Cinzia graduated in July 2002 from the University of Hertfordshire with a BSc (Hons) in Psychological Sciences and obtained an MSc in Research Methods and Statistical Analysis in Psychology in November 2003, also from the University of Hertfordshire. Presently, she works at Parma University, Department of Neuroscience, Italy, and is involved in neuroscientific research as a doctoral student (PhD). Her main research interest is in the field of neuroesthetics, a branch that deals with the understanding of the neural bases of beauty perception in the brain. In 2005 she received training in the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in Rome, where she spent about two years at the Neuroimaging Centre of Santa Lucia Foundation.
Currently, other collaborations involve research at the University of Liverpool (UK), where she has carried out fMRI studies on speed perception in biological motion, and research at the University Vita Salute San Raffaele, Milan, where she is involved in fMRI research in the fields of Neuroeconomics and Neuroesthetics.
From 2004 to early 2005 she was a member of the ‘Research Centre for Child Neurocognitive Disorders’ at the University of Parma. Here she held the position of co-ordinator of a research project on prevention of neuropsychological and language disorders in preschool-age children. Additionally, she provided casual support in developmental neuropsychiatry at the Child Neuropsychiatry Centre of San Miniato Fuocecchio (Firenze) related to research on Autism in developmental age with a special focus on the relationship between autistic disorder and imitation.