SIMION FRANCESCA

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Structure Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
Telephone 0498276522
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Scientific sector M-PSI/04 - PSYCHOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT AND PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION
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Notice and additional information
At present, there is no possibility of an internship in the nursery of the hospital where we usually collect the data on newborns' competencies because of work in progress in the Hospital.


Hopefully, we will start again at the end of September 2018.

At present we are investigating three main topics :

The newborns' sensitivity toward biological motion so we plan to compare newborns' preferences toward biological vs linear or mechanical motion.

The innate predispositions toward the cues that trigger Animacy perception at birth.

Newborns' sensitivity to motion cues in face perception.

Office hours
Tuesday from 14:30 to 16:30 Via Venezia 8 stanza 01 008 per appuntamenti anche in altra data e orario, si prega di contattare il docente telefonando al numero 827 6522
(updated on 01/05/2018 08:24)

Proposals for thesis
Face processing in early infancy: newborns' sensitivity to motion cues in Point Light Displays

The origin of the social brain: innate predispositions toward cues that trigger animacy perception

Orienting of attention during action observations: biological vs linear motion

Visuospatial orienting of attention in infancy: the role of social cues

Curriculum Vitae
Current position: Full professor since 1986
Teaching courses: Developmental Cognitive Psychology and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
University of Padova,Departement" Psicologia dello Sviluppo e Socializzazione (DPSS)

Academic positions:
Research Assistant, Institute of Developmental Psychology, University of Padova, 1972/78.
Assistant Professor, Institute of Developmental Psychology, University of Padova, 1978/85.
Assistant Professor, Institute of General Psychology, University of Padova, 1978/81.
Associate Professor, Institute of Developmental Psychology, University of Padova, 1985/86.
Full Professor in Cognitive Developmental Psychology, Department of Developmental Psychology, University of Padova, from 1986-at present.
Principal organizer, starting in 1994, of the first series of conferences named " Brain development and cognition in human infants" funded by the European Science Foundation.
Partner in a Biomed project funded by CEE in 1997.
Director of the laboratory for newborns' observation, in the Paediatric Clinic of the University of Padova.

Visiting fellow:
Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A., (NATO grant).
Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkely, U.S.A., (NATO grant).
Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A., (NATO grant).
Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkely, U.S.A., (NATO grant).
Department of Psychology, University of Massachussets, U.S.A., (NATO grant).
Department of Psychology, University of Yale, U.S.A., (NATO grant).
Department of Psychology, University of Hamilton, Canada, (NATO grant).
Department of Psychology, University of Detroit, U.S.A., (NATO grant).
Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel.
Max-Plank Institute, Lipsia 2011
College de France, Paris 2012
Visiting Researcher, Istituto do Cerebro, Universita Federal Rio Grande do Northe 2013-2015


Academic Positions
President of the Scientific Committee in Psychology from 1986 untill 2012.
Vice President of the Scientific Committee of the University of Padova from 1998 until 2003;
Member of the evaluation committee of the University of Padova in the years 2001/2002/2003
From 2003 to 2011 Acting Rector for graduate and post graduate training research programs in the University of Padova
From 2012 to 2016 Member of the Academic Senate of the University of Padova
Member of the Scientific Committee for research programs of the University of Padova

Lecturer's Curriculum (PDF): 9DFC355D508C8FAAC571FE6E72335E73.pdf

Research areas
Innate predispositions to detect social and non-social stimuli
The origin of the functional specialization for social stimuli
Mechanisms underlying detection of social agents
Orienting of attention in early infancy


Professor Simion has three main research themes:

The first theme is the study of innate predisposition to process social stimuli. More specifically she is interested in the mechanisms underlying face detection at birth and face processing in early infancy.She is studying the development of the face space and the role of experience in shaping this space and the neural correlates.

The second theme is the development of attention in young infants. More specifically she is interested in the mechanisms of orienting in early infancy and in the role of social stimuli on orienting.

The third theme is the development of sensitivity to biological motion cues in early infancy and in the role of biological motion in enhancing detection and recognition.

Publications
1.Peter Walker, Gavin Bremner, Marco Lunghi, Sarah Dolschei, Beatrice Dalla Barba Francesca Simion , Neonates Are Sensitive To The Correspondence Between Auditory Pitch And Visuospatial Elevation. (2017) Developmental Psychobiology DOI:10.1002/dev.21603

2. Craighero,L., Lunghi,M., Leo,I,, Ghirardi,V., Simion,F., ( 2017) Newborns’ Attention is driven by the Translational Movement ( 2017) Visual Cognition , Vol.24, issue9-10 DOI:10.1080/13506285.2017.1322651

3. Leo, I., Angeli, V., Lunghi,M. Dalla Barba,B., Simion, F.; Newborns’ face recognition: The role of facial movement, (2017) Infancy 1-16 , DOI: 10.1111/infa.12197

4.Pereira, S.A., Pereira Junior, A. Costa, M.F.D., Monteiro, M.D.V. Almeida, V.A.D.,,Fonseca Filho, G.G.D. Arrais, N., Simion, F., (2017) A comparison between preterm and full-term infants’ preference for faces, Jornal de Pediatria ,Volume 93, Issue 1, 1 January 2017, Pages 35-39, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jped.2016.04.009

5. Di Giorgio, E.,Frasnelli, E., Rosa Salva, O., Maria Luisa, S., Puopolo, M., Tosoni, D., Simion, F., Vallortigara, G., Apicella, F., Gagliano, A., Guzzetta, A., Molteni, M., Persico, A., Pioggia, G., Valeri, G., Vicari, S. ( 2016 ) Difference in Visual Social Predispositions between Newborns at Low-and High-risk for Autism, Scientific Reports,Volume 6, 20 May 2016, Article number 26395

6. Di Giorgio, E., Lunghi, M., Simion, F., Vallortigara, G., (2016) Visual cues of motion that trigger animacy perception at birth: The case of self-propulsion, Developmental Science , pp 1–12 DOI: 10.1111/desc.12394

7. Bardi,L, Di Giorgio, E., Lunghi, M.,Troje, M,, Simion, F. ( 2015) Walking direction triggers visuo-spatial orienting in 6-month-old infants and adults: An eye tracking study, Cognition, Volume 141, August 01, 2015, pp 112-120, DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2015.04.014

8. Simion,F., Di Giorgio, E., ( 2015) Face perception and processing in early infancy: Inborn predispositions and developmental changes. Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 6, DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00969

Lecturer's Publications (PDF): 9DFC355D508C8FAAC571FE6E72335E73.pdf

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2018/19
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
PS1090 COMMON PSO2043582 COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
A.Y. 2018/19 details
9 1st Year First
semester
ITA FRANCESCA SIMION
PS1932 COMMON PSO2044206 DEVELOPMENTAL COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
A.Y. 2018/19 details
6 1st Year Second
semester
ENG FRANCESCA SIMION