Valeria Peviani

After having achieved a summa con laude Master Degree in Cognitive Psychology in 2015 at the University of Pavia, Italy, Valeria Peviani completed a Ph.D program in “Psychology, Neuroscience and Medical Statistics”. She conducted her Ph.D between the University of Pavia, Niguarda Hospital (Milan, Italy) and the Department of Neuroscience of the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where she is now a postdoctoral researcher.

During the three-year Ph.D program, she gained significant experience in both neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience research, while working with both clinical and healthy populations. Her research is mainly focused on body and space perception. In particular, she investigated metric biases in body representation, how they relate to motor planning and execution, as well as to perception of objects in the environment, using a range of experimental techniques, including psychophysics, TMS and stereo-EEG.

She currently teaches courses on clinical and research tools in neuropsychology, as part of the Bachelor program in Psychology at the University of Pavia, and of the Master program in Psychology, Neuroscience and Human Sciences jointly offered by the University of Pavia and the IUSS University.


  • Peviani, V., Scarpa, P., Toraldo, A., & Bottini, G. (2016). Accounting for ethnic-cultural and linguistic diversity in neuropsychological assessment of patients with drug-resistant epilepsy: A retrospective study.Epilepsy & Behavior64, 94-101.
  • Scarpa, P., Toraldo, A., Peviani, V., & Bottini, G. (2016). Let’s cut it short: Italian standardization of the MMSPE (Mini-Mental State Pediatric Examination), a brief cognitive screening tool for school-age children.Neurological Sciences, 1-6.
  • Salvato, G., Peviani, V., Scarano, E., Scarpa, P., Leo, A., Redaelli, T., … & Bottini, G. (2017). Dissociation between preserved body structural description and impaired body image following a pediatric spinal trauma. Neurocase23(2), 149-153.
  • Peviani, V., Magnani, F. G., Ciricugno, A., Vecchi, T., & Bottini, G. (2018). Rubber hand illusion survives ventral premotor area inhibition: a rTMS study. Neuropsychologia120, 18-24.
  • Peviani, V., & Bottini, G. (2018). The distorted hand metric representation serves both perception and action. Journal of Cognitive Psychology30(8), 880-893.
  • Peviani, V., Melloni, L., & Bottini, G. (2019). Visual and somatosensory information contribute to distortions of the body model. Scientific reports9(1), 1-9.
  • Peviani, V., Scarpa, P., Vedovelli, S., & Bottini, G. (2020). Mini-Mental State Pediatric Examination (MMSPE) standardization and normative data on Italian children aged 36 to 72 months. Applied Neuropsychology: Child9(1), 92-96.
  • Peviani, V., Liotta, J., & Bottini, G. (2020). The motor system (partially) deceives body representation biases in absence of visual correcting cues. Acta psychologica203, 103003.