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Alessandra Sansavini


Department of Psychology

Academic discipline: M-PSI/04 Developmental and Educational Psychology


Joint International Workshop University of Bologna and University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology 10-11 ottobre 2018

University of Bologna and University of Pittsburgh

Departments of Psychology

Joint International Workshop


Department of Psychology, University of Bologna

October 10 – 11, 2018


Iscrizione al link:

Scadenza per l'iscrizione: 30 settembre 2018

Scadenza per l’invio di abstract per la sessione poster: 22 settembre 2018.


L’evento è organizzato con il contributo dei fondi del Progetto Innovativo nell’Ambito degli Accordi di Cooperazione Internazionali “Implementing a cross-cultural, cross-population and Interdisciplinary methodology for studying development” , responsabile prof.ssa Alessandra Sansavini. Il progetto intende rafforzare e ampliare i rapporti di collaborazione scientifica tra i dipartimenti di psicologia dell'Università di Bologna e della University of Pittsburgh.



9:00 - 9:20 Opening

Vincenzo Natale, Director of the Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, Italy.


Representatives of Scientific Associations.


9:20 – 9:30 Introduction

Alessandra Sansavini, University of Bologna, Italy.


9:30 - 10:15 Developmental Trajectories and Consequences of Early Motor Skills: Differences between infants at low and high risk for ASD.

Klaus Libertus, University of Pittsburgh, US.


10:15 - 11:00 The dynamic give and take of early communicative development: Verbal and nonverbal communication in parent-child interaction.

Jana Iverson, University of Pittsburgh, US.


11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break


11:30 - 12:15 Early communication, language and cognitive development in preterm and full-term children: The role of action, interaction, and contextual factors.

Alessandra Sansavini, University of Bologna, Italy.


12:15 - 13:00 Late talking toddlers: Beyond a lexical delay.

Maria Cristina Caselli, Arianna Bello, ISTC-CNR and University Roma Tre, Roma, Italy.


13:00 - 14:00 Lunch


14:00 - 15:00 Poster session


15:00 - 15:45 Mechanisms of change: Language intervention under 3 years.

Luigi Girolametto, University of Toronto, Canada.


15:45 - 16.30 Learning by observation or by doing: lessons from atypical development.

Stefano Vicari, Floriana Costanzo, Deny Menghini, Bambin Gesù Hospital, Roma, Italy.


16:30 - 17:00 Motor consistencies between action and gesture imitation and their relation to language skills in school-age children.

Laura Sparaci, Domenico Formica, Olga Capirci, ISTC-CNR, and University Campus Biomedico, Roma, Italy.


17:00 - 17:30 General Discussion



9:00 - 9:45 Sleep as a context for studying bio-behavioral regulation and developmental change.

Anat Scher, University of Haifa, Israel.


9:45 - 10:30 Early life adversity, epigenetics and parental intervention in atypical development.

Rosario Montirosso, Livio Provenzi, Lorenzo Giusti, IRCCS Eugenio Medea, Bosisio Parini, Italy.


10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break


11:00 - 11:25 The development of relational skills in preterm babies according to the severity of prematurity. Francesca Agostini, University of Bologna, Italy.


11:25 - 11:50 Emotion regulation development in preterm and full-term infants: The integrated role of dyadic, maternal and infant factors.

Maria Spinelli, Mirco Fasolo, Tiziana Aureli, University G. d’Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Italy.


11:50 - 12:15 Motion and form perception in extremely preterm children.

Mariagrazia Benassi, Sara Giovagnoli, Kerstin Hellgren, University of Bologna, Italy, and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.


12:15 - 12:40 Very preterm birth and academic achievements: reading, spelling and maths.

Annalisa Guarini, University of Bologna, Italy.


Lunch 12:40 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45 Structural and functional brain development and cognition following very preterm birth in adult life. Chiara Nosarti, King’s College, London, UK.


14:45 - 15:30 From early neuroplasticity to early intervention: The model of neonatal brain damage.

Andrea Guzzetta, IRCCS Stella Maris, Pisa, Italy.

15:30 - 15:55 Early literacy and numeracy skills: early identification and intervention in preschool settings.


Paola Bonifacci, University of Bologna, Italy.

15:55 - 16:20 Playing with numbers counts: the role of parents in the development of preschoolers’ numeracy skills.


Carlo Tomasetto, University of Bologna, Italy.

16:20 - 16:50 General Discussion


16:50 - 17:00 Best poster award


17:00 - 17:15 Conclusion

Published on: September 14 2018