Leandro L. Di Stasi, PhD


Associate Professor

Mind, Brain, and Behavior Research Center-CIMCYC

Campus de Cartuja s/n

18071 Granada – Spain


Applied Psychology, Eye movements, Human factors, Military Psychology, Neuroergonomics, Patient safety, Psychophysiology, Road safety


2017 – 2022
Ramon Y Cajal Fellow (Assistant Professor)
Department of Experimental Psychology – Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center, University of Granada, Spain
2016 – 2017
Rita Levi Montalcini Fellow (Assistant Professor).
Department of General Psychology, University of Padua, Italy
2014 – 2016
Marie Curie / Talentia Fellow.
Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center, University of Granada, Spain
2012 – 2014
Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar at the Barrow Neurological Institute.
Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience, Phoenix, AZ, USA
2007 – 2011
European PhD in Experimental Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience.
Faculty of Psychology, University of Granada, Spain.
2004 – 2006
MSc in Experimental Psychology.
Faculty of Psychology, University of Padua, Italy


2001 – 2004
BSc in Applied Cognitive Psychology.
Faculty of Psychology, University of Padua, Italy


Hazoor, A., Terrafino, A., Di Stasi, L. L., & Bassani, M. (2022). How to take speed decisions consistent with the available sight distance using an intelligent speed adaptation system. Accident Analysis & Prevention174, 106758.

Di Stasi, L.L., Gianfranchi, E., Pérez-García, M., & Diaz-Piedra, C. (2022). The influence of unpleasant emotional arousal on military performance: An experimental study using auditory stimuli during a shooting task. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 89, 103295.

Di Stasi, L.L., Angioi, F., Bassani, M., Díaz-Piedra, C., & Megías-Robles, A.  (2022). The effect of traffic light spacing and signal congruency on drivers’ responses at urban intersections. Transportation Engineering, 8, 100113.

Díaz-Piedra, C., Gianfranchi, E., Catena, A & Di Stasi, L.L. (2022). Electrophysiological correlates of the reverse Stroop effect: Results from a simulated handgun task. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 175, 32-42.

Molina, R., Redondo, B., Di Stasi, L.L., Anera, R. G., Vera, J. & Jiménez, R. (2021). The short-term effects of artificially-impaired binocular vision on driving performance. Ergonomics64(2), 212-224.

Sebastián, M., Navascués, M., Otal, A., Ruiz, C., Idiazábal, M., Di Stasi, L. L. & Díaz-Piedra, C. (2021). Fractal Dimension as Quantifier of EEG Activity in Driving Simulation. Mathematics, 9(11), 1311.

Rossi, R., Orsini, F., Tagliabue, M., Di Stasi, L.L., De Cet, G., & Gastaldi, M. (2021). Evaluating the impact of real-time coaching programs on drivers overtaking cyclists. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 78, 74-90.

Tagliabue, M., Rossi, R., Gastaldi, M., De Cet, G., Freuli, F., Orsini, F., Di Stasi, L.L. & Vidotto, G. (2021). Visual Feedback Effectiveness in Reducing Over Speeding of Moped-Riders. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 572.

Diaz-Piedra, C., Rieiro, H., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2021). Monitoring army drivers’ workload during off-road missions: An experimental controlled field study. Safety science134, 105092.

Di Stasi L.L. & Diaz-Piedra C. (2021). Re-examining the Pioneering Studies on Eye Movements in Aviation: Connecting the Past to the Present. The International Journal of Aerospace Psychology, 1-13.

