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Sara Congiu
University of Siena (Italy)

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  interessidevelopmental psychology, social and emotional development, empathy, autism, simulation theory Vs theory theory debate, social-cognitive neuroscience, perceptual causality
  
  curriculumBorn April.9.1977

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

- April 2007 PhD in Cognitive Science
dissertation: "Investigating the early perceptual basis of social cognition, the perception of social and physical causality in high functioning children with autism". (With full marks and honours)

The dissertation recently received a 'best doctoral dissertation' prize from the AIP (Associazione italiana di Psicologia).

-January 2007 to April 2007
Professional Course on the 7th Framework program (FP7).

-March 2006
Conference "Principles and strategies of early intervention in autism" (Principi e strategie d'intervento precoce nell'autismo)
organised by Fondazione Fabietti per l'autismo, Siena 13/3/2006
Prof. Fred Volkmar Dr. Michael Powers Dr.Sally Rogers Dr. Kasia Chawarska, Dr Roberto Canitano.

-November 2005
4 ediz. Convegno internazionale 'La qualita'  dell'integrazione scolastica'
Rimini, organised by Centro Studi Erickson.

- June 2005 to June 2006, Internship at the NPI Unit of the Hospital Le Scotte in Siena for research purposes (With permission of Dr. Zappella).

- September 2004 to september 2005 Honorary Research Fellow - at the psychology department UCL London (advisor professor Anne Schlottmann).

-March 2003
Conference: "Autismo, dalla ricerca alla pratica clinica"
at Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Roma 17,18 March 2003.
in collaboration with: CHILD Study Center, University of Yale, USA; IACAPAP (International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions); Cattedra di Neuropsichiatria Infantile dell'Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia; Autisme Europe, Bruxelles;Autismo Italia onlus;

- from November 2002
Ph.D. candidate in Cognitive Science
- Majors in Developmental Psychology, Generative Linguistics
Research project on understanding the basis of social development in typically-developing and autistic children (Advisors prof. Massimo Marraffa, prof. Luigi Rizzi, Prof. Anne Schlottmann UCL London)


- from 2002 to 2003
- Master in Cognitive Science
- Attending the first year of the PhD program in Cognitive Science at the University of Siena.
Research project on linguistic and communicative development of autistic children (Autism: a study on linguistic development, Advisor prof. Luigi Rizzi)

23 September - 3 October, 2003
- Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS, Paris)
- Theoretical linguistics, pragmatics and neurolinguistics (Prof. Sperber, Prof. Grodzinsky, Prof. Rizzi, Prof. Dehaene, Fall School EALing)

- 1997 - 2002
- Program in Communication Science - University of Siena
- Majors in Cognitive Science and Psychology. Thesis: The intelligence of Emotions: towards an educational proposal (Advisor Prof. Cristiano Castelfranchi)
University degree (with full marks and honours)

- September 1999 - February 2000
- Name and type of organisation providing education and training University of Wien (Austria)
- Erasmus Program


September - December 1993
- CASS Central Algoma Secondary School (Ontario, Canada)
- Exchange student program

June - July 1995
-Bischofliches Gymnasium Geilenkirchen (Germany)
-Exchange student program

1991-1996
Scientific-linguistic high school
diploma

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WORK AND RESEARCH

March 2006
Organization of the International workshop 'Autism and Mind Development'.(Speakers: Sally Rogers, Fred Volkmar, Kasia Chawarska) Siena 13/3/2006.

February 2006
Presentation at the University of Siena, 'Intersubjectivity and Autism: an evolutive perspective', organised by ALTReMENTI in collaboration with the PhD School in Cognitive Science of the University of Siena.

2006
Segretario Associazione scientifico-culturale 'ALTReMENTI'

2006
Doing a research on 'perceptual causality' in children with autism at the NPI division - Ospedale Le Scotte Siena (director M.Zappella).

- 2002/2004
- MOVIMENTO DI COOPERAZIONE EDUCATIVA (COOPERATIVE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION) OF SARDINIA
collaboration
- Main activities and responsibilities: web services development,communication services

- January-May 2004
- CNR (NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL) and EUROPEAN SCIENCE FOUNDATION - UNIVERSITY OF SIENA
Organization of the international workshop Evolving communication: from action to language. An 'implicit vs. explicit' cognitive and pragmatic perspective (Siena on 13-14 May 2004)http://www.unisi.it/ricerca/dip/fil_sc_soc/dot-sc/evcoimes.html Grant : EUROCORES programme - OMLL
- Main activities and responsibilities: Editorial board and all aspects of organization

- Since March 2003
- UNIVERSITY OF SIENA
- Discussion Group on the concept of explicit and implicit knowledge (supervisor prof. C. Castelfranchi)


- Since 2002
- UNIVERSITY OF SIENA
- Study of social and affective development in typical developing children and study of cognitive, social and affective deficit in autistic children.
Theory of mind, simulation theory Vs theory theory debate, empathy, social imaginative play, pretend play social development, language acquisition and communication.

