Irene Cogliati Dezza: Post-doctoral fellow

Irene Cogliati Dezza is a postdoctoral researcher in computational cognitive neuroscience. She holds a BA in Biology, a MA in Neurobiology, a university certificate in data science and a PhD in computational cognitive neuroscience. She is interested in decision-making under uncertainty e.g., information-seeking, exploration-exploitation dilemma etc. She conducts her research in both healthy and clinical population (i.e., addictive disorders, OCD, ADHD) using neuroimaging (i.e., fmri), behavioral and computational methods (e.g., reinforcement learning, active inference).

Her main collaborators are William Alexander (Florida Atlantic University), Angela Yu (University of California San Diego), Axel Cleeremans (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Tom Verguts (Ghent University), Xavier Noel (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Giovanni Pezzullo (National Research Council of Italy).

Contact: irene.cogliatidezza(at) (email)


Cogliati Dezza, I., Noel, X., Cleeremans, A., Yu, A. (in preparation). Impaired information-seeking in addictive disorders.

Cogliati Dezza, I., Cleeremans, A., Alexander, W. (submitted). Distinct Value Systems for Reward and Information in Human Prefrontal Cortex

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

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

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

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.

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.

For more information visit her webpage at