Rossi, R., Tagliabue, M., Gastaldi, M., De Cet, G., Freuli, F., Orsini, F., Di Stasi L.L. & Vidotto, G. (2020). Reducing Elevated Gravitational-Force Events through visual feedback: a simulator study. 23rd EURO Working Group on transportation Meeting, EWGT 2020, 16-18 September 2020, Paphos, Cyprus

Di Stasi, L.L., Diaz-Piedra, C., Morales, J. M., Kurapov, A., Tagliabue, M., Bjärtå, A.,Megias, A., Bernhardsson, J., Paschenko, S., Romero, S., Cándido A. & Catena, A. (2020). A cross-cultural comparison of visual search strategies and response times in road hazard perception testing. Accident Analysis & Prevention148, 105785

Diaz-Piedra, C., Sebastián, M.V., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2020). EEG theta power activity reflects workload among army combat drivers: an experimental study. Brain sciences10(4), 199

Rieiro, H., Diaz-Piedra, C., Morales, J.M., Catena, A., Romero, S., Roca-Gonzalez, J., Fuentes, L.J. & Di Stasi, L.L. (2019). Validation of electroencephalographic recordings obtained with a consumer-grade, single dry electrode, low-cost device: A comparative study. Sensors, 19(12), 2808.

Diaz-Piedra, C., Gomez-Millan, E., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2019). Nasal skin temperature reveals changes in arousal levels due to time on task: an experimental thermal infrared imaging study. Applied Ergonomics, DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2019.06.001.

 Díaz-Piedra, C., Rieiro,H., Cherino, A., Fuentes, L., Catena, A., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2019). The effects of flight complexity on gaze entropy: an experimental study with fighter pilots. Applied Ergonomics, 77, 92-99.

Morales, J.M., Diaz-Piedra, C., Rabelo-Ruiz, J.F., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2019). Detecting mental workload in surgical teams using a wearable single-channel electroencephalographic device. Journal of Surgical Education, 30(4).

Angulo, R., Alonso, G., Di Stasi, L.L., & Catena, A. (2019). Stimulus comparison: Effects of the pre-exposure schedule and instructions for perceptual learning and attention. Learning and Motivation, 65, 20-32.

Di Stasi L.L. & Diaz-Piedra, C. (2019). Eye movements research in aviation: Past, present, and future. In M. Vidulich and P. Tsang (Eds.), Improving aviation performance through applying engineering psychology. Advances in Aviation Psychology (Volume 3) (Chapter 7th). Taylor and Francis: London, UK.

Vera, J., Diaz-Piedra, C., Jiménez, R., Sanchez-Carrion, J.M., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2018). Intraocular pressure increases after complex simulated surgical procedures in residents: an experimental study. Surgical endoscopy, 33, 1-9. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00464-018-6297-7.

Morales, J.M., Diaz-Piedra, C., Rieiro, H., Roca-González, J., Romero, S., Catena, A., Fuentes, L., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2017). Monitoring driver fatigue using a single-channel electroencephalographic device: A validation study by gaze-based, driving performance, and subjective data. Accident Analysis & Prevention109, 62-69.

Diaz-Piedra, C., Sanchez-Carrion, J.M., Rieiro, H., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2017). Gaze-Based Technology as a Tool for Surgical Skills Assessment and Training in Urology. Urology, 107, 26-30. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.urology.2017.06.030.

Di Stasi, L.L., Díaz-Piedra, C., Ruiz-Rabelo, J.F., Rieiro, H., Carrion, J.M. S., & Catena, A. (2017). Quantifying the cognitive cost of laparo-endoscopic single-site surgeries: Gaze-based indices. Applied Ergonomics65, 168-174.

Macknik, S. L., Nozima, A., Di Stasi, L.L., Martinez-Conde, S., McCamy, M., Gayles, E., … & Jessee, M. (2016). Effects of flight duration, expertise, and arousal on eye movements in aviators. Perception, 45, 362-362.

Diaz-Piedra, C., Rieiro, H., Suárez, J., Rios-Tejada, F., Catena, A., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2016). Fatigue in the military: towards a fatigue detection test based on the saccadic velocity. Physiological measurement37, N62-N75.

Vera, J., Diaz-Piedra, C., Jiménez, R., Morales, J.M., Catena, A., Cardenas, D., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2016). Driving time modulates accommodative response and intraocular pressure. Physiology & behavior164, 47-53.

