School:Psychology and Sport Science
Areas of Expertise: Brain & Cognition
Eleonora is a cognitive psychologist interested in how the brain represents the space around our body, how flexible this representation is and what factors modulate it. She's interested in how we perceive interpersonal touch and how multisensory experiences shape the distinction between self and other.
Before joining our faculty at Anglia Ruskin University Eleonora did postdoctoral research at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIIT) in Genoa, Italy, and at University College London (UCL). She did her PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, under the supervision of Prof Matthew R. Longo.
Eleonora's interests include the effect of emotion on our perceptual systems, how shared multisensory experiences change the distinction between self and other and how the representation of the space around our body changes in dangerous and social situations. Her work combines psychophysics and neuroimaging (e.g., EEG and TMS) techniques in order to define the behavioural and neural correlates of these phenomena.
Eleonora is a member of the Body and Self Research Area which is part of the Brain and Cognition Research Group and she would be pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students, find out more about our Psychology PhD.
Vagnoni, E., Lewis, J., Tajadura-Jiménez, A. and Cardini, F., 2018. Listening to a conversation with aggressive content expands the interpersonal space. PLoS ONE, 13(3). Read the full text.
Vagnoni, E., Andreanidou, V., Lourenco, S. F. and Longo, M. R., 2017. Action ability modulates time-to-collision judgments. Experimental Brain Research, 235, pp.2729-2739. Read the full text.
Longo, M. R., Trippier, S., Vagnoni, E. & Lourenco, S. F., 2015. Right hemisphere control of visuospatial attention in near space. Neuropsychologia, 70, pp.350-357. Read the full text.
Vagnoni, E. and Fotopoulou, A., 2017. The role of the CT-optimal system of the touch giver in the Social Softness Illusion. Part of the organized symposium: The role of touch in shaping the relation between the Self and Other. Congress of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society, London, July 2017.
Vagnoni, E., Lewis, J., Tajadura-Jiménez, A. and Cardini, F., 2018. Listening to a conversation with aggressive content expands the interpersonal space. International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF), University of Toronto, Canada, 14–17 June 2018.
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire had a piece on the study 'Listening to a conversation with aggressive content expands the interpersonal space'.
Neuroscience News wrote a piece on the study 'Listening to a conversation with aggressive content expands the interpersonal space'.
Investigación Y Ciencia wrote a piece on the study 'Listening to a conversation with aggressive content expands the interpersonal space'.
The Daily Mail had a piece about the study 'Threat modulates perception of looming visual stimuli'.
RedOrbit had a piece about how threat modulates the time to collision judgments.