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Track in Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences (CCSN)

IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
4 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2020

Program description

Track in Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences (CCSN)

* This education is delivered free of charge

This research-based, multidisciplinary track focuses on cognitive, computational and social neurosciences, and integrates basic neuroscience methods, including molecular biology and genetics, with traditional experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience.


Students will attend multiple courses, including fundamentals in cognitive psychology, behavioral and social neuroscience, neuropsychology, psychophysiology, neural basis of perception, neural basis of consciousness, philosophy of science, critical thinking, structural and functional neuroimaging, and basic/advanced methods for data analysis.

In particular, the CCSN track is designed to train researchers who will contribute to knowledge in areas such as multisensory perception, supramodality and cross-modality; sleep and consciousness; action recognition and motor control; neuroplasticity and learning; organization of semantic concepts; neurolinguistics; social and antisocial behavior; decision-making processes in economics and financial environments.


For conducting their experimental activities, students can rely on both in-house and outsourcing facilities. The IMT School has a Cyberphysics Lab equipped for behavioral, psychophysics and EEG (64 and 256 channels amplifiers) research. Functional and structural MRI studies can be conducted at any of the partner MRI scanner sites in Pisa (1.5 and 7 Tesla) and Massa (3 Tesla); EEG and fMRI acquisition could be combined.

Admission requirements

Candidates may apply if they have earned at least a 4-year undergraduate degree (in any discipline) by October 31st 2020. Candidates must also have a very good knowledge of English, as it is the official language of the program.

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Tuition fees

All of IMT School's students receive a generous benefits package: 

  • Full tuition waiver
  • A research scholarship amounting to approximately 1300€/month,
  • Additional research funds for study and travel abroad,
  • Free room and board on campus for the duration of the four year program.

Scholarships & funding

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020/21 PhD Programs at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, one of the six Schools of Excellence in Italy and one of the highest rated graduate schools in Europe according to the most recent U-Multirank survey.

Highly motivated candidates from all disciplines are invited to apply for one of the 33 fully-funded positions. The 32 scholarships are equally divided between the two doctoral Programs that integrate scientific competences of economics, engineering, computer science, neuroscience and behavioral psychology, physics, applied mathematics, statistics, history and sciences of cultural heritage.

One additional “Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks” research grant will be available for the PhD Program in “Systems Science”, track in “Computer Science and Systems Engineering” for the project Multi-field and multi-scale modeling of fracture for renewable energy applications.

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IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca is a public graduate school and research centre that focuses on the analysis of economic, societal, technological and cultural systems. The School has been under the direction of Prof. Pietro Pietrini since November of...

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IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

Piazza San Ponziano
55100 6 - Lucca

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