Bufalari Ilaria

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36 mesi
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In corso

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I graduated in Experimental Psychology (magna cum laude) in 2004 and received a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2008 from Sapienza University of Rome with a thesis on shared neural representation between self and others’ bodily sensations.
From 2008 to 2010, I got a post-doc position at the University of Ferrara funded by European research project POETICON (FP7), to investigate shared neural representation between self and others’ actions (speech percpetion).
From 2010-2014 I got a post-doc position at the Dept. of Psychology (Sapienza University of Rome) funded by European research project TANGO (FP7) and at the IRCSS Fondazione Santa Lucia in Rome funded by the European research project VERE (FP7), to investigate the neural correlates of self and other’s body and face perception and action.
From 2014-2016  I got a position as Principal Investigator, funded by the Italian Ministry of Health (Bando Ricerca Finalizzata - Giovani Ricercatori 2012), at the Fondazione Santa Lucia in Rome to investigate plasticity of bodily self representations in healthy participants and anorectic patients by clinical, psychophysiological, and neurophysiological measures.

Attività e ricerca

My research activity mainly aimed to understand the how we represent the (bodily, interpersonal and social) self and use those representations to understand (and interact with) the other. One research line focuses on the psychological and social variables contributing to the building and maintaining the sense of self, and on the interpersonal multisensory stimulation (IMS) paradigms able to blur the distinction between self and others, i.e. to induce self-other merging. I’m currently investigating the efficacy of IMS paradigms in changing interpersonal perception, increasing interpersonal trust, cooperative and conformity behaviors toward the stimulated other. A complementary research line aims instead to investigate self-other sharing mechanisms, i.e. the simulative processes involved in the first person experience of sensations and emotions, which sub-serve the understanding of others’ sensory and emotional states. 

Recently, I moved toward new research interests revolving around political intergroup bias and the implicit/explicit factors influencing political judgments of competence; the relationship between self-construal and perception and behavior in interpersonal and collective (societal) contexts, such as interpersonal trust tax compliance; the psychological antecedents, correlates and consequences of populism.

The research activity is carried over by means of the successful integration of behavioural, electrophysiological, personality measures and social manipulations techniques.

Pubblicazioni in evidenza: 

- Schepisi M., Porciello G., Bufalari I., Aglioti S.M., Panasiti M. (2019). “Liberals who fear conservatives: intergroup political bias in the contemporary Italian context”. Frontiers in Psychology; 10:26. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00026.

- Mannetti L., Brizi A., Belanger J., Bufalari I. (2016). All We Need is the Candidate's Face: The Irrelevance of Information about Political Coalition Affiliation and Campaign Promises. Cogent Psychology; 3,1: 1268365. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23311908.2016.1268365.

- Bufalari I. *, Sforza A.L., Di Russo F., Mannetti L., Aglioti S.M. (2019). Malleability of the self: electrophysiological correlates of the enfacement illusion. Scientific Reports; 9: 1682. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-38213-y. *Corresponding Author.

- Porciello G§, Bufalari I.§, Minio-Paluello I., di Pace E., Aglioti S.M. (2018). The ‘Enfacement’ illusion: a window on the plasticity of the self. Cortex. Jul; 104:261-275. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2018.01.007. §Co-First Authorship.

- Porciello G., Serra Holmes B., Liuzza MT, Crostella F, Aglioti SM, Bufalari I.* (2014). Interpersonal Multisensory Stimulation reduces the overwhelming distracting power of self-gaze: psychophysical evidence for ‘engazement’. Scientific Reports. Oct 20; 4:6669. doi: 10.1038/srep06669. *Corresponding Author

- Bufalari I.*, Leggenhager B., Porciello G., Serra-Holmes B., Aglioti S.M. (2014). Enfacing others but only if they are nice to you. Frontiers Behavioural Neuroscience. Mar 28;8:102. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00102. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00102. *Corresponding Author


1) PSICOLOGIA ECONOMICA E DEI CONSUMI (modulo di Neuroscienze delle Decisioni Economiche e Sociali)

2) PSICOLOGIA DEL LAVORO E DELLE ORGANIZZAZIONI (modulo del corso di Managment Sanitario)


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