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Valentina Bambini
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

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Region: Lombardy

Anna Cadinu
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

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Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Associate Professor

 

Professional career

After graduating in Philosophy at the University of Trieste (1988) she received a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Oregon in 1996. From 1996 to 2003 she was a Researcher at the University of Padua, where she is Associate Professor since 2003.

Scientific results

Research activity on gender issues. Among these, the problem of sexual objectification of women and sexual harassment and the way in which the media, for example the Italian TV, support these phenomena have been investigated. This line of research has shown that viewing Italian TV clips with a representation of sexually objectified women increases adherence to traditional gender norms, which in turn increases the propensity to sexual harassment. Within the construction of a media literacy program, it has also been shown how watching complaint videos of female sexual objectification increases the intention to take collective actions, such as signing a petition against sexist and objectifying media, but only by women participants. Furthermore, the viewing of a complaint video by a group of male participants was effective in reducing their sexual harassment actions, such as sending sexist jokes to an unknown woman, and their intention to engage in more serious sexual harassment such as blackmail and qui pro quo.

Editorial work and publications

She was Associate Editor for the European Journal of Social Psychology from 2001 to 2004.
She has been an ad-hoc reviewer for the following journals: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, European Journal of Social Psychology, Social Cognition, Group processes and Intergroup relations, British Journal of Social Psychology, Social Psychology and Personality Science, European Journal.

International publications:

Fasoli, F., Cadinu, M., Carnaghi, A., Galdi, S., Guizzo, F., & Tassara, L. (2017). How do you self-categorize? Gender and sexual orientation self-categorization in homosexual/heterosexual men and women. Personality and Individual Differences.doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2017.11.011

 

Galdi, S., Maass, A., & Cadinu, M. (2017). Defending the Victim of Sexual Harassment: The Influence of Civil Courage and Media Exposure. Psychology of Women Quarterly, doi: 0361684317709770.

 

Guizzo, F., Cadinu, M. Galdi, S., Maass, A., Latrofa, M. (2017). Objecting to Objectification: Women's Collective Action Against Sexual Objectification on Television. Sex Roles. doi: 10.1007/s11199-016-0725-8

 

Guizzo, F., & Cadinu, M. (2016). Effects of Objectifying Gaze on Women’s Cognitive Performance: the Role of Flow Experience and Internalization of Beauty Ideals. British Journal of Social Psychology.doi: 10.1111/bjso.1217

 

Pacilli, M.G., Tomasetto, C. & Cadinu, M. (2016). Exposure to Sexualized Advertisements Disrupts Children’s Math Performance by Reducing Working Memory. Sex roles: A Journal of Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11199-016-0581-6.

 

Hunt, C. J., Fasoli, F., Carnaghi, A., & Cadinu, M. (2015). Masculine Self-Presentation and Distancing From Femininity in Gay Men: An Experimental Examination of the Role of Masculinity Threat. Psychology of Men & Masculinity. doi:10.1037/a0039545..

 

Galdi, S., Maass, A., & Cadinu, M. (2014). Objectifying media: Their effect on gender role norms and sexual harassment of women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38,398-413. doi: 10.1177/0361684313515185.

 

Cadinu, M., Galdi, S., & Maass, A. (2013). Chameleonic social identities: Context induces shifts in homosexuals’ self-categorization and self-stereotyping. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 474-481. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.1957

 

Galdi, S. Cadinu, M., & Tomasetto, C. (2013). In Search of the Roots of Stereotype Threat: The Activation of Math-gender Stereotypes Disrupts Girls’ Performance in Absence of Stereotype Awareness. Child Development. doi:10.1111/cdev.12128

 

Maass, A., Cadinu, M., Galdi, S. (2013). Sexual Harassment: Motivations and consequences. In M.K. Ryan & N.R. Branscombe (Eds.) The Sage Handbook of Gender and Psychology (cap. 21, pp. 341-358). London: Sage.

 

Cadinu, M., Latrofa, M., & Carnaghi, A. (2013). Comparing Self-Stereotyping with Ingroup- Stereotyping and Outgroup-Stereotyping in Unequal Group Contexts: the case of Gender. Self and Identity, 12, 582-596. Taylor and Francis online.doi:10.1080/15298868.2012.712753.

 

Maass, A., & Cadinu, M. (2006). Protecting a threatened identity through sexual harassment: A social identity interpretation. In R. Brown & D. Capozza (Eds.). Social Identities: Motivational, emotional, cultural influences (pp. 109-131).Hove, England. Hove, England: Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis (UK).

 

 

Awards and prizes

Member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Social Psychology - 6-year term of office (2011-2017).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florinda Ferreri
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

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Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Padua, Italy.

Professional career

Dr. Florinda Ferreri received honors in Medicine in 2001 and certification in Neurology in 2006 from the University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome-Italy, and PhD in Clinical Neurophysiology in 2012 from the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio-Finland. In 2006 she was Research Assistant at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. From 2007 to 2016 Dr. Ferreri was Neurologist Consultant with expertise in Neurophysiology, teaching and research duties at the University Hospital Campus Bio-Medico of Rome and in 2016 she was appointed Assistant Professor. As of April 2018, Dr. Ferreri is Associate Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Padua, Italy.

Scientific results

Dr. Florinda Ferreri research activities focus on the study of the physiology of human motor cortex and its pathophysiology in neurodegenerative disorders by using highly innovative neurophysiological techniques and multimodal data collection. In 2008 Dr. Ferreri worked in an international research group that obtained the first direct control of a biomechatronic prosthetic hand via neural interfaces implanted in the peripheral nerves of an amputated patient. In recent years, Dr Ferreri’s commitment has been focused on the technological transfer towards the early diagnosis of neurological diseases and towards rehabilitation procedures with non-invasive electromagnetic stimulations of the brain.

Editorial work and publications

[2016) Ferreri F, Vecchio F, Vollero L, Guerra A, Petrichella S, Ponzo D, Määtta S, Mervaala E, Könönen M, Ursini F, Pasqualetti P, Iannello G, Rossini PM, Di Lazzaro V. Sensorimotor cortex excitability and connectivity in Alzheimer’s disease: A TMS-EEG Co-registration study. Human Brain Mapping, 37[6):2083-96.

[2015) Rossini PM, Burke D, Chen R, Cohen LG, Daskalakis Z, Di Iorio R, Di Lazzaro V, Ferreri F, Fitzgerald PB, George MS, Hallett M, Lefaucheur JP, Langguth B, Matsumoto H, Miniussi C, Nitsche MA, Pascual-Leone A, Paulus W, Rossi S, Rothwell JC, Siebner HR, Ugawa Y, Walsh V, Ziemann U. Non-invasive electrical and magnetic stimulation of the brain, spinal cord, roots and peripheral nerves: Basic principles and procedures for routine clinical and research application.An updated report from an I.F.C.N. Committee. Clinical Neurophysiology Journal,. Feb 10. Review.

[2014) Di Pino G, Pellegrino G, Assenza G, Capone F, Ferreri F, Formica D, Ranieri F, Tombini M, Ziemann U, Rothwell JC, Di Lazzaro V. Modulation of brain plasticity in stroke: a novel model for neurorehabilitation. Nature Reviews Neurology, 10(10):597-608.

[2006) Ferreri F. Curcio G. Patrizio P. De Gennaro L. Fini R. and Rossini PM. Mobile phone emission and human brain excitability. Annals of Neurology, 60(2):188-96.

