Sundin Ö. Effects of psychotherapy on 99mTc-HMPAO distribution in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 19th Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine, Athens, Greece, September 30 - October 4, 2006.

    • Nardo D, Cupellini E, Brunetti R, Olivetti Belardinelli M. Assessing the role of melodic and rhythmic factors in structuring musical salience. 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Bologna, Italy, August 22-26 2006.

    • Nardo D, Veit R, Rota G, Birbaumer N, Olivetti Belardinelli M. Looking for the neural bases of memory systems during the processing of music: An event-related fMRI study. 12th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Florence, Italy, June 11-15, 2006.
      Neuroimage 2006;31(S1).

    • Nardo D, Olivetti Belardinelli M, Lucci G, Rea M, Gentilomo A. Exploring the time features of recognition memory for music in the semantic and episodic systems: An ERP study. 12th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Florence, Italy, June 11-15, 2006.
      Neuroimage 2006;31(S1).

    • Rota G, Veit R, Nardo D, Weiskopf N, Birbaumer N, Dogil G. Facing inconsistent emotional information: Evidence on the involvement of the anterior cingulated cortex in identification of emotional prosody. 12th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Florence, Italy, June 11-15, 2006. Neuroimage 2006;31(S1).

    • Pagani M, Nobili F, Salmaso D, Nardo D, Thurfjell L, Larsson SA, Rodriguez G. Alzheimer Disease: A comparative study using Statistical Parametric Mapping and Principal Component Analysis. 11th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Toronto, Canada, June 12-16, 2005. Neuroimage 2005;26(S1).

    • Londei A, Nardo D, Olivetti Belardinelli M, Pantano P, Iannetti GD, Lenzi GL. Comparing data-driven to hypothesis-driven techniques for analyzing fMRI data of music perception. 4th Conference on Understanding and Creating Music, Caserta, Italy, November 23-26, 2004.

    • Pagani M, Salmaso D, Nardo D, Jonsson C, Danielsson AM, Jacobsson H, Larsson SA. Accuracy of possible and probable Alzheimer Disease diagnosis: A methodological comparison using SPM and Principal Component Analysis. 17th Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine, Helsinki, Finland, September 4-8, 2004.

    • Nardo D, Londei A, Iannetti G, Pantano P, Lenzi D, Olivetti Belardinelli M, Lenzi GL. Mapping gender differences in brain activity while listening to music excerpts characterized by tonality and salience. 10th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Budapest, Hungary, June 13-17, 2004. Neuroimage 2004;22(S1):e1030.