Giuseppe Vallar


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Prof. Giuseppe Vallar
Professore ordinario
Università degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca

Direttore della Scuola di Specializzazione in Neuropsicologia della Facoltà di Psicologia

Edificio U6, Stanza 3125
Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo 1, 20126 Milano, Italia

tel: ++39-02-64483797
fax: ++39 02-64483706
e-mail: giuseppe.vallar@unimib.it


Aree di ricerca:
Neuropsicologia. Cognizione spaziale. Negligenza spaziale unilaterale. Cognizione spaziale e cognizione numerica. Diagnosi e riabilitazione dei disordini della cognizione spaziale.

BIO/CV

GIUSEPPE VALLAR (GV)
giuseppe.vallar@unimib.it
citizenship: Italian.
DoB: may 10th 1951.


Formazione scientifica

WORK EXPERIENCE
1998 - Professor of Psychobiology and physiological psychology, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Dipartimento di Psicologia, Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, 20126-Milano, Italy.

Main activities and responsibilities: Research, teaching, administration.
1995 - 1998 Professor of Psychobiology and physiological psychology, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Dipartimento di Psicologia, Via dei Marsi 78, 00185-Roma, Italy.

Main activities and responsibilities: Research, teaching, administration.
1992 - 1995 Associate Professor of Psychology, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Dipartimento di Psicologia, Via dei Marsi 78, 00185-Roma, Italy.
Main activities and responsibilities: Research, teaching, administration.

1981 - 1992 Researcher, Università degli Studi di Milano, Clinica Neurologica II, Ospedale Policlinico, Via F. Sforza 35, 20122-Milano, Italy.
Main activities and responsibilities: Research.

1978 - 1981 Research Contract, Università degli Studi di Milano, Clinica Neurologica II, Ospedale Policlinico, Via F. Sforza 35, 20122-Milano, Italy.
Main activities and responsibilities: Research.

1976 - 1978 Teaching support, Università degli Studi di Milano, Clinica Neurologica II, Ospedale Policlinico, Via F. Sforza 35, 20122-Milano, Italy.
Main activities and responsibilities: Teaching, research.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING
1976 – 1980 Specialty School in Neurology, Università degli Studi di Milano, Clinica Neurologica II, Ospedale Policlinico, Via F. Sforza 35, 20122-Milano, Italy.
Title of qualification awarded: Specialty in Neurology, cum laude.

1970 – 1976 Medicine and Surgery, Università degli Studi di Milano
Title of qualification awarded: M.D. cum laude.

1965 – 1970 Classical Lyceum, Liceo Ginnasio Statale “A. Manzoni”, Via Orazio 8, Milano.
Title of qualification awarded: Diploma di Maturità Classica (score 58/60).

1962 – 1965 Elementary School, Scuola elementare “G. Oberdan”, V. Borgognone 2/4, 20144, Milano.
Title of qualification awarded: Elementary

MOTHER TONGUE ITALIAN
OTHER LANGUAGES ENGLISH
• Reading skills, excellent
• Writing skills, excellent
• Verbal skills, excellent

SOCIAL SKILLS
AND COMPETENCES
The working activity has taken place in Universities and research centers both in Italy and abroad. Teaching, research, and elected positions (e.g., Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, President of the Conference of Italian Faculties of Psychology (see annex #1) require communication and social skills, to deal with students, colleagues, and coworkers in research projects, teamwork is essential. Social skills and competences have been acquired: i) in Italy in the Universities of Milano, of Roma “La Sapienza”, and of Milano-Bicocca, in the IRCCSs “Fondazione S. Lucia” of Roma, and the “Istituto Auxologico Italiano” of Milano; ii) abroad in the MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge (UK).

ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS
AND COMPETENCES
Organizational skills and competences concern:
- Research projects (see Scientific publications) (Universities of Milano, of Roma “La Sapienza”, and of Milano-Bicocca; IRCCS “Fondazione S. Lucia” of Roma and “Istituto Auxologico Italiano” of Milano; MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge, UK;
- A University Faculty with over 50 components, as Dean (University of Milano-Bicocca);
- A PhD program. as Coordinator (University of Milano-Bicocca).

