Sensing the Future

Use of predictive anticipatory psychophysiological responses for the prediction of random events


In collaboration with Giovanni MENTO, M. MARTINELLI, Gian Marco DUMA (Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale)


The main objective of this project is to verify how predictive anticipatory psychophysiological responses, i.e. pupil dilation, EEG, heart rate, can be used for the prediction of future random events of different emotional valence by devising portable apparatuses.

Results up today (July 2020)

Duma GM, Mento G, Semenzato L and Tressoldi P. (2019). EEG anticipation of random high and low arousal faces and sounds [version 2; peer review: 1 approved, 1 not approved]. F1000Research, 8:1508 (

Duma GM, Mento G, Manari T, Martinelli M, Tressoldi P (2017). Driving with Intuition: A Preregistered Study about the EEG Anticipation of Simulated Random Car Accidents. PLoS ONE 12(1): e0170370. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0170370 

Tressoldi, P. E., Martinelli, M., Semenzato, L., & Gonella, A. (2015). Does psychophysiological predictive anticipatory activity predict real or future probable events?. EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing,11:109-117.

-Tressoldi PE, Martinelli M, Semenzato L. (2014) Pupil dilation prediction of random events [v2; ref status: approved with reservations 2,]

 - Predictive physiological anticipation preceding seemingly unpredictable stimuli: a meta-analysis.

Grant: Bial Foundation project 86/08.