The World's First Professor of
Organizational Neuroscience

An Associate Professor of Organizational Neuroscience at the Surrey Business School, and Honorary Associate Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Warwick, where he formerly co-led the University's Global Research Priority in Behavioral Science, Sebastiano is the founding director of the Organizational Neuroscience Laboratory and founding co-chair of the Interest Group in Organizational Neuroscience (NEU) at the Academy of Management. 

Sebastiano is the inaugural Ph.D. graduate of the UCL School of Management. He also graduated in Neuroscience at the University of Trieste and International School of Advanced Studies, and in Neuroimaging at the University of Edinburgh. 

 

THE ORGANIZATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE LABORATORY

- Cutting-edge Experiments and Advanced Analytical Approaches -

Sebastiano has put together an innovative, creative, and cooperative research environment populated by talented researchers with diverse disciplinary and cultural backgrounds.

Visit The Organizational Neuroscience Laboratory's website and blog to learn more.

RESEARCH

- A Journey to Discovery -

Sebastiano’s research is theoretically and methodologically focused on defining the scholarly boundaries of Organizational Neuroscience. Empirically, his projects investigate the interplay between affect and cognition and why and how this influences various types of decision-making, including strategic, moral, and interpersonal, using a variety of advanced methodological tools. Sebastiano has received several awards for his research, and his work continues to appear in world-leading journals across a variety of diverse scientific fields.

 
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* NEW RESEARCH *

INTEROCEPTION AND ALEXITHYMIA

Research on interoceptive abilities (i.e., sensibility, accuracy, and awareness) and their associations with emotional experience has flourished. Yet interoceptive abilities in alexithymia—a personality trait characterized by a difficulty in the cognitive interpretation of emotional arousal, which impacts emotional experience—remain under-investigated, thereby limiting a full understanding of subjective emotional experience processing.

In a paper recently published in Psychological Research together with researchers at the University of Padova, we found that the higher the level of alexithymia in people, the higher interoceptive accuracy and sensibility yet the lower interoceptive awareness – which turns out to be the most accurate predictor of alexithymia. The results suggest that dissociation of interoceptive components may explain the underlying psycho-physiological mechanisms of alexithymia.

 

CONSULTING

- Innovative Solutions and Personalized Workshops -

Sebastiano's consulting work focuses on projects that apply both neuroscience and behavioral science in order to optimize organizational frameworks and decision-making, particularly in healthcare and knowledge-intensive sectors. Sebastiano speaks internationally, and his engagements offer a personalized, research-informed approach that emphasizes the implementation of effective, long term solutions.

TEACHING

- Critical Thinking and Scientific Rigor -

 

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Sebastiano is an excellent professor, always willing to help students work through difficult concepts and research problems.

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ORGANIZATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE

Through a historical, thought provoking journey filled with practical, hands on activities that foster student-led engagement and discovery, this award winning course introduces students and executives to the use of neuroscience in management and organizational sciences.

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QUANTITATIVE METHODS AND ANALYTICS

This course provides students with the advanced analytical and methodological skills necessary for both researchers and practitioners facing a complex global business landscape.

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LEADERSHIP

This postgraduate level course puts forward state-of-the art theoretical insights and practical instruments for managers and learners to set and achieve challenging goals, take fast and effective actions, improve organizational and personal outcomes, and inspire others to perform at the highest level.

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BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES IN HEALTHCARE

This executive level course leverages the latest insights in the behavioral sciences to offer actionable frameworks and practical skills to managers and professionals working in the healthcare sector.

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