Stefania Bracci

Corso Bettini, 31 - 38068 Rovereto
tel. 0464 808718
stefania.bracci[at]unitn [dot] it
Area CUN: Scienze storiche, filosofiche, pedagogiche e psicologiche (11)
Settore scientifico disciplinare: PSICOBIOLOGIA E PSICOLOGIA FISIOLOGICA (M-PSI/02)

Formazione

2008-2011 PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience

Institution: School of Psychology and Sport Sciences, Northumbria University (UK)

Advisors: Prof. M Ietswaart (Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK) and Prof. C Cavina-Pratesi (Durham University, UK)

PhD Thesis title: Neural Correlates of Hand-Tool Interaction

 

2005-2007 MSc Neuropsychology and Cognitive Rehabilitation

Institution: Department of Psychology, Bologna University, Italy

Thesis Title: Impairments in tool use understanding after left hemisphere stroke (110 Summa Cum Laude).

Advisor: Prof. G di Pellegrino

 

2002-2005 BSc Psychology

Institution: Department of Psychology, Bologna University, Italy

Thesis Title: Rehabilitation of ocular exploration in Neglect patients (110 Summa Cum Laude)

Advisor: Prof. E Ladavas

Carriera accademica ed attività didattica

ACADEMIC CAREER

2019 -             Principal Investigator (RTD-A) of the Object Vision group,  Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento, Italy.

2016 - 2019    Research Fellow,  KU Leuven, Belgium.

2014 - 2016    Postdoctoral Fellow, KU Leuven, Belgium.

2011 - 2013    Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Italy.

 

CAREER BREAKS

07/2015-11/2015 Maternal leave (4 months)

08/2018-12/2018 Maternal leave (4 months)

 

TEACHING ACTIVITIES

2017/2018: Master degree

Cognitive Neuroscience (parts of the course). Laboratory of Biological Psychology, KU Leuven, Belgium.

2019/2020: Master degree

Neuroscienze Cognitive (parts of the course). Faculty of Cognitive Science, University of Trento, Italy.

Scientific Communication (parts of the course). Cognitive and Brain Sciences (CIMeC) Master in Cognitive Science, University of Trento, Italy.


 

Interessi di ricerca

Human fMRI;

MVPA;

DNNs;

Object representation and recognition;

Body representation;

Visual cortex organization.

Attività di ricerca

We investigate what are the basic dimensions underlying the organization of object representations in visual cortex combining behavioural experiments, neuroimaging data, and deep neural networks.

Appartenenza a società e comitati scientifici

AD-HOC REVIEWER FOR SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS:

PNAS, eLife, Journal of Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex, Nature Communications, NeuroImage, Cortex, Neuropsychologia, PLOS One, Visual Cognition, Experimental Brain Research, Cognitive Psychology, and Cognitive Neuropsychology, Human Brain Mapping, Brain Structure and Function.

 

REVIEWER IN SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEES:

Cognitive Computational Neuroscience (CCN)

 

MEMBERSHIPS IN SOCIETIES:

Visual Science Society (VSS)

Society for Neuroscience (SfN)

Organization of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM).

 

COMMISSIONS OF TRUST

2015                 Member of mid-term PhD committee of Farah Martens. KU Leuven, Belgium

2014-2017         Reviewer of MCs thesis (8 in total), KU Leuven, Belgium

Premi e riconoscimenti

GRANTS AND FUNDING

2017-2019          FWO research grant (Euros 40.000)

2016-2019          FWO postdoctoral fellowship by the Research Foundation (FWO) Flanders

 

VISITING SCHOLARSHIPS

2013: Department of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, China (Prof Y Bi, 4 months)                                         

2010: Center of Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Italy (Prof M Peelen, 10 months)

2007: School of Psychology, Bangor University, Wales, UK (Prof S Tipper, 7 months)

 