[2003) Ferreri F, Pauri F, Pasqualetti P, Fini R, Dal Forno G, PM Rossini. Motor cortex excitability in Alzheimer Disease. Annals of Neurology, 53(1):102-8.

 

Monica Gori
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

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Region: Liguria


Position/Role

Tenure Track Researcher U-Vip Unit dell'Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (ITT) di Genova, coordinator of the european projects ABBI and WeDraw

Professional career

Monica Gori graduated in Psychology at the University of Florence in 2004 (cum laude). From 2002 to 2006 she worked at the within the VisionLab of the CNR of Pisa in David Burr’s Laboratory. In 2008 she worked in Martin Banks lab (Berkeley, California). She did her PhD in January 2009 at University of Genoa on Humanoid Technologies supervised by David Burr and Giulio Sandini. Currently Monica Gori is Tenure Track Researcher, leading the Unit for people with visual disabilities (U-Vip Unit) at the Italian Institute of Technology of Genoa.

Scientific results

Monica Gori is expert of development, multisensory integration, sensorial-motor perception and visual disability. Through her research, she studies how the sensory and multi-sensorial perception skills interact during development in children with and without disabilities. The aim of her study is to exploit this knowledge to better understand brain functions, create new rehabilitation programs and to develop new technological solutions to improve the perceptual, motor and social skills of children with sensory disabilities. From 2014 to 2017 she coordinated the European ABBI project (www.abbi.eu), whose aim is precisely the development of a new technology based on sensory-motor rehabilitation for blind and low vision children. The project involves the study and creation of a wearable sound device, similar to a bracelet, also useful for creating sound networks to be placed in environments where the blind are living, thus allowing the hearing, and not the sight, to create a spatial map in which the person can move. From 2017 to 2018 she coordinated the weDRAW European project (www.wedraw.eu) in which she proposed to develop a multisensory approach and technology for learning mathematical skills at the elementary school. weDRAW involved children and teachers in Italy, UK and Ireland. WeDraw is highly interdisciplinary,  involving engineers, psychologists, pedagogics, and industrial links. The project exploits knowledge of multisensory integration in the teaching activity of elementary schools.

Editorial work and publications

Monica Gori is the author of book chapters and numerous scientific articles in international journals, including:

 

(2018) Gori, Amadeo, Campus Temporal cues influence space estimations in visually impaired individuals. iScience, vol. 6, pp. 319-326
(2018)Campus, Sandini, Concetta Morrone, & Gori. Spatial localization of sound elicits early responses from occipital visual cortex in humans. Scientific Report
(2017) Gori, Cappagli, Tonelli, Baud-Bovy, Finocchietti. Devices for visually impaired people: high technological devices with low user acceptance and no adaptability for children Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
(2017) Gori, Cappagli, Baud-Bovy, & Finocchietti. Shape Perception and Navigation in Blind Adults.Frontiers  in Psychology
(2017)Cappagli, Cocchi, & Gori. Auditory and proprioceptive spatial impairments in blind children and adults. Developmental Science, 2017
(2016)  Cuturi, Aggius-Vella, Campus, Parmiggiani, and Gori. From science to technology: orientation and mobility in blind children and adults. Neurosci and Biobe. Reviews 2016,impact factor 10.5 citations 2 (2016) Cappagli G, Gori M. Auditory spatial localization: Developmental delay in children with visual impairments. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 53-54:391-8.
(2016) Tonelli A, Brayda L, Gori M. Depth echolocation learnt by novice sighted people. PLoS ONE, 11(6):e0156654.
(2016) Vercillo T, Burr D, Gori M. Early visual deprivation severely compromises the auditory sense of space in congenitally blind children. Developmental Psychology, 52(6):847-53.
(2015) Finocchietti S, Cappagli G, Porquis LB, [...], Cocchi E, Gori M. Evaluation of the Audio Bracelet for Blind Interaction for improving mobility and spatial cognition in early blind children - A pilot study. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS.
(2015) Magnusson C, Rydeman B, Finocchietti S, [...], Baud-Bovy G, Gori M. Co-located games created by children with visual impairments. MobileHCI 2015, Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct.
(2015) Tinelli F, Anobile G, Gori M, [...], Cioni G, Concetta Morrone M. Time, number and attention in very low birth weight children. Neuropsychologia, 73:60-9.
(2015) Vercillo T, Gori M. Attention to sound improves auditory reliability in audio-tactile spatial optimal integration. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 9:34.
(2015) Gori M. Multisensory integration and calibration in children and adults with and without sensory and motor disabilities. Multisensory Research, 28(1-2):71-99.
(2015) Gori M, Hanganu-Opatz IL. Introduction to the special issue on multisensory development and plasticity. Multisensory Research, 28, 1-2, 31-32.
(2015) Vercillo T, Burr D, Sandini G, Gori M. Children do not recalibrate motor-sensory temporal order after exposure to delayed sensory feedback. Developmental Science, 18(5):703-712.

Awards and prizes

(2008) F1000 with the article "Gori et al. 2008; Young children do not integrate visual and haptic form information. Curr Biol, 18(9)"
(2012) TR35 Giovani Innovatori
(2015) Smart Cup Liguria October 2015 Cup for new technological solutions and start-up

 

Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

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Region: ABROAD


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Professor of neurology and psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco with a specialty in behavioral neurology and a PhD in neuroscience

Professional career

She specializes in understanding the neural basis of higher cognitive function with a specific interest in speech and language across the lifespan. She directs the Language Neurobiology Laboratory of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Dr. Gorno Tempini also co-founded the UCSF Dyslexia Center in 2015 and is a co-director of the center.

Scientific results

At the Dyslexia Center, she leads a large multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists with expertise in behavioral neurology, cognitive neuroscience, speech-language pathology and advanced neuroimaging techniques. Her work in neurodevelopmental disorders aims at discovering the distinct clinical and biological phenotypes of dyslexia and the best approach to diagnose and remediate them.

Editorial work and publications

Dr. Gorno Tempini has authored over 170 peer-reviewed papers on the neurobiology of language disorders in scientific journals and has been invited to speak at conferences across the globe, including the American Academy of Neurology and the Italian Senate.

Awards and prizes

She is the current recipient of multiple National Institute of Health projects grants and has received a prestigious career award for mentoring scientists and clinicians on the neurobiology of language at UCSF. In 2017, she received a Weill Institute for Neurosciences Trailblazer award to study language development in children, and in 2018, she was distinguished as the Charles Schwab Endowed Professor in Dyslexia and Neurodevelopment.

Daniela Lucangeli
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

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Region: Veneto


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Vice Rector of the Orientation and Tutorship for the University of Padua and Full Professor of Developmental Psychology at the same university

Professional career

After graduating in Philosophy in 1988 and in Psychology in 1991 at the University of Padua, in 1997 she continued her education with a PhD on an international project in Developmental Psychology at the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands. Her career continued within the university: in 1998 she was a researcher in Developmental Psychology, in 2001 an associate professor and in 2005 a full professor of Developmental Psychology still at the University of Padua. Since 2007 she has been the director of the same university with a delegation to the Orientation and Tutorship, a role she still covers today.

