Academic Profile

I am a Developmental Clinical Neuroscientist qualified to advance the ongoing investigations on child socio-cognitive development contributing strengths in human electrophysiology and neuroimaging, complex data modeling, and comparative physiological assessment with the aim of studying Social Interaction. I have applied neuroimaging (fMRI; fNIRS, EEG) genetic, and behavioral protocols in the context of infant socio-cognitive development, often comparing typical and atypical trajectories. Furthermore, I have experimentally explored caregiver-infant interaction across mammalian species (mice, marmosets and humans), and its implication to psychopathology. My work has produced publications, collaborations and has been recognized several times by a number of agencies from Europe, Singapore, Japan, USA and UAE. I am the main author (either first or corresponding) for the majority of my publications: 155 peer-review papers, 21 book chapters, and 1 co-edited book; Citations 3119; h-index 34; i10-index 66, data from Google Scholar). Furthermore, my studies have been published in different fields (Clinical Psychology, Biology, Neuroscience, Education), using multiple technologies (e.g. fNIRS; EEG, fMRI, ECG, EMG, GSR, Animal models; genetic assessments; pharmacological manipulations) reflecting strong independent thinking and attention to the bigger picture more than to the specific of a single research field.

CURRENT POSITIONS 2020 – Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 2017 – Associate Professor, Dep. Psychology & Cog. Science, University of Trento, Italy 2014 – Visiting Scientist, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan

PREVIOUS POSITIONS 2014 – 2020 Nanyang Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 2008 – 2018 External Consultant, Child and Family Research, NICHD-NIH, USA 2014 – 2017 Assistant Professor, Dep. Psychology & Cog. Science, University of Trento, Italy 2011 – 2014 Independent FP Researcher, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan 2013 Visiting Professor, Dep. of Psychology & Cog. Science, University of Trento, Italy 2012 Clinical Consultant, Centre for Develop. Disability, Tsukuba, Japan 2008 Visiting Scientist, Child and Family Research, NICHD-NIH, USA 2007 Visiting Scholar, Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, USA 2007 Visiting Scholar, Department of Psychology, University of Miami, USA 2007 Visiting Scholar, Department of Psychology, University of Florida, USA 2006 – 2010 Post-Doc, Dep. of Psychology & Cognitive Science, University of Trento, Italy 2005 – 2006 Visiting PhD student, Department of Psychology, University of Florida, USA 2003 – 2010 Clinical Psychologist, ODFLab, University of Trento, Italy 2003 – 2005 Research Assistant, ODFLab, University of Trento, Italy
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Assoc Prof Gianluca Esposito
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences

The Parent Tag-Team: uncovering the brain-to-brain synchrony Other Projects: Stressing About Your Parenting Ability Might Be Counterproductive

 
  • A survey of Questionable Research Practices and Solutions among Education and Psychology researchers at NTU

  • Predicting Infant Neurophysiological Emotional Regulation: Elucidating The Roles Of The Mother-Infant Synchrony, Family Environment & Genetic Predisposition

  • Understanding and reducing prejudice through perspective taking in Virtual Reality

  • We are One Singapore: An investigation of the enlarged in-group effect in Singaporeans across the lifespan and in environmental contextual cues to promote multiculturalism
 
  • Pastore L., Dellantonio S., Mulatti C., Esposito G. (2019) To be or not to be emotionally aware and socially motivated: how alexithymia impacts autism spectrum disorders Behavioral Brain Sciences, 42, e106. (IF=15,07; Q1)


  • Azhari, A., Lim, M., Bizzego, A., Gabrieli, G., Bornstein, M.H., Esposito, G. (2020) Physical presence of spouse enhances brain-to-brain synchrony in co-parenting couples Nature Scientific Reports, 10, 7569. (IF=4.52; Q1)


  • Azhari, A., Lim, M., Bizzego, A., Gabrieli, G., Bornstein, M.H., Esposito, G. Physical presence of spouse enhances brain-to-brain synchrony in co-parenting couples Nature Scientific Reports, 10, 7569. (IF=4.52; Q1)


  • Cataldo, I., Neoh, M., Chew, W.F., Foo, J.N., Lepri, B., Esposito, G. Oxytocin receptor gene and parental bonding modulate prefrontal responses to cries: a NIRS Study Nature Scientific Reports, 10,8588. (IF=4.52; Q1)


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