Antonio Criscuolo

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Born in Salerno (south Italy), raised in the sun and blue of the Amalfi coast.

I am an enthusiastic and ambitious researcher, whose curiosity has motivated a constant search of opportunities that would enrich my cultural and scientific background. 
Interested in cognitive and auditory neuroscience
and brain electrophysiology methods.

Links to find out more about Antonio:

Researchgate (Research profile)
Google Scholar (Publications)


We think of the brain as a predictive organ, which tries and minimize processing costs via generating expectations. For instance, when you are exposed to rhythmic sounds your brain predicts the occurrence and the features of the next events. These predictions are the result of neural computations happening at different temporal and spatial scales and their complex interactions.
By examining motor-auditory oscillatory coupling, we set at characterizing cognitive processes underlying beat- and rhythm perception. Our investigations will further explore the functional link between biological rhythms (i.e. respiratory and cardiac activity) and endogenous neural activity.

  • Beat perception
  • Rhythm perception
  • Predictions
  • Sensorimotor process
  • Motor-auditory coupling
  • Neural oscillations


  • EEG;
  • MEG;
  • Behavioral measures;
  • Brain stimulation;
  • Matlab, Fieldtrip, SPSS.

Qualifications and Professional Experience

  • 2020-Current: PhD candidate at Maastricht University (Maastricht, the Netherlands);
  • 2018-2019: Visiting Researcher at University of Oxford (Oxford, United Kingdom);
  • 2017-2019: Research Master in Cognitive Neuroscience at Maastricht University (Maastricht, the Netherlands);
  • 2017: Visiting Researcher at Aarhus University (Aarhus, Denmark);
  • 2014-2017: Bachelor of Science in Sciences and Psychological techniques at University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy).

Selected Publications

  • Kandylaki, K.D., & Criscuolo, A. (2021). Neural Tracking of Speech: Top-Down and Bottom-Up Influences in the Musician’s Brain. Journal of Neuroscience.
  • Criscuolo, A., Schwartze, M., Prado, L., Ayala, Y.A., Merchant, H. and Kotz, S. (2021): Macaque Monkeys Sense the Subjective Beat. SSRN.
  • Criscuolo, A., Pando-Naude, V., Bonetti, L., Vuust, P. and Brattico, E. (2021): Rediscovering the musician’s brain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BioRxiv.
  • Criscuolo A., Bonetti L., Särkämö T., Kliuchko M. and Brattico E (2019): On the Association Between Musical Training, Intelligence and Executive Functions in Adulthood. Front. Psychol. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01704

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