 

Scientific results

Daniela Lucangeli’s main research interests concern the development and strengthening of numerical intelligence, the maturational processes in the developmental age (first and second childhood, school age and adolescence) and the learning mechanisms in typical and atypical development. She is also involved in the study of functions (language, memory, attention, emotions, metacognition, self-regulation), learning disabilities (such as dyslexia, dysorthography, dysgraphia, dyscalculia) and special educational needs. She also carries out research and studies on enhancing learning, behavioral and cognitive deficits, giftedness and high potential profiles, learning emotions and learned impotence. She has been promoting for years, with the group of researchers and scientists of the World Academy of Sciences for Learning Difficulties, a strong movement of actions for the decline of scientific research in the practices of prevention, strengthening and rehabilitation of development disharmonies. In fact, scientific research has shown that through early intervention in the different "labors" of development, it is possible to obtain the optimization of processes even in situations of possible disability (language, learning, cognitive development, etc.). The focus of her work is not only that related to the analysis of cognitive profiles and to the possible diagnosis but above all to use the best aid strategies for maximum brain plasticity. In recent times she has devoted herself to the study of circuit networks related to warm cognition and emotional learning circuits. In particular, studies aimed at highlighting the contribution of hereditary factors and cultural factors in the development of psychological processes and education. She deepens the study of cognitive functions and processes with the aim of highlighting the important implications of neuroscience in educational processes. As Director, with responsibility for tutoring, "in itinere" and "incoming" guidance from the University of Padua, she coordinates the implementation of regional and European projects aimed at guiding young people in the choice of university and professional.

Editorial work and publications

Daniela Lucangeli is editor of the journal “Difficoltà In Matematica” (Erickson) and referee for several specialized magazines. She is the author of numerous national and international publications and scientific and educational essays, including (in the last five years):

(2017) Sella F, Berteletti I, Lucangeli D, Zorzi M. Pre-school children use space, rather then counting, to infer the numerical magnitude of digits: evidence for a spatial mapping principle. Cognition, 158, 56-67. 

(2016) Sella F, Berteletti I, Lucangeli D, Zorzi M. Spontaneous non‐verbal counting in toddlers. Developmental Science, 19(2), 329-337. 

(2016) Benavides-Varela S, Butterworth B, Burgio F, Arcara G, Lucangeli D, Semenza C. Numerical Activities and Information Learned at Home Link to the Exact Numeracy Skills in 5–6 Years-Old Children. Frontiers in psychology, 7. 

(2015) Sella F, Berteletti I, Lucangeli D, Zorzi M. Varieties of quantity estimation in children. Developmental Psychology, 51(6), 758. 

(2014) Caviola S, Mammarella IC, Lucangeli D, Cornoldi C. Working memory and domain-specific precursors predicting the success in learning written subtraction problems. Learning and Individual Differences, 36, 92-100. 

(2014) Re AM, Pedron M, Tressoldi PE, Lucangeli D. Response to Specific Training for Students With Different Levels of Mathematical Difficulties. Exceptional Children, 80(3), 337-352. 

(2013) Al-Yagon M, Cavendish W, Cornoldi C, Fawcett AJ, Grunke M, Hung, LY, Jimenez JE, Karande S, van Kraayenoord CE, Lucangeli D, Margalit M, Montague M, Sholapurwala R. The Proposed Changes For DSM-5 for SLD and ADHD: International Perspectives-Australia, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 46, 58-72.

(2013) Colomer C, Miranda A, Re AM, Lucangeli D. Numerical and Calculation Abilities in Children with ADHD. Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 11(2), 1-15.  

(2013) Mammarella IC, Bomba M, Caviola S, Broggi F, Neri F. Lucangeli D, Nacinovich R. Mathematical difficulties in nonverbal learning disability or co-morbid dyscalculia and dyslexia. Developmental neuropsychology, 38(6), 418-432. 

(2013) Mammarella IC, Caviola S, Cornoldi C, Lucangeli D. Mental additions and verbal-domain interference in children with Developmental Dyscalculia (DD). Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(9), 2845-2855.

 

Awards and prizes

 

Daniela Lucangeli is President of the Association for the National Coordination of Specialized Teachers (CNIS) and member of the Scientific Committees of numerous national and international research associations such as the Italian Association for Research and Intervention in Learning Psychopathology (AIRIPA) and the Italian Association of Psychology (AIP Development Section). Vice President for the International Development of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities (IARLD). Technical member of the National Observatory for Childhood and Adolescence. Scientific component of the Technical Commission appointed by the Ministry of Education for guidelines on specific learning disorders (DSA), Bes (Special Educational Needs). And he is a member of the National Commission of the CNOP (National Council of Psychologists) "Wellness at School". Vice President of the Research Foundation HPNR (Human Potential Network Research). Scientific Director of the Learning Center (28 Centers in Italy). Scientific Director of the Gate Italy Association (Gifted and Talent Education). Scientific Manager of the Regional Research Center and Educational Services for Learning Difficulties.

Irene Mammarella
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

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Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Associate professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Padova

Professional career

She graduated in Psychology in 2002 at the University of Padova and obtained the PhD in 2006. During her PhD she spent periods as visiting scholar at the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Canada), and at the University of Gent (Belgium). In 2008 she became a Lecturer (assistant professor) in developmental psychology at the University of Padova. She has been a visiting researcher at the Universitè Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) in 2013, at Liverpool John Moores University (UK) in 2017, and at the Goldsmith University of London (UK) in 2018. In 2013 she co-founded a university clinical centre specialized in diagnosis and intervention of children with neurodevelopmental disorders (Lab.D.A). Since 2017 she is the clinical supervisor of a new centre (Lab.D.A. Nord). She established and directed since 2014 a post-graduate course in Developmental disorders and psychopathologies to train specialized practitioners (University of Padova).

Scientific results

Since the beginning of her research career, she has examined the Nonverbal learning disability, a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by low visuospatial skills and good verbal abilities. She became a leading researcher on this topic, publishing several research on peer review journals. Due to these, in 2017, she has been invited from the Columbia University, (Institute of Psychiatry, New York, USA) to be part of the international committee, aimed to include the Nonverbal learning disability in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM 5). Her current research projects focus on studying differences and similarities of the Nonverbal learning disability and other neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ADHD and Autism spectrum disorder.

Other research interests also involve the analysis of cognitive processes (such as visuospatial working memory) in relation to academic achievement, specifically mathematics. Recently, she collaborated with the University of Cambridge (UK) in studying the development of mathematics anxiety and its relation with maths performance.

Overall, her applied scientific results, other than have been published on international peer review journals have been developed in standardized tests and intervention materials with specialized publishers.

 

Editorial work and publications

Irene C. Mammarella is Academic Editor of PlosOne and is in the Editorial board of international scientific journals, such as Educational Psychology, Learning and Individual Differences e Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

She is author of many international publications, here are listed some of them:

[2018] Cardillo, R., Menazza, C. & Mammarella, I. C. Visuoconstructive Abilities and Visuospatial Memory in Autism Spectrum Disorder Without Intellectual Disability: Is the Role of Local Bias Specific to the Cognitive Domain Tested? Neuropsychology, 32, 822-834. doi: 10.1037/neu0000472

 

[2018] Mammarella, I. C., Donolato, E., Caviola, S., & Giofrè, D. Anxiety profiles and protective factors: A latent profile analysis.Personality & Individual Differences, 124, 201-208. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.12.017

 

[2018] Mammarella, I. C., Caviola, S., Giofrè, D. & Szücs, D. The underlying structure of visuospatial working memory in children with mathematical learning disability.British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 36, 220-235 doi: 10.1111/bjdp.12202

 

[2017] Mammarella, I. C., Caviola, S., Giofrè, D., & Borella, E. Separating math from anxiety: The role of inhibitory mechanisms.Applied Neuropsychology: Child, doi: 10.1080/21622965.2017.1341836

 

[2016] Hill, F., Mammarella, I. C., Devine, A., Caviola, S., Passolunghi, M. C. & Szücs, D. Maths anxiety in primary and secondary school students: Gender differences, developmental changes and anxiety specificity.Learning and Individual Differences, 48, 45-53.

