Personale docente

Francesca Simion

Professore ordinario

M-PSI/04

Indirizzo: VIA VENEZIA, 8 - PADOVA . . .

Telefono: 0498276522

Fax: 0498276547

E-mail: francesca.simion@unipd.it

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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

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

Bardi,L,Di Giorgio,E.,Lunghi,M,Troje,N,Simion,F., (2015) Walking direction trigger visuo-spatial orienting in 6-month-old infants and adults : An eye tracker study, COGNITION, 141,112-120 Cognition. 2015 Aug;141:112-20. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2015.04.014. E

Bardi L.,Regolin L.,Simion F.,The first time ever saw your feet: Inversion effect in newborns' sensitivity to biological motion. (2014) DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 50(4):986-93. doi: 10.1037/a0034678

MASCALZONI E, REGOLIN L, VALLORTIGARA G., SIMION F (2013). THe cradle of casual reasoning: newborns'preference for physical causality. DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE, vol. 16, p. 327-335, ISSN: 1363-755X, doi: 10.1111/desc.12018

Di Giorgio E., Meary D., Pascalis O., Simion F. (2013). The face perception system becomes species-specific at three months. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL DEVELOPMENT, ISSN: 0165-0254, doi: 10.1177/0165025412465362

Di Giorgio, C. Turati, G. Altoè, F. Simion (2012). Face detection in complex visual displays: An eye-tracking study with 3- and 6-month-old infants and adults. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 113, p. 66-77, ISSN: 0022-0965, doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2012.04.012

DI GIORGIO E., LEO I., SIMION F. (2012). Is the face-perception system human-specific at birth?. DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 48, p. 1083-1090, ISSN: 0012-1649, doi: 10.1037/a0026521

BARDI L., REGOLIN L., SIMION F. (2011). Biological motion preference in humans at birth: Role of dynamic and configural properties. DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE, vol. VOL.14, Issue 2, p. 353-359, ISSN: 1363-755X, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2010.00985.x

SIMION F., DI GIORGIO E., LEO I., BARDI L. (2011). Early Development of Social Stimuli Processing: from Faces to Biological Motion Perception. PROGRESS IN BRAIN RESEARCH, vol. 189, ISSN: 0079-6123

CRAIGHERO L, LEO I, C. UMILTA', SIMION F (2011). Newborns' preference for goal directed actions . COGNITION, vol. 120, p. 26-32, ISSN: 0010-0277, doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2011.02.011

TURATI C., DI GIORGIO E., BARDI L., SIMION F. (2010). Holistic Face Processing in newborns, three-month-old infants and adults: Evidence from the Composite Face Effect . CHILD DEVELOPMENT, vol. 81, p. 1894-1905, ISSN: 0009-3920, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01520.x
LEWKOWICZ D.J., LEO I., SIMION F. (2010). Intersensory perception at birth: Newborns match non-human primate faces and voices. INFANCY, vol. 15, p. 46-60, ISSN: 1525-0008

SIMION F., REGOLIN L., BULF H. (2008). A predisposition for biological motion displays in the newborn babies. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, vol. 105 n.2, p. 809-813, ISSN: 0027-8424, doi: 10.1073/PNAS.0707021105

MACCHI CASSIA V., VALENZA E., SIMION F., LEO I. (2008). Congruency as a non-specific perceptual property contributing to newborns' face preference. CHILD DEVELOPMENT, vol. 79, p. 807-820, ISSN: 0009-39

DE HEERING A., TURATI C., ROSSION B., BULF H., GOFFAUX V., SIMION F. (2008). Newborns face recognition is based on spatial frequencies below 0.5 cycles per degree.. COGNITION, vol. 106, p. 444-454, ISSN: 0010-0277,

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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


PREDISPOSIZIONI INNATE ALL'ELABORAZIONE DI STIMOLI SOCIALI E NON SOCIALI
Sviluppo della specializzazione funzionale per stimoli sociali
Meccanismi implicati nel riconoscimento dei volti
Ruolo dell'esperienza nell'elaborazione si stimoli sociali
Lo sviluppo dei meccanismi attentivi nella prima infanzia


Professor Simion has three main reasearch 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.

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


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.