SESSA PAOLA

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Settore scientifico M-PSI/01 - PSICOLOGIA GENERALE
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Avvisi e altre informazioni
- Si avvisano gli studenti che il ricevimento di mercoledì 24 Ottobre 2018 non si terrà. E' possibile comunque concordare un incontro in altra data/orario.

- Si avvisano gli studenti che non posso dare disponibilità come relatore di tesi (sia triennali che magistrali) per l'anno accademico 2018/2019 a causa di un esubero di laureandi.

Orario di ricevimento
Mercoledì dalle 10:00 alle 12:00 Via Venezia, 8 - Studio/Office: 03-013
(aggiornato il 08/03/2017 10:55)

Proposte di tesi
Proposte di tesi triennali e magistrali sia a carattere bibliografico che sperimentale, nel settore delle neuroscienze affettive e sociali, in particolare riguardo ai seguenti temi:

1. Empatia
2. Espressioni facciali e emozioni
3. Intersoggettività (meccanismi di simulazione e teoria della mente)
4. Co-registrazione dell'attività neurale di due o più persone in interazione



ENGLISH

Main lines of research, expecially for graduate students and PhD students:

1.Empathy

I use EEG/ERP methods to investigate the neural underpinnings of empathy, in particular empathy for pain. Do empathic subprocesses (neural resonance, mentalizing) interact? And if they interact, under which circumstances?


2.Social interaction, joint attention and shared experiences

I am planning to use EEG/ERP method in the context of hyperscanning (e.g. recording EEG from two "interacting" subjects) to study social interaction during "real" interaction.


3.Relationship between emotion detection and neural resonance/empathy (feeling other's emotion).

Are these functions subserved by different brain networks? How do these networks communicate?


And in collaboration with colleagues expert in the field of parenting and mother-infant/child interaction, we are planning to investigate:

4.Parenting

Does specific neural circuits for parenting exist? Are such circuits different in mothers and fathers? Are such circuits different between biological and forest parents? Are such circuits already activated during pregnancy?

5.Early adult/parent-infant interactions from the affective-neuroscience’s perspective

Is it possible to study in vivo the neural response of an adult interacting with his child? Is the neural and physiological activation of the adult/parent synchronous with the physiological responses of the infant? Does the attachment style of the parent influence neural activation of the adult interacting with the infant?

Curriculum Vitae


Curriculum del docente in PDF: B3143758F4F267B878AF703B4631D086.pdf

Aree di ricerca
Breve presentazione (chi sono?)

Sono Paola Sessa, Professore Associato dell’Università di Padova. I miei principali interessi di ricerca riguardano lo studio dell’empatia, delle espressioni facciali di emozioni e della simulazione (incarnata) mediante l’impiego delle tecniche delle neuroscienze, in primis l’elettroencefalografia. Ai seguenti link potete leggere di più su di me e sul mio lavoro nell’ambito delle neuroscienze:

- Link al mio gruppo di ricerca (CoLab): http://colab.psy.unipd.it/people

- Link alla mia pagina della didattica: http://didattica.unipd.it/offerta/docente/9247

- Twitter: https://twitter.com/paola_sessa




Research projects more in detail...


Empathy and simulative processes

(PI: Prof. Paola Sessa)


This line of research focuses on empathy and simulative processes, and on their neural underpinnings. The main interest is on how observer's and target's characteristics may modulate these processes. These "variables" include emotional facial expressions, perceived trustworthiness, group membership, humanity attribution and individual characteristics along with contextual cues in both normative and clinical adult populations. Preferential methods to study these aspects of empathy and simulative processes are techniques with high temporal resolution, such as the EEG and ERP as our main interest is to unravel the time-course of these processes. We are also planning to use hyperscanning (co-registration of brain activity from two or more interacting individuals) to study these same processes in a more ecological and potentially informative setting.

So far, we have been collaborating on these projects with Prof. Shihui Han (Peking University, China), Jeroen Vaes (Università di Trento) and Prof. Pierre Jolicoeur (University of Montreal, Canada).
At the present, we are planning new collaborations with colleagues expert on theory and methodology relative to hyperscanning, such as Dr. Lauri Parkkonen (Aalto University, Finland) and Dr. Ivana Konvalinka (University of Denmark, Denmark).


Faces representations

(PI: Prof. Paola Sessa)

This line of research mostly focuses on using EEG/ERP to study how social cues conveyed by human faces, such as emotional expressions, group membership, gaze direction and perceived trustworthiness may shape low-level processes, in particular resolution of faces’ representations in visual working memory.

So far, we have been collaborating on these projects with Prof. Pierre Jolicoeur (University of Montreal, Canada) and Dr. Roy Luria (Tel-Aviv University, Israel), who are both experts of visual working memory processes and their neural correlates.

Pubblicazioni
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS


Sessa, P., Meconi, F., & Han, S. (2014). Double dissociation of neural responses supporting perceptual and cognitive components of social cognition: Evidence from processing of others’ pain. Scientific Reports, 4, 7424. DOI:10.1038/srep07424.

Meconi, F., Luria, R., & Sessa, P. (2014). Individual differences in anxiety predict neural measures of visual working memory for untrustworthy faces. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 1872–41879.

Sessa, P., Meconi, F., Castelli, L., & Dell'Acqua R. (2014). Taking one's time in feeling other-race pain: An event-related potential investigation on the time-course of cross-racial empathy. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 454–463.

Sessa, P., Tomelleri, S., Luria, R., Castelli, L., Reynolds, M., & Dell'Acqua, R. (2012). Look out for strangers! Sustained neural activity during visual working memory maintenance of other-race faces is modulated by implicit racial prejudice. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 7, 314-321.

Sessa, P., Luria, R., Gotler, A., Jolicœur, P., & Dell'Acqua, R. (2011). Inter-hemispheric ERP asymmetries over inferior parietal cortex reveal differential visual working memory maintenance for fearful versus neutral facial identities. Psychophysiology, 48, 187–197.

Insegnamenti dell'AA 2018/19
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