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Last update: 11/05/2018

8.30-9.00 Registration
9.00-9.30 Welcome & Introduction
Keynote 1 (Cesare Cornoldi, University of Padova)

Mental imagery in the totally congenitally blind

Session 1 Imagery and Blindness

· Amandine Afonso Jaco, Laetitia Guezenec, Pascale Piolino: Impact of visual deprivation in episodic autobiographical construction across past and future temporalities

· Zaira Cattaneo, Luca Rinaldi, Lotfi B. Merabet, Tomaso Vecchi: The ego-moving metaphor of time relies on visual experience: no representation of time along the sagittal space in the blind

11.10-11.40 Coffee Break
Session 2 Multi-modal Integration and Learning

· Boris Suchan: Learn to read by touch

· David Peebles: Multiple representations and visual mental imagery in cognitive architectures

· Malika Auvray, Gabriel Arnold, Jacques Pesnot-Lerousseau: Seeing the thunder while still hearing it. Functional plasticity with a visual-to-auditory sensory substitution device

12.40-13.00 Poster Spotlight presentation – Session 1
13.00 –14.30 Lunch Time & Poster Session 1
Keynote 2 (Daniel Schacter, Harvard University)

Constructive episodic simulation in memory and imagination

Session 3 Creativity and Imagery

· David Pearson: Mental imagery and external representations during creative mental synthesis tasks

· Riccardo Brunetti, Allegra Indraccolo, Claudia Del Gatto: Creativity in action: Exploring how physical action and posture affect convergent and divergent thinking

16.10-16.30 Coffee Break
Session 4 Space and Imagery in Language Processing

· Simona Sacchi, Valentina Tobia, Sara Manca, Veronica Cerina, Ferdinando Fornara: “Close to me”: Effects of space organization and interpersonal distance on cognitive mindset

· Carol Madden-Lombardi, Sophie Dejardin, David Farizon, Peter Ford Dominey: Capacity for Mental Imagery and Linking Narrative Events

· Mehul Bhatt, Jakob Suchan: Learning Behavioural Models from Human Interaction Data: The Case of Artificial Intelligence Supported Cognitive Media Studies

17.45-18.30 Short guided tour

Poster Session 1

P1-1 Stephanie Pantelides, Marios Avraamides, Albert Postma: Integrating spatial memories encoded through haptics and language

P1-2 Francesco Ianì, Monica Bucciarelli, Silvia Chiesa, Carla Tinti: The nature of concepts: The enactment effect in blind people speaks in favor of the modality-invariant hypothesis

P1-3 Lisa Molto, Ladislas Nalborczyk, Richard Palluel-Germain, Nicolas Morgado: Action-Specific Effects on Distance Perception: A Multilevel Bayesian Meta-Analysis

P1-4 Silvia Chiesa, Susanna Schmidt, Carla Tinti, Cesare Cornoldi: Spatial representation of a town: allocentric and contra-aligned representations in blind people

P1-5 Divya Bhatia, Pietro Spataro, Clelia Rossi Arnaud: You and the hand: investigating the effects of other-performed pointing movements  on visuo-spatial memory

P1-6 Malgorzata Piskunowicz, Jan Kłopocki, Agnieszka Skopowska, Alina Borkowska: The association between postural balance, cognitive performance and anxiety in healthy young adults. Preliminary results

P1-7 Angelica Benson, Ed.M.: The Imagery-Language Connection:  A Sensory-Cognitive Foundation for Language Comprehension and Reading

P1-8 Maddalena Boccia, Valentina Sulpizio, Alice Teghil, Liana Palermo, Laura Piccardi, Gaspare Galati, Cecilia Guariglia: Different dynamic mechanisms underlie imagery and perception within the high-level visual cortex

P1-9 Vasiliki Kondyli, Mehul Bhatt: Visual attention distribution during indoor wayfinding. A case study of active navigation in healthcare environments

P1-10 Nicola Mammarella, Beth Fairfield, Alberto Di Domenico: Emotion and Visual Imagery: the Finke & Pinker’ s study revisited

P1-11 Marcel Dorer, Hanspeter Mallot, Gregor Hardiess: Distributed representations – The role of eye movements in mental problem solving

P1-12 Audrey Mazancieux, Céline Souchay, Chris Moulin: Terminal visual feedback advantage in procedural learning

P1-13 Olesya Blazhenkova: Mental extrapolation beyond boundaries of cropped inverted faces

P1-14 Raffaella Nori, Massimiliano Palmiero, Alessia Bocchi, Laura Piccardi, Elisa Gambetti, Fiorella Giusberti: The Enhanced Cognitive Interview: could individual differences in Visuo-Spatial Working Memory explain differences in recalling an event?

P1-15 Ladislas Nalborczyk, Marcela Perrone-Bertolotti, Céline Baeyens, Romain Grandchamp, Elsa Spinelli, Ernst H. W. Koster, Hélène Lœvenbruck: Can articulatory suppression disrupt repetitive negative thinking?

