Dr Carlo Campagnoli

Dr Carlo Campagnoli


I have earned both a BSc (2008) and a MSc (2010) in Experimental Psychology at the Universita’ degli Studi di Firenze, with a thesis on the integration of 3D information through binocular vision during pointing movements.

I trained for one year as research assistant at the Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Rovereto (Trento), contributing to the sofware and hardware development of an AR platform to study human perception and behaviour and then flew to the US where I earned a MSc (2013) and a PhD (2017) at Brown University focused on how monocular and binocular depth information is processed and integrated for the planning and execution of reaching and grasping movements in both AR and real world settings.

I further trained as postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University (2017-2021), developing a VR platform for studying the integration of 3D vision and proprioception during sensorimotor adaptation. I came to Leeds in September 2021 to join the Immersive Cognition laboratory, where I am currently developing a motion capture lab for the analysis of human movements under a variety of visual conditions.

Research interests

My research focuses on the interplay between perception and action, and specifically on how sensory information (vision and proprioception) is translated into 3D information within the brain and eventually guides behavior, with focus on object prehension and manipulation.

I am equally interested in the mirror side of this process, that is, on studying how motor behavior updates internal spatial maps and how this adaptative mechanism shapes our perception of the 3D space. I apply this line of research on a few other subjects, most recently i) intuitive physics, investigating how observation and experience shape our understanding of the physical world; ii) disability, studying how the visual system develops and adapts under different cognitive and/or visuomotor profiles – currently focused on visual impairement (cataracts), autism, multiple sclerosis. Additional research interests include data analysis, machine learning and AI.


  • PhD
  • MSc Cognitive Science
  • MSc Psicologia Sperimentale
  • BSc Scienze e Tecniche di Psicologia Generale e Sperimentale

Professional memberships

  • Vision Science Society
  • Society for the Neural Control of Movement

Student education

I teach statistics and research methods at both undergraduate and masters level.

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