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Roberto Caldara

Job: Professor
Office: RM C-3.117
Rue P.A. de Faucigny 2
1700 Fribourg
Phone: +41 26 300 7636
eMail: roberto.caldara@unifr.ch
Unit: Neurosciences visuelles et sociales      
Personal page: http://perso.unifr.ch/roberto.caldara/



  • Other-race effect
  • Cultural and social Neuroscience
  • Eye movement data analysis
  • Face and scene processing


Research fields

I have an interdisciplinary profile and a strong background in face processing research, which includes behavioral, computational modeling, brain damaged, EEG, fMRI and eye movements approaches with adults and more recently with children. 

During my PhD, I developed a strong interest in the study of the ‘other-race’ effect for faces. I had the opportunity to investigate this topic as well as others on visual cognition and motor processing, by means of brain imaging techniques (EEG and fMRI), neuronal network simulations, brain-damaged patients and behavioural paradigms. 

Since my PhD I expanded my research interests, while keeping the interdisciplinary investigation of brain-behaviour interactions on the study of human cognition as a key feature of my research. I very recently became fascinated by the study of eye movements and developed with my collaborators experimental techniques and a novel method to analyse eye movement data: iMap. 

I have always been fascinated by human evolution and human diversity. In the past decade scientists have reported systematic differences in visual cognition between Westerners (i.e., West Europeans and North Americans) and Far Easterners (i.e., Chinese, Japanese and Koreans), questioning the assumption of universality of many cognitive processes. Our current work feeds this ongoing debate and we have a major research interest in mapping the role of culture in visual and social cognition. 


  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • E-Prime
  • Affective and social neuroscience
  • Cognitiv psychology
  • Internship supervision
  • Research seminar in cognitive neuroscience
  • Supervision of Bachelor thesis
  • Supervision of Master thesis
  • Supervision of seminar dissertations




Département de Psychologie / Departement für Psychologie - R. Faucigny 2 - 1700 Fribourg / Freiburg - Tel +41 26 300 7620 - Fax +41 26 / 300 9712 - psychologie [at] unifr.ch - uni