Laura Zapparoli is a post-doc researcher at the fMRI Unit of IRCCS Galeazzi, in Milan. She received her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Milano-Bicocca, after spending one year as visiting research fellow at the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders (Institute of Neurology - University College London).
Her main research interest is motor control, with reference to the study of the different stages of action production: from the more abstract aspects (i.e. the different components of intention to move and the mechanism of action representation), through explicit motor execution and motor awareness. These topics were investigated studying both healthy subjects, with particular attention to the changes associated with the adult life-span and the physiological processes of aging, and neurological populations, in order to have a complementary approach for the better understanding of the neurophysiological underpinnings of motor control.
More recently, she focused her research activity on the study of the different mental processes related to intentional actions.