Dr Valentina Cazzato

School of Psychology

I carried out my Ph.D., titled ‘Reflexive Social Attention modulated by Social Cues: evidence from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies’ at ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome (Italy), which I completed in December 2010. Following this I worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Udine (Italy) on a project titled ‘Neurofunctional Alterations of body representation in Eating Disorder patients’ (2011-2014). After a a period as Lecturer in Psychology at University of Bradford, I have recently joined the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology as Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Psychology. My research interests span a broad range of topics, focusing on the psychological and neural basis of body representations across the lifespan in healthy populations and in individuals with Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder, investigated by means of neurophysiological techniques (TMS and tDCS) and fMRI.

Languages

Italian
English
French

Degrees

2010, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, PhD
2007, University of Padova, Italy, Msc in Clinical Neuropsychology
2006, University of Padova, Italy, Msc in Experimental Psychology
2004, University of Padova, Italy, BSc with Honours in Cognitive and Psychological Sciences

Academic appointments

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - present
Lecturer in Psychology, Psychology, University of Bradford, 2014 - 2016
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Udine, 2011 - 2013
Research Fellow, Sapienza University of Rome, 2010 - 2011

Highlighted publications

Cazzato V, Makris S, Urgesi C. 2017. Cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation of the extrastriate visual cortex modulates implicit anti-fat bias in male, but not female, participants. Neuroscience, 359 :92-104 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Cazzato V, Mian E, Serino A, Mele S, Urgesi C. 2015. Distinct contributions of extrastriate body area and temporoparietal junction in perceiving one's own and others' body Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 15 :211-228 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Journal article

McNeill AM, Monk RL, Qureshi AW, Makris S, Cazzato V, Heim D. 2021. Elevated ad libitum alcohol consumption following continuous theta burst stimulation to the left-dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is partially mediated by changes in craving Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Bellard A, Urgesi C, Cazzato V. 2021. Self-body recognition and attitudes towards body image in younger and older women Archives of Women's Mental Health, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Sacchetti VS, Cazzato V, McGlone F, Mirams L. 2021. In your eyes: vision of the body alters touch perception in women with eating disorder symptoms Psychological Research: an international journal of perception, attention, memory and action, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Cazzato V, Walters E, Urgesi C. 2021. Associations of observer’s gender, Body Mass Index and internalization of societal beauty ideals to visual body processing Psychological Research: an international journal of perception, attention, memory and action, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

McNeill AM, Monk RL, Qureshi AW, Makris S, Cazzato V, Heim D. 2021. Correction to: Elevated ad libitum alcohol consumption following continuous theta burst stimulation to the left-dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is partially mediated by changes in craving (Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, (2021), 10.3758/s13415-021-00940-7) Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, DOI Author Url

Makris S, Cazzato V. 2020. Implicit visual sensitivity towards slim versus overweight bodies modulates motor resonance in the primary motor cortex: A tDCS study Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Sacchetti S, Mirams L, McGlone F, Cazzato V. 2020. Self-focused attention enhances tactile sensitivity in women at risk from eating disorders Scientific Reports, 10 DOI Author Url Public Url

Bellard AM, Cornelissen PL, Mian E, Cazzato V. 2020. The ageing body: contributing attitudinal factors towards perceptual body size estimates in younger and middle-aged women Archives of Women's Mental Health, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Martino G, Langher V, Cazzato V, Vicario CM. 2019. Editorial: Psychological Factors as Determinants of Medical Conditions FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 10 DOI Author Url

Gabriella M, Sardella A, Bellone F, Lasco C, Langher V, Cazzato V, Penna A, Vicario C, Morabito N, Catalano A. 2019. Executive functions and bone health: a focus on cognitive impulsivity and bone mineral density Mediterranean Journal of Clinical Psychology, 7 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Cazzato V, Makris S, Flavell JC, Vicario CM. 2018. Group membership and racial bias modulate the temporal estimation of in-group/out-group body movements Experimental Brain Research, 236 :2427-2437 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Cazzato V, Makris S. 2018. Implicit preference towards slim bodies and weight-stigma modulate the understanding of observed familiar actions Psychological Research, :1-11 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Cazzato V, Makris S, Urgesi C. 2017. Cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation of the extrastriate visual cortex modulates implicit anti-fat bias in male, but not female, participants. Neuroscience, 359 :92-104 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Mele S, Cazzato V, Di Taranto F, Maestro S, Fabbro F, Muratori F, Urgesi C. 2016. Altered exposure-related reshaping of body appreciation in adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa Body Image, 19 :113-121 DOI Author Url Public Url

