Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996 – 2000
    B.A. (summa cum laude) in Philosophy, University of Turin. Thesis: Deductive reasoning and space. An experimental hypothesis and some philosophical considerations (in Italian). Supervisor: Prof. Maurizio Ferraris

  • 2000 – 2003
    Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, University of Turin. Final dissertation: Syllogistic reasoning in production and evaluation tasks. Tutor: Prof. Monica Bucciarelli

  • 2004 – 2006
    Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, Department of Psychology, University of Turin

  • 2006 – 2011
    Researcher, Department of Psychology, University of Turin

  • Since 2011
    Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Turin

  • Since 2013
    Senior Researcher ERC, Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova

Selected publications

  • Becchio C., Del Giudice M., Dal Monte O., Latini-Corazzini L., Pia L. (2013). In your place: Neuropsychological evidence for altercentric remapping in embodied perspective taking. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8, 165-170.

  • Becchio C., Manera V., Sartori L., Cavallo A., Castiello U. (2012). Grasping intentions: from thought experiments to empirical evidence. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 117.

  • Becchio C., Cavallo A., Begliomini C., Sartori L., Feltrin G., Castiello U. (2012). Social grasping: from mirroring to metalizing. NeuroImage, 61, 240-248.

  • Becchio C., Sartori L., Castiello U. (2010). Towards you: the social side of actions. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 183-188.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Principal Investigator in the ERC Starting grant project: Intention-from-movement understanding: from moving bodies to interacting minds. Agency: European Research Council, (2013-2018)

  • Principal Investigator in the project: The Invisible Grammar of Social Relations. Agency: Regione Piemonte, (2010-2012)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Academic Editor for Plos One and Social Neuroscience

  • Review Editor for Frontiers in Emotion Science


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