Lorenza Colzato

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Lorenza S. Colzato (born 20 September 1974) is an Italian cognitive psychologist whose research "aims to understand the neural and neuromodular underpinnings of cognitive control in humans."[1]


Colzato was born in Bolzano, Italy.[2] She studied cognitive and clinical psychology at the University of Padova, Italy, in 1999. She then moved to Leiden University where she obtained her PhD degree (2005) under the supervision of Prof. Lex van der Heijden. In 2006, she began work as an assistant professor at the Cognitive Psychology Unit of Leiden University (Cognitieve Psychologie). She is also a psychotherapist.[2]


Colzato's research is focused on how thinking and creativity are shaped. Her research often touches on popular topics and the resulting papers are discussed in popular media: examples include studies on exercise and creativity,[3] marijuana use and creativity,[4] the effect of odors on trust,[5] the effect of meditation on creative thinking,[6] and the existence of gaydar.[7]

Selected works[edit]

  • Colzato,L.S., Jongkees, B.J., Sellaro, R., van den Wildenberg, W., & Hommel, B. (2014). Eating to stop: Tyrosine supplementation enhances inhibitory control but not response execution. Neuropsychologia, 62, 398-402. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.12.027
  • Colzato, L.S., Szapora, A., Lippelt, D. & Hommel, B. (2014). Prior meditation practice modulates performance and strategy use in convergent- and divergent- thinking problems. Mindfulness. doi:10.1007/s12671-014-0352-9
  • Colzato, L. S., Waszack, F. Nieuwenhuis, S. T., Posthuma, D., & Hommel, B. (2010). The flexible mind is associated with the Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met polymorphism: Evidence for a role of dopamine in the control of task switching. Neuropsychologia, 48, 2764-2768.
  • Colzato, L. S., van Leeuwen, P.J.A., van den Wildenberg, W., & Hommel, B. (2010). DOOM’d to switch: Superior cognitive flexibility in players of first person shooter games. Front. Psychol, 1(8), doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2010.00008
  • Sellaro, R., Derks, B., Nitsche, M.A., Hommel, B., van den Wildenberg, W.P.M., van Dam, K., Colzato, L.S. (2015). Reducing prejudice through brain stimulation, Brain Stimulation, doi:10.1016/j.brs.2015.04.003
  • Steenbergen, L., Sellaro, R., Stock, A.K., Beste, C., & Colzato, L.S. (2015). Transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) enhances response selection during action cascading processes. European Neuropsychopharmacology. doi:10.1016/j.euroneuro.2015.03.015
  • Steenbergen, L., Sellaro, R., van Hemert, S., Bosch, J.A., & Colzato, L.S. (2015). A randomized controlled trial to test the effect of multispecies probiotics on cognitive reactivity to sad mood. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2015.04.003

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Colzato official site: Research interests Page accessed 7 May 2015
  2. ^ a b Colzato CV Page accessed 7 May 2015
  3. ^ Sarah Knapton for The Daily Telegraph. 3 December 2013 Lacking inspiration? Exercise found to boost creativity
  4. ^ Alex Olson for The Daily Caller. 8 October 2014 Scientists Show That Pot Doesn’t Actually Make You More Creative
  5. ^ Mandy Oaklander for Time. 14 January 2015 You Can Make People Trust You With This Scent, Study Says
  6. ^ Jayalakshmi K for the International Business Times. 29 October 2014 Meditation Shown to Improve Creative Thinking Even Without Prior Practice
  7. ^ Rosemary Black for Daily News. 28 May 2010 'Gaydar' may actually exist: study shows gay people to be more detail-oriented, discerning