Cazzato V, Mele S, Urgesi C. 2016. Different contributions of visual and motor brain areas during liking judgments of same- and different-gender bodies Brain Research, 1646 :98-108 DOI Author Url Public Url

Cazzato V, Mian E, Mele S, Tognana G, Todisco P, Urgesi C. 2016. The effects of body exposure on self-body image and esthetic appreciation in anorexia nervosa. Experimental brain research, 234 :695-709 DOI Author Url Public Url

Cazzato V, Liuzza MT, Caprara GV, Macaluso E, Aglioti SM. 2015. The attracting power of the gaze of politicians is modulated by the personality and ideological attitude of their voters: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE, 42 :2534-2545 DOI Author Url Public Url

Cazzato V, Mian E, Serino A, Mele S, Urgesi C. 2015. Distinct contributions of extrastriate body area and temporoparietal junction in perceiving one's own and others' body Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 15 :211-228 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Cazzato V, Mele S, Urgesi C. 2014. Gender differences in the neural underpinning of perceiving and appreciating the beauty of the body BEHAVIOURAL BRAIN RESEARCH, 264 :188-196 DOI Author Url Public Url

Mele S, Cazzato V, Urgesi C. 2013. The Importance of Perceptual Experience in the Esthetic Appreciation of the Body PLOS ONE, 8 DOI Author Url Public Url

Azevedo RT, Macaluso E, Avenanti A, Santangelo V, Cazzato V, Aglioti SM. 2013. Their Pain is Not Our Pain: Brain and Autonomic Correlates of Empathic Resonance With the Pain of Same and Different Race Individuals HUMAN BRAIN MAPPING, 34 :3168-3181 DOI Author Url Public Url

Cazzato V, Siega S, Urgesi C. 2012. "What women like": influence of motion and form on esthetic body perception FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 3 DOI Author Url Public Url

Cazzato V, Macaluso E, Crostella F, Aglioti SM. 2012. Mapping reflexive shifts of attention in eye-centered and hand-centered coordinate systems HUMAN BRAIN MAPPING, 33 :165-178 DOI Author Url Public Url

Liuzza MT, Cazzato V, Vecchione M, Crostella F, Caprara GV, Aglioti SM. 2011. Follow My Eyes: The Gaze of Politicians Reflexively Captures the Gaze of Ingroup Voters PLOS ONE, 6 DOI Author Url Public Url

Cazzato V, Basso D, Cutini S, Bisiacchi P. 2010. Gender differences in visuospatial planning: An eye movements study BEHAVIOURAL BRAIN RESEARCH, 206 :177-183 DOI Author Url Public Url

Cazzato V, Sacchetti S, Shin S, Makdani A, Trotter PD, McGlone F. Topical heterogeneity in affective touch: Does it impact body image? DOI

Cazzato V, Walters E, Urgesi C. Visual body processing’s associations to Body Mass Index and internalization of societal beauty ideals DOI

Conference publication

Cazzato V, Makris S, Urgesi C. 2015. Transcranial direct current stimulation of the extrastriate body area modulates implicit anti-fat bias The Quarterly journal of experimental psychology, Experimental Psychology Society 12 DOI

Cazzato V, Mele S, Urgesi C. 2014. Visual underpinnings of body aesthetics: a TMS study I-PERCEPTION, 5 Author Url

Urgesi C, Mele S, Cazzato V. 2012. TMS investigations of the influence of body form and body action representations on body aesthetic perception COGNITIVE PROCESSING, 13 :S29-S29 Author Url

Cazzato V, Makris S. Off-line rTMS of Left Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex Reduces Food Cravings in Females but Not Males Piradov M. https://www.neurology.ru/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2017/10/nibs2017-moscow-proceedings.pdf?download=1, NON-INVASIVE BRAIN STIMULATION AND FUNCTIONAL BRAIN MAPPING Author Url

Conference presentation:

Malvica, S., Palumbo, L. & Cazzato, V. (2021, August 22-27). Embodied and Aesthetic Processes in the Evaluation of Tourist Destination Image., 43rd European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), On line, Poster presentation. 2021

Bellard, A., Trotter, P., McGlone, F., & Cazzato. V (2021, July 12). Vicarious ratings of social touch in women with and recovered from Anorexia Nervosa [Conference presentation]. BrNet 2021, Online, United Kingdom., BrNet 2021, Online, Poster presentation. 2021

Guo, J.Y., Moody, T.D., Cazzato, V., Feusner, J.D. (2021, July 12). Estimation accuracy of body image perception and associated brain networks using Somatomap 3D., Body Representation Network (BRNet) 3, On line, Oral presentation. 2021

