Prof. Lucia Melloni, PhD

Main Research Areas

Domain-general cortical computations 

Neural mechanisms by which the brain predictively controls sensory processing and perception 

Brain mechanism subserving language comprehension

Possibilities and limits of brain plasticity to restore cognitive functions


Academic Education


PhD in Psychology, Catholic University, Santiago, Chile & Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Summa cum laude


BA in Psychology (equivalent to MS) Catholic University, Santiago, Chile 1995 BA Social Sciences and Humanities Catholic University, Santiago, Chile



2017 - present

Senior Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Department of Neuroscience

2012 - present

Assistant Professor, New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, Department of Neurology

2015 - 2017

Director of Intracranial Neurophysiology, New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, Department of Neurology

2008 - 2017

 Senior Scientist/Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Department of Neurophysiology

2015 - 2017

Visiting Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Department of Neuroscience

2012 - 2015

Research Scientist, Columbia University, Department of Psychiatry/Neurosurgery

2006 - 2008

Postdoctoral Fellow, Goethe University, Department of Neurology, Laboratory of Cognitive Neurology  







Selected Publications

Schwiedrzik CM, Sudmann SS, Thesen T, Wang X, Groppe DM, Mégevand P, Doyle W, Mehta AD, Devinsky O Melloni L (In Press) Medial prefrontal cortex supports perceptual memory. Current Biology.

Auksztulewicz R, Schwiedrzik CM, Thesen T, Doyle W, Devinsky O, Nobre AC, Schroeder CE, Friston KJ, Melloni L. (2018) Dissociable neural processing of “what” and “when” predictability in the auditory system. Journal of Neuroscience, Aug 24. pii: 0369-18. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0369-18.2018. PMID: 30143578

Schwiedrzik CM, Melloni L, Schurger A (2018) Mooney face stimuli for visual perception research.  Plos One. 2018 Jul 6;13(7):e0200106. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0200106. eCollection 2018.

Golan T, Davidesco I, Meshulam M, Groppe DM, Mégevand P, Yeagle EM, Goldfinger MS, Harel M, Melloni L, Schroeder CE, Deouell LY, Mehta AD, Malach R (2017). Increasing Suppression Of Saccade-Related Transients Along The Human Visual Hierarchy. Elife, Aug 29;6. pii: e27819. doi: 10.7554/eLife.27819. [OA]

Cogan G, Iyer A, Melloni L, Thesen T, Friedman D, Doyle W, Devinsky O, Pesaran B. (2017). Manipulating stored phonological input during verbal working memory. Nat Neurosci, 20(2):279-286.

Golan T, Davidesco I, Meshulam M, Groppe DM, Mégevand P, Goldfinger MS, Yeagle E, Harel M, Melloni L, Schroeder CE, Deouell LY, Mehta AD, Malach R (2016). Human intracranial recordings link suppressed transients rather than 'filling-in' to perceptual continuity across blinks. eLife, Sep 29;5. pii: e17243. doi: 10.7554/eLife.17243. [OA]

Ding N, Melloni L, Tian X, Poeppel D (2016). Rule-based and statistics-based processing of language: insights from neuroscience. Lang Cogn Neurosci, [ePub ahead of print], doi: 10.1080/23273798.2016.1215477.

Zhou H, Melloni L, Poeppel D, Ding N (2016). Interpretations of frequency domain analyses of neural entrainment: periodicity, fundamental frequency, and harmonics. Front Hum Neurosci, Jun 6;10:274. [OA]

Aru J, Rutiku R, Wibral M, Singer W, Melloni L (2016). Early effects of previous experience on conscious perception. Neurosci Conscious, [ePub ahead of print], doi: 10.1093/nc/niw004. [OA]

Schwiedrzik CM, Bernstein B, Melloni L (2016). Motion along the mental number line reveals shared representations for numerosity and space. eLife, Jan 15;5. pii: e10806. doi: 10.7554/eLife.10806. [OA]

Ding N, Melloni L, Zhang H, Tian X, Poeppel D (2016). Cortical tracking of hierarchical linguistic structures in connected speech. Nat Neurosci, 19(1):158-64.

