1992 First Class Degree with a mark of 110/110 & Lode (Summa cum Laude). Thesis title: “Kinetic Mental Imagery in Children” University of Triest, Trieste Italy
1992-1993 Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, (Erasmus funded)
1994-1998 University of Padova, Padova Italy Ph.D. position in Developmental Psychology. Thesis Title: “The newborn: a structure predisposed to become a complex system”
1999 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
1998-2000 Post-doctoral Research Fellow Developmental Psychology Department, University of Padova I worked on a two year research program employing behavioural methods to investigate selective visual attention in newborns.
2000 – 2003 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, University of London My research combines both behavioural (including eye tracker) and neuro-imaging techniques (Event Related Potential) to study the development of visual cognitive function in infancy. My research focuses on visual attention and face processing. The main questions that drive my research concern issues surrounding the development of the “social brain”. Currently I am working on the development of the perception of eye gaze in newborns, infants and in adults.
2002 to date Permanent position as Aggregate Professor in Developmental Psychology at University of Padua (Italy) (Department of Developmental Psychology, SSD = 11 E2).
Year of first publication: 1999 (Ph.D. awarded 2002)
Sum of the times cited: 910
Sum of the times cited without self-citations: 849
Citing articles: 598
Citing articles without self-citations: 580
Average citation for items: 37.9
Number of international papers published in impact factor journals: 39
Number of international papers published in impact factor journals as first author: 29
Teaching at University of Padua
Courses held for undergraduate and graduate students: ·
Developmental cognitive psychology (course for undergraduate students in Italian) ·
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (course for graduate students in English) ·
Developmental Cognitive Science (course for graduate students in English)
Thesis supervision of master (total of four per year), undergraduate (6-10 per years) and Ph.D. students (5 in Italy and 4 in the UK); supervision of post-docs (1).
Reviewer for the following international journals: Nature Neuroscience, Scientific Report (Nature), Proceeding of National Accademy of Sciences, Cognition, Developmental Science, Neuropsychologia, Neuron, Brain Research, Psychological Bulletin, Child Development, Cortex, European Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, PlosOne, European Journal of Developmental Psychology, Visual Cognition, Emotion Review, Biological Psychology, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Psychological Science
The focus of my research is Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, the study of functional brain development over the first years of life. The key questions that motivate my research concern how specialized cognitive functions emerge within particular brain regions (such as the cerebral cortex) during development. Within this approach my research focuses on the perception and cognition of the social and physical world over the early years. In particular, relatively to the development of the social brain, I study face perception, eye-gaze perception and eye-gaze cued action, the perception of human action, and the self perception. Through imaging (ERP, NIRS) and behavioural testing methods, my goal is understand the typical and atypical development of the human social brain network. Much of this research is conducted collaboratively with other labs in Europe.
2013-2014 Fondazione della Beneficentia Stiftung. 25.000 €
2012 –2014 Excellence Project funded by CARIPARO Foundation (Padua). Co-principal Investigator. 120.000 €
2012 Research Funds (named “ex-60%”) from Università di Padua. Principal Investigator. 2.380 € (code: 60A17-8790/12)
2011 Research Funds (named “ex-60%”) from Università di Padua. Principal Investigator. 2.618 € (code: 60A17-1940/11)
2010-2013 COST Action BM1004: Enhancing the Scientific Study of Early Autism (ESSEA) (78.000.000,00 euros)
2010-2013 PI for the Italian partner for the Marie Curie PhD Studentships in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience: Tracking Early Human Development: From Basic Science to Applications Funded by the EC Marie Curie Initial Training Networks: FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN PART B Grant Number: 264301
2010 Research Funds (named “ex-60%”) from Università di Padua. Principal Investigator. 2.392 € (code: 60A17-8355/10)
2009 Research Funds (named “ex-60%”) from Università di Padua. Principal Investigator. 3.890 € (code: 60A17-4870/09)
2008 Research Funds (named “ex-60%”) from Università di Padua. Principal Investigator. 5.079 € (code: 60A17-1833/08)
2007 Research Funds (named “ex-60%”) from Università di Padua. Principal Investigator. 2.257,00 € (code: 60A17-3889/07)
2006 Research Funds (named “ex-60%”) from Università di Padua. Principal Investigator. 1.778,00 € (code: 60A17-8032/06)
2005 Research Funds (named “ex-60%”) from Università di Padua. Principal Investigator. 1.463,00 € (code: 60A17-3003/06)
2005 Grant from Birkbeck College for a research assistent (13.764,00 euros)
2004-2008 Welcome Trust Award, Career and Development Research Fellow (292.00 sterlins)
2002/2003 Finanziamento Progetto di Ateneo “Giovani Ricercatori” (15.000,00 euros)
2009 – Research Funds (named “ex-60%”) from Università di Padua. Principal Investigator. 19800 € (code:60A05-082/09).