Cazzato, V., Urgesi, C., Vicario, C.M. (2021, April 14-15). ‘Hunger can make people look better!’: The effect of hunger and satiety on the aesthetic appreciation of the body., The Experimental Psychology Society Meeting (EPS), Online, Oral presentation. 2021

Malvica, S., Palumbo, L. & Cazzato, V. (2021, April 14-15). The beauty of tourist destinations: perceptual and embodiment dimensions of tourist aesthetic judgment., The Experimental Psychology Society Meeting (EPS), Online, Poster presentation. 2021

Cazzato, V., Sacchetti, S., Trotter, P. & McGlone, F. (2021, January 20-21). Touch experience of pleasantness across body sites and its link to body awareness and dysmorphic appearance concerns., Eating Disorders International Conference: EDIC 2021, Online, Oral presentation. 2021

Sacchetti, S., Mirams, L., McGlone, F, & Cazzato, V. (2021, 20-21 Jan). Eyes on me: The effect of self-focused attention on touch perception and its association with eating disorder symptoms., Eating Disorders International Conference: EDIC 2021, On line, Poster presentation. 2021

Bellard, A., Trotter, P., McGlone, F., & Cazzato. V (2021, January 6-7). The impact of COVID-19 restrictions on vicarious ratings of social touch [Poster session]. EPS 2021, Online, United Kingdom., EPS 2021, Online, Poster presentation. 2021

Sacchetti, S., Mirams, L., McGlone, F, & Cazzato, V. (2019, 11-13 Sept). The effects of CT optimal touch on multisensory integration, arousal and mood, using the Somatic Signal Detection., International association for the study of affective touch (IASAT), Sweden, Poster presentation. 2019

Sacchetti, S., Mirams, L., McGlone, F, & Cazzato, V. (2019, 18-20 Jul). Eyes on me: the effect of mirror-image exposure on multisensory integration and its association with eating disorders., The 20th Congress of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society, Brussels, Belgium, Poster presentation. 2019

Sacchetti, S., Mirams, L., McGlone, F, & Cazzato, V. (2019, 5 Jul). Eyes on me: The effect of self-focused attention on multisensory integration and its association with eating disorder symptoms., Body Representation Network (BRNet) workshop ‘The fuzzy body: stable and dynamic properties of Body Representation’, Milan, Italy, Poster presentation. 2019

Bellard, A., Cornelissen, P., & Cazzato, V. (2019, June 13). Visual self-body recognition abilities in women across youth and midlife [Poster session]. Body-Up Conference, 2019, Manchester, United Kingdom., Body Up Conference, University of Manchester, Poster presentation. 2019

Bellard, A., Cornelissen, P., & Cazzato, V. (2019, April 10). Multidimensional body image assessment in young and middle-aged women [Poster session]. Food for Thought 2019, Liverpool, United Kingdom., Food for thought conference, University of Liverpool, Poster presentation. 2019

Bellard, A., Cornelissen, P., & Cazzato, V. (2019, April 10-12). Multidimensional body image assessment in young and middle-aged women [Poster session]. EPS 2019, Manchester, United Kingdom., EPS conference 2019, University of Manchester, Poster presentation. 2019

Cazzato, V. (2019, 7-9 March). Body Shape (mis)Perception and Self-Identity in Middle-Aged Women., ICPS Paris 2019 - International Convention of Psychological Science, Paris, France, Oral presentation. 2019

Sacchetti, S., Mirams, L., McGlone, F, & Cazzato, V. (2019, 7-9 Mar). Eyes on me: The effect of self-focused attention on touch perception and its association with interoceptive accuracy and eating disorder symptoms., International Conference of Psychological Science (ICPS), Paris, France, Poster presentation. 2019

Cazzato, V., Walters, E. & Urgesi, C. (2018, 29 June). Configural processing of human bodies is influenced by sociocultural influences of attaining muscular or thin ideals of body shape: evidence from the inversion effect., UK Experimental Psychology Society - Body Representation Network BRNet, Edinburgh, Scotland, Poster presentation. 2018

Sacchetti, S., Cazzato, V. McGlone, F, & Mirams, L. (2018, 29 Jun). Inside and outside: Erroneous reports of touch sensation and interoceptive accuracy is linked to body image concerns., Body Representation Network (BRNet) workshop Multi-faceted body: Updates into body representation and embodiment research workshop, Edinburgh, Scotland, Poster presentation. 2018

