Giovanni Granato is a research fellow at the Laboratory of Embodied Computational Neuroscience (LOCEN) belonging to the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC), at the National Research Council (CNR). Giovanni is also a PhD student at an international training program supported by the "School of Computer Science" at the University of Plymouth (UK) and the National Research Council of Rome
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My research interests concern cognitive flexibility, the capacity to change the goal-directed behavior after a feedback, the "cognitive vision", as the ability to flexibly perceive the environment thanks to attentional systems, and consciousness, an emergent property of the brain that allows to deliberately manipulate the perception in order to achieve a purpose. In my research I use the integrated top-down / bottom-up method of computational neuroscience, which allows me to create simulated neuro-inspired embodied agents and to compare their behavior to the human one through an empirical analysis. This method allows us to study the human consciousness and the cognitive flexibility with future applications also in neuro-robotics field.