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Linda Ficco

Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution
Am Steiger 3, Haus 1
07743 Jena

phone: +49 03641 945934
e-mail: linda.ficco@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]uni-jena.de

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About me
Curriculum Vitae

About me

I am a doctoral researcher in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. I am broadly interested in how the human brain represents perceptual information and how such representations are used to predict future perceptual input. My current research focusses on face perception, more specifically on how humans encode and recognize faces in the visual modality. My main question is whether differences in the cognitive representation of faces relate to individual differences in recognition skills. I use both behavioural experimental psychology methods and neuroimaging techniques (e.g. electrophysiological recordings and functional magnetic resonance imaging) to address these questions. As a side-project, I employ meta-analytic methods on neuroimaging data concerning face perception, to study how perceived variation in facial features is represented at the neural level. Additionally, I teach a seminar about the topic of meta-analyses in psychology and neuroscience at the master level.

Curriculum Vitae

2021 – todayDoctoral researcher, International Max Planck Research School for the Science of Human History (IMPRS-SHH), Department of Linguistics and Cultural Evolution, Jena, Germany
2020 - 2021Research Assistant, Department of General Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany
2019 - 2020Research intern, Behavioural Neuroscience research group, Institute for neuroscience and Medicine – 7, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
2018 - 2020Research trainee, Focuslab Research Group, Department of General Psychology, University of Turin
2018/2019Master’s degree in “Sciences of the body and the Mind” summa cum laude, 2019, University of Turin (IT)
2013/2014Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Sciences and Techniques, 2017, University of Turin (IT)



Ficco, L., Müller, V. I., Kaufmann, J. M., & Schweinberger, S. R. (2022). Socio‐cognitive, expertise‐based and appearance‐based accounts of the other‐‘race’ effect in face perception: A label‐based systematic review of neuroimaging results (advance online). British Journal of Psychology.
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Ficco, L., Mancuso, L., Manuello, J., Teneggi, A., Liloia, D., Duca, S., Costa, T., Kovacs, G. Z., & Cauda, F. (2021). Disentangling predictive processing in the brain: A meta-analytic study in favour of a predictive network. Scientific Reports, 11: 16258.
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Ficco, L., Mancuso, L., Manuello, J., Liloia, D., Nani, A., Costa, T., Cauda, F., & Kovacs, G. (2020). Disentangling predictive processing in the brain: a study in favour of a predictive network across sensory modalities. Poster presented at 62nd Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP), Jena, Germany.
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L. Mancuso, A. Fornito, T. Costa, L. Ficco, D. Liloia, J. Manuello, S. Duca, F. Cauda, (2020) A meta-analytic approach to mapping co-occurent grey matter volume increases and decreases in psychiatric disorders, Neuroimage, 22210.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.117220


L. Mancuso, A. Nani, J. Manuello, D. Liloia, G. Gelmini, L. Ficco, S. Duca, T. Costa, F. Cauda, (2019) Degree Centrality of Co-alteration Networks: Meta-analytic Hubs of Pathological Spread, Accepted poster at the conference: Organization for Human Brain Mapping, 10.13140/RG.2.2.24083.53281

F. Cauda, L. Mancuso, A. Nani, J. Manuello, D. Liloia, G. Gelmini, L. Ficco, E. Premi, S. Duca, T. Costa, (2019) Hubs of long-distance co-alteration in brain pathology, Human Brain Mapping.