Gabriele De Maio

Gabriele De Maio obtained his bachelor degree in Psychology at the University of Milano-Bicocca in 2014 with a thesis about somatoparaphrenia.

Then, he achieved his master degree at the University of Pavia in 2016 with a thesis about implicit mechanisms of attention for biological stimuli.

The results of this thesis have been published later. Gabriele took his exam to become a professional Psychologist in 2017 after a year as a trainee in clinical neuropsychology and research methods at Niguarda Hospital in Milan. During this period, his research focused on the detection of residual consciousness in coma patients. The results are currently under review for the publication.
In 2018 he has been involved in an international European project (Proton Project, Horizon 2020) aimed at discovering the recruitment processes in organized crime and terrorism collecting data from 150 subjects in Bollate and Opera prisons ( During the same year, he won a doctoral scholarship at the University of Pavia in Psychology, Neuroscience and Data Science under the supervision of Professor Gabriella Bottini. Since then he has worked as a tutor in the fields of statistics and neuroscience, he has taught in training workshops about clinical neuropsychology and has been co-supervisor helping many students in the preparation of their theses. He also collected data for several projects and published papers as co-author during this period.

He is currently collaborating with the VeMeLab at Royal Holloway University of London (UK) studying the involvement of the vestibular signals in higher cognitive functions in zero-gravity situations.


Salvato, G., De Maio, G., & Bottini, G. (2017). Exploring biased attention towards body-related stimuli and its relationship with body awareness. Scientific reports, 7(1), 1-8.

Salvato, G., De Maio, G., & Bottini, G. (2019). Interoceptive sensibility tunes risk-taking behaviour when body-related stimuli come into play. Scientific reports, 9(1), 1-5.

Salvato, G., Romano, D., De Maio, G., & Bottini, G. (2019). Implicit mechanisms of body image alterations: The covert attention exposure effect. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 1-10.

Salvato, G., Fiorina, M. L., De Maio, G., Francescon, E., Ovadia, D., Bernardinelli, L., … & Bottini, G. (2020). pathological risk-propensity typifies Mafia members’ cognitive profile. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 1-9.