Andrea Stocco, Ph.D.

Associate Professor



Andrea Stocco is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS), and co-director of the Cognition and Cortical Dynamics Laboratory. He was born in Palmanova, Italy, and received both his Master’s degrees and his Ph.D. from the University of Trieste, Italy.

Dr. Stocco’s research concerns how human use abstract mental representations (like, rules, instructions, and plans) to perform complex tasks. He uses computational and mathematical models, neuroimaging techniques, and brain stimulation methods determine and predict how these mental representations are encoded in the brain, how they are transformed into behavior, and how this knowledge can be used to improve learning and skill acquisition.

In 2013, together with Dr. Rajesh Rao and Dr. Chantel Prat, Dr. Stocco has demonstrated the possibility of transferring simple information directly between two brains using non-invasive brain stimulation devices. This pilot study has been extensively covered by the media.