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Dr Elena Rusconi

Role: Reader

Division: Division of Psychology

School/Department: School of Social & Health Sciences

Email: e.rusconi@abertay.ac.uk



Biography

I hold a first degree in General and Experimental Psychology, a PhD in Cognitive Sciences from University of Padova (Italy) and a PhD in Security Science from University College London (UK).

My basic research activity focuses on the cognitive mechanisms and the neural basis of higher functions such as mathematical cognition, visuospatial attention, and body structure representation, as well as on cross-talks between these domains. I use a range of methods such as mental chronometry, neuropsychology, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and I conduct studies on healthy adults, neuropsychological patients and children.

I also conduct translational research on visual inspections at security checkpoints and I am interested in research addressing security and crime science issues from a cognitive neuroscience perspective.

Teaching

Biological Psychology (MSc PS1112); Individual Differences (MSc PS1114); Thoughts on Psychology (BSc PS0813)

Research

I hold a first degree in General and Experimental Psychology, a PhD in Cognitive Sciences from University of Padova (Italy) and a PhD in Security Science from University College London (UK).

My basic research activity focuses on the cognitive mechanisms and the neural basis of higher functions such as mathematical cognition, visuospatial attention, and body structure representation, as well as on cross-talks between these domains. I use a range of methods such as mental chronometry, neuropsychology, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and I conduct studies on healthy adults, neuropsychological patients and children. 

I also conduct translational research on visual inspections at security checkpoints and I am interested in research addressing security and crime science issues from a cognitive neuroscience perspective.

*** Research studenship available for a study on individual predispositions to hacking: https://www.hirewire.co.uk/HE/1061263/MS_JobDetails.aspx?JobID=52615

Publications

Seiryte, A., Rusconi, E. (in press). The Empathy Quotient (EQ) predicts perceived strength of bodily illusions and illusion-related sensations of pain. Personality and Individual Differences.

Rusconi, E., Mitchener-Nissen, T. (in press). Il ruolo delle aspettative nel futuro delle scienze del cervello applicate. In N. Lettieri, E. Fabiani, S. Faro (eds) Diritto, Mente, Cognizione. Naples: ESI.

Rusconi, E., Tamè, L., Furlan, M., Haggard, P., Demarchi, G., Adriani, M., Ferrari, P., Braun, C., Schwarzbach, J.V. (2014). Neural correlates of finger gnosis. The Journal of Neuroscience, 34, 9012-9023.

Rusconi, E., Scott-Brown, K., Szymkowiak, A. (2014). Neuroscience perspectives on security. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 8:996.

Rusconi, E., Mitchener-Nissen, T. (2014). The role of expectations, hype and ethics in neuroimaging and neuromodulation futures. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. 8:214.

Rusconi, E. (2014). Strait is the gate... to Mathematics. On the multiple components of mathematical difficulties. The Neuropsychotherapist, 5, 108-111.

Coricelli, G., Rusconi, E., Villeval, M.-C. (2014). Tax evasion and emotions in repeated interactions: An empirical test of re-integrative shaming theory. Journal of Economic Psychology 40, 49-61.

McLean, J.F., Rusconi, E., (2014). Mathematical difficulties as decoupling of expectation and developmental trajectories. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8:44.

Rusconi, E., Mitchener-Nissen, T. (2013). Prospects of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging as lie detector. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7:594.

Rusconi, E., Dervinis, M., Verbruggen, F., Chambers, C.D. (2013). Critical timecourse of right frontoparietal involvement in mental number space. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 25, 465-483.

Guagnano, G., Rusconi, E., Umiltà, C. (2013). Joint (mis-)representations: A reply to Welsh et al. Journal of Motor Behavior 45, 7-8.

Fischer, M.H., Riello, M., Giordano, B.L., Rusconi, E. (2013). Singing numbers... in cognitive space - A dual-task study of the link between pitch, space and numbers. Topics in Cognitive Science 5, 354-366.

