Sleep Laboratory, University of Florence

Department of Psychology

Fiorenza Giganti
Via di San Salvi 12, 50135
Research Domain
  • Basic Human
  • Learning, Memory, Cognition
  • Sleep and Ageing

Laboratory description

The activity performed in this laboratory concerns the study of human sleep.

Sleep organisation across the life cycle.

Mechanisms and behaviours regarding awaking and sleep onset.

Memory and sleep.

Technical Capabilities and areas of expertise

Polysomnographic sleep recordings: Galileo EEG_NT System ; BE Light System, (EBNeuro)
Actigraphy: Actiwatch-Plus; Cambridge Neurotechnology Ltd, Pampisford, Cambridge, UK

Additional Descriptors, Keywords

Sleep across the life cycle

Selected Publications in the 5 past years:

Zilli I., Giganti F., Salzarulo P. Yawning in morning and evening types. Physiology and Behavior, 2007, 91: 218-22.

Giganti F., Hayes M., Cioni G., Salzarulo P. Yawning frequency and distribution in preterm and near term infants assessed throughout 24-hour recordings. Infant Behavior and Development, 2007, 30: 641-647.

Giganti F., Ficca G., Gori S., Salzarulo P. Body movements during night sleep and their relationship with sleep stages are further modified in very old subjects. Brain Research Bullettin, 2008, 75: 66-69.

Zilli I., Giganti F., Uga V. Yawning and subjective sleepiness in the elderly. Journal of sleep Research, 2008, 17: 303-308.

Giganti F., Esposito Ziello M. Contagious and spontaneous yawning in autistic and typically developing children. Current Psychology Letters, 25, 2009,DOI:

Giganti F., Zilli I. The daily time course of contagious and spontaneous yawning among humans. Journal of Ethology, 2011, 29 (2): 215-219. DOI 10.1007/s10164-010-0242-0

Curzi-Dascalova L., Giganti F. and Salzarulo P. Neurophysiological basis and behavior of early sleep development. In: Marcus C., Loughlin G., Carroll J and Donnelly D. (Eds) Sleep in children, 2nd edition: developmental changes in sleep patterns. Informa health care, New York, 2008 : 1-37.

Giganti F., Zilli I., Aboudan S., Salzarulo P. Sleep, sleepiness and yawning. In: Walusinski O (Ed) The mystery of yawning in physiology and disease. Front Neurol Neurosci. Basel, Karger, 2010, 28: 42-46.

Giganti F., Salzarulo P. Yawning throughout life. In: Walusinski O (Ed) The mystery of yawning in physiology and disease. Front Neurol Neurosci. Basel, Karger, 2010, 28: 26-32.

Salzarulo P., Giganti F. Psychologie, Physiologie und Klinik des Aufwachens. In: Schulz H., Geisler P., Rodenbeck A. (Hrsg.) Kompendium Schlafmedizin für Ausbildung, Klinik und Praxis. Ecomed Medizin, 2010


Title:  PhD MD

Name:  Gianluca Ficca

Position:  Professor

Institution:  II University of Naples

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