 

[2016] Mammarella, I. C., Ghisi, M., Bomba, M., Bottesi, G., Caviola, S., Broggi, F. & Nacinovich, R. Anxiety and depression in children with Nonverbal learning disabilities, reading disabilities, or typical development.Journal of Learning Disabilities, 49, 130-139.

 

[2015] Mammarella, I. C., Hill, F., Devine, A., Caviola, S., & Szücs, D. Math anxiety and developmental dyscalculia: A study on working memory processes.Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 37, 878-887.

 

[2014] Mammarella, I. C., & Cornoldi, C. An analysis of the criteria used to diagnose children with Non-verbal learning disabilities (NLD).Child Neuropsychology, 20, 255-280. 

[2014] Mammarella, I. C., Giofrè, D., Caviola, S., Cornoldi, C., & Hamilton, C. Visuospatial working memory in children with Autism: The effect of semantic global organization. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 1349-1356.

[2013] Mammarella, I. C., Bomba, M., Caviola, S., Broggi, F., Neri, F., Lucangeli, D., & Nacinovich, R. Mathematical difficulties in nonverbal learning disability or co-morbid dyscalculia and dyslexia.Developmental Neuropsychology, 38, 418-432.

[2013] Mammarella, I. C., Borella, E., Pastore, M., & Pazzaglia, F. The structure of visuospatial memory in adulthood.Learning and Individual Differences, 25, 99-110.

 

Awards and prizes

Irene C. Mammarella is member of several international associations: APS (Association for Psychological Science), MCLS (Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society), EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction), IARLD (International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities).

She is member of the Directive board of the Italian association for learning disorders (Airipa) and member of the Italian psychological association (AIP), developmental and education.

Since 2017 is member of the panel for updating the national guidelines of Specific learning disorders, organized by the Italian Association of Dyslexia (AID).

Recently, in 2018, she co-founded the Italian association of the Nonverbal learning disability (AIDNV) and the international Society for research on learning disorders (SRLD).

Claudia Manzi
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

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Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the Università Cattolica in Milan

Professional career

After graduating in Philosophy with a specialization in Human Sciences at the Università Cattolica of Milan in 1999, she continued her education at the same university with a PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology, during which she collaborated in research and training activities of the University Center for Studies and Research on the Family. From 2003 to 2005 she was a research fellow in Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology of the Università Cattolica of Milan. From the following year until 2016 she was a researcher in Social Psychology at the Faculty of Education of the Università Cattolica. In 2008 she was a visiting professor at the University of Tennessee, in the Child and Family Studies department and in 2016 she held the same position in the department of Psychology at the University of Sussex. In 2009 she was selected as a consultant at the Research Methods and Data Analysis office of the United Nations (UN), Office of Internal Oversight Services (New York). Since 2016 she is associate professor of Social Psychology at the Faculty of Education of the Università Cattolica of Milan.

Scientific results

Claudia Manzi studies identity construction and development processes, in particular identity motivations, adult identity, identity related to transition, ethnic prejudice, family differentiation, cross-cultural psychology. She collaborated on these issues with the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, in Colombia, in 2007, for a study on identity changes in transition periods, and in the same year with the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence, 'University of Tennessee, where she participated in the final phase of data analysis and publication of the results of a project coordinated by the World Health Organization's Program for Child and Adolescent Health and Development. Since 2008 she has participated in the international research team for the cross-cultural research project "Motivated identity construction in cultural context" funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Finally, since 2014 she is a member of the international research team "World Relationship Study", funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

 

Editorial work and publications

Since 2011 Claudia Manzi is a member of the Editorial Board of the Encyclopaedia of Quality of Life Research (Ed. A. Michalos), Springer of New York and referee of international journals of excellence as Journal of Personality, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Early Adolescence, Self and Identity, Psychology of Individual Differences, Social Psychology.

She is the author of numerous national and international publications including:

 

(2017) Manzi C, Roccato M, Paderi F, Vitrotti S, Russo S. The social development of right-wing authoritarianism: The interaction between parental autonomy support and societal threat to safety. Personality and Individual Differences, 109: 1-4.

 

(2015) Manzi C, Roccato M, Russo S. What buffers right-wing authoritarian responses to threat? An experimental study to test the moderation of meaning. Personality and Individual Differences, 83:117-121.

 

(2015) Manzi C, Parise M, Iafrate R, Sedikides C, Vignoles VL. In so far as you can be part of me: The influence of intrusive parenting on young adult couple identity. Self & Identity, 14: 5, 570-582.

 

(2014) Manzi C, Brambilla M. Identity change. In A. Michalos (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research, Dordrecht, Netherlands, Springer, 2167-2168.

 

(2014) Manzi C, Ferrari L, Rosnati R, Benet-Martinez V. Bicultural Identity Integration of Transracial Adolescent Adoptees: Antecedents and Outcomes. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 45(6):888-904.

 

(2013) Brambilla M, Manzi C, Regalia C, Verkuyten M. Religiosity and Prejudice: Different Patterns for Two Types of Religious Internalization. The Journal of Social Psychology, 153:486-498.

 

(2011) Scabini E, Manzi C. Family Processes and Identity. In S. J. Schwartz, K. Luyckx, and V. L. Vignoles (Eds), Handbook of Identity Theory and Research, New York: Springer, 565-584.

 

(2010) Manzi C. Identità adulta nella letteratura psicosociale. In E. Marta, C. Regalia (Eds.), Identità in relazione. Le sfide odierne dell'essere adulto. Milano: The McGraw-Hill Companies, 17-31.

 

(2010) Manzi C, Vignoles V, Regalia C. Accommodating a new identity: Possible selves, identity change, and well-being across two life-transitions. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40:970-984. 

(2006) Manzi C, Vignoles V, Regalia C, Scabini E. Cohesion and enmeshment revisited: Family differentiation, identity, and psychological well-being in two European cultures. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 68: 673-689.

 

Awards and prizes

Since 2007 Claudia Manzi has been a member of the European Association of Social Psychology, since 2009 of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and since 2014 of the Italian Association of Psychology, section of Social Psychology.

 

Deny Menghini
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

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Region: Lazio


Position/Role

From 2010, she has a permanent contract as Psychologist and Psychotherapist at the Child Neuropsychiatric Unit of the Scientific Institute for Research and Healthcare Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital.

Professional career

After her Master Degree in Developmental Psychology and Education at “La Sapienza” in Rome, she attended a Diploma Course in Psychopathology of Learning at the University of San Marino. Since 1998, she has been carrying out clinical and research activities at the Scientific Institute for Research and Healthcare Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital. In 2004, she got a Ph.D in Cognitive Science and Rehabilitation. In 2016 she took a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and in 2018, she got a national qualification as Full Professor in General Psychology, Psychobiology, and Psychometry.