Rusconi, E., McCrory, E., Viding, E. (2012). Self-rated attention to detail predicts threat detection performance in security x-ray images. Security Journal 25, 356-371.

Rusconi, E. (2012). Visual Inspection with X-rays. JDiBrief series. ISSN: 2050-4853.

Riello, M., Rusconi, E. (2011). Unimanual SNARC effect: hand matters. Frontiers in Psychology, 2: 372.

Tillmann, B., Rusconi, E., Traube, C., Butterworth, B., Umiltà, C., & Peretz, I. (2011). Congenital amusia: speech helps fine pitch discrimination. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130: 4089-4096.

Kleinschmidt, A. & Rusconi, E. (2011). Gerstmann meets Geschwind: a crossing (or kissing) variant of a disconnection syndrome? The Neuroscientist, 17: 633-644.

Chambers, C., Bestmann, S., & Rusconi, E. 'Thinking caps' are pseudoscience masquerading as neuroscience. The Guardian, 16.02.11. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2011/feb/16/thinking-caps-pseudoscience-neuroscience?CMP=twt_gu

Sandrini, M., Umiltà, C., Rusconi, E. (2011). The use of transcranial magnetic stimulation in cognitive neuroscience: A new synthesis of methodological issues. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 35, 516-536.

Rusconi, E. & Kleinschmidt, A. (2011). Gerstmann’s syndrome: where does it come from and what does that tell us? Future Neurology 6, 23-32.

Rusconi, E., Bueti, D., Walsh, V., & Butterworth, B. (2011). Contribution of frontal cortex to the spatial representation of number. Cortex, 47, 2-13.

Coricelli, G., Rusconi, E. (2011). Probing the decisional brain with TMS and tDCS. In M. Schulte-Mecklenbeck, A. Kühberger & R. Ranyard (eds) A Handbook of Process Tracing Methods for Decision Research. Psychology Press. pp. 205-222.

Rusconi, E., Pinel, P., Dehaene, S., & Kleinschmidt, A. (2010). The enigma of Gerstmann’s syndrome revisited: A telling tale of vicissitudes in neuropsychology. Brain, 133, 320-332.

Guagnano, D., Rusconi, E., & Umiltà, C. (2010). Sharing a task or sharing space? On the effect of a confederate in action coding. Cognition, 114, 348-355.

Rusconi, E., Pinel, P., Eger, E., Thirion, B., LeBihan, D. Dehaene, S., & Kleinschmidt, A. (2009). A disconnection account of Gerstmann syndrome: functional neuroanatomy evidence. Annals of Neurology, 66, 654-662.

Rusconi, E., & Bestmann, S. (2009). On tickling brains to investigate minds. Cortex, 45, 1021-1024.

Rusconi, E., & Bestmann, S. (eds) (2009). The contribution of TMS to structure-function mapping in the human brain. Action, perception and higher functions. Cortex Special Issue, 45(9), 1021-1118.

Rusconi, E., Gonzaga, M., Adriani, M., Braun, C., & Haggard, P. (2009). Know thyself: Behavioral evidence for a structural representation of the human body. PLoS ONE: 4(5) e5418. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005418

Sandrini, M., & Rusconi, E. (2009). A brain for numbers. Cortex, 45, 796-803.

Rusconi, E., Umiltà, C., & Galfano G. (2008). Seeing the brain through the architect’s eyes: a rejoinder to Gevers and Notebaert. Cognitive Neuropsychology.

Rusconi, E., & Umiltà, C. (2008). Mathematics and TMS. In E. Wassermann (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Transcranial Stimulation. Oxford University Press.

Rusconi, E., & Butterworth, B. (2007). Mathematical abilities in preschoolers: Potential diagnostic probes for developmental dyscalculia. Advances in Clinical and Cognitive Neurosciences, 0, 1-7.