Mayer A, Schwiedrzik CM, Wibral M, Singer W, Melloni L (2016). Expecting to see a letter: alpha oscillations as carriers of top-down sensory predictions. Cereb Cortex, 26(7):3146-60.

Snyder JS, Schwiedrzik CM, Vitela AD, Melloni L (2015). How previous experience shapes perception in different sensory modalities. Front Hum Neurosci, 9:594. [OA] 

Schwiedrzik CM, Ruff CC, Lazar A, Leitner F, Singer W, Melloni L (2014). Untangling perceptual memory: hysteresis and adaptation recruit separate cortical networks. Cereb Cortex, 24(5):1152-64. [OA]

Müller NG, Strumpf H, Scholz M, Baier B, Melloni L (2013). Repetition suppression vs. enhancement – it’s quantity that matters. Cereb Cortex, 23(2):315-22.

Aru J, Bachmann T, Singer W, Melloni L (2012). Distilling the neural correlates of consciousness. Neurosci Biobehav Rev, 36, 737-746. [OA]

Aru J, Axmacher N, Lam AD, Fell J, Elger C, Singer W, Melloni L (2012). Local category-specific gamma band responses in the visual cortex do not reflect conscious perception. J Neurosci. 32(43):14909-14. [OA]

Melloni L, van Leeuwen S, Alink A, Müller NG (2012). Interaction between bottom-up saliency and top-down control in the human brain. Cereb Cortex, 22(12):2943-52.

van Leeuwen S, Singer W, Melloni L (2012). Meditation increases the depth of information processing and improves the allocation of attention in space. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 6:133. [OA]

Peña M, Melloni L (2012). Brain oscillations for native language. J Cogn Neurosci, 24(5):1149-64.

Awards & Grants

Honors & Awards


Selected Invitation to the Ernst Strüngmann Forum on “Cerebral Cortex 3.0: Complexity and Computation”, Frankfurt a. M., Germany


Selected invitation to the “European Brain Rhythms and Cortical Computations” workshop, Frankfurt a. M., Germany


Selected invitation to the NSF workshop on "Linking Language and Cognition to Neuroscience via Computation", Arlington, VA, USA


Selected invitation by the Royal Society (UK) and the Young Academy (Germany) to the 3rd UK-German Frontiers of Science Symposium (BRIGFOS), The Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Chicheley, UK


Evaluated as “very good to excellent” by the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt a. M., Germany


Selected Invitation to the Ernst Strüngmann Forum on “Dynamic Coordination in the Brain: From Neurons to Mind”, Frankfurt a. M., Germany   


Fellowship. The Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Sciences, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile


Fellowship. The Marie Curie School in Neuroscience: Large-Scale Interactions in Brain Networks and their Breakdown in Brain Diseases, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Italy


Travel award. Symposium Early Education and Human Brain Development, Santiago, Chile


Fellowship. Cargèse School on Consciousness: Consciousness & Action, Cargèse, France


Fellowship. Workshop on Mechanisms of Arousal, Alertness and Attention, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Long Island, USA


Fellowship. Summer Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth, USA 


Fellowship. Helsinki Winter School in Cognitive Neuroscience, Helsinki, Finland


Fellowship. NWO Cognition Summerschool: From Stimulus to Understanding, Doorwerth, NL



Currently, 2 EU grants (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Outgoing Fellowship awarded to Jean-Remi King, and Ryszard Auksztulewicz, respectively)

6 research grants in the USA (NIH R01, MURI, Mind & Life)

1 in China (111 Plan)

1 in Germany (GIF)

Past research support has been provided by the Max Planck Society (Germany), DAAD (Germany), LOEWE Initiative (Germany), FYSSEN Foundation (France) and CONICYT (Chile).