Valeria Carmen Peviani, PhD


After having achieved a summa con laude Master Degree in Cognitive Psychology in 2015 at the University of Pavia, Italy, Valeria Peviani completed a Ph.D program in “Psychology, Neuroscience and Medical Statistics”. She conducted her Ph.D between the University of Pavia, Niguarda Hospital (Milan, Italy) and the Department of Neuroscience of the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where she is now a postdoctoral researcher. During the three-year Ph.D program, she gained significant experience in both neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience research, while working with both clinical and healthy populations. Her research is mainly focused on body and space perception. In particular, she investigated metric biases in body representation, how they relate to motor planning and execution, as well as to perception of objects in the environment, using a range of experimental techniques, including psychophysics, TMS and stereo-EEG.

She currently teaches courses on clinical and research tools in neuropsychology, as part of the Bachelor program in Psychology at the University of Pavia, and of the Master program in Psychology, Neuroscience and Human Sciences jointly offered by the University of Pavia and the IUSS University. 



10/2016- 10/2019

PhD student in Psychology, Neuroscience and Medical Statistics, XXXII cycle (Supervisor: Professor Gabriella Bottini) 
Brain and Behavioural Sciences Department – University of Pavia 

09/2015- 09/2016Post-graduate internship at the Cognitive Neuropsychology Center, ASST Grande Ospedale Metropolitano Niguarda, Milan 

2013 - 2015 

Master Degree in Psychology 110/110 cum laude Brain and Behavioural Sciences Department – Università degli studi di Pavia - IT
,  Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience Curriculum 

2010 - 2013

Bachelor Degree in Psychology 110/110 cum laude Brain and Behavioural Sciences Department – Università degli studi di Pavia


11/2019- presentPostdoctoral researcher at at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Department of Neuroscience. Grünebugweg 14, 60322 Frankfurt am Main 
01/2018-10/2019Visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Department of Neuroscience. Grünebugweg 14, 60322 Frankfurt am Main 
2018 - presentLecturer at the University of Pavia and the University School for Advanced Studies (IUSS) for the Master program in “Psychology, Neuroscience and Human Sciences”: course in “Clinical Neuropsychology

2017 - present

Lecturer at the University of Pavia, Brain and Behavioural Sciences Department, for the Undergraduate Program in Psychology: “Neuropsychological assessment tools workshop

2016 - present

Guest lecturer at the University of Pavia, Brain and Behavioural Sciences Department, for Cognitive Rehabilitation and Clinical Neuropsychology courses. Teaching assistant for Statistics and Neuroscience courses, Brain and Behavioural Sciences Department (University of Pavia), funded by MIUR, Italian Ministery for Education, University and Research. Supervision of five MSc. Psychology students a two BSc Psychology students





Peviani, V., Melloni, L., & Bottini, G. (2019). Visual and somatosensory information contribute to distortions of the body model. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-49979-0

Peviani, V., & Bottini, G. (2018). The distorted hand metric representation serves both perception and action. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 30(8), 880-893., DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2018.1538154

Peviani, V., Magnani, F. G., Ciricugno, A., Vecchi, T., & Bottini, G. (2018). Rubber hand illusion survives ventral premotor area inhibition a rtms study. Neuropsychologia, 120, 18-24

Peviani, V., Scarpa, P., Vedovelli, S. & Bottini, G. (2018): Mini-Mental State Pediatric Examination (MMSPE) standardization and normative data on Italian children aged 36 to 72 months, Applied Neuropsychology: Child, DOI: 1080/21622965.2018.1522590

Salvato, G., Peviani, V., Scarano, E., Scarpa, P., Leo, A., Redaelli, T., ... & Bottini, G. (2017). Dissociation between preserved body structural description and impaired body image following a pediatric spinal trauma. Neurocase, 1-5.

Peviani, V., Scarpa, P., Toraldo, A., & Bottini, G. (2016). Accounting for ethnic-cultural and linguistic diversity in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. A retrospective study. Epilepsy & Behavior, 64, 94-101. 

Scarpa, P., Toraldo, A., Peviani, V., Bottini, G. (2016) Let's cut it short: Italian standardization of the MMSPE (Mini-Mental State Pediatric Examination), a brief cognitive screening tool for school-age children. Neurological Sciences, 1-6. 



Peviani, V., Liotta, J. & Bottini, G., The motor system (partially) deceives body representation biases in absence of visual correcting cues. [under revision]

Peviani, V., Mariani, V., Tassi, L., Lo Russo, G., Melloni, L., & Bottini, G., Exploring the direct electrophysiological correlates of hand and object size estimation: an sEEG study. [in preparation]

Peviani, V., Magnani, F., Bottini, G. & Melloni, L. Are body representation biases body-specific? [in preparation]

Peviani, V. & Bottini, G. Spatial biases underlying hand size misperception. [in preparation]


Auszeichnungen & Stipendien

Stipendien und Preise

August 20186th Mobility Scholarship for PhD students, funded by the University of Pavia 
February 20185th Mobility Scholarship for PhD students, funded by the University of Pavia
February 2015Fondazione Veronesi Scholarship for Law and Neuroscience Winter School


  • How space and perceived size are implemented in the brain

    Visual perception is subjective and varies across individuals e.g., the physical size of an object is perceived differently across subjects. Where does this variability come from? We are investigating the role that short-range structural and ...

  • Metric biases in body and object size representations

    The body is our primary interface with the world: it allows us to gather inputs from the outside, to build a representation of the world, to act and directly manipulate the environment. However, we do not perceive our body accurately. For example, ...

  • Visual and somatosensory influence on metric biases in body representation

    We do not perceive our body, and in particular our hands, accurately i.e., hands are distorted in their width and length. This phenomenon is observed in healthy individuals as well as in neurological and psychiatric disorders. What explains those ...

  • The structure of subjective experience

    Consciousness is one of the most fascinating yet least understood aspects of human nature, or perhaps nature at large. Our lives dwell in our conscious experiences: this is where we experience love, we feel the ‘chills’ with a good piece of ...