Dr Allegra Cattani
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Dr Allegra Cattani

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)

Allegra can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Language development
  • Memory development
  • Bilingual
  • Sensory impairment
  • Down's syndrome
  • Language assessment
Biography

Biography

Ph.D. , CPsychol, AFBPsS, Fellow HEA, Member of the Italian national council of psychologists

Senior Research Fellow, Baby Lab Manager

Developmental Psychology

Key publications

Mazzoni G & Cattani A (2009) 'Lo sviluppo della memoria autobiografica come processo ricostruttivo' in Casonato M; Pfafflin F Pedoparafilie: prospettive psicologiche, forensi, psichiatriche
Cattani A (2008) 'Preferenze emisferiche della memoria visuo-spaziale di cerchi, forme e oggetti: esistono preferenze emisferiche atipiche nei sordi?' in Bagnara C; Corazza S; Fontana S; Zuccalà A I segni parlano. Prospettive di ricerca sulla Lingua dei Segni Italiana Milano Franco Angeli 171-182
Conti D, Cattani A, Di Nuovo S & Di Nuovo A (2019) 'Are Future Psychologists Willing to Accept and Use a Humanoid Robot in Their Practice? Italian and English Students’ Perspective' Frontiers in Psychology 10, , DOI Open access
Cattani A, Floccia C, Kidd E, Onofrio D, Pettenati P & Volterra V (2019) 'Gestures and words in naming: Evidence from cross-linguistic and cross-cultural comparison' Language Learning 69, (3) 709-746 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Grzyb BJ, Nagai Y, Asada M, Cattani A, Floccia C & Cangelosi A (2018) 'Children's scale errors are a natural consequence of learning to associate objects with actions: A computational model' Developmental Science e12777-e12777 Author Site , DOI Open access
Almubark BM, Cattani A & Floccia C (2018) 'Translation, cultural adaptation and validation of the cognistat for its use in Arabic speaking population with acquired brain injury' European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Author Site , DOI Open access
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Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

  • Foundation in Psychology and Applying psychology
  • Language development in typical and atypical populations
  • Psychosocial development in people with learning disabilities
  • Psychology for health studies
  • Evidence-based practice and critical awareness

Research

Research

Research interests

 Developmental neuropsychology

  • Lexical and gesture development 
  • Lexical assessment of monolingual and bilingual children
  • Language and memory development in children and adults (Deaf/hard of hearing, bilingual children)
  • Visuo-spatial skills and its influence in brain development of deaf and signing adults
  • Face perception in the infants
Should you are interested in doing a PhD studentship on the above topics above, please get in touch.

Grants & contracts

2013-2016 ESRC, Lexicon development in bilingual toddler, ca. £860.00. Co-I (with C. Floccia, J. Goslin, L. White, K. Plunkett). 

2013 - 2015 FP7 Marie Curie Research Fellowship, ORATOR, for Beata Joanna Grzyb £301,559. Co-I (with A. Cangelosi and C. Floccia).

2013 EuCogIII Bilingual brains, bilingual minds. Summer School Event EuCog €10,000. (with C. Floccia and L. White).

2013-2014 IHC pump priming bursary Investigating the validity and reliability of the Nintendo Wii Balance Board for assessment of standing balance in children and teenagers, Co-I with L. Bunn, D. Cowie, D. Bradie and J. Marsden, £1555.

2012 –2013 Vice-Chancellor Community Research Award, Increasing the communicative opportunities and skills of students with multiple physical and sensory disabilities. £9,296. Principal investigator with Co-I T. Gribble and R. Firth (Dame Hannah Rogers Trust).

2012 – 2014 British Academy/Leverhulme, WING Words in Game test. £9,990. Principal investigator with Co-PI C. Floccia and A. Krott.

2011 - 2014 TEMPUS European project LMPSM No 516721-Tempus-1-2011-1-RO-TEMPUS-JPCR, ‘Lifelong learning’ project. Degree and Master Courses in Social Work and Social Psychology in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Russia, €11,068 (with Penelope Welbourne).

