Davide Quarona

Davide is a PhD student in Cognitive robotics, interaction and rehabilitation technologies at the Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, under the supervision of prof. Cristina Becchio. He studied Psychology at the University of Turin and, in 2015, obtained his Master degree in Science of Mind with a dissertation on the relationship between hand kinematics and object weight in both natural and pantomimed reach-to-grasp movements. Davide is currently involved in the study of the relationship between the intention to pretend an action and action execution. In particular, he will combine behavioral, kinematic and electrophysiological techniques in order to investigate how movements kinematics relate to perception and decision via action observation. Furthermore, recently he spent six months at the Central European University (CEU) of Budapest, where he collaborated with the Social Mind and Body (SOMBY) group. During his stay, he had the opportunity to get some experience with EEG technique and analyses.


Research interests

Motor Cognition
Action execution and observation
Kinematics and Motion Capturing Techniques
Electroencephalography (EEG)



Ansuini, C., Cavallo, A., Campus, C., Quarona, D., Koul A., Becchio C. (2016).
Are we real when we fake? Attunement to object weight in natural and pantomimed grasping movements.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, 471. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00471.