Emilio Cartoni



Researcher (Fixed Term)
Short profile: 

I am a PhD student in Behavioral Neuroscience at "Sapienza" University of Rome and member of the Laboratory of Computational Embodied Neuroscience at ISTC-CNR.

My main interest is making computational models of the brain, bridging data from behavioural up to neuronal level and focusing on action and motivation.

My  current   research topic  is  the  Pavlovian  to  instrumental  transfer,   where   cues learned by Pavlovian conditioning affect the performance of actions learned through instrumental   conditioning.   Recently,   both   Pavlovian   and   instrumental   behaviours have been reframed into Bayesian terms, moving my interest to how the brain may perform Bayesian computations.

Neural structures to be modelled involving PIT range from the  amygdala  to the striatum and prefrontal cortex.

My other interests, currently being investigated at LOCEN, are echo state networks / liquid computing, hierarchical networks and autonomous robotics.


Journal articles

Baldassarre G., Santucci V. G., Cartoni E., Caligiore D. The architecture challenge: Future artificial-intelligence systems will require sophisticated architectures, and knowledge of the brain might guide their construction. In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 40 article n. e254. Cambridge University Press, 2017.  image   image   image

Cartoni E., Balleine B., Baldassarre G. Appetitive Pavlovian-instrumental Transfer: a review. In: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, vol. 71 pp. 829 - 848. Elsevier, 2016.  image   image

Cartoni E., Moretta T., Puglisi-Allegra S., Cabib S., Baldassarre G. The relationship between specific Pavlovian instrumental transfer and instrumental reward probability. In: Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 6 (1697) pp. e1 - 7. Frontiers, 2015.  image   image   image

Cartoni E., Puglisi-Allegra S., Baldassarre G. The three principles of action: a Pavlovian-instrumental transfer hypothesis. In: Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience, vol. 7 pp. e1 - 11. Frontiers, 2013.  image   image


Cartoni E. Pavlovian-Instrumental transfer: computational models and function. Universita' di Roma "La Sapienza", Dipartimento di Psicologia, Neuroscienze del Comportamento. Ph.D. Dissertation, 2016.  image

Cartoni E. Pavlovian Instrumental transfer un modello computazionale bayesiano con cause latenti. Universita' di Roma La Sapienza. Thesis, 2013.  image


Baldassarre G., Mannella F., Santucci V. G., Sperati V., Caligiore D., Cartoni E., Da Silva B. C., Mirolli M. Open-ended learning of skills in robots: insights from looking at the brain. In: RLDM2015 - The Second Multidisciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 7-10 June 2015). Abstract, pp. e1 - 5. University of Alberta, 2015.  image   image

Cartoni E., Moretta T., Baldassarre G. Specific Pavlovian-instrumental transfer: relationship with instrumental reward probabilities. In: SBDM 2014 - Fourth Symposium on Biology of Decision Making, 2014 (Paris, France, 26-28 May 2014).   image

Cartoni E., Mannella F., Puglisi-Allegra S., Baldassarre G. A Bayesian model for a Pavlovian-instrumental transfer hypothesis. In: RLDM2013 - The First Multidisciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making (Princeton, NJ, USA, 25-27 October 2013). Abstract, pp. e1 - 5. University of Princeton, 2013.  image