SIMION FRANCESCA

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Structure Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
Telephone 0498276522
Qualification Professore ordinario
Scientific sector M-PSI/04 - PSYCHOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT AND PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION
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Notice and additional information
Three internship positions are available in the newborns' lab.

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
Wednesday from 11:00 to 13:00 Via Venezia 8 stanza 01 008
nel mese di luglio il ricevimento avverrà solo su appuntamento, si prega di contattare il docente telefonando al numero 827 6522
(updated on 22/06/2017 10:14)

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


Curriculum Vitae
Current position: Full professor
Developmental Cognitive Psychology and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
University of Padova,
Dept. 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
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 untill 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

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2017/18
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. 2017/18 details
9 1st Year First
semester
ITA FRANCESCA SIMION
PS1932 COMMON PSO2044206 DEVELOPMENTAL COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
A.Y. 2017/18 details
6 1st Year Second
semester
ENG FRANCESCA SIMION