Rocco Palumbo, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Neurology

Rocco Palumbo
150 South Huntington Avenue


Dr. Palumbo earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from University of Chieti, Italy. After spending 12 months as a visiting student at Brandeis University, he started his postdoctoral fellowship at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Palumbo background focused in monitoring changes of cognitive functions in pathological and healthy populations. He has worked on a wide range of projects, starting with the study of the normal functioning in different domains as perception, attention, emotion and memory, he investigated how these functions change during the life span and how pathological conditions such as dementia or mental disorders affect cognitive functions.

Dr. Palumbo, is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at BUSM and is currently Program Manager in the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at the VA Boston Healthcare System, working on several projects focusing on the role of false memories in patients with memory disorders. His research interests include understanding memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. Dr. Palumbo is particularly interested in understanding healthy and pathological cognitive aging.

Other Positions

  • Bedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp


  • Published on 8/16/2021

    Di Crosta A, Ceccato I, Marchetti D, La Malva P, Maiella R, Cannito L, Cipi M, Mammarella N, Palumbo R, Verrocchio MC, Palumbo R, Di Domenico A. Psychological factors and consumer behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. PLoS One. 2021; 16(8):e0256095. PMID: 34398916.

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  • Published on 6/14/2021

    Turk KW, Marin A, Schiloski KA, Vives-Rodriguez AL, Uppal P, Suh C, Dwyer B, Palumbo R, Budson AE. Head Injury Exposure in Veterans Presenting to Memory Disorders Clinic: An Observational Study of Clinical Characteristics and Relationship of Event-Related Potentials and Imaging Markers. Front Neurol. 2021; 12:626767. PMID: 34194379.

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  • Published on 6/9/2021

    Cannito L, Anzani S, Bortolotti A, Palumbo R, Ceccato I, Di Crosta A, Di Domenico A, Palumbo R. Temporal Discounting of Money and Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Hoarding Level. Front Psychol. 2021; 12:642102. PMID: 34177697.

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  • Published on 4/20/2021

    Carbone E, Palumbo R, Di Domenico A, Vettor S, Pavan G, Borella E. Caring for People With Dementia Under COVID-19 Restrictions: A Pilot Study on Family Caregivers. Front Aging Neurosci. 2021; 13:652833. PMID: 33958999.

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  • Published on 2/27/2021

    Ceccato I, Di Crosta A, Palumbo R, Marchetti D, La Malva P, Maiella R, Marin A, Mammarella N, Verrocchio MC, Di Domenico A. Data on the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on people's expectations about their future. Data Brief. 2021 Apr; 35:106892. PMID: 33748358.

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  • Published on 2/6/2021

    Palumbo R, Di Domenico A, Fairfield B, Mammarella N. When twice is better than once: increased liking of repeated items influences memory in younger and older adults. BMC Psychol. 2021 Feb 06; 9(1):25. PMID: 33549132.

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  • Published on 12/9/2020

    Ceccato I, Palumbo R, Di Crosta A, La Malva P, Marchetti D, Maiella R, Verrocchio MC, Marin A, Mammarella N, Palumbo R, Di Domenico A. Age-related differences in the perception of COVID-19 emergency during the Italian outbreak. Aging Ment Health. 2021 07; 25(7):1305-1313. PMID: 33291987.

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  • Published on 11/23/2020

    Palumbo R, Di Domenico A, Piras F, Bazzano S, Zerilli M, Lorico F, Borella E. Measuring global functioning in older adults with cognitive impairments using the Rasch model. BMC Geriatr. 2020 11 23; 20(1):492. PMID: 33228541.

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  • Published on 11/19/2020

    Maiella R, La Malva P, Marchetti D, Pomarico E, Di Crosta A, Palumbo R, Cetara L, Di Domenico A, Verrocchio MC. The Psychological Distance and Climate Change: A Systematic Review on the Mitigation and Adaptation Behaviors. Front Psychol. 2020; 11:568899. PMID: 33329207.

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  • Published on 10/5/2020

    Cannito L, Di Crosta A, Palumbo R, Ceccato I, Anzani S, La Malva P, Palumbo R, Di Domenico A. Health anxiety and attentional bias toward virus-related stimuli during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sci Rep. 2020 10 05; 10(1):16476. PMID: 33020567.

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