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Valentina Proietti

Dr. Valentina Proietti

Assistant Professor


Abbotsford campus, D201

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BA in Psychology (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

MA in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

PhD in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy) 

Teaching Interests

Dr. Proietti's teaching interests include developmental psychology (from infancy to old age) and clinical psychology (psychological disorders and developmental psychopathology).

Research Interests

Dr. Proietti's main research interests focus on the development of face processing abilities (i.e., identity recognition, emotion processing and traits judgment based on facial cues) across the lifespan (from infancy to old age). She has recently developed a new line of research on the investigation of perceptual and psychological dehumanization, the tendency to perceive others as less—vs. more—human, as the potential mechanism underlying social prejudice (e.g, biases based on age, race and gender). Dr. Proietti is happy to work with students interested in social perception, social and cognitive development, and various clinical disorders (e.g., autism, dementia).


Arnocky, S., Proietti, V., Ruddick, E., Cotè, T-R., Ortiz, T., Hodson, G., & Carrè, J.M. (2019). Women’s dehumanizing of a sexualized woman predicts subsequent aggression against her. Psychological Science, DOI: 10.1177/0956797619836106.

Conte, S.*, Proietti, V.*, Quadrelli, E., Turati, C., & Cassia, V. M. (2019). Sibling experience prevents neural tuning to adult faces in 10-month-old infants. Neuropsychologia 129, 72-82. 

Proietti, V., Laurence, S., Matthews, C., Zhou, X., & Mondloch, C. J. (2018). Attending to identity cues reduces the own-age but not the own-race recognition advantage. Vision Research. 

Proietti, V., Rigoldi, M., Croci, E., & Macchi Cassia, V. (2018). Sibling experience modulates perceptual narrowing towards adult faces in the first year of life. Development Psychobiology.

Proietti, V., Macchi Cassia, V., Dell'Amore, F., Conte, S., & Bricolo, E. (2015). Visual scanning behavior is related to recognition performance for own-and other-age faces. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1684. 

Proietti, V., Macchi Cassia, V., & Mondloch, C.J. (2015). The own-age face recognition bias is task dependent. British Journal of Psychology 106(3), 446-467.

Proietti, V., Pavone, S., Ricciardelli, P., & Macchi Cassia, V. (2014). The left perceptual bias for adult and infant faces in adults and 5-year-old children: Face age matters. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 20(1), 1-2.

Proietti, V., Pisacane, A. & Macchi Cassia, V. (2013). Natural experience modulates the processing of older adult faces in young adults and 3-years-old-children. PLoS ONE, 8(2), e57499.

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