Ongoing research lines

  ADDICTED – Attentional Disruption after DIgital ContenTs Exposure during Development - Ongoing


The ADDICTED study investigates the short-term effects of digital contents (i.e., cognitively engaging vs. non-engaging) in 4-6 years-old children on their 1) resting state neural networks (HD-EEG), skin conductance (SC) and heart rate (HR), 2) behavioral performance

and associated ERPs, 3) performance on neuropsychological tests (e.g., inhibition). Moreover, HD-EEG, pupil dilatation, SC and HR are recorded during cartoon watching to compare general psychophysiological activation between the two conditions.


  Adaptive cognitive control (ACC) in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and their siblings: a multi-centric study - Ongoing


This multi-centric study involves more than 10 clinical centres mainly in the Venetian region of Italy and aims at defining the endophenotypic profile of Adaptive Cognitive Control in ADHD children and find possible early markers of atypical development in their siblings.  
The control group will be recruited from local schools.


  IUS-P validation - Ongoing


In collaboration with Professor Gioia Bottesi, we are working on the Italian validation of the Intolerance of Uncertainty Scale Parent version (IUS-P), which investigates how children react toward uncertain situations. This might be a transdiagnostic trait for many psychopathological and neurodevelopmental conditions and we suggest it might be associated with poor adaptive cognitive control functioning.


  “Yoghiamo a Scuola”: a Yoga-Mindfulness school-based intervention to foster Adaptive Cognitive Control (ACC) in children - Finished

Yoghiamo a Scuola

The “Yoghiamo a Scuola” project investigated whether an 8-week Yoga-Mindfulness school-based intervention led by trained professionals could improve children’s ACC and psychological wellbeing. 220 families adhered to the project (3° year of kindergarten – 2° grade). Before and after the intervention, the PACC (Padua Adaptive Cognitive Control; Mento et al., in prep.) battery
was administered to children and questionnaires to their parents and teachers. Preliminary results showed a potential positive effect on ACC.

School involved in the project: “I.C. Santini”, Noventa Padovana (PD, Italy)