Claudia Iorio

About meClaudia

I have been interested in music since childhood and during adolescence, I became interested in psychology.

I accidentally discovered research after a wonderful course I took in Pavia about music cognition and I suddenly fell in love with it. During the years, I collaborated with many orchestras, ensembles and quartets and I was involved in different research projects at the MIB in Aarhus and at the LEAD in Dijon.
Now I am starting a new research project in Maastricht at the BandLab.

Links to find out more about Claudia:

Researchgate (Research profile)


This project aims to study the role of temporal structure in the learning process, specifically in a particular incidental learning process: contingency learning, which is the ability to detect regularities between events in the environment (e.g., Event B tends to follow Event A, making Event A a predictive cue for Event B). In particular, some research hinted that learning involves extracting the temporal structure of the events and that this temporal information may influence the acquisition of the contingencies itself. Our project aims to investigate the effect of detecting temporal regularities on the acquisition of contingencies.
To do that, we will use an EEG variant of the music contingency learning procedure. In this procedure, participants are asked to respond to a note name (target) while ignoring the tones (predictive cue). To help the learning process, each note name is presented more often with one tone (e.g., note name “do” with the tone “do”; high contingency trial) than the others (e.g., note name “do” with the tone for “mi”; low contingency trials). Since our aim is to investigate whether the regularities in the temporal structure between stimulus presentations can influence the learning process, we will introduce a manipulation related to the time of the stimulus presentation (a regular condition with a fixed intertrial interval vs. an irregular condition with a varying intertrial interval). Evidence from this project will help shed light on the role of time perception in the process of incidentally acquiring new information.

  • Contingency learning;
  • Music cognition;
  • Learning


  • EEG;
  • Behavioral measures;
  • Psytoolkit, Experiment Builder, Matlab.

Qualifications and Professional Experience

  • 2019 to date: PhD student at the LEAD, Laboratoire d’Etude de l’Apprentissage et du Développement, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Dijon, France.
  • 2019: Professional qualification for the profession of psychologist (Esame di Stato), Università Luigi Vanvitelli, Caserta, Italy.
  • 2018: Internship at the University of Pavia, Italy and the Center for the Music in the Brain (MIB), Aarhus, DK.
  • 2017: MA in Viola at the San Pietro a Majella Conservatory, Naples, Italy.
  • 2017: MA in Psychology: Human resources, cognitive ergonomics, cognitive neuroscience, University of Naples – Suor Orsola Benincasa.
  • 2014: Specialization course in “Theory and practice of musical cognition: Psychology, Education and Neuroscience”, University of Pavia.
  • 2014: Bachelor’s degree in Technological and scientific fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology, University of Naples – Suor Orsola Benincasa.

Selected Publications

  • Iorio C., Šaban I., Poulin-Charronnat B., Schmidt J.R., “Incidental Learning in Music Reading: The Music Contingency Learning Task” (2022, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology).
  • Iorio C., Brattico E., Munk Larsen F., Vuust P., Bonetti L., “The effect of MP on music memorization”, Psychology of Music (2021, Psychology of Music).

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