Maria Laura Filippetti

Dr Maria Laura Filippetti

Dr Maria Laura Filippetti

Maria Laura Filippetti, PhD, completed her undergraduate and master degrees in Developmental and Educational Psychology at University of Padua, in Italy. During her studies she did a internship at a rehabilitation centre in Osimo (AN), Italy, where she worked on early intervention with babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities. She also spent 6 months at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at Kings College London as an intern, where she gained experience on data analysis of MRI and wrote her master dissertation on hyppocampal alterations in adolescents born very preterm.

Maria Laura completed her PhD ( Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Fellowship) at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College London, under the supervision of Prof Mark H. Johnson. Here she investigated the developmental origins and neural mechanisms involved in body perception in newborns and infants. As a PhD student, she became proficient with functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) and behavioural measures with infants.

Her first post-doctoral position (Royal Holloway University of London) focussed on the interaction between interoceptive and exteroceptive body-related signals in the development and updating of body-awareness in infants and adults. For her studies she used a variety of psychophysiology recordings (HR, SCR, Eye Tracker), as well as the transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS).

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Panagiotopoulou, E., Filippetti, M.L., Tsakiris, M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2017) Affective Touch Enhances Self-Face Recognition During Multisensory Integration. Scientific Reports, 7: 12883 (link)

Filippetti, M. L., & Tsakiris, M. (2017). Heartfelt embodiment: Changes in body-ownership and self-identification produce distinct changes in interoceptive accuracy. Cognition, 159, 1-10.

Filippetti, M. L., Farroni, T., & Johnson, M. H. (2016). Five-month-old infants’ discrimination of visual–tactile synchronous facial stimulation. Infant and Child Development, 25(3), 317-322.

Cole, J. H., Filippetti, M. L., Allin, M. P., Walshe, M., Nam, K. W., Gutman, B. A., … & Nosarti, C. (2015). Subregional hippocampal morphology and psychiatric outcome in adolescents who were born very preterm and at term. PloS one, 10(6), e0130094.

Filippetti, M. L. (2015). What is special about our own face? Commentary: Tuning of temporo-occipital activity by frontal oscillations during virtual mirror exposure causes erroneous self-recognition. Frontiers in psychology6.

Filippetti, M. L., Orioli, G., Johnson, M. H., & Farroni, T. (2015). Newborn body perception: sensitivity to spatial congruency. Infancy, 20(4), 455-465.

Filippetti, M. L., Lloyd-Fox, S., Longo, M. R., Farroni, T., & Johnson, M. H. (2014). Neural mechanisms of body awareness in infants. Cerebral Cortex, bhu261.

Filippetti, M. L., Johnson, M. H., Lloyd-Fox, S., Dragovic, D., & Farroni, T. (2013). Body perception in newborns. Current Biology, 23(23), 2413-2416