P1-16 Riccardo Brunetti, Allegra Indraccolo, Roberta Meloni, Aurora Rizza, Marta Olivetti Belardinelli: A pilot study on how different musical genres affect autonomic response

P1-17 Laura Di Giunta, Stefano Sdoia, Carolina Lunetti, Eriona Thartori, Emanuele Basili, Concetta Pastorelli, Laurence Steinberg, Jennifer E. Lansford, Dario Bacchini, Irene Fiasconaro: Response Inhibition, anger regulation, self-efficacy about anger regulation, and aggressive behaviors in adolescence

P1-18 Adamantini Hatzipanayioti, Marcel Bechtold, Betty Mohler, Heinrich Bülthoff, Tobias Meilinger: Collaborative vs Individual Problem Solving

Session 5 Spatial Processing and Spatial Representation

· Christos Michaelides, Marios Avraamides: Developmental changes in updating memorized spatial relations among multiple objects

· Giorgia Cona, Cristina Scarpazza: Where is the “where” in the brain? A meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies on spatial cognition

· Banafsheh Grochulla, Hanspeter Mallot: Imagery of distant places depends on perceived current position

· Andrea Bosco, Alessandro O. Caffò, Antonella Lopez: A method to disentangle coordinate and categorical spatial relationships in sketch maps

Keynote 3 (Cecilia Guariglia, Sapienza University of Rome)

Don’t neglect to imagine your way


Coffee Break

Session 6 Imagery Components and Cognitive Styles

· Maria Kozhevnikov, Han Zi Teo, Li Yahui: Object Visualization Ability and Its Sub-components: A Comparison across Cultures and Professions

· Mark Price, Nicolas Rothen: Visual imagery or spatial imagery? Not always so obvious

· Andrea Orlandi, Elisa Arno, Silvia D’Incà, Alice Mado Proverbio: Kinesthetic imagery and action representation: an insight from dance expertise

· Massimiliano Palmiero, Raffaella Nori, Laura Tascón, Alessia Bocchi, José Manuel Cimadevilla Redondo, Laura Piccardi: Navigational styles and mental imagery abilities


Poster Spotlight presentation – Session 2

13.00 –14.30

Lunch Time & Poster Session 2

Session 7 (short talks)

Cognitive Maps, Spatial Strategies and Navigation

· Veronica Muffato, Chiara Meneghetti, Rossana De Beni: The role of visuo-spatial abilities in environment learning from maps and navigation over the adult lifespan

· Elise Grison, Amandine Afonso Jaco: How do we construct a spatial representation from haptic and proprioceptive exploration? Comparison of verbal, visuo-spatial, and embodied strategies

· Vasiliki Kondyli, Mehul Bhatt: Spatial knowledge update in rotational locomotion. On the role of visuo-spatial cues and familiarity

· Aurora Rizza, Marta Olivetti Belardinelli, Valerio Santangelo: Internal representation of visual and auditory maps: an fMRI study

Social Cognition in Space and Time Representation

· Laurie Compère, Eirini Rari, Thierry Gallarda, Adèle Assens, Marion Nys, Sandrine Coussinoux, Pascale Piolino: “Women are less spatial and more emotional than men” but gender identity better than sex explains differences in autobiographical memory

· Caterina Suitner e Anne Maass: A spatial schema to envisage social roles

Visuo-Spatial Thinking: Processes and Practices

· Angelica Moè: Improving mental rotation abilities through motivational trainings

· Nady Hoyek, Stéphane Champely, Patrick Fargier: The influence of physical activity, gender and frame of reference on mental rotation performance

· Benedict C. O. F. Fehringer, Anna Klingauf, Stefan Münzer: Different approaches to identify spatial thinking processes automatically based on eye tracking data

· Nadine Dijkstra, Pim Mostert, Floris de Lange, Sander Bosch, Marcel van Gerven: Temporal dynamics of visual imagery

Individual Differences and False Memories for Visual Inputs

· Kouloud Abichou, Valentina La Corte, Pascale Piolino: Phenomenological evaluation of false memory production in younger and elderly via a virtual reality task

· Chiara Mirandola, Enrico Toffalini, Emilia Ferruzza, Cesare Cornoldi, Francesca Pazzaglia: The dark side of personality: Individual differences in personality and their impact on emotional false memories for pictorial scripted events


Visit to Catajo Castel (Euganean Hills) and Dinner

Poster Session 2

P2-1 Merve Akca: Retrieval-Induced Forgetting Effects in Retrospective and Prospective Memory in Normal Aging: An Experimental Study

P2-2 Ramona Cardillo, Irene C. Mammarella: Visuo-constructive abilities and visuospatial working memory in Nonverbal Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders

P2-3 Caterina Artuso, Paola Palladino, Paola Ricciardelli: Age-related differences in updating emotional faces

P2-4 Celia Mores: Mental space representation deficits in schizophrenic patients are related to a binding deficit

P2-5 Andrea Ciricugno, Tomaso Vecchi, Chiara Ferrari, Zaira Cattaneo: The role of the cerebellum in space representation: a TMS study

P2-6 Anna Lardone, Marianna Liparoti, Francesca Jacini, Laura Mandolesi, Giuseppe Sorrentino, Pierpaolo Sorrentino, Fabio Baselice, Antonietta Sorriso, Rosaria Rucco: Can meditation change brain connectivity? A magnetoencephalography study.

