Associate professor
Academic disciplines: 
Reception Hours: 

On Thursdays from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm. NB. Given the Corona Virus situation and the mobility restrictions the student meeting is cancelled.  However, the students can contact the lecturer via email (paola.ricciardelli@unimib.it), and if necessary, arrange a video call via Skype.



U06, Piano: P03, Stanza: 3026C
Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo 1 - 20126 MILANO


1990 – 1995 Laurea in Psychology (5-year degree): 110/110 cum laude, Faculty of Psychology, University of Padua, IT.

1995 – 1996 Postgraduate research training, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, UNIMORE, IT (6 months) and Dept. of Psychology, Birkbeck College, London (6 months).

1996 -            Chartered Psychologist.

1996 –1998  Associate Research Fellow, Dept. of Psychology, Birkbeck College, UK.

1997 – 2001 PhD in Psychology (Supervisor: Prof. Jon Driver), University College London (UCL), Dept. of Psychology, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of London, UK.

2001 – 2002 Research fellow, Dept. of Neurological and Vision Sciences, Section of Physiology, University of Verona, IT.

June 2017     Visiting Researcher, Autism Research Centre (ARC), University of Cambridge, UK.

July 2017      Visiting Researcher/Staff, Dept. of Psychology, University of Bath, UK.


2002 –          Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, University of Milano – Bicocca, IT.





Social Cognition and Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience with regard to the interactions between attention, perception, emotion, working memory updating, and action. In particular, I’m interested in how the perception of social information (e.g. gaze direction, emotion, identity, personality) from faces and from body postures and movement (biological motion) influence attention, memory and overt behaviour both in typically developed individuals and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Selective attention and attentional orienting, in particular what are the mechanisms that drive our attentional system allowing to select certain information at the expense of others and what affects cognitive control in filtering out task irrelevant information.


  • Mazzoni, N., Ricciardelli, P., Actis-Grosso, R., & Venuti, P. (2021). Difficulties in Recognising Dynamic but not Static Emotional Body Movements in Autism Spectrum Disorder. JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS.
  • Artuso, C., Palladino, P., & Ricciardelli, P. (2021). Memory updating through aging: different patterns for socially meaningful (and not) stimuli. AGING CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH, 33(4 (April 2021)), 1005-1013 [10.1007/s40520-020-01604-1].
  • Mattavelli, G., Romano, D., Young, A., & Ricciardelli, P. (2021). The interplay between gaze cueing and facial trait impressions. THE QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 74(9 (September 1, 2021)), 1642-1655 [10.1177/17470218211007791].
  • Tessari, A., Lugli, L., Nicoletti, R., & Ricciardelli, P. (2021). Do boxing athletes differ from controls in visually analysing opponent´s postures? A pilot study tracking eye movements. JOURNAL OF HUMAN SPORT AND EXERCISE, 16, S996-S1005 [10.14198/jhse.2021.16.Proc3.16].
  • Chinello, A., Corlazzoli, G., Zappa, L., & Ricciardelli, P. (2021). Parents of women affected by an eating disorder: differences in empathy but not alexithymia. PSICOTERAPIA COGNITIVA E COMPORTAMENTALE [10.14605/PCC2732102].