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Chiara Spaccasassi

Assegnista di ricerca

Dipartimento di Psicologia "Renzo Canestrari"

Curriculum vitae

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Chiara Spaccasassi

 

Education

 

1 November 2015 – 31 October 2018

PhD in Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience – final grades: excellent with honors

Department of Psychology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy

Thesis title: “Feeling the emotions around us: how affective stimuli impact visuo-tactile interactions in space

Supervisor: Prof. Angelo Maravita

 

1 January 2012 – 14 February 2014

MSc, Cognitive Psychology – final grades: 110/110 cum laude

University “G. d’ Annunzio”, Chieti, Italy

Thesis title: “The Action Extrapersonal Space: an experimental study

Supervisor: Prof.ssa Giorgia Committeri

 

1 October 2007 – 11 June 2011

BSc, Psychological Sciences – final grades: 110/110 cum laude

University “G. d’ Annunzio”, Chieti, Italy

Thesis Title: “The case of Little Hans: new considerations

Supervisor: Prof.ssa Carla Candelori

 

September 2002 – June 2007

High school diploma – final grades: 98/100

Social, Psychology and Pedagogy High School “Luigi Mercantini”, Ripatransone (AP), Italy

 

Visiting Position and Research Experiences

 

11 September 2017 – 14 April 2018

Visiting PhD

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Project title: “Neuronal oscillations underlying valence connoted object representation in peripersonal space: an EEG study

Host: Prof. Chris Dijkerman

Supervisors: Chris Dijkerman and Maartje de Jong

 

15 June 2017 – 1 July 2017

Visiting PhD

Department of Neurophysiology and Neuroengineering, Campus Biomedico of Rome, Rome, Italy

Project title: “Embodiment in technological interactions with (quasi-) anthropomorphic devices

Host: Prof. Giovanni Di Pino

 

February 2015 – July 2015

Research Assistant

Department of Neuroscience, Biomedicine and Movement, Section of Physiology and Psychology, University of Verona, Verona, Italy

Supervisor: Prof. Leonardo Chelazzi

 

Working Experiences

 

1 December 2019 – present

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, Cesena, Italy

Supervisor: Prof. Alessio Avenanti

 

1 November 2015 – 31 October 2018

Tutor of the subject “Anatomical and physiological fundamentals of psychic activity”

Department of Psychology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy

Professor: Angelo Maravita

 

November 2012 – July 2013

Tutor of MPSI/02 (Biological and Physiological Psychology)

Department of Psychology, University “G. d’ Annunzio”, Chieti, Italy

Professor: Giorgia Committeri

 

February 2011 – May 2011

Internship at UMEE (Evolutive Age Multidisciplinary Unit)

ASUR 12, Ospedale “Madonna del Soccorso”, San Benedetto del Tronto (AP), Italy

Supervisor: Dr. Marilena Tiburzi

 

Awards and Fellowships

 

November 2015 – October 2018

Doctoral Scholarship

Department of Psychology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy

 

Summer Schools

 

4-6 July 2016

6th IMPRS Neurocom Summer School “What makes us human” Max Plank Institute, Leipzig, Germany

 

3-9 September 2017

The Visceral Mind Summer School, Bangor University, Bangor, Wales (UK)

 

Publications

 

Spaccasassi, C., Romano, D., & Maravita, A. (2019) “Everything is worth when it is close to my body: how spatial proximity and stimulus valence affect visuo-tactile integration” Acta psychologica, 192, 42-51

Spaccasassi, C., & Maravita, A. (2020). Peripersonal space is diversely sensitive to a temporary vs permanent state of anxiety. Cognition, 195, 104133.

Di Pino, G., Romano, D., Spaccasassi, C., Mioli, A., D’Alonzo, M., Sacchetti, R., Guglielmelli, E., Zollo, L., Di Lazzaro, V., Denaro, V., Maravita, A. (2020) “Sensory- and action-oriented embodiment of neurally-interfaced robotic hand prostheses” Frontiers in Neuroscience

 

Oral Presentation

 

Spaccasassi, C. (2018) “The influence of stimulus valence on visuo-tactile integration in peripersonal space” Neuropsychology and Cognition Meeting, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Spaccasassi, C. (2019) “Feeling the emotions around us: how affective stimuli impact visuo-tactile interaction in space” (organizer: Prof. Giandomenico Iannetti), Italian Institute of Technology, IIT, Rome, Italy

Spaccasassi, C. (2019) “Feeling the emotions around us: how affective stimuli impact visuo-tactile interaction in space” (organizer: Prof. Alessio Avenanti), Centro di studi e ricerche in Neuroscienze Cognitive (CsrNC), Cesena, Italy

 

Submitted Papers or In Preparation

 

Spaccasassi, C., de Jong, MC., & Dijkerman, C. (2020) “Neuronal oscillations underlying visuo-tactile interactions in space are sensitive to valence-connoted stimuli” Manuscript in preparation

Spaccasassi, C., Fini, C., Committeri, G. (2020) “The Near Extrapersonal Space: a motor-oriented space” Manuscript in preparation

 

Conference Presentations

 

Spaccasassi, C., Romano, D., & Maravita, A. (2018) “Everything is worth when it is close to my body: how spatial proximity and stimulus valence affect visuo-tactile integration”. BrNet Body Representation network, June, Edinburgh (UK), Poster presentation.

Spaccasassi, C., Romano, D., & Maravita, A. (2017) “Modulation of peripersonal space by learned stimulus valence”. Cognitive Science Arena, February, Brixen (Italy), Poster presentation.

Spaccasassi, C., Romano, D., & Maravita, A. (2016) “Peripersonal space modulation by conditioned stimuli”. IMPRS Neurocom, July, Max Plank Institute, Leipzig (Germany), Poster presentation.

Fini, C., Spaccasassi, C., & Committeri, G. (2014) “The Near Extrapersonal Space (NES): A subjective space affected by the individual physical and personality characteristics”. Cognitive Processing, September, Rome (Italy), Poster presentation.

 

Research Related Activity

MEETmeTONIGHT: la notte europea dei ricercatori (2016) co-organizer of stand SS11 “Punti di vista” (organizer: Prof. Daniele Zavagno) Giardini pubblici Indro Montanelli, Milano, Italy

 

Language Skills

Oral and written English: pre-advanced level

 

Technical Skills

Programming Languages: Python - intermediate level

Experiment Building Software: Open Sesame - advanced level

Statistical Data Analysis Packages: R, JASP, Jamovi, Statistica - advanced level

Functional Neuroimaging Technique: ElectroEncephaloGraphy (EEG) - intermediate level

Electrophysiological Data Analysis: EEGLAB (Matlab), Fieldtrip (Matlab) Wtools (Matlab) – upper intermediate level

 

Personal Skills

Excellent social skills

Good cooperation and integration skills in working team

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