P2-7 Andria Shimi, Pavlos Fanis, Vassos Neocleous, Dianne Newbury, Leonidas Phylactou, Savvas Papacostas: Dopamine transporter (DAT1) gene modulates individual differences in visual working memory capacity

P2-8 Marianna Pagkratidou, Adamantini Hatzipanayioti, Marios Avraamides: Spatial memory reasoning at familiar vs. unfamiliar environments

P2-9 Veronica Muffato, Chiara Meneghetti, Nicola Mammarella, Rossana De Beni: Do people go out less as they get older? A self-report lifespan study on orientation experiences and emotions

P2-10 Chiara Meneghetti, Elizabeth Maria Doerr, Barbara Carretti, Tommaso Feraco: Dancing: A spatial activity that enhances visuospatial skills?

P2-11 Francesca Pazzaglia, Angelica Moè: Mental rotation and perspective taking skills of professional dancers

P2-12 Elena Carbone, Chiara Meneghetti, Erika Borella: Young and older adults walk in the Corsi test: the role of age and visuo-spatial factors

P2-13 Martina Rahe, Vera Ruthsatz, Claudia Quaiser-Pohl: Gendered effects of material and strategy in a chronometric mental-rotation test with male- or female-stereotyped objects

P2-14 Ilaria Santoro, Mauro Murgia, Fabrizio Sors, Tiziano Agostini: The effect of walking on spatial updating within described environments

P2-15 Tina Iachini, Francesco Ruotolo, Mariachiara Rapuano, Angela Bartolo, Gennaro Ruggiero: Mental rotation from childhood to elderly age: the effect of body-related stimuli

P2-16 Mirko Saunders, Claudia Quaiser-Pohl, Martina Rahe: The identification of solution strategies in a mental-rotation test – An exploratory eye-tracking approach

P2-17 Ioanna Markostamou, Kenny Coventry: Visuospatial perspective taking through language across the adult lifespan

P2-18 Avishai Henik, Danit Geva: Visual Spatial Perspective Switching

Round Table. Cognition and imagery: What applications?

· Chiara Meneghetti: Introduction

  o Olesya Blazhenkova: Visual imagery in different professions.

  o Petra Jansen: Imagery and sport activity.

  o Jodene Fine: Neurodevelopmental visuospatial syndrome: Phenotypic outcomes for visual-spatial impairment.

  o Ineke J.M. van der Ham: Spatial navigation impairment after stroke.

· Michael Denis: Discussant

Keynote 4 (Yann Coello, University of Lille)

Object and space perception in social contexts


Coffee Break

Session 8 Embodied Cognition and Motor Imagery

· Sandra Fortuna, Luc Nijs: Embodied Music Cognition and Visual Representation.

· Arnaud Saimpont, Elodie Saruco, Lea Multari, Aymeric Guillot: Effects of different ratios of physical and mental practice on performance in a complex postural task in young adults.

· Simon Lhuillier, Valérie Gyselinck, Serge Nicolas: Sensorimotor simulation during route learning: mental imagery and spatial cognition in a grounded framework

· Francesco Ruotolo, Gennaro Ruggiero, Teresa Pia Arabia, Gianluca Scotto di Tella, Wassila Elmardi, Laurent Ott, Tina Iachini, Angela Bartolo: The role of imagery in the pantomime production of objects used toward and away from the body.

· Jocelyne Ventre-Dominey, Guillaume Gibert, Marielle Bosse-Platiere, Alessandro Farne, Peter Ford Dominey, Francesco Pavani: Experiencing robot embodiment facilitates self-other proximity.

13.00 –14.00

Lunch Time

Session 9 Visuo-Spatial Working Memory

· Katie Linden, Colin Hamilton: Single versus multiple item visual short term memory task performance: the interesting case of individual differences associated with autistic-like characteristics.

· Tadamasa Narimoto, Naomi Matsuura, Michio Hiratani: Impaired Visuospatial Short-Term Memory in Children with ADHD.

· Maria Chiara Passolunghi, Hiwet Mariam Costa, Chiara De Vita: The relation between different working memory domains and processes and different math tasks: a cross-sectional study.

· Luísa Superbia-Guimarães, César Galera, Flávia Heloísa Santos, Pedro B. Albuquerque: Visual search impairs retro-cue’s effect in visuospatial working memory task.

Session 10 Imagery and Neurodegenerative Disorders

· Marta Olivetti Belardinelli, Thomas Huenefeldt, Chiara Esposito, Simone Migliore, Sabrina Maffi, Ferdinando Squitieri: Reduced mindreading capability as early indicator of the Huntington Disease.

· Valentina La Corte, Agnès Michon, Sophie Ferrieux, Maria Abram, Marc Teichmann, Bruno Dubois, Pascale Piolino: Episodic future thinking as a function of  temporal distances: evidence from Alzheimer’s disease and semantic dementia.

· Patrizia Bisiacchi, Giovanna Mioni: Investigating mental time travel in young and older adults: Imaging the past and the future.


Concluding Remarks

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