Valentina Niccolai CV
since 08/2011 Post-doctoral scientist, Institut of Clinical Neuroscience and Medical Psychology, University of Duesseldorf, Germany
10/2007 – 07/2011 PhD student in Psychology, University of Duesseldorf, Germany
07/2005 – 07/2007 Master in Affective Neuroscience, Maastricht University, Netherland
09/2004 – 09/2005 Post-graduate internship, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Center, Department of Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences, Florence Hospital (Careggi), Italy
09/1998 – 07/2004 Psychology student, Florence University, Ital


Research interests


  • Gilles-de-la-Tourette-Syndrom
  • Grounded Cognition – Language processing
  • Crossmodal neural processes; Synaesthesia
  • Neural plasticity
  • Panic disorder


 Actual project

  • Neural representation of action related concepts (SFB 991)


Peer-reviewed publications:

  • V. Niccolai, H. van Dijk, S. Franzkowiak, J. Finis, M. Südmeyer, M. Jonas, G. Thomalla, H.R. Siebner, K. Müller-Vahl, A. Münchau, A. Schnitzler, K. Biermann-Ruben (2016). Increased beta rhythm as an indicator of inhibitory mechanisms in tourette syndrome. Mov Disord. 31(3):384-92. doi: 10.1002/mds.26454.
  • A. Klepp, V. Niccolai, G. Buccino, A. Schnitzler, K. Biermann-Ruben (2015). Language-motor interference reflected in MEG beta oscillations. Neuroimage 1;109:438-48. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.12.077. PMID: 25576646.
  • V. Niccolai, A. Klepp, H. Weissler, N. Hoogenboom, A. Schnitzler, K. Biermann-Ruben (2014). Grasping Hand Verbs: Oscillatory Beta and Alpha Correlates of Action-Word Processing. PLoS One. 23;9(9):e108059.
  • A. Klepp, H. Weissler, V. Niccolai, A. Terhalle, H. Geisler, A. Schnitzler, K. Biermann-Ruben (2014). Neuromagnetic hand and foot motor sources recruited during action verb processing. Brain Lang. 128(1):41-52.
  • V. Niccolai, E. Wascher, P. Stoerig (2012). Earlier N170 in Grapheme-Colour Synaesthetes Compared to Semantic Controls. Eur J Neurosci. 36(11):3593-601.
  • V. Niccolai, T. van Leeuwen, C. Blakemore, P. Stoerig (2012). Synaesthetic perception of colour and visual space in a blind subject: an fMRI case study. Conscious Cogn. 21(2):889-99.
  • V. Niccolai, T. van Leeuwen, P. Stoerig (2012). Modality and variability of synaesthetic experience. Am J Psychol. 125(1):81-94.
  • M. van Duinen, V. Niccolai, E.Griez (2010). Challenging Anxiety. A Focus on the Specificity of Respiratory Symptoms. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences 2:229-50.
  • V. Niccolai, M. van Duinen, E.Griez (2009). Respiratory patterns in panic disorder reviewed: a focus on biological challenge tests. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 22; 120(3):167-177.
  • V. Niccolai, M. van Duinen, E.Griez (2008). Objective and Subjective measures in recovery from 35%CO2 challenge. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 53(11):737-44.
  • F. Galassi, S. Quercioli, D. Charismas, V. Niccolai, E. Barciulli (2007) Cognitive-behavioural group treatment for panic disorder with agoraphobia. J Clin Psychol 63(4):409-16. 



SS  2016 Communication (seminar)
SS 2016 Reproduction and development (seminar)
WS 2009 – SS 2011 Master of Psychology: Biofeedback (practical course)
WS 2009/10 Art History: Synaesthesia (seminar)
SS 2009 Bachelor of Psychology: Research methods in experimental psychology (practical course)
WS 2008/09 Master of Psychology:
  • Affective neurosciences (practical course)
  • Biofeedback (part of Applied Psychology)
SS 2008 Bachelor of Psychology: Research methods in experimental psychology (practical course)
WS 2007/08 Master of Psychology:
  • Affective neurosciences (seminar)
  • Biofeedback (part of Applied Psychology)
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