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Claudia Scorolli

Professoressa associata

Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione

Settore scientifico disciplinare: M-PSI/01 PSICOLOGIA GENERALE

Curriculum vitae

I am a Cognitive Scientist working as Associate Professor, SSD: M-PSI/01 General Psychology, at the Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies of the University of Bologna.

I obtained my PhD in Philosophy of Language, Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences in 2009 at the University of Bologna, and my PsyD in Clinical Psychology, specialized in Analytical Psychodrama, in 2014 at the Mosaico Institute of Bologna (certified by MIUR).

My research has been focused on grounding of language in sensorimotor processes, as well as on language as social tool which modifies human's way to interact with the world. My experimental work currently extends to the study of the possibilities for physical/social interactions offered by the current interactive context, i.e. physical and social affordances. My scientific interest includes the investigation of cultural factors influencing cognitive and emotional processes.

From a clinical perspective, I have scrutinized new clinical interventions in the field of neurocognitive disorders, as psychosocial interventions for people with dementia.


Scientific Networking


Current research interests

1. Effects of specific religious practices on anxious responses to errors.

2. Exploring the interface between psychoanalysis and cognitive science through psychodramatic methods.

3. Assistive Humanoid Robots.

4. Challenging Embodied Cognition through Bilingualism.



38] Scorolli, C.*, Borghi, A.M., & Tummolini, L. (2018). Cues of control modulate the ascription of object ownership. Psychological Research, 82, 929-954. DOI 10.1007/s00426-017-0871-9.

37] Brooker, D., Evans, S.C., Evans, S., Bray, J., Saibene, F., Scorolli, C. (…), & Dröes, R.M (in press, available online). Evaluation of the implementation of the Meeting Centers Support Program (MCSP) in Italy, Poland and the UK; exploration of the effects on people with dementia. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 110. DOI: 10.1002/gps.4865.

36] Van Mierlo, L.D., Chattat, R., Evans, S., Brooker, D., Saibene, F.L., Gamberini, G., Farina, E., Scorolli, C. (…), & Meiland, F. (2018). Facilitators and barriers to adaptive implementation of the MCSP in three European countries. International Psychogeriatrics, 30, 527-537. DOI: 10.1017/S1041610217001922

35] Borghi, A.M., Binkofski, F., Castelfranchi, C., Cimatti, F., Scorolli, C., & Tummolini, L. (2017). The challenge of abstract concepts. Psychological Bulletin, 143, 263-292. doi: 10.1037/bul0000089

34] Rymaszewska, J., Szcześniak, D., Katarzyna U., Meiland, F., Evans, S., Saibene, F., d'Arma, A., Scorolli, C. (…), & Dröes, RM. (2017) Users’ Satisfaction of the Meeting Centre Support Programme in Italy, Poland and the UK. Alzheimer's and Dementia, 13(7): P1174 DOI: 10.1016/j.jalz.2017.06.1734

33] Brooker, D., Chattat, R., Evans, S.C., Evans, S., Farina, E., Henderson, C., Meiland, F., Rymanszewska, J., Szczesniak, D., Urbanska, K., Atkinson, T., Bray, J., D’Arma, A., Gamberini, G., Hendriks, I., Rehill, A., Saibene, F., Scorolli, C. (…), & Droes, R.M. (2017). MEETINGDEM: Reporting on the Implementation, Effectiveness and Cost Effectiveness of the Dutch Meeting Centres Support Programme. Alzheimer's and Dementia, 13(7): P1560 DOI: 10.1016/j.jalz.2017.07.707

32] Meiland, F., Evans, SB., Saibene, F., D’Arma, A., Szcześniak, D., Urbańska, K., Scorolli, C. (…), & Dröes RM. (2017) Factors influencing adaptive implementation of the Meeting Centres Support Programme in four European countries. Alzheimer's and Dementia, 13(7): P1147 DOI: 10.1016/j.jalz.2017.07.461

31] Scorolli, C.*, Daprati, E., Nico, D., & Borghi, A.M. (2016). Reaching for Objects or Asking for them: Distance Estimation in 7- to 15-Years-Old Children. Journal of Motor Behavior, 48, 2, 183-191. DOI: 10.1080/00222895.2015.1070787

