Giovanni Zani

Action Understanding and Theory of Mind

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Giovanni Zani

Giovanni Zani

PhD Student
School of Psychology

Profile

I completed a BSc in Psychology (2013) and a MSc in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological rehabilitation (2016) in Padua, Italy.

My doctoral research at Victoria University of Wellington focuses on the functional relationship between motor processes and implicit Theory of Mind. Using a behavioural approach, I am currently testing the idea that one’s own motor system underpins the ability to fastly track another person's beliefs. As part of my Marsden founded project, I present participants with various false belief interactive scenarios while recording their body posture, eye movements, mouse cursor trajectories and explicit helping behaviour.

Publications

Zani, G., Butterfill, S. A., & Low, J. (2020). Mindreading in the balance: Adults’ mediolateral leaning and anticipatory looking foretell others’ action preparation in a false-belief interactive task. Royal Society Open Science, 7(1), 191167. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.191167

Betti, S., Castiello, U., Guerra, S., Granziol, U., Zani, G., & Sartori, L. (2019). Gaze and body cues interplay during interactive requests. PLoS ONE, 14(10). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0223591

Betti, S., Zani, G., Granziol, U., Guerra, S., Castiello, U., & Sartori, L. (2018). Look at Me: Early Gaze Engagement Enhances Corticospinal Excitability During Action Observation. Frontiers in Psychology, 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01408

Betti, S., Zani, G., Guerra, S., Castiello, U., & Sartori, L. (2018). Reach-To-Grasp Movements: A Multimodal Techniques Study. Frontiers in Psychology, 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00990

PhD topic

Action Understanding and Theory of Mind

Supervisor:

Associate Professor
School of Psychology

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Stephen Butterfill

Stephen Butterfill

Associate Professor in Philosophy
University of Warwick