Rusconi, E., Turatto, M., & Umiltà, C. (2007). Two orienting mechanisms in posterior parietal lobule: an rTMS study of the Simon and SNARC effects. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 24, 373-392.

Rusconi, E., Galfano, G., & Job, R. (2007). Bilingualism and mathematical cognition (pp.153-174). In I. Kecskes and L. Albertazzi (Eds.) Cognitive Aspects of Bilingualism. Springer.

Galfano, G., Rusconi, E., & Umiltà, C. (2006). Number magnitude orients attention, but not against one’s will. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 13, 869-874.

Rusconi, E., Umiltà, C., Galfano, G. (2006). Breaking ranks: number and space may march to the beat of a different drum. Cortex, 42, 1124-1127.

Rusconi, E., Kwan, B., Giordano, B., Umiltà, C., & Butterworth, B. (2006). Spatial representation of pitch height: the SMARC effect. Cognition, 99, 113-129.

Rusconi, E., Priftis, K., Rusconi, M. L., & Umiltà, C. (2006). Arithmetic priming from neglected numbers. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 23, 227-239.

Rusconi, E., Galfano, G., Rebonato, E., & Umiltà, C. (2006). Bidirectional links in the network of multiplication facts. Psychological Research, 70, 32-42.

Rusconi, E., Walsh, V., & Butterworth, B. (2005). Dexterity with numbers: rTMS over left angular gyrus disrupts finger gnosis and number processing. Neuropsychologia, 43, 1609-1624.

Rusconi, E., Kwan, B., Giordano, B., Umiltà, C., & Butterworth, B. (2005). The mental space of pitch height. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1060, 195-197.

Rusconi, E., Galfano, G., Speriani, V., & Umiltà, C. (2004). Capacity and contextual constraints on product activation: Evidence from task-irrelevant fact retrieval. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: 57A, 1485-1511.

Mapelli, D., Rusconi, E., & Umiltà, C. (2003). The SNARC effect: An instance of the Simon effect? Cognition, 88, B1-B10.

Galfano, G., Rusconi, E., & Umiltà, C. (2003). Automatic activation of multiplication facts: Evidence from the nodes adjacent to the product. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: 56A, 31-61.

Priftis, K., Rusconi, E., Umiltà, C., & Zorzi, M. (2003). Pure agnosia for mirror stimuli after right inferior parietal lesion. Brain, 126, 908-919.

Zorzi, M., Mapelli, D., Rusconi, E., & Umiltà, C. (2003). Automatic spatial coding of perceived gaze direction is revealed by the Simon effect. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 10, 423-429.

Esteem

Prizes and Awards

Burgen Scholar Award (2009) Academia Europaea
John Freeman Memorial Prize (2008) King's College London
Young Researcher Award (2002) Associazione Italiana di Psicologia

Other

Vicepresident for Research – UCL Enterprise Society - 2011-2012
Associate Editor for AIMS Neuroscience - 2013-...
Review Editor for Frontiers in Human Neuroscience - 2012-…
Guest Editor for Cortex - 2008-2009

Ad hoc Reviewer                                                               

Acta Psychologica; Advances in Cognitive Psychology; Applied Psycholinguistics; Attention, Perception and Psychophysics; Brain Stimulation; Cerebral Cortex; Cognition; Cognitive Neuroscience; Cortex; European Journal of Cognitive Psychology; Experimental Brain Research; Experimental Psychology; Frontiers in Neuroscience; Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience; Frontiers in Cognition; Giornale Italiano di Psicologia; Intercultural Pragmatics; Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition; Journal of Neuroscience; Memory and Cognition; Laterality; Neuroimage; Neuropsychological Rehabilitation; Neuroscience Letters; Psychological Research; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

Knowledge Exchange

please email e.rusconi@abertay.ac.uk for further details

Funding

My research activity has been mainly funded by the European Commission, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Scottish Founding Council and Ministero dell'Istruzione, Universita e Ricerca.

Outreach

please email e.rusconi@abertay.ac.uk for further details