Carola Salvi, PhD

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Dr Salvi studies the neural mechanisms underlying insight problem solving and creativity, both in Parkinson’s patients and healthy people applying different techniques of research (fMRI, tDCS, Eye Tracking).

Dr Salvi's research specializes in:

1. The new frontiers of non-Invasive Brain Stimulation applied to creativity and insight problem solving.

2. The role played by motivational factors (e.g., risk, reward and the dopamine system) in creativity and insight problem solving.

3. The role of the right anterior temporal lobe in semantic integration

4. The involvement of the vision-system in insight problem solving. 

5. The feeling of certainty that accompanying creative ideas. Dr Salvi's research investigates if it actually corresponds to an increased accuracy in people’s responses, and how that certainty relates to motivation and risk taking in pursuit of ideas.

Dr Salvi's work includes also the first Italian validation of the Compound Remote Associates problems and the Rebus Puzzles, enabling researchers to investigate Insight problem solving among Italian speakers.

 

Location

355 E. Erie Street

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training

    Education

    Credential

    2015 - present
    Postdoctoral Fellowship: Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.
    2013
    PhD: Experimental Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience. University of Milano-Bicocca. Milan, Italy.
    2007
    MS: Cognitive Sciences. University of Milano-Bicocca. Milan, Italy.
    2004
    BS: Psychology. University of Milano-Bicocca. Milan, Italy.
    Licenses

    Credential

    2014
    Licensed as Psychologist
    Teaching

    Credential

    2017 - present
    Introduction to Neuroscience
    2018
    Neuroscience of Problem solving, Creativity and Psychopathology

Recent Publications

Looking for Creativity: Where Do We Look When We Look for New Ideas?
Salvi C, Bowden EM
doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00161
The effects of expected reward on creative problem solving.
Cristofori I, Salvi C, Beeman M, Grafman J
doi: 10.3758/s13415-018-0613-5
Looking for Creativity: Where Do We Look When We Look for New Ideas?
Salvi C, Bowden EM
doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00161
The politics of insight.
Salvi C, Cristofori I, Grafman J, Beeman M
doi: 10.1080/17470218.2015.1136338

Honors & Awards

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
    T32 NIH-funded Training Program in the Neuroscience of
    Human Cognition at Northwestern University, 2017 - present
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
    T32 NIH-funded Training Program in the Neuroscience of
    Human Cognition at Northwestern University, 2015 - 2017
  • University of Michigan NIH-funded Selected Course in fMRI
    2016
  • Research Award: Progetto professionalita` “Ivano Becchi”
    sponsored by: “Banco del Monte di Lombardia”, 2013 - 2014
  • Research award “DOTE Ricercatori”
    Auxologico Hospital of Milan and University of Milano-Bicocca, 2008 - 2009

Affiliations

  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • American Psychological Association

Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

We focus on executive function and social cognition, their representations in the human brain, and ways to improve these functions in patients with brain damage.

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