VALERIA OCCELLI

    20082024

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    Personal profile

    Research interests

    “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are” -- Anaïs Nin (1961).  

    Throughout my research work, I have delved into the issue of how humans process and integrate sensory information, and how these processes change as a consequence of neurological conditions or sensory deprivation. In particular, I have investigated the crossmodal plasticity mechanisms that can be observed in people who have been blind since birth or who have lost their sighted later in life. I have explored these issues from both a behavioural (psychophysics) and neuroimaging perspective (i.e., MEG and fMRI).

    In continuation with my long-standing research interest into (multi)sensory perception, I am currently in the process of setting the foundations of a new avenue in my career path, by exploring how cognitive and perceptual processes can be affected by individual variability in traits, beliefs and personality.  

    Teaching

    Module Leader:

    Cognitive Psychology (PSY4311) - Master’s Program in Psychology (Conversion)

    Lecturer:

    Real World Psychology (PSY1117) - Undergraduate Program in Psychology

    Cognitive Psychology (PSY2114) - Undergraduate Program in Psychology

    Cognitive Psychology (PSY4311) - Master’s Program in Psychology (Conversion)

    Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology Sessions - FastTrack University Foundation Certificate

    Seminar Tutor:

    Research Methods and Data Analysis (PSY2116) - Undergraduate Program in Psychology

    Applying Psychology (PSY2117) - Undergraduate Program in Psychology

    Developmental Psychology (PSY2112) - Undergraduate Program in Psychology

    Biological Psychology (PSY2115) - Undergraduate Program in Psychology

    Personality and Individual Differences (PSY3129) - Undergraduate Program in Psychology

    Cognitive Psychology (PSY4311) - Master’s Program in Psychology (Conversion)

    Dissertation Supervisor: 

    Undergraduate Program in Psychology

    Master’s Program in Psychology (Conversion)

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

    Education/Academic qualification

    Communication of Science and nnovation, PGCert, University of Trento

    20192020

    Cognitive Sciences and Education, PhD, University of Trento

    20062009

    Neuropsychology, MSc, University of Bologna

    20032005

    Psychology, BSc, University of Bologna

    20032005

    Other positions

    Adjunct Lecturer, Akureyri University

    20192021

    Adjunct Teaching Assistant, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

    20192020

    Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow/Principal Investigator, Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento

    20162018

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University

    20122015

    Research Fellow, University of Trento

    20102012

    Research Groups

    • Linguistics Research Group