ANNEX 1. ELECTED POSITIONS
2001- sept. 2007. Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy.
2001- Sept. 2007. Coordinator of the PhD Program “Experimental Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience”, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy.
2001- Sept. 2007. Coordinator of the PhD School in Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy.
2005- Today. Regional Representative of the “Italian Constituency of the International Neuropsychological Symposium”.
March 2006-October 2006. President of the “Conference of the Deans of the Italian Faculties of Psychology”; Component of the “Coordinamento delle Conferenze dei Presidi delle Facoltà Italiane (Interconferenza)”
October 2003- October 2004. President of the “Conference of the Deans of the Italian Faculties of Psychology”; Component of the “Coordinamento delle Conferenze dei Presidi delle Facoltà Italiane (Interconferenza)”.
1997-2001. 1st President of the “Società Italiana di Neuropsicologia”
1997-1999. Component of the Council of the “Società Italiana di Neuroscienze”.
1999. Component of the Organizing Committee of the “31° Meeting of the European Brain and Behaviour Society”, Roma, Italy, Sept 29th – October 2nd.
1998. Component of the Program Committee of the “Forum of European Neuroscience”, on behalf of the “European Brain and Behaviour Society”, Berlin, Germany, June 27th – July 1st.
1997. President of the Program Committee of the “29° Meeting of the European Brain and Behaviour Society”, Tutzing, Bavaria, Germany, September 16th – 18th.
1995-1997. Component of the Council of the “Section of Neuropsychology” of the “Società Italiana di Neurologia”
1993-1996. Component of the Council of the “European Brain and Behaviour Society”.
1992-1996. Component of the Advisory Council of “The International Association for the Study of Attention and Performance”.

ANNEX 2. MEMBERSHIP OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES
2000-. International Neuropsychological Society.
1997-. Società Italiana di Neuropsicologia.
1986-. International Neuropsychological Symposium.
1977- 1997. Sezione di Neuropsicologia della Società Italiana di Neurologia.

ANNEX 3. MEMBERSHIP OF EDITORIAL BOARDS OF SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS
3-A. INTERNATIONAL
2008-. Neuropsychology (Associate Editor).
2005-. Journal of Neuropsychology (Consulting Editor).
2002-. Cognitive Neuropsychology (Action Editor).
1997-. Neuropsychologia (Editorial Board).
1998-. Cortex (Editorial Board).
1993-1998 Cognitive Neuropsychology (Editorial Board).
1997-2000. Neuropsychology (Action Editor).
3-B. ITALIAN
2003-. Ricerche di Psicologia.

ANNEX 4. ORGANIZATION OF INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE EVENTS (WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES)
2008. Component of the Program Committee of the 37th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society: Lifespan Neuropsychology: Transdisciplinary Issues and New Horizons. February 11-14, 2009, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
2007. Coordinator of the Segreteria Organizzativa del Congresso Annuale della Associazione Italiana di Psicologia-Sezione di Psicologia Sperimentale. Villa Olmo, Como, 17-19 settembre 2007.
2000. Organizer of the International Conference “Cognitive and Neural Bases of Spatial Neglect”, Villa Olmo, Como, Italy, September 14th – 17th , with A David Milner and Hans-Otto Karnath.
1990. Organizer of the “4th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology”, Villa Olmo, Como, Italy, September 16th - 19th , with Carlo A. Umiltà.
1989. Director of the Workshop “Neuropsychological Disorders Associated with Subcortical Lesions”, Villa Olmo, Como, Italy, September 26th – 28th, with Stefano F Cappa and Claus-W. Wallesch.
1987. Director of the Workshop “Neuropsychological Impairments of Short-Term Memory” , Villa Olmo, Como, Italy, September 14th -16th , with Tim Shallice.
1986. Component of the organizing Committee of the “Joint Conference of the Experimental Psychology Society and the Società Italiane di Psicologia e di Neuropsicologia”, Padova, Italy, April 2nd – 5th.

ANNEX 5. REFEREE FOR SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS
INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS
Annals of Neurology, Brain, Cerebral Cortex, Cognition, Cognitive Brain Research, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Cortex, European Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Experimental Brain Research, Italian Journal of Neurological Sciences, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Journal of Neurology, Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, Journal of Neurophysiology, Neuroimage, Perception, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Neurocase, Neuroreport, Neuropsychologia, Neuropsychology, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Neuroscience, Neuroscience Letters, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.
Italian Journals
Giornale di Neuropsichiatria dell'età Evolutiva, Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, Rassegna di Psicologia, Ricerche di Psicologia.

ANNEX 6. REFEREE FOR UNIVERSITIES, COUNCILS, ETC.
INTERNATIONAL
Austrian Academy of Sciences , Medical Research Council (UK), Human Frontier Science Program, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Swiss National Science Foundation, Wellcome Foundation.
ITALIAN
MIUR, PRIN, CIVR (2005), University of Padova, Italy

ANNEX 7. RESEARCH AREA
The main research interest concerns HUMAN NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, the scientific discipline that investigates the cognitive and emotional-motivational disorders associated with cerebral damage or dysfunction, with a two-fold aim:
A. EURISTIC (in the wider context of HUMAN COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE), investigating the functional (psychological) and neural organization of cognitive processes, through experimental studies performed:
i. in patients showing cognitive deficits brought about by brain damage (COGNITIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY);
ii. in neurologically unimpaired individuals, in different age populations.
B. CLINICAL, to detect the presence of neuropsychological impairments and set up rehabilitation programs, developing appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic paradigms.

