Short CV/Education and training


  • 1996
    Graduated in Developmental Psychology with the highest possible grade: Magna cum laude, Università di Padova

  • 1996 – 1997
    Post-lauream training Learning Disabilities – Istituto Scientifico E. Medea

  • 1996 – 1997
    Post-lauream specialization course Learning Disabilities – Università di Padova

Fellowships and grants, period abroad

  • 1997 – 2000
    Fellowship – Research project ‘Visual Cognition and Brain Development: Memory and Learning in infancy’ CEE BIOMED, supported by European Union, Università di Padova

  • 2000 – 2004
    PhD fellowship in Developmental Psychology, Università di Padova

  • 2001 – 2004
    PhD – Doctorat de Psycologie at Univerisité René Descartes – Paris V

  • 2001
    Grant from Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR). Semester – Institut de Psychologie, C.N.R.S., Université René Descartes – Paris V

Professional Positions

  • 2005 – 2008
    Researcher, permanent position, University of Padova

  • 2008 – 2012
    Researcher, permanent position, University of Milano-Bicocca

    Present position: Associate Professor, permanent position – Psychology Department – Università di Milano-Bicocca

Selected publications

  • Turati C., di Giorgio E., Bardi L., Simion F. (2010). Holistic face processing in newborns, 3-month-old infants and adults: Evidence from the composite effect. Child Development, 81, 1894-1905.

  • Bulf H., Turati C. (2010). The role of rigid motion in newborns’ face recognition. Visual Cognition, 18, 504-512.

  • Gava L., Valenza E., Turati C. (2009). Newborns’ perception of left-right spatial relationship. Child Development, 6, 1797-1810.

  • Turati C., Bulf H., Simion F. (2008). Newborns’ face recognition over changes in viewpoint. Cognition, 106, 1300-1321.

  • de Heering A., Turati C., Rossion B., Bulf H., Goffaux V., Simion F. (2008). Newborns face recognition is based on spatial frequencies below 0.5 cycles per degree. Cognition, 106, 444-454.

  • Turati C., Macchi Cassia V., Simion F., Leo I. (2006). Newborns’ face recognition: The role of inner and outer facial features. Child Development, 77, 297-311.

  • Turati C., Valenza E., Leo I., Simion F. (2005). Three-month-olds’ visual preference for faces and its underlying visual processing mechanisms. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 90, 255-273.

  • Turati C., Sangrigoli S., Ruel J., de Schonen S. (2004). Evidence of the face-inversion effect in 4-month-old infants. Infancy, 6, 275-297.

  • Turati C. (2004). Why faces are not special at birth: An alternative account for newborns’ face preference. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 13, 5-8.

  • Turati C., Montirosso R., Brenna V., Ferrara V., Borgatti R. (2010). A Smile Enhances 3-Month-Olds’ Recognition of an Individual Face. Infancy, 16, 306-317.

  • Author of 25 papers published in paired-reviewed international journals and 3 international chapters.

Additional qualifications

  • Researcher, 2005 – 2012

  • Associate Professor, 2012 – present


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