de’Sperati Claudio Professore associatoPsychologyM-PSI/02




Claudio de'Sperati (Milan, 1962) graduated in Biological Sciences (Turin, 1985) and obtained a PhD in Neurological Sciences (Turin, 1993). He carried out research at the Department of Neuroscience of the University of Turin (1985-1995), the Department of Psychology of the University of Munich (2004-2005) and the Laboratory of Action, Perception and Cognition (LAPCO) at UniSR, where he is currently director. Claudio de'Sperati is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Psychology of the UniSR, where he teaches Methods of Psychophysiology and Neurophenomenology of perception. His current research interests mainly concern perceptual technologies.



1996-current: Laboratory of Action, Perception, Cognition, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano (UniSR), currently Director

2015-2019: Experimental Psychology Unit, Neuroscience Division of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milano, Group leader

2004-2005: Department of Psychology, LMU, Munich, Germany, Visiting Professor

1985-1995: Department of Neurosciences, Università di Torino, PhD and postdoc



2000-current: Associate Professor of Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, UniSR

2010-2011: Laboratoire de Psychologie et Neurocognition, CNRS, Grenoble, France, Visiting Professor

2008-2017: Coordinator of the Psychology curriculum of PhD program in “Philosophy of mind”, San Raffaele University

2005-2006: Mercator” professorship, Dept. of Psychology, LMU, Munich, Germany

1996-1999: Adjunct professor, Faculty of Psychology, UniSR



2018-current: Neurophenomenology of perception, Faculty of Psychology, UniSR

2015-current: Methods in psychophysiology, Faculty of Psychology, UniSR

2006-2018: Psychobiology of consciousness, Faculty of Psychology, UniSR

2006-2014: Methods in experimental psychology, Faculty of Psychology, UniSR

2006: Mind and brain, Neuro-Cognitive Psychology Program, LMU, Munich, Germany

2000-2006: Neurophysiology, Faculty of Psychology, UniSR

2003: Basic statistics, PhD program in Neurosciences, University of Turin, Italy

1996-2003: Research methods and data analysis, Faculty of Psychology, UniSR



Journals: Experimental Brain Research; Cognition; Cognitive Brain Research; Memory and Cognition; Psychological Research-Psychologische Forschung; Vision Research; Spatial Vision; Cognitive Psychology; Cognitive Neuropsychology; Giornale Italiano di Psicologia; The Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research; Cortex; Journal of Vision; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology; PLoS One; Psychonomic Bulletin and Review; Psychological Reports; Phenomenology and Mind; Memory and Cognition; Journal of Eye Movements Research; Acta Psychologica; Journal of Mental Health & Clinical Psychology; Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience; Brain Sciences; Frontiers in Psychiatry; Perception

Conferences: WorldHaptics 2011; ETRA 2012, 2014, 2016; CARE 2020; ECVP 2006, 2010, 2012, 2021

Institutions/Agencies/Organizations (grant evaluation): FP6, European Commission (FET Actions, “Bio-Inspired Intelligent Information Systems”); Telethon Italy; The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development; FP7, European Commission (FET-Proactive, “Brain-Inspired Information and Communication Technology”); Italian Ministry of University (Prin and Firb programs); Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France; DAAD, Germany; Estonian Research Council



Journals: Phenomenology and Mind (Scientific board); Journal of Eye Movement Research (Associate Editor); Scientific Reports (Associate Editor); Frontiers in Psychology (Associate Editor)

Other: Studi Cognitivi – Scuola di Specializzazione in Psicoterapia cognitivo-comportamentale, Milano, IT (Scientific board, Trustee).



2023-2027 “Get grandparents on bikes: The Telecyclette project” (PI, funded by Velux Stiftung, Zuerich, Switzerland)

2023-2024 “How do attentional training programs improve reading skills?” (Local unit coordinator, funded by PRIN, Italian Ministry of Research)

2018-2022 “Stairway to Elders: Bridging Space, Time and Emotions in Their Social Environment for Wellbeing” (Local unit coordinator, funded by Fondazione Cariplo, Milano, Italy)

2017-2019 “Beyond eye movements” (Partner, funded by Compagnia di San Paolo, Torino, Italy)

2010-2012 “Visuomotor responses and the emergence of conscious vision” (Local unit coordinator, funded by PRIN, Italian Ministry of Research)

2006-2007 “Passive and active observer: the importance of voluntary movement in perceptual synchronization of visual stimuli” (Local unit coordinator, funded by PRIN, Italian Ministry of Research)

2004-2005 “Motion extrapolation in imagery” (Local unit coordinator, funded by PRIN, Italian Ministry of Research)

2001-2002 “Motion prediction: the role of stimulus’ geometry and kinematics” (Partner, funded by PRIN, Italian Ministry of Research)



DE’SPERATI C (2024). System for physical activity, and related method. Published by the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization on 25/01/2024, number WO2024/018419. Submission date: 20/07/2023, number PCT/IB2023/057415.