Scientific results

Her field of interests concerns the link between behavior and brain in several neurodevelopmental disorders, such as specific learning disorders, language disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and intellectual disabilities. She is now coordinating a research team on the study of innovative rehabilitative perspectives as the use of non-invasive brain stimulation for neurodevelopmental disorders.  She has produced over than sixty peer-reviewed publications, several books and chapters for the neuropsychological assessment of children with neurodevelopmental disorders

Editorial work and publications

Costanzo F, Rossi S, Varuzza C, Varvara P, Vicari S, Menghini D. Long-lasting improvement following tDCS treatment combined with a training for reading in children and adolescents with dyslexia. Neuropsychologia. 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.03.016.

Menghini D, Armando M, Calcagni M, Napolitano C, Pasqualetti P, Sergeant JA, Pani P, Vicari S. The influence of Generalized Anxiety Disorder on Executive Functions in children with ADHD. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2018;268(4):349-357.

Costanzo F, Menghini D, Casula L, Amendola A, Mazzone L, Valeri G, Vicari S.Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Treatment in an Adolescent with Autism and Drug-Resistant Catatonia. Brain Stimul. 2015; 8(6):1233-5.

Menghini D, Finzi A, Benassi M, Bolzani R, Facoetti A, Giovagnoli S, Ruffino M, Vicari S. Different underlying neurocognitive deficits in developmental dyslexia: a comparative study. Neuropsychologia. 2010;48(4):863-72.

Menghini D, Hagberg GE, Caltagirone C, Petrosini L, Vicari S. Implicit learning deficits in dyslexic adults: an fMRI study. Neuroimage. 2006;33(4):1218-26.

 

Awards and prizes

In 1998, she obtained the Fellowship Award granted by Pio Sodalizio dei Piceni (Rome).In 2010, she won a Grant by the Foundation Jerome Lejeune for studying the cerebral correlates of Down Syndrome. In 2012, she was funded by the Ministry of Health (Young Italian Researchers Grant) for studying innovative therapeutic approaches in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Maria Concetta Morrone
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

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Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Professor of Human Physiology University of Pisa

Professional career

Maria Concetta Morrone graduated in Physics from the University of Pisa in 1977 and trained in Biophysics at the elite Scuola Normale Superiore(sister University to the Ecole Normalein Paris) from 1973 to 1980. Following research positions at the University of Western Australia, the Scuola Normale Superioreand the CNR Institute of Neuroscience in Pisa, she was appointed Professor of Psychophysiology in the Faculty of Psychology at the Università Vita-salute San Raffaele(Milan) in 2000. From 2008 she is Professor of Physiology in the School of Medicine of the University of Pisa and Director of the Vision Laboratory of the IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris, and from 2016 she is Academic Director of the inter-University Masters in Neuroscience.

During the course of her career, she has established three new laboratories in Perth, Pisa and Milan, all with state-of-the-art technology and all still active and productive. Her most recent venture has been to obtain funding for, and set up to full functionality, a new high-field 7T scanner in Pisa. She was a founding editor of the Journal of Vision,the first Open Access journal in Life Sciences and now the reference journal in vision science. She is Associate Editor of Journal of Neuroscienceand on the editorial board of several others. She recently retired as Chief Editor of the journal Multisensory Research, which she founded in 2010.

Scientific results

From an initial interest in biophysics and physiology, where she made many seminal contributions, she transitioned into psychophysics and visual perception, dedicating her career to the understanding of the functions supported by the mammalian visual system, where she has made many important contributions of fundamental significance for shaping the field. Her research involves the study of both humans and animals using a variety of techniques, including psychophysics, electrophysiology, functional brain imaging, computational modeling and artificial intelligence. The simultaneous mastery of all these techniques has made it possible to tackle a wide spectrum of topics, approaching each problem from a different perspective in a truly interdisciplinary manner.

Below is a brief (by no means exhaustive) summary of some of her major achievements:

Developmenthas been a long-standing theme throughout Concetta Morrone's career, characterized by many fundamental contributions, including the first measurements of inhibitory interactions in infants, the first demonstration of the relatively late developments of color mechanisms  and, most recently, MRI recordings of MT responses to motion signals in young (8-week-old) infants.

Visual MotionConcetta Morrone co-designed an influential model of motion perception, among the first to employ the concept of spatiotemporal receptive fields to explain many visual phenomena. She reported the first evidence for optic flow detectors in humans, and went on to demonstrate, using MRI, that optic flow is encoded within a motion-sensitive area distinct from the area selective for linear motion. More recently, she has provided both psychophysical and MRI evidence for spatiotopic selectivity of motion – a controversial finding, but to date confirmed.

Feature detectionConcetta devised one of the major computational models of feature detection. This model has served successfully as a conceptual tool for explaining mammalian perception, as well as a technical tool for computer vision applications. She has followed this work with imaging studies, identifying the areas involved in supporting the computations carried out by this model.

Visual stability during saccadesConcetta Morrone is world-renowned for her work on vision during saccades, showing that the magnocellular system is selectively suppressed during saccades, and that space and time are both compressed. This extensive and ground-breaking series of studies has greatly expanded our understanding of visual stability in the face of saccadic eye movements, and more generally spatial vision.

Adult Neural PlasticityConcetta Morrone’s latest line of research, for which she has received funding from the prestigious ERC grant programme, is to look at neural plasticity in the adult brain. Her laboratory has demonstrated that short-term monocular deprivation (only 2.5 hours) drastically changes the dynamics of binocular rivalry in favor of the deprived eye , and that this process is mediated by GABAergic mechanisms. This new technique has enabled her laboratory to probe plasticity in adult humans, and may provide new treatments for amblyopia. Concetta is also studying the importance of plasticity for successful outcomes in retinal implants.

OtherConcetta Mrrone’s scientific interests have always been broad. Besides her main themes, she has been active in multisensory research and the perception of time, and her recent interest is oscillations in perceptual performance, and how they may contribute to visuomotor coordination and saccadic suppression.

Editorial work and publications

Concetta Morrone has published >180 scientific articles in excellent international peer-reviewed journals like the Naturecluster, Neuron, Current Biology, Trends in Neurosciences, PLoSand Journal of Neuroscience,as well as dozens in archival specialized journals like Vision Researchand Journal of Vision.

(2015) Biagi L, Crespi SA, Tosetti M, Morrone MC. BOLD Response Selective to Flow-Motion in Very Young Infants. PLoS Biology, 13(9):e1002260. 
(2007) d'Avossa G, Tosetti M, Crespi D, Biagi L, Burr DC, Morrone MC. Spatiotopic selectivity of BOLD responses to visual motion in human area MT.Nature Neuroscience, 10(2):249-55. 
(2000) Morrone MC, Tosetti M, et al. A cortical area that responds specifically to optic flow, revealed by fMRI.Nature Neuroscience, 3:1322-1328. 
(1998) Neri P, Morrone MC, Burr DC. Seeing biological motion. Nature, 395(6705):894-6. 
(1997) Ross J, Morrone MC, Burr DC. Compression of visual space before saccades.Nature, 386(6625):598-601. 
(1995) Morrone MC, Burr DC, Vaina LM. Two stages of visual processing for radial and circular motion.Nature, 376(6540):507-9. 
(1994) Burr DC, Morrone MC, Ross J. Selective suppression of the magnocellular visual pathway during saccadic eye movements. Nature, 371(6497):511-3. 
(1988) Morrone MC, Burr DC. Feature detection in human vision: a phase-dependent energy model.Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 235(1280):221-45. 
(1986) Morrone MC, Ross J, Burr DC, Owens R. Mach bands are phase dependent. Nature, 324: 250-253 
(1986) Morrone MC, Burr DC. Evidence for the existence and development of visual inhibition in humans. Nature, 321(6067):235-7.