OTHER PRIZES/AWARDS

2013                 Abstract Award at CAOs Concepts, Actions, and Objects, Rovereto, Italy

2012                 Abstract Award at CAOs Concepts, Actions, and Objects, Rovereto, Italy

2011                 Elsevier/Vision Research Travel Award Winners; VSS, Florida, US

2011                 Brain Travel Grant to attend VSS, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, US

2010                 Travel Award Winners at CAOs, Rovereto, Italy

2010                 Brain Travel Grant to attend VSS, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, US

2009                 Brain Travel Grant to attend the XXVII European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, Bressanone, Italy

2008                 Grindley Grant to attend the workshop CAOs, Rovereto, Italy

2008                 PhD grant by Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

2007                 Studentship (Bologna University) for a research internship at Bangor University, UK

Convegni e conferenze

ORAL PRESENTATIONS

 

Bracci S. Investigating dimensions underlying object representations in human high-level visual cortex. Regensburg University, Germany.

 

Bracci S. Object-body interactions influence the representation of objects in visual cortex. Plenary talk at EWCN 2020, Bressanone, Italy.

 

Bracci S, Kalfas I, and Op de Beeck H. Object appearance, but not semantics, is represented in the human category-selective cortex. VSS, Vision Sciences Society, Florida, 2018.

 

Bracci S, Kalfas I, and Op de Beeck H. Object appearance, but not semantics, is represented in the human category-selective cortex. ECVP, Berlin, 2017.

 

Bracci S, Daniels N, and Op de Beeck H. Task Context Overrules Object- and Category-Related Representational Content in the Human Parietal Cortex. SFN Society for Neuroscience, San Diego (US) 2016.

 

Bracci S, and Op de Beeck. Dissociations and associations between shape and category representations in the two visual pathways. BAPS Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences, Brussels, 2015.

 

Bracci S, and Op de Beeck. Dissociations and associations between shape and category representations in the two visual pathways. VSS Vision Sciences Society. Naples, Florida (US) 2015.

 

Bracci S, and Peelen MV and Caramazza. How is the body (and its parts) represented in visual cortex? Organization of Human Brain Mapping, OHBM. Hamburg, Germany (DE) 2014.

 

Bracci S, and Peelen MV. Body-extending object effectors:
Organization of ventral stream object representations reflects body-object interactions. VSS Vision Sciences Society. Naples, Florida (US) 2013.

 

Bracci S, Cavina-Pratesi C, Ietswaart M, Caramazza A and Peelen MV. The functional organization of hand and tool responses in visual cortex reflects the organization of downstream action networks. ECVP, 34th European Conference on Visual Perception. Toulouse, France, 2011.

 

Bracci S, Cavina-Pratesi C, Ietswaart M, Caramazza A and Peelen MV. Closely overlapping responses to tools and hands in the left lateral occipitotemporal cortex. VSS, Vision Sciences Society. Naples, Florida (US) 2011.

 

Bracci S, Ietswaart M, Peelen  MV and Cavina-Pratesi C. fMRI reveals evidence for a hand-selective region in left lateral occipito-temporal cortex. CAOs, workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects, Rovereto (Italy) 2010.

 

Bracci S, Ietswaart M, Peelen  MV and Cavina-Pratesi C. Giving the brain a hand: Evidence for a hand selective visual area in the human left lateral occipito-temporal cortex. VSS Vision Sciences Society. Naples, Florida (US) 2010.

 

Bracci S, Ietswaart M, and Cavina-Pratesi C. Effects of first and third person perspective during imitation of actions: An fMRI study. XXVIII European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, Bressanone (Italy), 2010.

 

Bracci S, Cavina-Pratesi C, Mechsner F, Coventry K and Ietswaart M. Functional dissociation within ventral and dorsal fronto-parietal areas for imitation of meaningful and meaningless tool movements: An fMRI study. XXVII European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, Bressanone (Italy), 2009.

 

Bracci S, Bach P, Schuch S, Tipper S.  Impairments in tool use understanding after left hemisphere lesions. CAOs, workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects, Rovereto (Italy) 2008.

Altre attività

ORGANISATION OF SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

2019-present      Member of the Organizing and Scientific Committee of CAOs, Italy.

2016                   Member of the Organizing Committee of Neurocog, Belgium.

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