Michele Ferrara works as an Associate Professor of psychobiology and physiological psychology at the University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy, since 2002. He is currently teaching physiological psychology and psychophysiology of sleep. Ferrara graduated in experimental psychology (with honors) at the University of Rome La Sapienza, Rome, Italy, in 1991 and obtained his Ph.D. degree in psychology in 1998 in addition to an M.S. degree in applied, clinical, and health psychology. He serves as a consultant of Italian Air Force Aerospace Medicine Research Center since 2001; a Chair at the University of L’Aquila since 2008; and the Head of the Section of Psychological and Social Sciences, Department of Life, Health, and Environmental Sciences, University of L'Aquila since 2012. Ferrara is a Member of the Academy Board amending the Bylaws of the University of L'Aquila (ex art.2 comma 5 Legge 240/2010) (2011); the Scientific Committee of the L’Aquila University Press; the Scientific Committee of the Department of Health Sciences, University of L’Aquila; the Board of the Italian Society for Sleep Research; and several scientific societies. He is a recipient of several research grants from Italian and European institutions and the author of 96 articles on international peer-reviewed journals. His research interests include sleep and learning/memory, hippocampal sleep, sleep/sleep deprivation and frontal lobe functions, sleep and cognition in posttraumatic stress disorder, effects of alterations of the sleep-wake cycle on vigilance/performance, countermeasures to sleepiness and fatigue, and dreaming.
Biography Updated on 5 January 2013