 

Awards and prizes

In 2014 Concetta was elected a member of the Accademia dei Lincei, the Italian equivalent of the American Academy of Science or the Royal Society of London. Other honors and prizes include the Campbell Awardfor Australian Neuroscience (1984), the National Prize for Physiopathologyfrom the Accademia dei Lincei(2002), the Perception Lecture(Budapest: 2004), and the Kofka Prize in Development and Perception(Giessen: 2011). In 2014 she was awarded an ERC-IDEA advanced grant, a distinction of excellence in Europe. In 2019 she was awarded the 2019 Ken Nakayama Medal for Excellence in Vision Science.

 

 

Costanza Papagno
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

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Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Milano Bicocca.

Professional career

After graduating in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan, in 1981 she began a specialization course in Neurology at the same university which ended in 1985. From 1986 to 1989 she was engaged in a research doctorate in Psychobiology (Neuropsychology sector). Later, from 1992 to 1993, she was admitted to the first year of the Postgraduate School of Psychiatry. Since 1982 she has been an internal doctor at the Institute of Neurological Clinic of the University of Milan where she won the CIBA-Geigy scholarship for the study of "Cognitive Functions in the brain-injured" in 1984. Thanks to her studies she won a scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Neurological Clinic of the University of Fribourg (Germany). In 1988 she was in Cambridge where she worked first with a scholarship from the European Science Foundation and then paid by the Medical Research Council until 1991. In 1991 she returned to Italy permanently and worked at the Neurological Clinic of the San Paolo Hospital in Milan. In 1998 at the University of Palermo she became associate professor of Physiological Psychology. Since 2004 she has been a full professor at the University of Milan Bicocca. Her academic experience was enhanced by the appointment as director of the psychology department at the same university from 2002 to 2008, while she was coordinator of the PhD in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience from 2007 to 2012. From 2010 to 2013 she was President of Doctoral School in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience and secretary of the School of Specialization in Neuropsychology. Since May 2016 she has been president of the Italian Society of Neuropsychology.

 

Scientific results

The main research topics of Costanza Papagno are language disorders in patients with focal and degenerative brain injuries, with particular reference to abstract-concrete dissociation, to the development of language in children with a cochlear implant (an electronic artificial ear capable of restoring the auditory perception in people with severe deafness), the effects of transcranial electrical stimulation (tDCS) and short-term memory disorders. One of Papagno's and colleagues' recent discoveries concerns the "hooked fasciculus", a bundle of fibers that (among other things) acts as a "bridge", connecting the two areas of the brain that are used to call the proper names by connecting them to the face of a person. In the field of memory, the capabilities of the uncinate fasciculus in patients who have had a brain tumor removed were tested. Tests have shown that patients still in possession of the "hooked fasciculus" are able to perform this operation, unlike the patients to whom the file has been removed. Control tests of other brain activities (long-term memory, understanding of words and sentences and spatial cognition) have not shown differences between patients with or without the dossier.

 

 

Editorial work and publications

Costanza Papagno is part of numerous scientific committees and is the editor of several scientific journals as well as the author of numerous articles, including:

(2016) Papagno C, Casarotti A. Comi A, Pisoni A, Lucchelli F, Bizzi A, Riva M, Bello L. Long-term proper name anomia after removal of the uncinate fasciculus. Brain Function and Structure, 221, 687-694. 

(2016) Papagno C, Pisoni P, Mattavelli G, Casarotti A, Comi A, Fumagalli F, Vernice M, Fava E, Riva M, Bello L. Specific disgust processing in the left insula: New evidence from direct electrical stimulation. Neuropsychologia, 84, 29-35. 

(2016) Papagno C, Cecchetto C, Pisoni A, Bolognini N. Deaf, blind or deaf-blind: Is touch enhanced? Experimental Brain Research, 234, 627-636. 

(2014) Papagno C, Vallar G. A plastic brain for a changing environment. Cortex, 58, 248-250. 

(2014) Vallar G, Bello L, Bricolo E, Castellano A, Casarotti A, Falini A, Riva M, Fava E, Papagno C. Cerebral correlates of visuo-spatial neglect. A direct cerebral stimulation study. Human Brain Mapping, 35(4):1334-50. 

(2013) Papagno C, Vernice M, Cecchetto C. Phonology without semantics? Good enough for verbal short-term memory. Evidence from a patient with semantic dementia. Cortex, 49, 626-636. 

(2011) Papagno C, Miracapillo C, Casarotti A, Romero Lauro L, Castellano A, Falini A, Casaceli G, Bello L. What is the role of the uncinate fasciculus? Surgical removal and proper name retrieval. Brain, 134, 405-414. 

(2011) Papagno C, Gallucci M, Casarotti A, Castellano A, Falini A, Carrabba G, Giussani C, Fava E, Bello L, Caramazza A. Connectivity constraints on cortical reorganization of neural circuits involved in object naming. Neuroimage, 55, 1306-1313. 

(2011) Cattaneo Z, Pisoni A, Papagno C. Transcranial direct current stimulation over Broca's region improves phonemic and semantic fluency in healthy individuals. Neuroscience, 183, 64-70. 

(1998) Baddeley AD, Gathercole S, Papagno C. The Phonological loop as a language learning device. Psychological Review, 105, 158-173.

Gabriella Pravettoni
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

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Keywords: decision making

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Psychology of Decisions at the University of Milan

Professional career

After graduating in Psychology at the University of Padua in 1991, she continued her studies with a specialization in Community Psychology at the Association for the Psychological Development of the Individual and the Community (ASPIC) in Rome. In 1996 she obtained a PhD in Cognitive Sciences at the University of Pavia. From 1996 to 1997 she spent a period of training abroad at UCLA, University of California Los Angeles (USA). In 1997 she specialized in Clinical Psychology at the ASPIC in Rome. From 1997 to 2002 she was a researcher at the University of Turin. In 2002 she became an associate professor in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Milan, where three years later she became a full professor in Cognitive Psychology and Psychology of Decisions, a degree course of which she is currently president.
Since 2012 she has been director of the Division of Psycho-Oncology at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan and, since 2016, vice-director of the Department of Oncology and Hematoncology of the University of Milan. She coordinates the Folsatec doctorate (Foundations of the life sciences and their ethical consequences) at SEMM (European School of Molecular Medicine) in Milan, is responsible for Psychology at the European School of Oncology (ESO) of Switzerland, visiting Professor at King's College, London and member of the scientific board of ecancermedicalscience, United Kingdom.

