ESCoP Bertelson Award


Bertelson Award 2015 goes to Zaira Cattaneo.

Every two years an outstanding young scientist receives the Paul Bertelson Award for making a significant contribution to European Cognitive Psychology. In response to our call we received excellent nominations. A committee consisting of  Jonathan Grainger, Avishai Henik, Andrea Kiesel  and Stephen Monsell rated each candidate on four criteria: The extent of the candidate’s outstanding contribution to her/his domain, the candidate’s general scientific achievements, the range of the candidate’s scientific contribution, and the extent of the candidate’s international interactions. 

Zaira Cattaneo will receive her award at the next ESCoP meeting in Paphos. On this occasion she will give a keynote lecture. She will also be invited to submit an article to the Journal of Cognitive Psychology.

Zaira Cattaneo received her undergraduate degree in 2002 from the University of Pavia in Philosophy, having also spent six months in the Psychology Department at Utrecht. In 2006 she completed a PhD in Psychology at the University of Pavia, having also spent time as visiting research fellow at the Helmholtz Institute, University of Utrecht and Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. In 2007-2008 she trained on neuro-imaging and neuro-modulation techniques with Pascal Leone at Harvard Medical School, returned briefly to Pavia as a post-doc, and since 2008 has been a tenured Research scientist in Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology in the Department of Psychology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy, where she set up a TMS and tDCS lab. Since 2012 she has in addition coordinated the TMS Research Center at the National Neurological Institute C. Mondino in Pavia.

Her PhD and much of her subsequent research has been on visuo-spatial cognition and imagery, including effects of visual impairment and brain damage. She has applied brain stimulation techniques to investigate not only visuo-spatial cognition but also mechanisms of face perception, language processing, numerical cognition, and aesthetic judgement. She is currently funded for a new line of research on social neuroscience. She has published in English more than 50 articles (of the large majority of which she is first author) in experimental psychology, neuropsychology, and neuroscience journals, as well as co-authoring a book (2011) on the effect of blindness on visuo-spatial cognition, and several chapters, as well as several publications and a book in Italian.

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