Dr Eleonora Vagnoni

Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

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.

www.eleonoravagnoni.com
@EleonoraVagnoni on Twitter

Background

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.

Research interests

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.

Areas of research supervision

Cognitive Psychology

Teaching

  • Becoming a Researcher
  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology
  • Learning, Memory and Perception
  • Research Techniques for Psychology
  • Language & Thought

Qualifications

  • ESRC Funded PhD 'The relationship between space perception and emotion investigated through the visual looming effect', Birkbeck, University of London, UK
  • Master’s Degree in Neuropsychology and Functional Recovery during the life-span, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology of Behaviour and Social Relationships, University of Bologna, Italy

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Economic and Social Research Council, ESRC PhD Studentship
  • Bloomsbury Doctoral Training Centre Research Grant, 'Emotion and Space Perception in Driving'

Selected recent publications

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.

Recent presentations and conferences

Talks:
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.

Posters:
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.

Media experience

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'.

Science Daily had a piece about Eleonora and Matthew Longo's study in the journal Current Biology with Dr Stella Lourenco of Emory University.

RedOrbit had a piece about how threat modulates the time to collision judgments.