Scientific results

Her research, mostly carried out both nationally and internationally at the European Institute of Oncology, focuses primarily on medical humanities, with empowerment and well-being of the patient, cognitive processes, decisions in medicine and error prevention as the main focus. This scientific activity is documented by numerous publications (scientific articles, monographs, curators) concerning the study of decision-making processes and health psychology: the two strands on which her research is mainly focused. The studies carried out in the field of decisional psychology concern in particular the analysis of how the judgments and assessments of people vary according to specific contextual factors (for example the composition of the choice set) and personality (for example, decision-making styles ). The research activity mainly covers two areas: economic decisions and medical decisions. The most recent research aims to analyze the decision-making processes in medicine with particular attention to oncology, and to identify error prevention strategies in order to improve the cognitive performance of the personnel involved and of the patient himself within the therapeutic course. As far as the field of research on health psychology is concerned, it focuses on the psychological well-being of the individual, in particular on the analysis of psychological behaviors that have health implications with particular attention to the issues of decision making in the medical field and the patient empowerment.
As part of these lines of research, the professor won several grants in important European projects, among which the most important are: 2017-2021 BOUNCE - Predicting Effective Adaptation to Breast Cancer to Help Women to BOUNCE Back, 2016-2020 IMI PREFER - Patients preferences in benefit risk assessments during the drug life cycle, 2014-2018 IMANAGE CANCER - Empowering patients and strengthening self-management in cancer diseases, 2014-2020 MIND THE RISK Ethical, social implications of provision of risk information from genetic and related technologies. A joint European research program, 2011: Personalized medicine (EU - FP7) "From data sharing and integration via VPH models to personalized medicine".

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of over 100 scientific publications, including:

(2017) Arnaboldi P, Riva S, Crico C, Pravettoni G. A systematic literature review exploring the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder and the role played by stress and traumatic stress in breast cancer diagnosis and trajectory. Breast Cancer – Target and Therapy, 9: 473-485.

(2017) Renzi C, Fioretti C, Oliveri S. (…), Jereczek-Fossa B A, Pravettoni G. A qualitative investigation on patient empowerment in prostate cancer. Frontiers in Psychology, 8: art. n. 1215.

(2016) Pravettoni G, Yoder WR, Arnaboldi P, Riva S, Mazzocco K, Galimberti V. Eliminating "ductal carcinoma in situ" and "lobular carcinoma in situ" (DCIS and LCIS) terminology in clinical breast practice: the cognitive psychology point of view. The Breast, 25: 82-85, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.breast.2015.10.011.

 (2016) Renzi C, Vadilonga V, Gandini S, Perinel G, Rotmensz N, Didier F, Rescigno M, Pravettoni G. Stress exposure in significant relationships is associated with lymph node status in breast cancer, PLOS One, 11(2): art n. e0149443, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149443.

(2016), Arnaboldi P, Oliveri S, Pravettoni G. Interprofessional care to improve patient-centered approach in breast cancer: a case-report regarding the management of concomitant psychiatric symptomatology.Integrative Cancer Science and Therapeutics, DOI: 10.15761/ICST.1000162.

(2015) Casali P, Bruzzi P, Bogaerts J, Pravettoni G. et al., Rare Cancers Europe (RCE) methodological recommendations for clinical studies in rare cancers: A European consensus position paper. Annals of Oncology, 26 (2): 300-306:459.

(2014), Gorini A, Lucchiari C, Russell EW, Pravettoni G. Modulation of risky choices in recently abstinent dependent cocaine users: a transcranial direct-current stimulation study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8: 661.

(2012) Cropley M, Michalianou G, Pravettoni G, Millward L. The Relation of Post-work Ruminative Thinking with Eating Behaviour. Stress And Health, 28 (1): 23-30

(2012) Lucchiari C, Pravettoni G. Cognitive balanced model: a conceptual scheme of diagnostic decision making, Journal of Evaluation In Clinical Practice, 18 (1): 82-88 

(2011), Gorini A, Pravettoni G. An overview on cognitive aspects implicated in medical decisions. European Journal Of Internal Medicine, 22 (6): 547-553 

 

 

Awards and prizes

Among the obtained awards, in 2017 she won the "Milan Ambassador Program" special thanks that the city of Milan recognizes to those who with their commitment represent and promote Milan all over the world with the aim of nominating the city to host congresses or the most prestigious and authoritative international events in their sector.
She is currently a member of the Review Commission for National Research Projects, assigned by the Italian Ministry of Health, member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Person Centered Medicine, member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Foundation for Cancer Research (FIRC ), member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Federation of Volunteer Associations in Oncology, (AIMAC) and (FAVO), ANVUR reviewer of national projects and publications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raffaella Rumiati
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences:

Keywords: decision making

Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia


Position/Role

She is the Director of the Neuroscience and Society Laboratory (iNSuLa, http://insula.sissa.it)

Professional career

Raffaella Ida Rumiati obtained a MS in philosophy with a psychology curriculum in 1990, and a Doctorate in Psychology in 1995 (both from the University of Bologna). The research towards Doctorate was carried out at the School of Psychology of Birmingham University, U.K., for 4 years, focusing on the interface between perception and action. After completing the Doctorate she moved to the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy, where from a postdoctoral position she moved up to a full professorship in cognitive neuroscience in 2011.  

She gave about 100 invited talks in Italy and abroad, and spent several working periods abroad (e.g., Germany, U.K., Japan). During over 20 years in SISSA she had several organizational roles including head of the Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, head of the SISSA’s Ethics Committee, member of SISSA’s Board of Governors, and member of the Academic Senate. From November 2015 she joined the National Agency for the Evaluation of the University System and Research (ANVUR), of which she is Vice-President.

Scientific results

In her work she has been investigating the relationship between the brain, cognition and behaviour in healthy individuals as well as in brain/damaged patients. The more recent research programme focused on food recognition and choices.

Editorial work and publications

To date she has about 130 peer-reviewed articles, and about 20 reviews, commentaries and book chapters.

She is an editor for Brain and Cognition and Cortex, and on the board of Cognitive Neuropsychology and Journal of Neuropsychology; she also acts as a reviewer for many journals as well as for funding agencies.

Awards and prizes

She was the recipient of the “von Humboldt Foundation” Bessel Prize in 2003, and of the Women in Cognitive Science Mentorship Award in 2006.

Maria Grazia Spillantini
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences:

Keywords: parkinson

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Professor of Molecular Neurology at the University of Cambridge

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Florence in 1981, she continued her education with a PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge, obtained in 1993 working in the Molecular Biology Laboratory of the Medical Research Council. After a period as a CNR researcher in Rome she returned to Cambridge and since that moment her career developed within the same university: in 1997 she held the position of Lecturer of Neurology at the Clinical School, in 2002 she was Reader in Molecular Neurology and in 2007 Professor of Molecular Neurology in the Clinical School Department of Clinical Neuroscience.

Scientific results

Maria Grazia Spillantini's research concerns the mechanisms that lead to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and fronto-temporal dementia. Her internationally recognized scientific contributions include the identification of a particular protein (alpha-synuclein) as the main component of the characteristic protein deposits (Lewy bodies) present in the brains of patients suffering from Parkinson's disease and dementia from Lewy bodies closely related to it. Another revolutionary discovery by Maria Grazia Spillantini concerning neurodegenerative diseases is the identification of a genetic mutation in the tau protein, which is aggregated in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease and other diseases now known as tauopathies, as the cause of heredity of fronto-temporal dementia. She was the favorite pupil of the Nobel Prize for Medicine, Rita Levi Montalcini.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of book chapters and more than 290 articles in international scientific journals, including:

 

(2015) Iovino M, Agathou S, González-Rueda A, Del Castillo Velasco-Herrera M, Borroni B, Alberici A, Lynch T, O'Dowd S, Geti I, Gaffney D, Vallier L, Paulsen O, Káradóttir RT, Spillantini MG. Early maturation and distinct tau pathology in induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons from patients with MAPT mutations. Brain, 138:3345-59.