DE’SPERATI C (2022). Sistema per svolgere attività fisica, e relativo procedimento. Richiesta inviata al Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico il 22/07/2022, numero 102022000015501.

ROATTA S, DE’SPERATI C, MESIN L, PASIAN V, PONZIO F. (2020). Method for detecting binary responses by analyzing the pupil diameter of a subject. Published on the European Patent Bulletin (39/2020).


LIST OF PUBLICATIONS (as of March 2024; 73% as first / senior / corresponding author)

  1. RIBATTI RM, LANCIANO T, DE’SPERATI C, CURCI A. Speed and contextual information of a crime-related video bias the responsibility judgments. CURRENT PSYCHOLOGY (in press)
  2. DALMASSO V, MORETTI M, DE'SPERATI C (2024). Quasi-3D: Reducing vergence effort improves visual comfort of head-mounted stereoscopic displays. VIRTUAL REALITY 28, 49.
  3. DE'SPERATI C, MORETTI ME, DALMASSO V, HØEG ER, BAUD BOVY G, COZZI R, IPPOLITO J (2023). Enhancing visual exploration through augmented gaze: high acceptance of immersive virtual biking by oldest olds. INT J ENVIRON RES PUBLIC HEALTH, 20, 12.
  4. DE'SPERATI C, GRANATO M, MORETTI M (2022). If you are old, videos look slow. The paradoxical effect of age-related motor decline on the kinematic interpretation of visual scenes. FRONTIERS HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE, Jan 2022; 15:783090.
  5. DE'SPERATI C, ROATTA S, ZOVETTI N, BARONI T (2021). Decoding overt shifts of attention in depth through pupillary and cortical frequency tagging. JOURNAL OF NEURAL ENGINEERING 18: 036008.
  6. VILLALOBOS AE, GIUSIANO S, MUSSO L, DE’SPERATI C, RIBERI A, SPALEK P, CALVO A, MOGLIA C, ROATTA S (2021). When assistive eye tracking fails: Communicating with a brainstem-stroke patient through the pupillary accommodative response – A case study. BIOMEDICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING AND CONTROL, 67:1-6.
  7. GIULIANI M, MARTONI RM, CRESPI SA, O'NEILL J, ERZEGOVESI S, DE'SPERATI C, GRGIC RG (2021). Did I do that? Cognitive flexibility and self-agency in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH 304: 114170.
  8. DE’SPERATI C. (2020). Cortical resonance to visible and invisible visual rhythms. BRAIN SCIENCES 10: 37.
  9. BOCCIGNONE G, DE’SPERATI C, GRANATO M, GROSSI G, LANZAROTTI R, NOCETI N & ODONE F (2020) Stairway to Elders: Bridging Space, Time and Emotions in Their Social Environment for Wellbeing. PROC. 9TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PATTERN RECOGNITION APPLICATIONS AND METHODS, p. 1-7.
  10. BECHI M, CRESPI SA, AGOSTONI G, PRUDENZIATI F, GRGIC RG, GIULIANI M, MARTONI R, BOCCALINI C, DE'SPERATI C, CAVALLARO R (2020). The role of agency in schizophrenia: A pilot study on gaze agency. SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH 222: 465-466.
  11. THORNTON IM, DE’SPERATI C, KRISTJANSSON A (2019). The influence of selection modality, display dynamics and error feedback on patterns of human foraging. VISUAL COGNITION 27: 5-8.
  12. PONZIO F, VILLALOBOS AE, MESIN L, DE’SPERATI C, ROATTA S (2019). A human-computer interface based on the “voluntary” pupil accommodative response. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN-COMPUTER STUDIES 126: 53–63.
  13. ZULIANI E, CAPUTI M, SCAINI S, DE’SPERATI C (2019). Videos look faster as children grow up: Sense of speed and impulsivity throughout primary school. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY 179:190-211.
  14. DE’SPERATI C, THORNTON IM (2019). Motion prediction at low contrast. VISION RES 154:85-96.
  15. CERRATO V, PARMIGIANI E, FIGUERES-ONATE M, BETIZEAU M, APRATOJ, NAVANATY I, BERCHIALLA P, LUZZATI F, DE’SPERATI C, PLOEZ-MASCARAQUE L, BUFFO A (2018). Multiple origins and modularity in the spatiotemporal emergence of cerebellar astrocyte heterogeneity. PLOS BIOLOGY 27;16(9):e2005513.
