Laura Crucianelli gained a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation from University of Bologna, Italy. During her Masters degree, she spent 6 months at Heythrop College, University of London, in the context of the European Erasmus programme.
She undertook a year long professional internship at the Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, under the supervision of Dr. Katerina Fotopoulou, where she spent a further 4 months working as a research assistant. Her duties were mainly aimed at conducting research about awareness of illness in Anosognosic patients.
Laura completed her PhD at the Department of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire, and in collaboration with University College London under the supervision of Dr. Paul Jenkinson and Dr. Katerina Fotopoulou. Her PhD project investigated affective touch, sense of body ownership and interoceptive awareness in both healthy and clinical populations.
She is currently working as postdoctoral researcher in the lab, investigating the effect of oxytocin on affective touch and the bodily self in healthy and anorexia nervosa participants.
Crucianelli, L., Krahé, C., Jenkinson, P. M., & Fotopoulou, A. (in press). The interoceptive ingredients of body ownership: Affective touch and interoceptive sensitivity in the Rubber Hand Illusion. Cortex.
Kirsch, L. P., Krahé, C., Blom, N., Crucianelli, L., Moro, V., Jenkinson, P. M., & Fotopoulou, A. (in press). Reading the mind in the touch: Neurophysiological specificity in the communication of emotions by touch. Neuropsychologia.
Crucianelli, L., Cardi, V., Treasure, J., Jenkinson, P., & Fotopoulou, A. (2016). The perception of affective touch in Anorexia Nervosa. Psychiatry Research, 239, 72-78. (link)
Demartini, B., Ricciardi, L., Crucianelli, L., Fotopoulou, A. & Edwards, M.J. (2016). Sense of body ownership in patients affected by functional motor symptoms (conversion disorder). Consciousness and Cognition, 39, 70-76. (pdf)
Ricciardi, L., Demartini, B., Crucianelli, L., Krahé, C., Edwards, M.J., & Fotopoulou, A. (2016). Interoceptive awareness in patients with functional neurological symptoms. Biological Psychology, 113, 68-74. (pdf)
Gentsch, A., Crucianelli, L., Jenkinson, P., Fotopoulou, A. (under review). The Touched Self: Affective Touch and Body Awareness in Health and Disease. In H. Olausson, J. Wessberg, I. Morrison, F. McGlone (Eds.), Affective Touch and the Neurophysiology of CT Afferents. Springer.
Besharati, S., Crucianelli, L., & Fotopoulou, A. (2013) Restoring awareness: a review of rehabilitation in anosognosia for hemiplegia. Chilean Journal of Neuropsychology (pdf)
Crucianelli,L., Metcalf, N. K., Fotopoulou, A. &Jenkinson, P. (2013). Bodily pleasure matters: Velocity of touch modulates body ownership during the rubber hand illusion. Front. Psychol. 4:703. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00703 (pdf)