Luca Simione

Associate professor

phone: 06-44595215

Luca Simione got his PhD in 2011 in the “Cognitive Psychology” PhD course at “Sapienza” University of Rome, with a position cofounded from Perceptual Dynamics Laboratory of Riken Institute, Japan. The PhD thesis had the title: “ViSA: A neurodynamic model for visuospatial working memory, attentional blink and conscious access”. Since 2019 he is a Researcher at Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) of the CNR, Italy. He former was a post-doc researcher at Sapienza, University of Rome, and ISTC. Since 2023, he is also an associate professor in General Psychology at UNINT, Università degli Studi Internazionali, Rome. He is also an Associate member of ECONA, Centro interuniversitario di Ricerca sull'Elaborazione COgnitiva in sistemi Naturali e Artificiali. Laslty, in 2020 he took a Specialization in Psychotherapy at IPUE, Institute of Existential Humanistic Psychology (Istituto di Psicologia Umanistica Esistenziale “Luigi de Marchi”; riconosciuta dal MIUR con Decreto 12.10.2007).
His research focuses on consciousness, awareness, and mindfulness, with a specific focus on theoretical aspects and models. He has advanced programming and statistical skills, as demonstrated by his publication records in both statistical models and neurocomputational studies. In fact, he developed sophisticated models of consciousness based on neuropsychological data and conducted neurophysiological experiments. He also has a strong background on experimental psychology, in particular with attention and memory paradigms and with emotional manipulation/induction. He has active national and international collaborations (Prof. Antonino Raffone, Sapienza University of Rome; Prof. Anna Borghi, Sapienza University of Rome; Prof. Daniela Pajardi, University of Urbino; Dr. Stefano Nolfi, ISTC; Prof. Marco Fabbri, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”; Prof. Monica Martoni, University of Bologna; Prof. Cees Van Leeuwen, University of Leuven; Prof. Howard Bowman, University of Kent; Prof. Frances Maratos, University of Derby).
He authored about 50 papers in international peer reviewed journals and edited six special issues on international journals. He participated in many national and international conferences, and actively organized the first two International Conference on Mindfulness and three editions of the International Conference on Spatial Cognition.
He is an Associate Editor for the international journals Mindfulness, Cognitive Processing, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences (PBS), Frontiers in Psychology (Consciousness Research). He is also a Topic Editor for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
He is an international member of the American Psychological Association APA and member of The Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32, APA. He is also an Ordinary member of AIP, Associazione Italiana di Psicologia, and of AISC, Associazione Italiana di Scienza Cognitiva. He is also honored of the membership of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society.

Selected publications:
Simione, L., de Berardinis, C., Calabrese, L., & Raffone, A. (2022). Validation of the Italian Translation of the Philadelphia Mindfulness Scale. Mindfulness, 1–16.
Nicolardi, V., Simione, L., Scaringi, D., Malinowski, P., Yordanova, J., Kolev, V., Mauro, F., Giommi, F., Barendregt, H. P., Aglioti, S. M., & Raffone, A. (2022). The Two Arrows of Pain: Mechanisms of Pain Related to Meditation and Mental States of Aversion and Identification. Mindfulness.
Simione, L., Vagni, M., Maiorano, T., Giostra, V., & Pajardi, D. (2022). How Implicit Attitudes toward Vaccination Affect Vaccine Hesitancy and Behaviour: Developing and Validating the V-IRAP. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(7), 4205.
Yordanova, J., Kolev, V., Nicolardi, V., Simione, L., Mauro, F., Garberi, P., Raffone, A., & Malinowski, P. (2021). Attentional and cognitive monitoring brain networks in long-term meditators depend on meditation states and expertise. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 4909.
Simione, L., & Gnagnarella, C. (2020). Differences between health workers and general population in risk perception, behaviors, and psychological distress related to COVID-19 spread in Italy. Frontiers in Psychology, 11(September).
Chiarella, S. G., Makwana, M., Simione, L., Hartkamp, M., Calabrese, L., Raffone, A., & Srinivasan, N. (2020). Mindfulness Meditation Weakens Attachment to Self: Evidence from a Self vs Other Binding Task. Mindfulness, 11(10), 2411–2422.
Yordanova, J., Kolev, V., Mauro, F., Nicolardi, V., Simione, L., Calabrese, L., … Raffone, A. (2020). Common and distinct lateralised patterns of neural coupling during focused attention, open monitoring and loving kindness meditation. Scientific Reports, 10, 7430.
Simione, L., Raffone, A., & Mirolli, M. (2019). Stress as the Missing Link Between Mindfulness, Sleep Quality, and Well-being: a Cross-sectional Study. Mindfulness, 1–13.
Giannandrea, A., Simione, L., Pescatori, B., Ferrell, K., Olivetti Belardinelli, M., Hickman, S. D., & Raffone, A. (2019). Effects of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program on Mind Wandering and Dispositional Mindfulness Facets. Mindfulness, 10, 185-195.
Simione, L., Akyürek, E. G., Vastola, V., Raffone, A., & Bowman, H. (2017). Illusions of Integration are (Meta-) Cognitively Impenetrable: Subjective Experience of Lag 1 Percepts during Dual-target RSVP, Consciousness and Cognition, 51, 181-192.
Di Francesco, S. A., Simione, L., López-Ramón, M. F., Belardinelli, M. O., Lupiáñez, J., & Raffone, A. (2017). Dispositional mindfulness facets predict the efficiency of attentional networks. Mindfulness, 8, 101-109.
Simione, L., & Nolfi, S. (2016). The emergence of selective attention through probabilistic associations between stimuli and actions. PLoS ONE, 11(11), 1–19.
Simione, L., Calabrese, L., Marucci, F. S., Belardinelli, M. O., Raffone, A., & Maratos, F. a. (2014). Emotion based attentional priority for storage in visual short-term memory. PloS One, 9(5), e95261. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0095261
Riccio A., Simione L., Schettini F., Pizzimenti A., Inghilleri M., Olivetti Belardinelli M., et al. (2013). Attention and P300-based BCI performance in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00732.
Simione L., Raffone A., Wolters G., Salmas P., Olivetti Belardinelli M., & van Leeuwen C. (2012). ViSA: A Neurodynamic Model for Visuo-Spatial Working Memory, Attentional Blink, and Conscious Access, Psychological Review, 119(4), 745-69, doi: 10.1037/a0029345.

A full list of papers can be found at the followings link:

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