Luca Vizioli, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

PhD, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging, University of Glasgow, Scotland

BA, Psychology and Sociology, Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Studies, University of Glasgow


Dr. Luca Vizioli is an Assistant Professor in the U’s Departments of Neurosurgery and the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR). He received his PhD from the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging, University of Glasgow, Scotland. Dr. Vizioli is a seasoned researcher and a reviewer for several scientific journals. He has gained extensive experience in working in ultrahigh-field imaging at CMRR. His main duties revolve around developing basic and transitional fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) research programs, with a keen eye towards intraoperative fMRI.

When he has spare time, Dr. Vizioli enjoys reading, basketball, and music (guitar, drums, piano).


  • English
  • French
  • Italian


Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Vizioli's main research interests lie in the optimization of submillimeter fMRI, geared towards the non-invasive study of human cortical layers and columns; what can be learned about the human brain by pushing spatial and temporal limits of fMRI; the development and optimization of novel fMRI analytical tools; how top-down modulations shape neural responses to identical stimuli; vision; and face processing. 


  1. Vizioli, L.,Yacoub, E. & Lewis, L. D. (2021). How pushing the spatiotemporal resolution of fMRI can advance neuroscience. Progress in Neurobiology,207, 102184
  2. Dowdle LT, Ghose G, Chen CCC, Ugurbil K, Yacoub E, Vizioli L. (2021) Statistical power or more precise insights into neuro-temporal dynamics? Assessing the benefits of rapid temporal sampling in fMRI. Prog Neurobiol. Sep 4:102171. doi: 10.1016/j.pneurobio.2021.102171
  3. Dowdle, L., Ghose, G., Ugurbil, K., Yacoub, E. Vizioli, L. (2021) Clarifying the role of higher-level cortices in resolving perceptual ambiguity using ultra high field fMRI. Neuroimage
  4. Liu, L., Li, W., Su, Z., Cook, D., Vizioli, L., Yacoub, E. (2021) Efficiency Boosting via Envelope Chain in fMRI Studies. Scandinavian Journal of Statistics
  5. Vizioli, L., Moeller, S., Dowdle, L., Akçakaya M., De Martino F., Yacoub E., Ugurbil K. (2021) Lowering the thermal noise barrier in functional brain mapping with magnetic resonance imaging. Nat Commun12, 5181.
  6. Margalit, E., Jamison, K. W., Weiner, K. S., Vizioli, L., Zhang, R., Kay, K., Grill-Spector, K. (2020). Ultra-high-resolution fMRI of human ventral temporal cortex reveals differential representation of categories and domains. Journal of Neuroscience
  7. Vizioli, L., De Martino, F., Pertro, L., Ugurbil, K., Yacoub, E., Muckli, L. (2020) Multivoxel Pattern of Blood Oxygen Level Dependent Activity can be sensitive to stimulus specific fine scale responses. Scientific Reports
  8. Kay, K., Jamison, K. W., Vizioli, L., Zhang, R., Margalit, E., Ugurbil, K. (2019). Ultra-high resolution fMRI: a critical assessment. Neuroimage
  9. Vizioli, L., Bratch, A., Lao, J., Ugurbil, K., Muckli, L., Yacoub, E. (2018) Temporal Multivariate Pattern. Analysis (tMVPA): a single trial approach exploring the temporal dynamics of the BOLD signal. Journal of Neuroscience Methods
  10. Muckli, L., De Martino F., Vizioli, L., Petro. L., S., Smith, F. W., Ugurbil, K., Goebel, R., Yavoub, E., (2015) Supra-granular layers of human V1 receives contextual feedback information. Current Biology
  11. Ramon, M., Vizioli, L., Liu-Shuang, J., Rossion, B. (2015). The neural microgenesis of personally familiar face recognition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  12. Rodger, H., Vizioli, L., Ouyang, X., & Caldara, R. (2015). Mapping the development of facial expression recognition. Developmental Science
  13. Petro L.S., Vizioli L. & Muckli L. (2014) Contributions of cortical feedback to sensory processing in primary visual cortex. Frontiers in Psychology
  14. Lao, J., Vizioli, L., Miellet, S., & Caldara, R. (2013). Culture modulates the temporal dynamics of global/local processing, Culture and Brain
  15. Romeo, M., Vizioli, L., Breukink, M., Aganloo, K., Lao, J., Cotrufo, S., Caldara, R., Morley, S. (2013). A functional-MRI paradigm to identify distinct cortical areas of facial function: a reliable localizer. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  16. Miellet, S., Vizioli, L., He, L., Zhou, X., & Caldara, R. (2013). Mapping face recognition information use across cultures. Frontiers in Perception Science
  17. Vizioli, L., Roussellet, G., & Caldara, R. (2010). Neural repetition suppression to identity is abolished by other-race faces. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  18. Vizioli, L., Foreman, K., Rousselet, G. A., & Caldara, R. (2010). Inverting faces elicits sensitivity to race on the N170 component: A cross-cultural study. Journal of Vision.

