Federico Adolfi


Computational modelling of mid-level audition and low-level music cognition


  • Computational modelling
  • Magnetoencephalography
  • Psychophysics
  • Synthesis


  • Music Information Retrieval
  • Scientific software development
  • Statistics
  • Philosophy of Science






Lic. in Psychology (equivalent to BA + MS, Cognitive Neuroscience), Universidad Favaloro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2004Professional Music, Berklee International Network, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2001Tec. in Computer Science, San Martín Technical School, Buenos Aires, Argentina



PhD Student, Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany, Advisor: David Poeppel

2016–2018Research Fellow, Cognitive Electrophysiology Unit, LPEN, INCYT, Favaloro Foundation & National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Buenos Aires, Argentina
2016–2018Teaching Assistant, Experimental Psychology, Universidad Favaloro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2013–2016 Research Assistant / EEG Technician, Laboratory of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience, INCYT, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2004–2012Freelance Musician



Lakens D., Adolfi F., Albers C.J., [...], Yarkoni T., Ziano I., Zwaan R.A. (2018). Justify Your Alpha. Nature Human Behavior. DOI: 10.1038/s41562-018-0311-x. PsyArXiv preprint: psyarxiv.com/9s3y6

Adolfi F., Couto B. , Richter F., Decety J., Lopez J., Sigman M., Manes F., Ibáñez A. (2016). Convergence of interoception, emotion, and social cognition: A twofold fMRI meta-analysis and lesion approach. Cortex. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2016.12.019.

Couto B., Adolfi F., Velasquez M., Mesow M., Feinstein J., Canales-Johnson A., Mikulan E., Martínez-Pernía D., Bekinschtein T., Sigman M., Manes F., Ibáñez A. (2015). Heart evoked potential triggers brain responses to natural affective scenes: a preliminary study. Autonomic Neuroscience. DOI: 10.1016/j.autneu.2015.06.006.

Gonzalez-Gadea M.L., Chennu S., Bekinschtein T.A., Rattazzi A., Beraudi A., Tripicchio P., Moyano B., Soffita Y., Steinberg L., Adolfi F., Sigman M., Marino J., Manes F, Ibanez A. (2015). Predictive coding in autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Journal of neurophysiology. DOI: 10.1152/jn.00543.2015.

Auszeichnungen & Stipendien

Stipendien und Preise

2017Research scholarship, National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)



Research scholarship, Favaloro Foundation

Honours Degree, Universidad Favaloro


  • Acoustic and neural correlates of affect perception in screams

    Screaming is an ability we share with many other primates, and which we possess long before we learn to express our affective state with speech. Previous studies focusing on fearful screams highlighted certain acoustic features, such as roughness, ...

  • Computational Trajectories in artificial and human audition

    Audition involves a deep temporal hierarchy of transformations supporting capacities such as speech and music perception. How are representations structured throughout the auditory system? To characterize these processing stages, we develop a ...