MAIN RESEARCH TOPICS include:
- SPATIAL COGNITION, investigated mainly through the experimental neuropsychological model of UNILATERAL SPATIAL NEGLECT;
- temporary WORKING MEMORY processes, with a particular focus on PHONOLOGICAL SHORT-TERM MEMORY.
GV's publications include original articles in international journals, chapters in edited books, and edited books. Over 100 publications (of these over 20 published since 2003) are indexed in PubMed (www.pubmed.gov). According to a bibliometric assessment, GV was the more quoted Italian author in the period 1981-1998 in psychiatric and psychological journals listed in SCI and/or SSCI (Bignami G, et al., Epidemiol Psichiatr Soc 9, 11, 2000).
H index (Harzing's Publish or Perish): 47 (January 2009).

PUBLICATIONS 2004-2009

2004
Benke T, Luzzatti C, Vallar G. Hermann Zingerle’s “Impaired perception of the own body due to organic brain disorders”. An introductory comment, and an abridged translation. Cortex, 40: 265-274, 2004.
Marshall, JC, Vallar G. (Eds.) Spatial neglect: A representational disorder? A festschrift for Edoardo Bisiach. Cortex Special Issue, 40: 235-411, 2004.
Marshall JC, Vallar G. A festschrift for Edoardo Bisiach (and spatial neglect). Cortex, 40: 235-236, 2004.
Vallar G. The 2003 status of cognitive neuropsychology. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 21: 45-49, 2004.
Vallar G. Neuroanatomy of cognition, neuroanatomy and cognition. Cortex, 40: 223-225, 2004.
Girardi M, McIntosh RD, Michel C. Vallar G, Rossetti Y. Sensorimotor effects on central space representation: prism adaptation influences haptic and visual representations in normal subjects. Neuropsychologia, 42:1477-1487, 2004.
Vallar G. Il ruolo del fattore d'impatto nella valutazione della produzione scientifica. Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, 31: 225-228, 2004.

2005
Bottini G, Paulesu E, Gandola M, Loffredo S, Scarpa P, Sterzi R, Santilli I, Defanti CA, Scialfa G, Fazio F, Vallar G (2005). Left caloric vestibular stimulation ameliorates right hemianesthesia. Neurology, 65, 1278-1283.
Di Ferdinando A, Casarotti M, Vallar G, Zorzi M (2005). Hemispheric asymmetries in the neglect syndrome: a computational study. In A Cangelosi, G Bugmann & R Borisyuk (Eds.), Modeling language, cognition and action Proceedings of the ninth neural computation and psychology workshop (Vol. 16, pp. 249-258). Plymouth 2004: World Scientific, New Jersey.
Vallar G, Markowitsch HJ, Kopelman M, Miceli G, Papagno C (2005). The neuropsychology of human memory. Neurocase, 11, 151-153.
Berti A, Bottini G, Gandola M, Pia L, Smania N, Stracciari A, Castiglioni I, Vallar G, Paulesu E. (2005). Shared cortical anatomy for motor awareness and motor control. Science, 309, 488-491.

2006
de Hevia DM, Girelli L, Vallar, G. (2006). Numbers and space: a cognitive illusion? Experimental Brain Research, 168, 254-264.
Arduino LS, Vallar G, Burani C (2006). Left neglect dyslexia and the effect of stimulus duration. Neuropsychologia, 44, 662-5.
Vallar G (2006). Memory systems: The case of phonological short-term memory. A festschrift for Cognitive Neuropsychology. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 23, 135-155.
Vallar G (2006) Metodi di indagine. In C. Cacciari e C. Papagno (a cura di), Psicologia generale e neuroscienze cognitive. Manuale per le professioni medico-sanitarie. Bologna: Il Mulino, pp. 11-28.
Vallar G, Daini R (2006). Visual perceptual processing in unilateral spatial neglect. The case of visual illusions. In T. Vecchi & G. Bottini (Eds.), Imagery and spatial cognition: Methods, models and cognitive Assessment. Amsterdam and Philadelphia, The Netherlands/USA: John Benjamins Publishers, pp. 337-362.
Vallar G, Zilli, T, Gandola M, Bottini G (2006). Productive and defective impairments In the neglect syndrome: Graphic perseveration, drawing productions, and optic prism exposure. Cortex, 42, 911-920.
Rode G, Michel C, Rossetti Y, Boisson D, Vallar G (2006). Left size distortion (hyperschematia) after right brain damage. Neurology, 67, 1801-1808.

