Experimental & Applied Psychophysics Group
The Experimental & Applied Psychophysics group works within the Department of General Psychology of the University of Padova. The group carries investigations in vision, auditory and audiovisual psychophysics with behavioral techniques, neuromodulation techniques (tES) recording of electrophysiologic signals (ERPs) and patient studies, interference techniques (TMS).
Many of the group members explore the processing of sensory and perceptual mechanisms producing the formation of perceptual objects. The focus of visual investigations is to shed light on the way visual processing is modulated by experience or disease. In audition the group investigates the acoustical features conveying information about the objects of everyday world. In audiovisual perception the group investigates the binding of auditory and visual signals in the formation of audiovisual objects. The role of experience on visual processing is also a major topic of investigation in this group: Short- and long-term plasticity of the visual system is investigated mostly using perceptual learning in both the healthy and clinical population. In addition of addressing these issues of basic research, the goal of the group is to exploit the results for the assessment and treatment of sensory deficits (e.g., low-vision).