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Dr Francesca Rocchi

Early Career Fellow

School/Department: Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour

Telephone: +44 (0)7760118134

Email: fr93@leicester.ac.uk

Web:

Centre for Systems Neuroscience

Profile

My core background is in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. I have started to become familiar with how cognitive processes affect our behaviour during my MSc in General and Experimental Psychology at the University of Florence, where I graduated with honours (summa cum laude) supervised by Dr. Stefano Baldassi. I have then completed my PhD in Visual Neuroscience at the University of Nottingham, supervised by Prof. Tim Ledgeway and Prof. Ben Webb. Over the past years, I have been collaborating with several international labs as Postdoctoral Fellow. I worked with Prof. Ram Ramachandran at Vanderbilt University, where I performed electrophysiological recordings in non-human primates. I did conduct a research project on brain effective connectivity in Prof. Chris Petkov’s Lab at Newcastle University, and I have been collaborating with Prof. Jon Van Opstal and Prof. Marc van Wanrooij at Radboud University, where I have studied gaze-orientation during sound localization. Finally, I have joined Prof. Rodrigo Quian Quiroga’s research group in Leicester to study visual perception and the neural coding underlying memory representation. I have recently been appointed as Early Career Fellow at the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour.

Research

My main research focus is to understand how the brain works. The answer to this question is so controversial that I have decided to learn different techniques and explore disparate research subjects, in order to try to strengthen my skills as researcher. My research interests span from Cognitive Psychology to Neuroscience in both humans and non-human primates. In particular, I am interested in studying memory, visual and auditory perception and language, by focusing in the neural coding mechanisms underlying these cognitive processes. I combine several research techniques to study humans and non-human primates' behaviour:

  • Behavioural/Psychophysical methodologies.
  • Computational modelling and signal processing.
  • Electrophysiology. Single-cell recordings.
  • Electrical Intracranial Microstimulation and fMRI techniques.

Publications

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Rocchi, F., Oya, H., Balezeau, F., Billig, A. J., Kocsis, Z., Jenison, R. L., ... & Petkov, C. I. (2021). Common fronto-temporal effective connectivity in humans and monkeys. Neuron.

Balezeau, F., Nacef, J., Kikuchi, Y., Schneider, F., Rocchi, F., Muers, R. S., ... & Murphy, K. (2021). MRI monitoring of macaque monkeys in neuroscience: case studies, resource and normative data comparisons. NeuroImage, 117778.

Rocchi, F. & Ramachandran, R. (2020). Foreground Stimuli and Task Engagement Enhance Neuronal Adaptation to Background Noise in the Inferior Colliculus of Macaques. Journal of Neurophysiology, 124(5), 1315-1326.

Rocchi, F. & Ramachandran, R. (2018). Neuronal adaptation to sound statistics in the inferior colliculus of behaving macaques does not reduce the effectiveness of the masking noise. Journal of Neurophysiology, 120, 2819-2833.

Rocchi, F., Ledgeway, T., & Webb, B.S. (2018). Criterion-free measurement of motion transparency perception at different. Journal of Vision, Vol.18, 5.

Rocchi, F., Dylla, M. E., Bohlen, P. A., & Ramachandran, R. (2017). Spatial and temporal disparity in signals and maskers affects signal detection in non-human primates. Hearing research, 344, 1-12.

Rocchi, F., Ledgeway, T., & Webb, B.S. (2013). Visual motion integration is mediated by directional ambiguities in local motion signals. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 7, 167.

Megna, N., Rocchi, F., Baldassi, S. (2012). Spatio-temporal templates of transient attention revealed by classification images. Vision research, 54, 39-48.

Webb, B.S., Ledgeway, T., & Rocchi, F. (2011) Neural computations governing spatiotemporal pooling of visual motion signals in humans. Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 4917- 4925.

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Teaching

I am teaching on the 2nd year Information Processing and Cognition course, where my lectures focus on long-term memory. I teach also research methods on the Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience course to 3rd year undergraduates.

I am also currently involved in teaching on the School of Psychology's Distance Learning course in Occupational Psychology and the Psychology of Work, where students have disparate educational backgrounds. My teaching mainly covers cognitive processes, such as perception and memory.

Teaching modules:

PS2111

PS3120

PS7553

Conferences

Rocchi, F.,  Oya, H., Balezeau, F., Kocsis, Z., Greenlee. J., Griffiths, T.D., Howard III, M. & Petkov, C.I. (2018). Directed effective connectivity in the human and monkey brain. Basic Auditory Neuroscience Meeting (BAS), 2018.

Rocchi, F., * Oya, H.*, Balezeau, F., Kocsis, Z., Greenlee. J., Griffiths, T.D., Howard III, M. & Petkov, C.I. (2018). Directed effective connectivity in the human and monkey brain: Auditory cortex impact on inferior frontal cortex, hippocampus and anterior cingulate cortex. Abstract accepted for Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 2018.

Rocchi, F., & Ramachandran, R. Neuronal Adaptation To Background Sound Level Statistics In The Inferior Colliculus Of Macaques. Society for Neuroscience (SfN), 2016.

Rocchi, F., & Ramachandran, R. Foreground stimuli affect Neuronal Adaptation to Sound Level Statistics In The Inferior Colliculus Of Behaving Macaques. Presented atAdvances and Perspectives in Auditory Neuroscience (APAN), 2016 meeting.

Rocchi, F., Dylla, M.E., Narayan, C., Watson, J.& Ramachandran, R. Effects of Statistical Properties of Noise on Tone Detection by Non-Human Primates. Association of Research in Otolaryngology (ARO), 2015. Abs. 278, 167.

Narayan, C., Dylla, M.E., Bohlen, P.A., Rocchi, F., & Ramachandran, R. Neuronal Correlates of Vowel Detection in the Cochlear Nucleus and Inferior Colliculus of Macaques. Association of Research in Otolaryngology (ARO), 2015. Abs. 416, 234.

Watson, J.& Dylla, M.E., Rocchi, F., Bohlen, P.A., & Ramachandran, R.Neural Correlates of the Detection of Tones in Modulated Noise in the Inferior Colliculus and Cochlear Nucleus of Nonhuman Primates.Association of Research in Otolaryngology (ARO), 2015. Abs. 417, 235.

Rocchi, F., Ledgeway, T., & Webb, B.S. Global speed perception in human vision is sensitive to the median physical speed of local image motion. Vision Sciences Society (VSS), 2011.

Rocchi, F., Webb, B.S., & Ledgeway, T. (Does the human visual system average local speed information? Applied Vision Association (AVA), 2010.

Rocchi, F., Ledgeway, T., & Webb, B.S. Computations mediating global speed perception in human vision.  European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), 2010.

Rocchi, F., Ledgeway, T., & Webb, B.S. Computations governing the spatiotemporal pooling of local motion directions. European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), 2009.

Megna, N., Rocchi, F., & Baldassi, S. The spatiotemporal profile of feature and spatial attention: a psychophysical reverse correlation study. European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), 2008.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) in General and Experimental Psychology.

MSc (Hons, 110/110 summa cum laude) in General and Experimental Psychology.

PhD in Visual Neuroscience.

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