30] Scorolli, C.*, & Borghi, A.M. (2015). Square bananas, blue horses: The relative weight of shape and color in concept recognition and representation. Frontiers in Psychology-Cognition, 6:1542. Research Topic: Toward the Biofunctional Embodiment of Understanding. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01542

29] Scorolli, C.*, Borghi, A.M., & Tummolini, L. (2015). Visual cues and implicit judgments of ownership: An experimental study. Sistemi Intelligenti, 1/2015, pp. 209-220. ISSN: 1120-9550. Il Mulino. DOI: 10.1422/7969.

28] Scorolli, C.*, Pellicano, A., Nicoletti, R., Rubichi, S., & Castiello, U. (2015) The Simon effect in action: planning and/or on-line control effects? Cognitive Science, 39, 972-991. ISSN: 0364-0213 print / 1551-6709 online DOI: 10.1111/cogs.12188

27] Granito, C., Scorolli, C., & Borghi, A.M. (2015) Naming a Lego world. The Role of Language in the Acquisition of Abstract Concepts. PLoS ONE, 10 (1): e0114615. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114615. []

26] Scorolli, C.*, Miatton, M., Wheaton, L., & Borghi, A.M. (2014). I give you a cup, I get a cup: a kinematic study on social intention. Neuropsychologia, 57, 196-204. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.03.006

25] Scorolli, C.* (2014). Embodiment and Language. In Lawrence Shapiro (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Embodied Cognition. Routledge, pp. 127-138. ISBN 978-0-415-62361-2. Publisher:Taylor&Francis.

24] Lisi, L., Plessi, E., Scorolli, C.*, Meliconi, R., & Rapaggi, A. (2014). Sclerodermic patients: an interdisciplinary approach. Clinical and experimental rheumatology, 32, 2, S104-S104. ISSN: 0392-856X. Accession Number: WOS:000335936400273.

23] Paglieri, F., Scorolli, C.*, Borghi, A.M. (2013). Modelli evoluzionisti e differenze religiose: Alcuni problemi. Sistemi Intelligenti, 2, 359-366. Commentary on Adornetti, I., & Ferretti, F., By-product, exaptation e nicchie culturali. Un modello adattativo della religione. DOI: 10.1422/75359

22] Borghi, A.M., Scorolli, C., Caligiore, D., Baldassarre, G. & Tummolini, L. (2013). The embodied mind extended: Using words as social tools. Frontiers in Psychology. 4:214. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00214

21] Sakreida, K., Scorolli, C., Menz, M.M., Heim, S., Borghi, A.M., & Binkofski, F. (2013) Are abstract action words embodied? An fMRI investigation at the interface between language and motor cognition, Frontiers in Human Neurosciences, 7: 125. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00125. eCollection 2013. special issue: What does neuropsychology say about the role of sensorimotor processes in conceptual knowledge and abstract concepts (editor: B. Tomasino)

20] Tummolini, L., Scorolli, C.*, & Borghi, A.M. (2013). Disentangling the sense of ownership from the sense of fairness. Commentary on Baumard, André and Sperber, A mutualistic approach to morality, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36, 101-102, doi:10.1017/S0140525X1200088X

19] Paglieri, F., Borghi, A.M., Colzato, L.S., Hommel, B. & Scorolli, C.* (2013) Heaven can wait. How religion modulates temporal discounting. Psychological Research, 77, 738-747. DOI 10.1007/s00426-012-0473-5

18] Gianelli, C., Scorolli, C.*, & Borghi, A.M. (2013). Acting in perspective: The role of body and language as social tools. Psychological Research, 77, 40-52 (special issue on Vision, Action and Language Unified by Embodiment). DOI 10.1007/s00426-011-0401-0; Print ISSN 0340-0727; Online ISSN 1430-2772.