Cazzato, V., Walters, E. & Urgesi, C. (2018, 24-27 May). Configural processing of human bodies is influenced by sociocultural influences of attaining muscular or thin ideals of body shape: evidence from the inversion effect., 2017 APS Convention - Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA, USA, Poster presentation. 2018

Cazzato, V & Makris, S. (2017, May 25-27). Off-line rTMS of Left Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex Reduces Food Cravings in Females but Not Males., Non-invasive brain stimulation and functional brain mapping, Moscow, Russia, Poster presentation. 2017

Makris, S., Randle, J. & Cazzato, V. (2107, 15-17 May). Cathodal tDCS Evidence on How Perceived Body Weight Similarity and Weight Stigma Can Modulate the Understanding of Observed Familiar Actions., Second Moscow International Conference, Non-invasive brain stimulation and functional brain mapping, Moscow, Russia, Poster presentation. 2017

Makris, S. & Cazzato, V. (2017, 10-12 April). Offline rTMS of the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex reduces food cravings in females but not males., The Experimental Psychology Society, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Poster presentation. 2017

Cazzato, V., Makris, S., Flavell, J. & Vicario, C.M. (2017, 19 January). Group membership, implicit racial bias and dispositional empathy distort time perception., Modularity in Time Perception and Timed Behaviour, The Experimental Psychology Society, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, Poster presentation. 2017

Cazzato, V. & Urgesi, C. (2016, 6-8 April). Appreciation of body shape and motion in adolescent athletes practicing aesthetic and non-aesthetic sports, The Experimental Psychology Society, Durham University, Oral presentation. 2016

Makris, S. & Cazzato, V. (2016, 6-8 April). Perceived body weight similarity and weight stigma modulate the understanding of observed familiar actions., The Experimental Psychology SOciety, Durham, Oral presentation. 2016

Media Coverage:

https://sputniknews.com/analysis/202010061080686030-there-is-not-just-one-method-to-treat-people-with-eating-disorders-says-academic/, Interview for Sputnik International - 'There is Not Just One Method to Treat People With Eating Disorders', Says Academic' - Dr Valentina Cazzato. 2020

https://theconversation.com/why-looking-in-the-mirror-is-so-hard-for-people-with-eating-disorders-144758, The Conversation, Why looking in the mirror is so hard for people with eating disorders, Dr Valentina Cazzato, Sofia Sacchetti. 2020

http://soapboxscience.org/soapbox-science-2018-sheffield/, https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/soapbox-science-event-women-stem-1.805626, https://twitter.com/SoapboxSciSheff/status/1043169557966401537/photo/1, Soapbox Science Sheffield event to inspire women to pursue STEM careers, The Moor, Sheffield city centre - Dr Valentina Cazzato - Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the ‘thinnest' of them all? A lifespan journey into body shape (mis)perception.. 2018

Conference organisation:

BRNet Workshop The changing body: Body Representations across the lifespan. Colchester, Essex, UK, 11th September 2020, Conference Co-organiser, https://bodyrepresentation.wixsite.com/brnet/workshop-instruction. 2020

Cazzato V., Cornelissen P., Gillmeister H., & Preston C. (2019, 7-9 March). International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS), Symposium: Body Image Representation through Time, from Infancy to Middle Life: Research Advances and Clinical Challenges., Symposium Organiser. 2019

Cazzato, V., Keizer, A., Eshkevari,, E. & Preston, C. (2015, 12-14 March). International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS). Neurobehavioral account of body misperception: basic and clinical research advances., Symposium Organiser. 2015

Editorial boards:

Mediterranean Journal of Clinical Psychology, Editorial Board Member, https://cab.unime.it/journals/index.php/MJCP. 2020

Frontiers in Psychology, Section Psychopathology, Guest Editor, https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02502/full#h1. 2019

Research Grants Awarded:

Guarantors of Brain, “The changing body: body representations across the lifespan”, Dr Maria Laura Filippetti, University of Essex & Dr Dorothy Cowie, Durham University, Grant value (£): 3,000. 2019

The Royal Society - Research Grants, ‘Your touch makes me feel fat’: Brain mechanisms for pleasant touch processing among people at risk of developing Anorexia Nervosa”., Grant value (£): 19,900, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2018

Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) - Small Grants Scheme, Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the ‘youngest’ of them all?: a systematic characterization of body shape (mis)perception in midlife women., Grant value (£): 3,500, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2017

Fellowships:

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy., The Higher Education Academy. 2016

Teaching qualification:

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. 2016

Membership of professional bodies:

Members, Experimental Psychology Society, http://www.eps.ac.uk/. 2016

Member, British Neuroscience Association, http://www.bna.org.uk/. 2015

CPsychol, British Psychological Society. 2014

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