  16. ROSSI F, MONTANARO E, DE'SPERATI C (2018). Speed biases with real-life video clips. FRONTIERS INTEGRATIVE NEUROSCIENCE, Mar 2018;12:11.
  17. GIULIANI M, MARTONI RM, GREGORI GRGIČ R, CRESPI SA, CAVALLINI MC, DE'SPERATI C (2017). Who Has Done It? Exploring Gaze Agency in Obsessive-Compulsive Checkers. FRONTIERS INTEGRATIVE NEUROSCIENCE, Dec 22;11:39.
  18. DE'SPERATI C, BAUD BOVY G (2017). Low perceptual sensitivity to altered video speed in viewing a soccer match. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, Nov 13;7(1):15379.
  19. GREGORI GRGIČ R, CRESPI SA, DE'SPERATI C (2016). Assessing Self-Awareness through Gaze Agency. PLOS ONE, Nov 3;11(11):e0164682.
  20. GREGORI GRGIČ R, DE'SPERATI C (2016). Covert Attention Tracking: Towards Two-Dimensional Real-Time Recordings. JOURNAL OF EYE MOVEMENTS RESEARCH, 9(6).
  21. BRUNO N, UCCELLI S, VIVIANI E, DE'SPERATI C (2016). Both vision-for-perception and vision-for-action follow Weber's law at small object sizes, but violate it at larger sizes. NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA, Oct;91:327-334.
  22. GREGORI GRGIČ R, CALORE E, DE'SPERATI C (2016). Covert enaction at work: Recording the continuous movements of visuospatial attention to visible or imagined targets by means of Steady-State Visual Evoked Potentials (SSVEPs). CORTEX, Jan;74:31-52.
  23. BOCCIGNONE G, FERRARO M, CRESPI S, ROBINO C, DE’SPERATI C (2014). Detecting expert’s eye using a multiple-kernel Relevance Vector Machine. JOURNAL OF EYE MOVEMENTS RESEARCH, vol. 7(2):1-15
  24. GREGORI-GRGIĈ R., DE’SPERATI C (2013). Psychophysics phenomenologized? Sensation and decision in visual motion perception. PHENOMENOLOGY AND MIND, vol. 7, p.96-107
  25. CRESPI S, ROBINO C, SILVA O, DE’SPERATI C (2012). Spotting expertise in the eyes: billiards knowledge as revealed by gaze shifts in a dynamic visual prediction task. JOURNAL OF VISION, vol. 12(11):30, 1-19.
  26. ROBINO C, CRESPI S, SILVA O, DE' SPERATI C (2012). Parsing Visual Stimuli Into Temporal Units Through Eye Movements. In: ETRA. p. 181-184, New York:ACM Digital Library.
  27. GREGORI-GRGIĈ R, BALDERI M, DE’SPERATI C (2010). Delayed perceptual awareness in rapid perceptual decisions. PLOS ONE, vol. 6(2), e17079.
  28. JONIKAITIS D, DEUBEL H, DE'SPERATI C (2009). Time gaps in mental imagery introduced by competing saccadic tasks. VISION RESEARCH. vol. 49, pp. 2164-2175.
  29. SCOCCHIA L, ACTIS-GROSSO R, DE’SPERATI C, STUCCHI N, BAUD-BOVY G (2009). Observer’s control of the moving stimulus increases the flash-lag effect. VISION RESEARCH. vol 49, pp. 2363-2370.
  30. CICCHINI M, VALSECCHI M, DE'SPERATI C (2008). Head movements modulate responsiveness to visual stimuli in the absence of gaze shifts. NEUROREPORT. vol. 19, pp. 831-834.
  31. DE'SPERATI C, BAUD-BOVY G (2008). Blind saccades: An asynchrony between seeing and looking. THE JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE. vol. 28, pp. 4317-4321.
  32. SHI Z, DE'SPERATI C (2008). Motion-induced positional biases in the flash-lag configuration. COGNITIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY. vol. 25 , 1027–1038.
  33. DE’SPERATI C (2006). Psicologia e neuroscienze alla prova dei fatti: il nuovo/vecchio caso della coscienza. RICERCHE DI PSICOLOGIA. vol. 3, pp. 45-54.
  34. DE'SPERATI C, DEUBEL H (2006) Mental extrapolation of motion modulates responsiveness to visual stimuli. VISION RESEARCH. vol. 46, pp. 2593-601.
  35. DE'SPERATI C, SANTANDREA E (2005). Smooth pursuit-like eye movements during mental extrapolation of motion: the facilitatory effect of drowsiness. COGNITIVE BRAIN RESEARCH. vol. 25, pp. 328-38.
  36. DE'SPERATI C (2003). Precise oculomotor correlates of visuo-spatial mental rotation and circular motion imagery. JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE. vol. 15, pp. 1244-59.
