Tommaso Ghilardi, MSc

PhD student

About me

I am a PhD candidate at the Donders Institute, currently working on the MOTION European project (MSCA): “Mobile Technology for Infant Social-Cognitive Neuroscience: Interdisciplinary Training Network for Innovative Infancy Research”.

I am fascinated by social-cognitive development in early childhood and how this development shows in the brain and behaviour. My main interest is understanding how infants are able to extract complex statistical information from action sequences and use this knowledge to predict future actions. I explore the role of the motor area using different techniques (EEG, fNIRS) to understand its role during action observation and prediction.

My research is part of the MOTION project.


Poli, F., Ghilardi, T., Mars, R. B., Hinne, M., & Hunnius, S. (2021). Learning to learn: 8-month-old infants meta-learn from sparse evidence.

Ghilardi, T., Meyer, M., Monroy, C. D., Gerson, S., & Hunnius, S. (2021, September 8). Statistics in motion: Does the infant motor system predict actions based on their transitional probability? Developmental Science.

Bonassi, A., Ghilardi, T., Gabrieli, G., Truzzi, A., Borelli, J. L., Lepri, B., … & Esposito, G. (2021). The Recognition of Cross-Cultural Emotional Faces Is Affected by Intensity and Ethnicity in a Japanese Sample. Behavioral Sciences, 11(5), 59.

Bonassi, A., Ghilardi, T., Truzzi, A., Cataldo, I., Azhari, A., Setoh, P., … & Esposito, G. (2017). Dataset on genetic and physiological adults◊≥ responses to social distress. Data in brief, 13, 742-748