17] Scorolli, C.*, Jacquet, P.O., Binkofski, F., Nicoletti, R., Tessari, A., & Borghi, A.M. (2012) Abstract and Concrete Phrases Processing Differentially Modulates Cortico-Spinal Excitability, Brain Research, 1488, 60-71, doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2012.10.004

16] Ambrosini, E., Scorolli, C., Borghi, A.M., & Costantini, M. (2012) Which Body for Embodied cognition? Affordance and language within actual and perceived reaching space, Consciousness and Cognition, 21, 1551-1557. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2012.06.010

15] Scorolli, C.*, Miatton, M., Wheaton, L.A., & Borghi, A.M. (2012). When a glass calls: anatomy of a toast. Cognitive Processing, Special Issue, 13, pp. S69-S70, Springer Heidelberg, Germany.

14] Borghi, A.M., & Scorolli, C.* (2012) Words as tools that extend our body. Sistemi Intelligenti, special issue on Extended Mind, 24, 117-126.

13] Scorolli, C.*, Binkofski F., Buccino G., Nicoletti R., Riggio L. and Borghi A.M. (2011) Abstract and concrete sentences, embodiment, and languages. Frontiers in Psychology, 2,227. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00227

12] Borghi, A., Flumini, A., Cimatti, F., Marocco, D. & Scorolli, C.* (2011). Manipulating objects and telling words: A study on concrete and abstract words acquisition. Frontiers in Cognition, 2:15. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00015, special issue on Embodied and Grounded Cognition (editors: A.M. Borghi, D. Pecher).

11] Costantini, M., Ambrosini, E., Scorolli, C. & Borghi, A. (2011). When objects are close to me: affordances in the peripersonal space. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 32-38. doi: 10.3758/s13423-011-0054-4.

10] Hommel, B., Colzato, L.S., Scorolli, C., Borghi, A.M., & van den Wildenberg, W.P.M. (2011). Religion and action control: Faith-specific modulation of the Simon effect but not stop-signal performance. Cognition, 120, 177-185. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2011.04.003

9] Scorolli, C.*, Binkofski, F., Buccino, G., Nicoletti, R., Riggio, L., & Borghi, A. (2010). Abstract and concrete sentences in German and Italian (2010). 4th International Conference on Cognitive Systems, CogSys 2010.

8] Borghi, A.M., Gianelli, C., & Scorolli, C., (2010). Sentence comprehension: effectors and goals, self and others. An overview of experiments and implications for robotics. Special topic edited by Angelo Cangelosi, Action and language integration in cognitive systems. Frontiers in neurorobotics, 4, 1-8. (IFy: no available) doi: 10.3389/fnbot.2010.00003

7] Scorolli, C.* (2010). The role of primary motor cortex during abstract and concrete sentences processing. Sistemi Intelligenti, 3, 397-406, Il Mulino. DOI: 10.1422/33539

6] Colzato, L., van Beest, I., van den Wildenberg, W.P.M., Scorolli, C., Dorchin, S., Meiran, N., Borghi, A.M., Hommel, B. (2010). God, do I have your attention? Cognition, 117, 87-94. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2010.07.003.

5] Borghi, A.M., Caligiore, D., & Scorolli, C.* (2010). Objects, words, and actions. Some reasons why embodied models are badly needed in cognitive psychology. In V. Capecchi, M. Buscema, P. Contucci, B. D'Amore (Eds.), Applications of Mathematics in Models, Artificial Neural Networks and Arts. Mathematics and Society. Berlin: Springer, chapter 4; pp. 99-112.

4] Scorolli, C.*, Borghi, A.M., & Glenberg, A. (2009). Language-Induced Motor Activity in bi-manual Object Lifting. Experimental Brain Research, 193, 43-53. doi:10.1007/s00221-008-1593-4.

3] Borghi, A.M., & Scorolli, C. (2009). Language comprehension and dominant hand motion simulation. Human Movement Science, 28, 12-27. DOI: 10.1016/j.humov.2008.07.002

2] Scorolli, C.* & Borghi, A.M. (2007). Sentence comprehension and action: Effector specific modulation of the motor system. Brain Research, 1130, 119-124.

1] Scorolli, C., Ghirlanda, S., Enquist, M., Zattoni, S., & Jannini, E. A. (2007). Relative Prevalence of Different Fetishes. International Journal of Impotence Research, 19, 432-437. doi:10.1038/sj.ijir.3901547