Associate Professor
Telephone: 0498277455
Via Venezia 8 – Room 03.013

Research Areas

My research mostly focuses on using EEG/ERP to study how social cues conveyed by human faces, such as emotional expressions, group membership and perceived trustworthiness shape both low-level processes (resolution of faces’ representations in visual working memory) and empathy towards others’ emotional states. I am particularly interested in individual and contextual variability in empathic processes and in embodied simulation of emotional expressions.

Selected Publications

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Duma, G M; Mento, G; Cutini, S; Sessa, P; Baillet, S; Brigadoi, S; Dell’Acqua, R

Functional dissociation of anterior cingulate cortex and intraparietal sulcus in visual working memory Journal Article

Cortex, 121 , pp. 277-291, 2019.

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Meconi, F; Doro, M; Schiano, A; Mastrella, G; Sessa, P

Neural measures of the role of affective prosody in empathy for pain Journal Article

Scientific reports, 8 (1), pp. 291, 2018.

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Benavides-Varela, S; Moro, Basso S; Brigadoi, S; Meconi, F; Doro, M; Simion, F; Sessa, P; Cutini, S; Dell'Acqua, R

N2pc reflects two modes for coding the number of visual targets Journal Article

Psychophysiology, 55 (11), pp. e13219, 2018.

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Brigadoi, S; Cutini, S; Meconi, F; Castellaro, M; Sessa, P; Marangon, M; Bertoldo, A; Jolicœur, P; Dell'Acqua, R

On the role of the inferior intraparietal sulcus in visual working memory for lateralized single-feature objects Journal Article

J Cogn Neurosci, 29 (2), pp. 337–351, 2017.

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Basso-Moro, S; Brigadoi, S; Benavides-Varela, S; Cutini, S; Sessa, P; Simion, F; Dell'Acqua, R

Cross-modal matching of numerosity is subserved by the left parietal cortex in the developing brain Conference

Biennal Meeting of the Society for Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, Paris (FR). October 13-16, 2016.


Brigadoi, S; Basso-Moro, S; Meconi, F; Benavides-Varela, S; Tampu, I E; Doro, M; Sessa, P; Simion, F; Cutini, S; Dell'Acqua, R

A multi-modal fNIRS/EEG investigation of the fronto-parietal network during audio-visual matching Conference

Biennal Meeting of the Society for Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, Paris (FR). October 13-16, 2016.


Vaes, J; Meconi, F; Sessa, P; Olechowski, M

Minimal humanity cues induce neural empathic reactions towards non-human entities Journal Article

Neuropsychologia, 89 , pp. 132–140, 2016.


Sessa, Paola; Dalmaso, Mario

Race perception and gaze direction differently impair visual working memory for faces: An event-related potential study Journal Article

Social Neuroscience, 11 , pp. 97–107, 2016.

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Sessa, P; Meconi, F

Perceived trustworthiness shapes neural empathic responses toward others' pain Journal Article

Neuropsychologia, 79 (Pt A), pp. 97–105, 2015.


Benavides-Varela, S; Basso-Moro, S; Cutini, S; Sessa, P; Simion, F; Dell’Acqua, R

Audio-visual dynamics in multiple object processing: Is attending to both modalities a prerequisite for the flexibility of individuation? An N2pc study Conference

Rovereto Attention Workshop, Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento, 2015.


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Papers in progress


DePalo, F; Meconi, F; Piallini, G; Capra, N; Sessa, P; Simonelli, A

Attachment and empathic reactivity to painful cues in drug-addicted mothers and their potential effects on parenting Journal Article

Paper under review, 2017.


SchianoLomoriello, A; Sessa, P

L’utilizzo della tecnica di hyperscanning nelle neuroscienze sociali Journal Article

Submitted to Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, 2017.


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