About Me

Welcome to my webpage. After studying Physics for my university studies (B.Sc. and M.Sc.), I finished my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at SISSA (Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati), Trieste, Italy (Adviser: Giorgia Silani). I am currently pursuing my post-doc with Fiery Cushman and Mina Cikara at Harvard University.

My primary interest lies in moral judgment and decision making, prosocial and altruistic behavior, and the role of various sociocognitive and socioaffective abilities (e.g., empathy, theory of mind, emotion regulation, etc.) in making such judgments. In addition to studying moral cognition in healthy individuals using neuroscientific methods (fMRI, psychophysiology, etc.), I also study clinical populations and sub-clinical personality traits (autism, alexithymia, psychopathy, multiple sclerosis, etc.) to investigate current models of moral cognition.

I am highly active on social networking sites (Twitter and Facebook) and maintain a group called Moral Psychology on Facebook where I regularly write review about recent findings in the field. 

Curriculum Vitae (12/17)                                                                    E-mail:                                                Citations: Google Scholar account


(Note before: Electronic versions are provided to ensure timely dissemination of academic work. They can be downloaded for noncommercial purposes. Copyright resides with the respective copyright holders as stated in each article. The files must not be reposted without permission from copyright holders.)

* denotes equal contribution.


Patil, I., Calò, M., Fornasier, F., Cushman, F.*, & Silani, G.* (2017). The behavioral and neural basis of empathic blame. Scientific Reports, 7:5200. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-05299-9 
[pdf]     [supplementary]     [Data and Materials]        [Neuroimaging maps]

Patil, I.Calò, M.*, Fornasier, F.*, Young, L., & Silani, G. (2017). Neuroanatomical correlates of forgiving unintentional harmsScientific Reports7:45967. doi:10.1038/srep45967
[pdf]     [supplementary    [Data and Materials]        [Neuroimaging maps]

Patil, I., Zanon, M.*, Novembre, G.*, Zangrando, N., Chittaro, L., & Silani, G. (2017). Neuroanatomical basis of concern-based altruism in virtual environment. Neuropsychologia. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.02.015
[pdf]     [supplementary]     [Data and Materials]        [Neuroimaging maps]        Press: [18 news outlets]   Highlight: Daily Mail

Patil, I., Young, L., Sinay, V., & Gleichgerrcht, E. (2017). Elevated moral condemnation of third-party violations in multiple sclerosis patientsSocial Neuroscience, 12(3), 308-329. doi:10.1080/17470919.2016.1175380
[pdf]     [supplementary]    [Data and Materials]        Press: [7 news outlets]

Patil, I.*, Melsbach, J.*, Hennig-Fast, K., & Silani, G. (2016). Divergent roles of autistic and alexithymic traits in utilitarian moral judgments in adults with autism. Scientific Reports, 6:23637. doi:10.1038/srep23637 
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Patil, I. (2015). Trait psychopathy and utilitarian moral judgment: The mediating role of action aversion. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 27(3), 349-366. doi:10.1080/20445911.2015.1004334
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Patil, I., & Silani, G. (2014). Alexithymia increases moral acceptability of accidental harms. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26(5), 597-614. doi:10.1080/20445911.2014.929137
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Patil, I., & Silani, G. (2014). Reduced empathic concern leads to utilitarian moral judgments in trait alexithymia. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:501. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00501
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Patil, I., Cogoni, C., Zangrando, N., Chittaro, L., & Silani, G. (2014). Affective basis of judgment-behavior discrepancy in virtual experiences of moral dilemmas. Social Neuroscience, 9(1), 94-107. doi:10.1080/17470919.2013.870091
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