2007
Vallar G. (2007) A hemispheric asymmetry in somatosensory processing. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 223-224.
Vallar G. (2007) Spatial neglect, Balint-Homes' and Gerstmann's syndrome, and other spatial disorders. CNS Spectrum, 12, 527-536.
De Hevia, M. D., Girelli, L., Bricolo, E., & Vallar, G. (2007). The representational space of numerical magnitude: Illusions of length. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (Colchester).
Vallar, G., & Papagno, C. (a cura di). (2007). Manuale di neuropsicologia. Clinica ed elementi di riabilitazione. Bologna: Il Mulino.
Vallar, G. (2007). Gli esami strumentali nella neuropsicologia clinica. In G. Vallar & C. Papagno (a cura di.), manuale di neuropsicologia (pp. 31-40). Bologna: Il Mulino.
Vallar, G. (2007). A hemispheric asymmetry in somatosensory processing. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 223-224.
Vallar, G. (2007). I disturbi della consapevolezza di malattia: l'anosognosia. In G. Vallar & C. Papagno (a cura di), Manuale di neuropsicologia (pp. 302-317). Bologna: Il Mulino.
Vallar, G. (2007). I disturbi visuo-spaziali. In G. Vallar & C. Papagno (a cura di), Manuale di neuropsicologia (pp. 269-302). Bologna: Il Mulino.
Vallar, G. (2007). Introduzione alla neuropsicologia. In G. Vallar & C. Papagno (a cura di), Manuale di Neuropsicologia (pp. 9-20). Bologna: Il Mulino.

2008
Daini, R., Arduino, L. S., Di Menza, D., Vallar, G., & Silveri, M. C. (2008). Line bisection and cerebellar damage. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 21, 214-220.
de Hevia, M. D., Girelli, L., Bricolo, E., & Vallar, G. (2008). The representational space of numerical magnitude: Illusions of length. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (Colchester), 61, 1496-1514.
de Hevia, M. D., Vallar, G., & Girelli, L. (2008). Visualizing numbers in the mind's eye: The role of visuo-spatial processes in numerical abilities. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 32, 1361-1372.
Gallace, A., Imbornone, E. , & Vallar, G. (2008) When the whole is more than the sum of the parts. Evidence from visuospatial neglect. Jounal of Neuropsychology, 2, 387-413.
Papagno, C., Lucchelli, F., & Vallar, G. (2008 ). Phonological recoding, visual short-term store and the effect of unattended speech: evidence from a case of slowly progressive anarthria. Cortex, 44, 312-324.
Rode, G., Revol, P., Rossetti, Y., & Vallar, G. (2008). 3D Left hyperschematia after right brain damage. Neurocase, 14, 369-377.
Vallar, G. (2008). Subcortical neglect. In P. Mariën & J. Abutalebi (Eds.), Clinical Neuropsychology and Neurolinguistics in Progress (pp. 307-330). Hove, East Sussex: Psychology Press.

2009
Vallar, G., & Ronchi, R. (2009). Somatoparaphrenia: a body delusion. A review of the neuropsychological literature. Experimental Brain Research, 192, 533–551.

In press and E-Pub ahead of print
Paulesu, E., Vallar, G., Berlingeri, M., Signorini, M., Vitali, P., Burani, C., Perani, D., Fazio, F., Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: how the brain learns words never heard before. NeuroImage.
Ronchi, R., Posteraro, L., Fortis, P., Bricolo, E., & Vallar, G. (2008 Jul 11 [Epub ahead of print]). Perseveration in left spatial neglect: drawing and cancellation tasks. Cortex. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2008.03.012.
Vallar, G. (in press). Author's Commentary to: Cognition beyond perception: Higher processing despite spatial neglect Discussion of: Vallar, G., Daini, R. & Antonucci, G. (2000). Processing of illusion of length in spatial hemineglect: a study of line bisection. Neuropsychologia, 38: 1087-97. In R. A. P. Roche & S. Commins (Eds.), Pioneering studies in cognitive neuroscience. New York: McGraw-Hill: Open University Press.
Vallar, G., & Mancini, F. (in press). Mapping the neglect syndrome onto neurofunctional streams. In N. Gangopadhyay, M. Madary & F. Spicer (Eds.), Perception, Action, and Consciousness: Sensorimotor Dynamics and Two Visual Systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Vallar, G., & Maravita, A. (in press). Personal and extra-personal spatial perception. In G. G. Berntson & J. T. Cacioppo (Eds.), Handbook of Neuroscience for the Behavioral Sciences. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

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