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The head of the lab is Dr. Roberto Refinetti, a physiological psychologist with expertise in organismal physiology and behavioral neuroscience. This is his biographical page. Click here for his professional page.
Biography

Of Italian ancentry, Dr. Refinetti was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1957 and came to the United States in 1983.

 Refinetti earned four university degrees:

· Ph.D. in Biopsychology (University of California, Santa Barbara, 1987)
· M.A. in Experimental Psychology (University of São Paulo, 1983)
· B.S. in Psychology (University of São Paulo, 1981)
· B.A. in Philosophy (Pontifical Catholic University, 1981).
Dr. Refinetti married Tracy in 2000. He has a daughter from a previous marriage (Lauren), a step-son (Brendan), and four pets (two dogs and two tiny monkeys).

Picture from Christmas 2011

Tracy Refinetti
 
Lauren Refinetti
 
Brendan Mikelonis
   
 
Artistic Activities
Dr. Refinetti spends most of his time at the lab or at the office, but he has dedicated some time to artistic activities, especially in the past. His excursions into the artistic world have included music, poetry, photography, and painting.
He wrote poetry in his native language (Por- tuguese) as a young man and published an epic poem, Robertti I, in 1977. To see a sample poem (along with an English translation), click on the book cover on the right.
He plays the piano and has composed many original pieces. To listen to some of his compositions, you may visit the Music section of the web site or just click on the image on the right.
He also played the drums in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a member of a progressive-rock band as well as of a "classical" percussion orchestra. He has not played the drums in a band since he was an undergraduate student.
Travel


Dr. Refinetti does not enjoy traveling often. Nonetheless, he has traveled to many places in Europe and the Americas for business or pleasure.


He visited the Atlantis in Paradise Island (Bahamas) in 2000.


He was in Paris (France) during the bicentennial of the French Revolution in July 1989. The photo is in front of the Louvre.



He has been to Sicily (Italy) thrice. The picture shown on the left was taken in Palermo in 2007.


He visited Lisbon (Portugal) with his daughter in 2012. The photo is at the Praça do Comércio (Terreiro do Paço).




The world map below indicates all places that he has visited so far. (See the directions to obtain more details.) He clearly still needs to visit Africa, Asia, and Oceania.
 

The map shows the places Dr. Refinetti has visited. For details about cities and dates, click on the red circles. The information will be displayed in a popup window.


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