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Dr Valentina Cazzato

Dr Valentina Cazzato

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Biography

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: corporeal knowledge in both healthy populations and in patients suffering from Eating Disorders and Obesity; aesthetic appreciation of human bodies; action simulation, shared attention and social communication, investigated by means of neurophysiological techniques (TMS and tDCS) and fMRI.

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

Publications

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 >Link

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 & BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE, 15 :211-228 >DOI >Link

Journal article

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 >Link

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

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 & BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE, 15 :211-228 >DOI >Link

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 >Link

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 >Link

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

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 >Link

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

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 >Link

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 >Link

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 >Link

Cazzato V, Makris S. Implicit preference towards slim bodies and weight-stigma modulate the understanding of observed familiar actions Psychological Research, >DOI

Cazzato V, Makris S, Flavell JC, Vicario CM. Group membership and racial bias modulate the temporal estimation of in-group/out-group body movements Experimental Brain Research, >DOI

Mele S, Cazzato V, Di Taranto F, Maestro S, Fabbro F, Muratori F, Urgesi C. Altered exposure-related reshaping of body appreciation in adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa Body Image, >DOI

Cazzato V, Mele S, Urgesi C. Different contributions of visual and motor brain areas during liking judgments of same- and different-gender bodies Brain Research, >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 >Link

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 >Link

Engagement & Impact

Membership of professional bodies:

CPsychol, British Psychological Society

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

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