Naturalistic stimulation in brain imaging to study multisensory perception in sensory-deprived individuals

1 Research Collaborator position
(Deadline February 23rd, 2021 12:00 )

Sensory-deprivation, Blindness, Deafness, Perception, Multisensory, Naturalistic stimulation, fMRI


The appointed candidate will participate in a research project aimed at investigating a multisensory/unimodal version of the same movie presented in fMRI to non-deprived, deaf and blind samples, to measure the synchronicity of neural activity across participants through Inter-Subject Correlation. More in general, the candidate will contribute to research activities aimed at investigating the neural correlates of perceptual processing, multisensory integration, cognitive representation and emotional responses by comparing brain synchronization in multimodal and unimodal conditions, both in deprived and non-deprived individuals exposed to the same naturalistic stimulus. These research activities require expertise with different methodological approaches ranging from stimuli design and tagging to the collection and advanced analysis of functional/structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) collected during naturalistic stimulation.


The IMT School invites applications for a Research Collaborator with a background in long, naturalistic stimulation in neuroimaging applied to study perception and cognition in sensory-deprived individuals (i.e., blind and deaf samples). The ideal candidate should have significant research experience with the development of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experimental design and data acquisition of naturalistic stimuli. Previous experience with the experimental enrollment and data acquisition in sensory-deprived is preferred.

Formal requirements
  • Master’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Sciences or related fields, preferably acquired within the last 6 years;
  • At least 3 years of research activity with experience on stimulus tagging, acquisition and advanced analyses of continuous magnetic resonance imaging data;
  • Excellent knowledge of both written and spoken English.
Specific requirements
  • A good track record of research experience and outcomes related to the topic of this position;
  • Experience in experimental protocols with sensory-deprived individuals;
  • Experience with the recording and analysis of continuous fMRI data.

1 year, renewable

Gross amount


“Social Cognition in the Blind Brain” (PRIN 2017, MUR code:201755TKFE)
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  • University degree (compulsory);
  • PhD (compulsory only if stated in the full call).


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  • Your CV in English (compulsory).