Sacchi Chiara

Neuroscience, Technology, and Society, XXXII series
Grant sponsor


Alessandra Simonelli
Fabio Aiolli

Project description
Human newborns display a peculiar preference for the caregiver’s face within a few months after birth. The caregiver’s face owns social and affective information and its praecox recognition represents a fundamental base for the child’s attachment and socio-emotional development.
Atypical socio-emotional development has been described from early stages of life in preterm and at-risk newborns.
Affective and Social Neuroscience are providing neuroimaging techniques for functional studies of the brain, which enable to observe cortical activity in infants and to study the neural correlates of attachment and early emotional development.
My research project aims to study the development of social and emotional competencies in preterm and IUGR (Intrauterine Growth Restriction) infants and the neural correlates of praecox mother’s recognition as a key feature of socio-emotional outcomes during early infancy.