  37. DE'SPERATI C (2003). The inner working of dynamic visuo-spatial imagery as revealed by spontaneous eye movements. In HYÖNÄ J, RADACH R, DEUBEL H. The Mind's Eyes: Cognitive and Applied Aspects of Eye Movements. (pp. 119-142). OXFORD: Elsevier Science.
  38. DE'SPERATI C, STUCCHI N (2000). Motor imagery and visual event recognition. EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH. vol. 133, pp. 273-278.
  39. CHIAVAZZA G, CALLIANO MASSARA R, DE'SPERATI C (2000). Psicomotricità. L'Universo del corpo. Isitituto della Enciclopedia Italiana. (pp. 221-227).
  40. DE'SPERATI C, PIATTELLI PALMARINI M (1999). Cognizione: aspetti cognitivi della corporeità. L'universo del corpo. Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana. (pp. 734-737).
  41. DE'SPERATI C (1999). Saccades to mentally rotated targets. EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH. vol. 126, pp. 563-577.
  42. DE'SPERATI C, STUCCHI N (1997). Recognising the motion of a graspable object is guided by handedness. NEUROREPORT. vol. 8, pp. 2761-2765.
  43. DE'SPERATI C, VIVIANI P (1997). The relationship between curvature and velocity in two-dimensional smooth pursuit eye movements. JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE. vol. 17, pp. 3932-3945.
  44. HARVEY RJ, DE'SPERATI C, STRATA P (1997). The early phase of horizontal optokinetic responses in the pigmented rat and the effects of lesions of the visual cortex. VISION RESEARCH. vol. 37, pp. 1615-1625.
  45. DE'SPERATI C (1997). I movimenti oculari. In PURGHÈ F, STUCCHI N., OLIVERIO A. La percezione visiva. TORINO: Utet. (pp. 154-190).
  46. DE'SPERATI C, STUCCHI N (1995). Visual tuning to kinematics of biological motion: the role of eye movements. EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH. vol. 105, pp. 254-260.
  47. GAUTHIER GM, DE'SPERATI C, TEMPIA F, MARCHETTI E, STRATA P (1995). Influence of eye motion on adaptive modifications of the vestibuolo-ocular reflex in the rat. EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH. vol. 103, pp. 393-401.
  48. MASINI R, DE'SPERATI C (1995). The Poggendorff illusion in imagery in the presence of random dot textures between the verticals. RICERCHE DI PSICOLOGIA. vol. 19, pp. 7-25.
  49. GAUTHIER GM, DE'SPERATI C, TEMPIA F, MARCHETTI E, STRATA P (1994). Eye motion-coding information mediate adaptive modification of vestibulo-ocular reflex in rat. In FUCHS A.F., ZEE D. Contemporary ocular motor and vestibular research. (pp. 60-67). STUTTGART, NEW YORK: THIEME.
  50. DE'SPERATI C, TEMPIA F, HARVEY R, STRATA P (1994). Vergence compensation during binocularly- and monocularly-evoked horizontal optokinetic nystagmus in the pigmented rat. VISION RESEARCH. vol. 34, pp. 3335-3345.
  51. DE'SPERATI C, MONTAROLO PG, STRATA P (1993). Effects of inferior olive inactivation and lesion on the activity of medial vestibular neurons in the rat. NEUROSCIENCE. vol. 53, pp. 139-147.
  52. LOPIANO L, DE'SPERATI C, MONTAROLO PG (1990). Long-term habituation of the acoustic startle response: role of the cerebellar vermis. NEUROSCIENCE. vol. 35, pp. 79-84.
  53. DE'SPERATI C, LOPIANO L, MONTAROLO PG (1989). Lesions of the inferior olive do not affect long- or short-term habituation of the acoustic startle response in rats. NEUROSCIENCE LETTERS. vol. 100, pp. 164-168.
  54. LOPIANO L, CHELAZZI L, DE'SPERATI C, TEMPIA F, STRATA P (1989). Magnesium deficiency affects the pentylenetetrazol-induced convulsions in magnesium-deprived rats. FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGY. vol. 4, pp. 229-234.
  55. LOPIANO L, DE'SPERATI C, MONTAROLO PG (1989). Role of the cerebellar vermis in the long-term habituation of the acoustic startle response. In STRATA P. The olivocerebellar system in motor control. Exp Brain Res Series 17. (pp. 380-384). BERLIN, HEIDELBERG: Springer.

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