2011 – 2012 IHC Pump priming bursary, Early English receptive and expressive vocabulary assessment: Building a British English PinG. £1,000. Principal and sole investigator.

2008-2009 TQEF-Research Informed Teaching Initiative, Embedding research skills training into undergraduate mental health programmes, £10,303 (with Fraser Reid and Paul Farrand).

2006-2008 CEPPL grant Innovation Fund Scheme, Survey of teaching staff and disabled student's experience, £5,000 (with Deirdre Ford).

2003-2005 ESRC, Object processing in the two hemispheres in hearing and deaf adults, £46,056. Principal investigator 100% FTE and Research Fellow with Co-PI J. Clibbens and R. Campbell.

2001-2003 European Marie Curie Fellowship, Hemispheric specialisation of Deaf and Hearing adults in visual memory, €114,272, ca £72,000. Principal investigator 100% FTE and Research Fellow (supervisor J. Clibbens).

Publications

Publications

Key publications

Mazzoni G & Cattani A (2009) 'Lo sviluppo della memoria autobiografica come processo ricostruttivo' in Casonato M; Pfafflin F Pedoparafilie: prospettive psicologiche, forensi, psichiatriche
Cattani A (2008) 'Preferenze emisferiche della memoria visuo-spaziale di cerchi, forme e oggetti: esistono preferenze emisferiche atipiche nei sordi?' in Bagnara C; Corazza S; Fontana S; Zuccalà A I segni parlano. Prospettive di ricerca sulla Lingua dei Segni Italiana Milano Franco Angeli 171-182
Conti D, Cattani A, Di Nuovo S & Di Nuovo A (2019) 'Are Future Psychologists Willing to Accept and Use a Humanoid Robot in Their Practice? Italian and English Students’ Perspective' Frontiers in Psychology 10, , DOI Open access
Cattani A, Floccia C, Kidd E, Onofrio D, Pettenati P & Volterra V (2019) 'Gestures and words in naming: Evidence from cross-linguistic and cross-cultural comparison' Language Learning 69, (3) 709-746 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Grzyb BJ, Nagai Y, Asada M, Cattani A, Floccia C & Cangelosi A (2018) 'Children's scale errors are a natural consequence of learning to associate objects with actions: A computational model' Developmental Science e12777-e12777 Author Site , DOI Open access
Almubark BM, Cattani A & Floccia C (2018) 'Translation, cultural adaptation and validation of the cognistat for its use in Arabic speaking population with acquired brain injury' European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Author Site , DOI Open access

