Lucia Mencarelli

Lucia Mencarelli, MS
Research Student Intern

Education History:
Ph.D. Candidate,Neuroscience, University of Florence, Italy
M.S., Neuroscience and Neuropsychology Rehabilitation, University of Bologna, Italy
B.S., Science and Psychological Techniques, University of Bologna, Italy

Lucia is currently a graduate student in the Department of Medicine, Surgery and Neuroscience at the University of Florence in Italy. She is also a member of the ‘Siena Brain Investigation and Neuromodulation Lab’ (Si-BIN Lab) in Siena.

Her first exposure to neuroscience research was at the ‘Centre for Studies and Research in Cognitive Neuroscience’ (CsrNC) in Cesena, Italy where she completed an internship for her master's thesis. During her time there, she investigated the neural correlates of body emotion (such as joy and fear) during a single pulse TMS-priming paradigm and became proficient in the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

Following her master's she decided to continue her professional training at the ‘Siena Brain Investigation and Neuromodulation Lab’ (Si-BIN Lab), pursuing her passion for research in cognitive neuroscience. Currently she is involved in multiple studies aiming to investigate cognitive enhancement and brain networks neuromodulation by means of non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS and tES). Lucia is skilled in the following: Transcranial Electric Stimulation (tES), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Neuronavigation Systems, Motor Evoked Potential (MEP), fMRI, behavioral data analysis, and EEG recording.

Lucia joined the Berenson-Allen Center as a research student in 2019 to work with Dr. Emiliano Santarnecchi on a project that implements non-invasive brain stimulation, electroencephalography, PET and behavioral cognitive training on Alzheimer’s disease research.

Personal Interests / Hobbies:
In her free time, Lucia enjoys travelling, walking in the nature, hiking and photographing. She loves reading narrative books, watching films and TV series.

Personal Goals:
Lucia hope to increase her knowledge in the field of NIBS and in clinical research on Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, she would like to learn about TMS-EEG techniques and how to use them in the diagnosis of MCI/AD.


  • Mencarelli, L., Neri, F., Momi, D., Menardi, A., Rossi, S., Rossi, A., & Santarnecchi, E. (2019). Stimuli, presentation modality, and load‐specific brain activity patterns during n‐back task. Human brain mapping.
  • Sprugnoli, G., Monti, L., Lippa, L., Neri, F., Mencarelli, L., Ruffini, G., ... & Cerase, A. (2019). Reduction of intratumoral brain perfusion by noninvasive transcranial electrical stimulation. Science Advances, 5(8), eaau9309.
  • Santarnecchi, E., Sprugnoli, G., Tatti, E., Mencarelli, L., Neri, F., Momi, D., ... & Rossi, A. (2018). Brain functional connectivity correlates of coping styles. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 18(3), 495-508.