Di Stasi, L.L., Diaz-Piedra, C., Rieiro, H., Carrión, J.M.S., Berrido, M.M., Olivares, G., & Catena, A. (2016). Gaze entropy reflects surgical task load. Surgical endoscopy30, 5034-5043.

Di Stasi, L.L., McCamy, M. B., Martinez-Conde, S., Gayles, E., Hoare, C., Foster, M., … & Macknik, S.L. (2016). Effects of long and short simulated flights on the saccadic eye movement velocity of aviators. Physiology & behavior153, 91-96.

Ruiz-Rabelo, J.F., Navarro-Rodriguez, E., Di-Stasi, L.L., Diaz-Jimenez, N., Cabrera-Bermon, J., Diaz-Iglesias, C., … & Briceño-Delgado, J. (2015). Validation of the NASA-TLX Score in Ongoing Assessment of Mental Workload During a Laparoscopic Learning Curve in Bariatric Surgery. Obesity surgery25, 2451-2456.

Di Stasi, L.L., Diaz‐Piedra, C., Suárez, J., McCamy, M.B., Martinez‐Conde, S., Roca‐Dorda, J., & Catena, A. (2015). Task complexity modulates pilot electroencephalographic activity during real flights. Psychophysiology52, 951-956.

Díaz-Román, A., Megías, A., Díaz-Piedra, C., Catena, A., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2015). Seeing red on the road. Perception, 44, 87-92.

Di Stasi, L.L., McCamy, M.B., Pannasch, S., Renner, R., Catena, A., Cañas, J. J., … & Martinez-Conde, S. (2015). Effects of driving time on microsaccadic dynamics. Experimental brain research233, 599-605.

Diaz-Piedra, C., Di Stasi, L.L., Baldwin, C. M., Buela-Casal, G., & Catena, A. (2015). Sleep disturbances of adult women suffering from fibromyalgia: a systematic review of observational studies. Sleep medicine reviews21, 86-99.

Del Rio-Bermudez, C., Diaz-Piedra, C., Catena, A., Buela-Casal, G., & Di Stasi, L.L. (2014). Chronotype-dependent circadian rhythmicity of driving safety. Chronobiology international31, 532-541.

Di Stasi, L.L., McCamy, M. B., Macknik, S.L., Mankin, J.A., Hooft, N., Catena, A., & Martinez-Conde, S. (2014). Saccadic eye movement metrics reflect surgical residents’ fatigue. Annals of surgery259, 824-829.

Di Stasi, L.L., Cabestrero, R., McCamy, M.B., Ríos, F., Catena, A., Quirós, P., … & Martinez‐Conde, S. (2014). Intersaccadic drift velocity is sensitive to short‐term hypobaric hypoxia. European Journal of Neuroscience39, 1384-1390.

McCamy, M. B., Otero-Millan, J., Di Stasi, L.L., Macknik, S.L., & Martinez-Conde, S. (2014). Highly informative natural scene regions increase microsaccade production during visual scanning. Journal of neuroscience34, 2956-2966.

Siegenthaler, E., Costela, F.M., McCamy, M. B., Di Stasi, L.L., Otero‐Millan, J., Sonderegger, A., … & Martinez‐Conde, S. (2014). Task difficulty in mental arithmetic affects microsaccadic rates and magnitudes. European Journal of Neuroscience39, 287-294.

Megías, A., Di Stasi, L.L., Maldonado, A., Catena, A., & Cándido, A. (2014). Emotion-laden stimuli influence our reactions to traffic lights. Transportation research part F: traffic psychology and behaviour22, 96-103.

*Serrano, J., Di Stasi, L.L., Megías, A., & Catena, A. (2014). Affective-sound effects on driving behaviour. Transport29, 100-106.

Di Stasi, L.L., Catena, A., Canas, J.J., Macknik, S.L., & Martinez-Conde, S. (2013). Saccadic velocity as an arousal index in naturalistic tasks. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews37, 968-975.

