Dr. Maurizio Gorgoni

Current position: Ph.D.


- Sleep, memory and cerebral plasticity
- Sleep and cortical excitability
- Sleep deprivation
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
- Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial alternate current stimulation (tACS)
- Methodology of psychophysiologic reserch
- Sleepiness
- Methodology of psychophysiologic reserch
- Sleep Inertia
- Qunatitative analysis and cortical topography in normal and pathologic aging
- Sleep Onset



2005 - Fellow in "Madonna del Divino Amore", Roma

2006 - Short graduation in Psychology (University of Rome "Sapienza"); thesis title: "Sleep and memory: new evidence and old problems" (supervisor: Prof. Luigi De Gennaro)

2008 - Intern fellow in the Sleep Psychophysiology Laboratory of University of Rome "Sapienza" (supervisor: Prof. Luigi De Gennaro)”

2009 - Graduation in Psychology with prise (University of Rome "Sapienza"); thesis title:"Cerebral plasticity and sleepiness after sleep deprivation" (supervisor:Prof. Luigi De Gennaro)

2009 - Passed the examination for the Doctorate of Research in Psychophysiology in the University of Rome "Sapienza"

2009 - Member of the Italian Sleep Research Society (S.I.R.S.)

2013 - Obtain the degree of "Research Doctorate" (Ph.D.) in the University of Rome "Sapienza". Thesis title: "TMS associative paradigms applied to the study of the relatinoship between sleep and synpatic plasticity"

2013 - Temporary Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology - University of Rome "Sapienza".




  • Marzano C., Ferrara M., Mauro F., Moroni F., Gorgoni M., Tempesta D., Cipolli C., De Gennaro L., Recalling and forgetting dreams: Theta and alpha oscillations during sleep predict subsequent dream recall. Journal of Neuroscience. 2011; 31[18]:6674-6683.
  • Marzano C., Moroni F., Gorgoni M., Nobili L., Ferrara M., De Gennaro L. How we fall asleep: Regional and temporal differences in EEG synchronization at sleep onset. Sleep Medicine 2013; doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2013.05.021.
  • Gorgoni M., D'Atri A., Lauri G., Rossini P.M., Ferlazzo F., De Gennaro L. Is sleep essential for neural plasticity in humans, and how does it affect motor and cognitive recovery? Neural Plasticity 2013;  doi:10.1155/2013/103949.
  • Gorgoni M., Ferlazzo F., Moroni F., D’Atri A., Donarelli S., Fanelli S., Gizzi Torriglia I., Lauri G., Ferrara M., Marzano C., Rossini P.M., Bramanti P., De Gennaro L. Sleep deprivation affects somatosensory cortex excitability as tested through median nerve stimulation. Brain Stimulation 2014; 7:732-739. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2014.04.006.
  • Gorgoni M., Ferlazzo F., Ferrara M., Moroni F., D’Atri A., Fanelli S., Gizzi Torriglia I., Lauri G., Marzano C., Rossini P.M., De Gennaro L. Topographic EEG changes associated with Psychomotor Vigilance Task (PVT) performance after sleep deprivation. Sleep Medicine 2014; 15(9):1132-1139. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2014.04.022.
  • Gorgoni M., Ferrara M., D’Atri A., Lauri G., Scarpelli S., Truglia I., De Gennaro L. EEG topography during sleep inertia upon awakening after a period of increased homeostatic sleep pressure. Sleep Medicine 2015; 16:883-900. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2015.03.009.

  • Scarpelli S., D’Atri A., Gorgoni M., Ferrara M., De Gennaro L. EEG oscillations during sleep and dream recall: state- or trait-like individual differences? Frontiers in Psychology 2015, 6:605, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00605.

  • Scarpelli S., Marzano C., D’Atri A., Gorgoni M., Ferrara M., De Gennaro L. State- or trait-like individual differences in dream recall: preliminary findings from a within-subjects study of multiple nap REM sleep awakenings. Frontiers in Psychology 2015. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00928.

  • Gorgoni M., Ferlazzo F., D’Atri A., Lauri G., Ferrara M., Rossini P.M., De Gennaro L. The assessment of somatosensory cortex plasticity during sleep deprivation by paired associative stimulation. Archives Italiennes de Biologie 2015; 153(2-3):120-133.

  • D’Atri A., De Simoni E., Gorgoni M., Ferrara M., Ferlazzo F., Rossini P.M., De Gennaro L. Frequency-dependent effects of oscillatory-tDCS on EEG oscillations: a study with Better OSCillation detection method (BOSC). Archives Italiennes de Biologie 2015; 153(2-3):134-144.

  • Gorgoni M., Lauri G., Truglia I., Cordone S., Sarasso S., Scarpelli S., Mangiaruga A., D’Atri A., Tempesta D., Ferrara M., Marra C., Rossini P.M., De Gennaro L. Parietal fast sleep spindle density decrease in Alzheimer’s disease and amnesic Mild Cognitive Impairment. Neural Plasticity, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/8376108.

  • D’Atri A., De Simoni E., Gorgoni M., Ferrara M., Ferlazzo F., Rossini P.M., De Gennaro L. Electrical stimulation of the frontal cortex enhances slow-frequency EEG activity and sleepiness. Neuroscience, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2016.03.007.



  • Gorgoni M., Pisciotta F., Bonifaci L., Chillemi E., De Santis C., Di Falco A., Florio A., Piazzi M., Rondoni A., Santilli F., Guarracino E., Esposito M. Voluntary suppression of memories: experimental evidences and clinical implications. Cognitivismo Clinico 2013; 10(2):120-133.