Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and the College
The research of Stephanie Cacioppo (née Ortigue) is situated at the intersection of medical neuroscience, social neuroscience, and cognitive psychology. Combining different high-resolution brain imaging techniques with psychophysics and computational analyses, her work focuses on elucidating the speed of social cognition in the human brain. Specifically, she investigates the spatiotemporal dynamics of intention decoding within the mirror neuron system and its modulation, as a function of the levels of social connections and interpersonal attraction between one’s self and a person who intends to interact with one’s self.
In 2011, she was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science, which also awarded her fellow status in 2014. Her research has been extensively published in such peer-reviewed journals as Nature, the Lancet, Medical Hypotheses, the Journal of Neuroscience Methods, and Cognitive Neuroscience.
She received her PhD in psychology from the Department of Neurology at the University of Geneva Medical School, in Switzerland, and the University of Savoy, in France. She also completed postdoctoral fellowships at Dartmouth College and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previously, she held faculty appointments at Syracuse University and the University of Geneva. In addition to her current faculty appointment, she is serving as the director of the University’s High-Performance Electrical NeuroImaging Laboratory.