Di Stasi, L.L., McCamy, M.B., Catena, A., Macknik, S.L., Canas, J.J., & Martinez‐Conde, S. (2013). Microsaccade and drift dynamics reflect mental fatigue. European Journal of Neuroscience38, 2389-2398.

†Di Stasi, L.L., Marchitto, M., Antolí, A., & Cañas, J.J. (2013). Saccadic peak velocity as an alternative index of operator attention: A short review. Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée/European Review of Applied Psychology63, 335-343.

†Di Stasi, L.L., Antolí, A., & Cañas, J.J. (2013). Evaluating mental workload while interacting with computer-generated artificial environments. Entertainment Computing4, 63-69.

Di Stasi, L.L., Diaz-Piedra, C., Catena, C., & Buela-Casal, G. (2012). Risk behaviour among patients with obstructive sleep apnea: An exploratory study using complex and dynamic simulated traffic situations. Revista de Patología Respiratoria, 15, 78-84.

Di Stasi, L.L., Megías, A., Cándido, A., Maldonado, A., & Catena, A. (2012). Congruent visual information improves traffic signage. Transportation research part F: traffic psychology and behaviour15, 438-444.

Di Stasi, L.L., Renner, R., Catena, A., Cañas, J.J., Velichkovsky, B. M., & Pannasch, S. (2012). Towards a driver fatigue test based on the saccadic main sequence: A partial validation by subjective report data. Transportation research part C: emerging technologies21, 122-133.

Marchitto, M., Di Stasi, L.L., & Cañas, J.J. (2012). Ocular movements under taskload manipulations: Influence of geometry on saccades in air traffic control simulated tasks. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries22, 407-419.

*Serrano, J., Di Stasi, L.L., MegíAs, A., & Catena, A. (2011). Effect of directional speech warnings on road hazard detection. Traffic injury prevention12, 630-635.

Di Stasi, L.L., Antolí, A., & Cañas, J.J. (2011). Main sequence: an index for detecting mental workload variation in complex tasks. Applied ergonomics42, 807-813.

Di Stasi, L.L., Antolí, A., Gea, M., & Cañas, J.J. (2011). A neuroergonomic approach to evaluating mental workload in hypermedia interactions. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics41, 298-304.

Megías, A., Maldonado, A., Catena, A., Di Stasi, L.L., Serrano, J., & Cándido, A. (2011). Modulation of attention and urgent decisions by affect-laden roadside advertisement in risky driving scenarios. Safety science49, 1388-1393.

†Di Stasi, L.L., Contreras, D., Cándido, A., Cañas, J.J., & Catena, A. (2011). Behavioral and eye-movement measures to track improvements in driving skills of vulnerable road users: First-time motorcycle riders. Transportation research part F: traffic psychology and behaviour14, 26-35.

Di Stasi, L.L., Contreras, D., Cañas, J., Cándido, A., Maldonado, A., & Catena, A. (2010). The consequences of unexpected emotional sounds on driving behaviour. Saf. Sci48, 1463-1468.

Di Stasi, L.L., Marchitto, M., Antolí, A., Baccino, T., & Cañas, J.J. (2010). Approximation of on-line mental workload index in ATC simulated multitasks. Journal of Air Transport Management16, 330-333.

†Di Stasi, L.L., Renner, R., Staehr, P., Helmert, J.R., Velichkovsky, B. M., Cañas, J.J., … & Pannasch, S. (2010). Saccadic peak velocity sensitivity to variations in mental workload. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine81, 413-417.

†Di Stasi, L.L., Álvarez-Valbuena, V., Cañas, J.J., Maldonado, A., Catena, A., Antolí, A., & Candido, A. (2009). Risk behaviour and mental workload: Multimodal assessment techniques applied to motorbike riding simulation. Transportation research part F: traffic psychology and behaviour12, 361-370.

Di Stasi, L.L., & Gamberini L. (2006). A study on volumetric amodal completion in non-immersive virtual environments. Italian Journal of Psychology, 3, 635-647.

*: corresponding author; : co-first author

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