Research Areas

I have a strong background in cognitive sciences and neuroscience and in particular I have dealt with attention in the temporal dimension and visual working memory.

Currently, my “scientific” goal is to understand the role of the observer’s sensorimotor representations during the processing of facial expressions of others, an open question in the literature, which finds great supporters and equally great detractors.

I am also interested in the neural correlates of conscious processing of faces and facial expressions.

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Maffei, Antonio; Sessa, Paola

Time-resolved connectivity reveals the “how” and “when” of brain networks reconfiguration during face processing Journal Article

In: Neuroimage: Reports, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 100022, 2021.


Maffei, Antonio; Goertzen, Jennifer; Jaspers-Fayer, Fern; Kleffner, Killian; Sessa, Paola; Liotti, Mario

Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Covert Versus Overt Processing of Happy, Fearful and Sad Facial Expressions Journal Article

In: Brain Sciences, vol. 11, no. 7, pp. 942, 2021.



Borgomaneri, Sara; Bolloni, Corinna; Sessa, Paola; Avenanti, Alessio

Blocking facial mimicry affects recognition of facial and body expressions Journal Article

In: PloS one, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. e0229364, 2020.



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

In: Cortex, vol. 121, pp. 277-291, 2019.

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Gambarota, Filippo; Sessa, Paola

Visual working memory for faces and facial expressions as a useful “tool” for understanding social and affective cognition Journal Article

In: Frontiers in psychology, vol. 10, pp. 2392, 2019.



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

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

In: Scientific reports, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 291, 2018.

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Sessa, Paola; Lomoriello, Arianna Schiano; Luria, Roy

Neural measures of the causal role of observers’ facial mimicry on visual working memory for facial expressions Journal Article

In: Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, vol. 13, no. 12, pp. 1281–1291, 2018.


Meconi, Federica; Doro, Mattia; Lomoriello, Arianna Schiano; Mastrella, Giulia; Sessa, Paola

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

In: Scientific Reports, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 1–13, 2018.


Lomoriello, Arianna Schiano; Meconi, Federica; Rinaldi, Irene; Sessa, Paola

Out of sight out of mind: Perceived physical distance between the observer and someone in pain shapes observer’s neural empathic reactions Journal Article

In: Frontiers in psychology, vol. 9, pp. 1824, 2018.


Benavides-Varela, S; Moro, S Basso; 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

In: Psychophysiology, vol. 55, no. 11, pp. e13219, 2018.

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