(2014) Yang S, Cacquevel M, Saksida LM, Bussey TJ, Schneider BL, Aebischer P, Melani R, Pizzorusso T, Fawcett JW, Spillantini MG. Perineuronal net digestion with chondroitinase restores memory in mice with tau pathology. Experimental Neurology, 265C:48-58.

(2013) Mellone M, Kestoras M, Andrews MR, Dassie E, Crowther RA, Goedert M, Tolkovsky AM, Spillantini MG. Axonal transport alterations and increased sensitivity to toxic stimuli in a novel cellular model of progressive tau hyperphosphorylation and aggregation. Journal of Neuroscience, 33:18175–18189.

(2010) Hampton DW, Webber DJ, Bilican B, Goedert M, Spillantini MG, Chandran C. Cell-mediated neuroprotection in a mouse model of human tauopathy. Journal of Neuroscience, 30:9973-9983.

(2004) Bellucci A, Westwood AJ, Ingram E, Casamenti F, Goedert M, Spillantini MG. Neuroinflammation in mice transgenic for human P301S tau protein. American Journal of Pathology, 165(5):1643-52.

(1998) Spillantini MG, Crowther RA, Jakes R, Hasegawa M, Goedert M. a-Synuclein in filamentous inclusions of Lewy bodies from Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 95, 6469-6473.

(1998) Spillantini MG, Murrell JR, Goedert M, Farlow MR, Klug A, Ghetti B. Mutation in the tau gene in familial multiple system tauopathy with presenile dementia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 95, 7737-7741.

(1997) Spillantini MG, Schmidt ML, Lee VMY, Trojanowski JQ, Jakes R, Goedert M. a-Synuclein in Lewy bodies. Nature, 388, 839-840.

(1997) Spillantini MG, Goedert M, Crowther RA, Murrell J, Farlow MJ, Ghetti B. Familial multiple system tauopathy with presenile dementia: a disease with abundant neuronal and glial tau filaments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 94, 4113-4118.

(1989) Spillantini MG, Aloe L, Alleva E, De Simone R, Goedert M, Levi-Montalcini R. Nerve growth factor mRNA and protein increase in hypothalamus in a mouse model of aggression. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 86: 8555-8559. 

Maria Grazia Spillantini is also a member of the Editorial Board of Brain Pathology, Synapse, Neuropathology and Applied Neurology and associate editor of Brain and NPJ Parkinson's disease.

 

 

 

 

Awards and prizes

 

Maria Grazia Spillantini received numerous awards and recognitions including, in 1985, the Greppi Prize for research on migraine, in 1993 the Stephen Newburgh prize for biomedical research, in 1995 and 1998 the Moore prize of the American Society of Neuropathology. In 2000 she obtained the Potamkin prize of the American Academy of Neurology. Since 2002 she has been Honorary Citizen of Caprese Michelangelo in the province of Arezzo and a lifetime member of Peterhouse (the oldest collage of the University of Cambridge) and a member of Clare Hall since 1994. In 2003 she won the "Alessandro Agnoli" award from LIMPE. On the occasion of International Women's Day, 8 March 2012, she was awarded the Pieve Donna prize in Pieve Santo Stefano, and the following year she received the Simply Woman Award for scientific research. In 2010 she was appointed a member of the Academy of Medical Sciences of London, in 2013 she became a member of the Royal Society of London and in 2015 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Italian Association of Frontotemporal Dementia, the Cotzias prize of the Spanish association of Neurology and the Van Andel Award for outstanding results in Parkinson's disease.

 

Ines Testoni
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: dignity therapy

Keywords:

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Associate professor of Social Psychology and Director of the Master in Death Studies & The End of Life at University of Padua

Professional career

After graduating in Applied Psychology at University of Padua in 1989, she continued her studies for a Specialization in "Clinic and Theory of Systemic Therapy" at the "Gregory Bateson Center", Niguarda Ca' Granda Hospital in Milan. In 1995 she graduated in Theoretical Philosophy with Professor Emanuele Severino at Ca' Foscari University, in Venice. In 1996 she obtained the specialization in "Cultural and Social Anthropology" at the University of Padua. In 1991 she was appointed as assistant under command from the Ministry of Education to the chair of Social Psychology at University of Padua, where she became a researcher in 1999 and associate professor in 2003. In 2017 she obtained the national qualification as full professor.

During her activity she leaded countless national and international projects, among which two European ones. She was Visiting Professor at the Universidade De Caxias do Sul (UCS), at the Semmelweiss University of Budapest (Hungary).

At University of Padova, she has been teaching at the Doctoral School in "Social Sciences. Interactions, Communication, Cultural Constructions"; teaches "Psychology of group and system relations" and "Fundamentals of Social Psychology" at the SPGI Department, and "Psychology of end-of-life relationships, bereavement, loss and death" at the FISPPA department, where she created and has been leading the Master in “Death Studies and the End of Life”, continually since 2008. Since 2018 she has been a research fellow at the Emili Sagol Creative Arts Therapies Research Center, University of Haifa (Israel).

Scientific results

She is affiliated to numerous research organizations among which: the Italian Society of Palliative Care (SICP) and of the parallel European Association of Palliative Care (EACP), she is part of the Steering Group of the Bereavement Network in Europe (BNE); International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA); Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organizations (FEPTO). Furthermore, she is a member of the National Conference of Masters in Palliative Care and Pain Therapy, established by the Ministry of University and Research (MIUR), and has been scientific director of about ten international conferences on the topics of death, dying and palliation.

Her research is centred on Severin's concept of "nihilism", in particular on the representations of death as annihilation, on which her fundamental themes are pivoted among which: psycho-thanatology, Death Education, grief processing and treatment, human death attitudes/behavior and pathological suffering (suicide, drug addiction, anorexia and suicide, gender-based violence); loss, grief and mourning; social construction of bio-political and bio-ethical management of death; Dignity Therapy; Informed consent; Mind-brain conceptualization and social representation of death; Self-determination and biological will; Death/spirituality/religiousness; Coping with death and dying; Terror Management Theory; Counselling and therapy;  Professional training; Psychodrama and photo-voice/photo-therapy for mourners; Death and "sociatry" in social violence (gender based violence and discrimination; mafia dynamics).

Editorial work and publications

Ines Testoni is the author of about ten volumes and curator of about as many texts, about a hundred articles and contributions to collective works of national and international importance, including:

Testoni, I., Piscitello, M., Ronconi, L., Zsák, É., Iacona, E., Zamperini, A. (2019) Death Education and the Management of Fear of Death Via Photo-Voice: An Experience Among Undergraduate Students, Journal of Loss and Trauma, doi: 10.1080/15325024.2018.1507469

Testoni, I., Ronconi, L. Noppe Cupit, I., et al. (2019) The effect of death education on fear of death amongst Italian adolescents: A nonrandomized controlled study, Death Studies, doi: 10.1080/07481187.2018.1528056

Testoni I., Mariani C., Zamperini A. (2018). Domestic Violence Between Childhood Incest and Re-victimization: A Study Among Anti-violence Centers in Italy, Frontiers in Psychology,  doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02377

Testoni, I., Ronconi, L., Palazzo, L., Galgani, M., Stizzi, A., Kirk, K.(2018). Psychodrama and moviemaking in a death education course to work through a case of suicide among high school students in Italy. Frontiers in Psychology, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00441

Testoni, I., De Cataldo, L., Ronconi, L., & Zamperini, A. (2017). Pet loss and representations of death, attachment, depression, and euthanasia. Anthrozoös, doi:10.1080/08927936.2017.1270599