- 2002
- UNIVERSITY OF SIENA
- Interview on emotional representation, awareness and understanding in self and other, in 7 years old children


- 2001
- UNIVERSITY OF SIENA
- Research in Social Psychology 'Empathy: identification and sharing of others feelings' (Advisor Prof. R. Conte)


- March - July 2001
- Name and address of employer FLECTA S.R.L. (UNIVERSITY OF SIENA SPIN-OFF)
- Type of business or sector web design, content management
- Occupation or position held stage
- Main activities and responsibilities e-learning project development, content translation

PUBLISHED WORKS and presentations at CONFERENCES

Year 2007
4th National meeting of the AISC (associazione italiana Scienze Cognitive),Roma November 28-29
Poster: 'What autism tells us about goal-direction perception and social cognition'.


Year 2007
6th international meeting 'La qualita' dell'itegrazione scolastica'
Rimini, november 2007
talk: 'Mi chiamo Luca e amo i treni. Un percorso di integrazione tra
scuola, ospedale e famiglia promossa dalla scuola'. di Angela Santori, Giacomo Vivanti, Sara Congiu, Roberto Canitano, Tatiana D'Ambrogio, Valeria Scandurra.


Year 2007
AIP (Italian Psychology Association) - Developmental psychology conference. Bergamo September 2007
Poster: 'La percezione della causalita'  sociale e fisica nei bambini con autismo ad alto funzionamento'. S. Congiu

Year 2007
AIP (Italian Psychology Association)- Experimental psychology conference. Como September 2007
Talk: 'Indagine sulla percezione della causalita' in bambini con autismo ad alto funzionamento'. S. Congiu

year 2007
ECVP (European Conference on visual perception)
Arezzo, August 2007
Poster: 'The perception of social and physical causality in high functioning children with autism' - S.Congiu, A.Schlottmann.

year 2006
EPS Conference -(Experimental Psychology Society)
Birmingham 10-12 April 2006
'The role of the spatial and temporal configuration in perceptual causality', J. Cownie, S. Congiu, E. D. Ray, and A. Schlottmann - published in: The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 59,12, 2187-2197.

year 2006
Translation and edition of the book 'Teaching children with autism' for Erickson Editor Trento (Tn) - With Giacomo Vivanti

year 2006
Autismo e disturbi dello sviluppo, giornale italiano di ricerca clinica e psicoeducativa - 'Autismo e cognizione intersoggettiva' G.Vivanti, S.Congiu, G.Romano

year 2005
ECVP (European Conference on visual perception) - Poster - 'The role of spatial contiguity in the perception of causality' - S.Congiu, E.D.Ray, J.Cownie, A.Schlottmann.
abstract published in Perception 34 ECVP Abstract Supplement.


SCIENTIFIC MANUSCRIPTS

- Year 2004
- Title IL DIBATTITO TRA SIMULAZIONISMO E TEORIA DELLA TEORIA (THE SIMULATIONISM VS. THEORY THEORY DEBATE)
- Edition Ms. University of Siena

- Year 2003
- Title AUTISM: A STUDY ON LINGUISTIC DEVELOPMENT
- Edition Master Thesis, Advisor Prof. Luigi Rizzi

- Year 2002
- Title THE INTELLIGENCE OF EMOTIONS: TOWARDS AN EDUCATIONAL PROPOSAL
- Edition Degree Thesis, Advisor Prof. Cristiano Castelfranchi


PERSONAL SKILLSAND COMPETENCES Acquired in the course of life and career but not necessarily covered by formal certificates and diplomas.

MOTHER TONGUE ITALIAN

OTHER LANGUAGES

ENGLISH
- Reading skills excellent
- Writing skills excellent
- Verbal skills excellent
Certificates TOEFL test certificate (270/300)

GERMAN
- Reading skills good
- Writing skills good
- Verbal skills good

FRENCH
- Reading skills good
- Writing skills good
- Verbal skills good

TECHNICAL SKILLS COMPETENCES PERSONAL INTERESTS
With computers, specific kinds of equipment, machinery, etc.
- COMPUTER GRAPHIC, WEB DESIGN, HTML PROGRAMMING, WORD PROCESSING, LAYOUT EDITING PHOTO EDITING.
PHOTOGRAPHY, CINEMA, THEATER.1992-1996 PARTECIPATION TO THE REALIZATION, DIRECTION AND MISE EN SCENE OF SIX THEATRALEVENTS WITH THE COMPANY 'LA NUOVA COMPLESSO CAMERATA' OF BOLOGNA IN COLLABORATION WITH TEATRO DELL'ARCO OF CAGLIARI.
  
  contributi

13-05-2004 9:00: incontro su Evolving communication: from action to language. An 'implicit vs. explicit' cognitive and pragmatic perspective Graduate College Santa Chiara, Siena (13-14 May 2004)

2007 Investigating the early perceptual basis of social cognition: the perception of social and physical causality in high-functioni PhD - dissertation

2007 The perception of social and physical causality in high-functioning children with autism Poster - ECVP - Arezzo

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