Book Chapter

  1. Yacoub E., Vizioli L. (2021) Neuroscience applications of functional MRI, in Advanced Neuro MR Techniques and Applications,Edited by In-Young Choi, Peter Jezzard


  1. Vizioli, L., Moeller S., Dowdle, L., Akçakaya M., De Martino F., Yacoub E., Ugurbil K. (2021) A Paradigm Change in Functional Brain Mapping: Suppressing the Thermal Noise in fMRI. ISMRM
  2. Vizioli, L. (2021).fMRI at High Spatial Resolutions: Layers & Columns. ISMRMVizioli, L., Bratch, A., Ramanna, S., Ugurbil, K., Yacoub, E. (2019) Probing spatio-temporal information during attention modulations in humans with sub-second sampling of cortical depth dependent BOLD fMRI signals at 7T. ISMRM
  3. Vizioli, L., Yacoub, E. (2018) "Probing temporal information in fast-TR fMRI data during attention modulations". ISMRM
  4. Vizioli, L., De Martino, F., Ugurbil, K., Muckli, L., Yacoub, E. (2018) Estimating the Spatial Precision of Multivoxel Pattern of BOLD Response at 7T. ISMRM
  5. Vizioli, L., Muckli, L. (2015) Laminar communication at ultra-high field fMRI. VSS
  6. Vizioli L., Caldara, R., (2013) Culture shapes neural representations for faces: an eye-tracking and fMRI study, ABIM
  7. Caldara R., Vizioli L. (2010) The Speed of Race. VSS
  8. Vizioli, L., Rousselet, G.A.R, Foreman, K., Caldara, R., (2009) Other-race faces all look alike to me and my N170. VSS

Editorial Roles

  1. Guest editor for a special issue titled, How high spatiotemporal resolution fMRI can advance neuroscience, featured in Progress in Neurobiology.


  1. Vizioli, L., Moeller, S., Ugurbil, K., Yacoub, E. (2020) Multislab multiband 3D EPI for simultaneous high spatial and temporal resolution at 7T. ISMRM
  2. Dowdle, L., Ghose, G., Ugurbil, K., Yacoub, E., Vizioli, L. (2020) Ultra-High Field fMRI Reveals Top-Down Modulations to Identical Visual Input in High-Level Cortices, OHBM
  3. Margalit, E., Jamison, K. W., Weiner, K. S., Vizioli, L., Zhang, R., Kay, K., Grill-Spector, K. (2018). Differential representation of object category information across lateral and medial ventral temporal cortex revealed with ultra-high-resolution Fmri. SFN
  4. Bratch, A., Vizioli, L., Yacoub, E., Engel, S., Burton, P., Kersten, D. (2018). Selectivity for individual body parts within body selective visual cortex. SFN
  5. Vizioli, L., Jamison, K., Kay, K.N. (2017) Task-related top-down modulations are more pronounced in inner cortical depths of human visual cortex. CCN (Cognitive Computational Neuroscience); conference abstract. URL:
  6. Vizioli, L., Kay, K., Lao, J., Ramon, M. (2016). Neural representations of visual stimuli are influenced by cognitive load. VSS
  7. Morgan A.T., Petro L.S., Vizioli L., Muckli L. (2014) Feedback to early visual areas carries multi-level representations of real-world scenes. OHBM
  8. Fiona McGruer F., Vizioli L., Smith W.F., Hohwy J., Muckli L. (2014) Visual Cortex Responds to Multisensory Stimulation & Perceptual Experience in a Rubber Hand Illusion OHBM
  9. Vizioli L., Petro L., Muckli L (2014) Decoding the spatial scale of information in visual cortex VSS
  10. Vizioli L., Petro L., Muckli L (2014) Decoding the spatial scale of information in visual cortex OHBM
  11. Lao J., Vizioli L., Muckli L., Caldara R. (2014). Decoding Culture from the human primary visual cortex VSS
  12. Ramon M., Vizioli L., Muckli L. & Schyns P. (2013) Neural representations in face-selective regions are affected by task, stimulus and information content VSS
  13. Ouyang X Vizioli L., Ramon M. & Caldara R. (2013) Culture shapes neural representations for faces: an eye movement and fMRI study VSS
  14. McGruer F., Petro L.S., Vizioli L., Hohwy J., Smith F.W & Muckli L. (2013) Representation of Multimodal Illusory States in the Early Visual Cortex HBM
  15. Rodger H., Ouyang X., Lao J., Vizioli L., & Caldara R. (2013) Mapping the ontogenesis of facial expression recognition EADP
  16. Vizioli L., Lao J., Rodger H. & Caldara R. (2012) Culture shapes interbrain synchronization during human goal decoding OHBM
  17. Ramon M., Vizioli L., Liu J., Rossion B., (2012) Response properties of face processing regions as revealed by dynamic visual stimulation and fMRI OHBM
  18. Ramon M., Vizioli L., Liu J., Rossion B., (2011) Amygdala: more than a "fear module" – evidence from personally familiar face recognition and dynamic visual stimulation during fMRI Person Perception
  19. Lao J., Miellet S., Vizioli L., Fusco R. & Caldara R., (2011) Eyes like it, brain likes it: Tracking the neural tuning of cultural diversity in eye movements for faces VSS