Dr Marinella Cappelletti

Marinella is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in studying how the brain learns and how it ages.

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Dr Marinella Cappelletti






m.cappelletti (@gold.ac.uk)


Marinella is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London interested in studying how the brain learns and how it ages. With her colleagues of the Cognition and Neuroscience Group, she uses non-invasive brain stimulation techniques and EEG in combination with behavioural and psychophysical measurements, often using numerical cognition as a model for understanding how the younger and older brain works. As well as doing science, we also contribute to teaching and training students and other researchers. We enjoy running and publishing cool and interesting experiments, but to keep the inspiration for good science we also make sure we have a good work/life balance.

Grants and Awards

Marinella’s work has received generous external funding from a number of organizations, and in particular: The Wellcome Trust (PhD scholarship and Personal Training Fellowship), the Royal Society (Dorothy Hodgkin Personal Fellowship and Research Grant), the British Academy and the Italian ‘Ministero Della Salute’.

Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

Along the years, Marinella built up a wide experience to support science communication as well as to promote gender equality in science. Some examples include:

  • Providing seminars and workshops to colleagues and students on research-related topics such as brain and cognition in the lifespan.
  • Leading the Departmental Athena Swan application aiming to an award celebrating equality and diversity in the department.
  • Engagement in public-facing events such as TEDx Women, panel discussions and seminars, for instance on diversity and equality open to academic and non-academic in Goldsmiths.

Publications and research outputs


Golemme, Mara; Tatti, Elisa; Di Bernardi Luft, Caroline; Bhattacharya, Joydeep; Herrojo Ruiz, Maria and Cappelletti, Marinella. 2021. Multivariate patterns and long-range temporal correlations of alpha oscillations are associated with flexible manipulation of visual working memory representations. European Journal of Neuroscience, 54(9), pp. 7260-7273. ISSN 0953-816X

Gula, Justyna; Herrojo Ruiz, Maria and Cappelletti, Marinella. 2021. Characterizing the middle-age neurophysiology using EEG/MEG. Neurobiology of Aging, ISSN 0197-4580

Karolis, Vyacheslav R.; Grinyaev, Mikhail; Epure, Andreea; Tsoy, Vyacheslav; Du Rietz, Ebba; Banissy, Michael J.; Cappelletti, Marinella and Kovas, Yulia. 2018. Probing the architecture of visual number sense with parietal tRNS. Cortex, 114, pp. 54-66. ISSN 0010-9452

Research Interests

Marinella’s main themes of research relate to cognitive psychology and neuroscience, and in particular to the study of the brain across the lifespan. Her key-areas of interest are listed below. For full details on projects see ‘forthcoming’.

  • Numerical cognition
  • Memory
  • Executive functions
  • Learning
  • Individual Differences
  • Ageing
  • Middle ageing
  • Lifespan
  • Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation
  • EEG

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