Irene Cogliati Dezza: Post-doctoral fellow

Irene Cogliati Dezza is a postdoctoral researcher founded by the FWO-postdoctoral fellowship. She is also associate editor at In-Mind Italy and co-founder of BeBrain .

She holds a BA in Biology, a MA in Neurobiology, a university certificate in data science and a PhD in computational cognitive neuroscience. 

Her research focuses on understanding how people decide what they want to know and how they explore novel and unknown courses of action. She conducts her research in adults and children in both healthy and clinical populations.

Her approach combines state-of-the-art methods from diverse disciplines including psychology, neuroscience and computer science.


irene.cogliatidezza(at) (email)


Edited Book

Cogliati Dezza, I., Schulz, E., Wu, C. (in prep). The drive for knowledge: the science of human information-seeking. Cambridge Press.

Book Chapter

Charpentier, C.*, Cogliati Dezza, I.* (in prep) Information-seeking in the brain. In Cogliati Dezza, I. , Schulz, E., Wu, C. (Eds.), The drive for knowledge: the science of human information-seeking. Cambridge Press. PsyArXiv preprint


9. Molinaro, G., Cogliati Dezza, I., Sharot, T. (in prep). How children solve information foraging conflicts.

8. Cogliati Dezza, I., Maher, C., Sharot, T. (in prep). People adaptively use information to improve internal and external states. poster

7. Charpentier, C.*, Cogliati Dezza, I.*, Vellani, V.*, Globig, L., G├Ądeke, M., Sharot, T. (in prep). Anxiety selectively increases information-seeking in response to large changes in the environment.

6. Cogliati Dezza, I., Cleeremans, A., Alexander, W. (under-review). Independent and Interacting Value System for Reward and Information in the Human Brain . bioRxiv preprint

5. Cogliati Dezza, I., Noel, X., Cleeremans, A., Yu, A. (2021). Distinct motivations to seek out information in healthy individuals and problem gamblers. Transl Psychiatry 11, 408. pdf

4. Cogliati Dezza, I., Cleeremans, A., Alexander, W. (2019). Should We Control? The Interplay Between Cognitive Control and Information Integration in the Resolution of the Exploration-Exploitation Dilemma. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Generalpdf data

3. Cogliati Dezza, I, Yu, A. J., Cleeremans, A., Alexander, W. (2017). Learning the value of information and reward over time when solving exploration-exploitation problems. Nature Scientific Reports, 7(1), 16919. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-17237-w. pdf data

2. Cogliati Dezza, I., Zito, G., Tomasevic, L., Filippi, M. M., Ghazaryan, A., Porcaro, C., . . .Tecchio, F. (2015). Functional and structural balances of homologous sensorimotor regions in multiple sclerosis fatigue. Journal of Neurology, 262(3), 614-622. doi:10.1007/s00415-014-7590-6.

1. Borgi, M., Cogliati Dezza, I., Brelsford, V., Meints, K., & Cirulli, F. (2014). Baby schema in human and animal faces induces cuteness perception and gaze allocation in children. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 411. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00411.

Conference proceeding

Cogliati Dezza, I., Noel, X., Cleeremans, A., Yu, A. (2018). The Exploration-Exploitation Dilemma as a Tool for Studying Addiction. Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience 2018. Archived at