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Abdelwahab AGS, Forbes S, Cattani A, Goslin J & Floccia C (2021) 'An Adaptation of the MacArthur-Bates CDI in 17 Arabic Dialects for Children Aged 8 to 30 Months' Language Learning and Development 1-22 , DOI Open access
Conti D, Cattani A, Di Nuovo S & Di Nuovo A (2019) 'Are Future Psychologists Willing to Accept and Use a Humanoid Robot in Their Practice? Italian and English Students’ Perspective' Frontiers in Psychology 10, , DOI Open access
Cattani A, Floccia C, Kidd E, Onofrio D, Pettenati P & Volterra V (2019) 'Gestures and words in naming: Evidence from cross-linguistic and cross-cultural comparison' Language Learning 69, (3) 709-746 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Grzyb BJ, Nagai Y, Asada M, Cattani A, Floccia C & Cangelosi A (2018) 'Children's scale errors are a natural consequence of learning to associate objects with actions: A computational model' Developmental Science e12777-e12777 Author Site , DOI Open access
Almubark BM, Cattani A & Floccia C (2018) 'Translation, cultural adaptation and validation of the cognistat for its use in Arabic speaking population with acquired brain injury' European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Author Site , DOI Open access
Grzyb B, Cangelosi A, Cattani A & Floccia C (2018) 'Children's scale errors: A by-product of lexical development?' Developmental Science 22, (2) 0-0 , DOI Open access
Floccia C, Sambrook TD, Delle Luche C, Kwok R, Goslin J, White L, Cattani A, Sullivan E, Abbot-Smith K & Krott A (2018) 'II: METHODS' Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development 83, (1) 30-42 Author Site , DOI Open access
Floccia C, Sambrook TD, Delle Luche C, Kwok R, Goslin J, White L, Cattani A, Sullivan E, Abbot-Smith K & Krott A (2018) 'III: ANALYSES AND RESULTS FOR STUDY 1: ESTIMATING THE EFFECT OF LINGUISTIC DISTANCE ON VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT' Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development 83, (1) 43-60 Author Site , DOI Open access
Floccia C, Sambrook TD, Delle Luche C, Kwok R, Goslin J, White L, Cattani A, Sullivan E, Abbot-Smith K & Krott A (2018) 'IV: RESULTS FOR STUDIES 2 AND 3: THE UKBTAT MODEL AND ITS APPLICATION TO NONTARGET ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE LEARNERS' Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development 83, (1) 61-67 Author Site , DOI Open access
Floccia C, Sambrook TD, Delle Luche C, Kwok R, Goslin J, White L, Cattani A, Sullivan E, Abbot-Smith K & Krott A (2018) 'V: GENERAL DISCUSSION' Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development 83, (1) 68-80 Author Site , DOI Open access
Floccia C, Sambrook TD, Delle Luche C, Kwok R, Goslin J, White L, Cattani A, Sullivan E, Abbot-Smith K & Krott A (2018) 'I: INTRODUCTION' Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development 83, (1) 7-29 Author Site , DOI Open access
Floccia C, Sambrook TD, Delle Luche C, Kwok R, Goslin J, White L, Cattani A, Sullivan E, Abbot-Smith K & Krott A (2018) 'Vocabulary of 2-Year-Olds Learning English and an Additional Language: Norms and Effects of Linguistic Distance' Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development , DOI Open access
Azize PM, Cattani A & Endacott R (2017) 'Perceived language proficiency and pain assessment by registered and student nurses in native English-speaking and EAL children aged 4-7 years' Journal of Clinical Nursing , DOI Open access
Grzyb BJ, Cangelosi A, Cattani A & Floccia C (2017) 'Decreased attention to object size information in scale errors performers' Infant Behavior and Development 47, 72-82 , DOI Open access
Durrant S, Delle Luche C, Cattani A & Floccia C (2015) 'Monodialectal and multidialectal infants' representation of familiar words' J Child Lang 42, (2) 447-465 Author Site , DOI Open access
Azize PM, Endacott R, Cattani A & Humphreys A (2014) 'Cultural responses to pain in UK children of primary school age: a mixed-methods study' Nurs Health Sci 16, (2) 186-192 Author Site , DOI Open access
Cattani A, Abbot-Smith K, Krott A, Farag R & Floccia C (2014) 'How much exposure to English is necessary for a bilingual toddler to perform like a monolingual peer in vocabulary assessment?' International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders 49, (6) 649-671 , DOI Open access
Cattani A & Clibbens J (2012) 'Categorical and coordinate spatial relations of object processing in deaf signing adults' COGNITIVE PROCESSING 13, S39-S39 Author Site
Azize PM, Humphreys A & Cattani A (2011) 'The impact of language on the expression and assessment of pain in children' Intensive Crit Care Nurs 27, (5) 235-243 Author Site , DOI
Cattani A, Bonifacio S, Fertz M, Iverson JM, Zocconi E & Caselli MC (2010) 'Communicative and linguistic development in preterm children: a longitudinal study from 12 to 24 months' International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders 45, (2) 162-173 Author Site , DOI Open access
Cattani A, Bonifacio S, Fertz M, Iverson JM, Zocconi E & Caselli CM (2009) 'Communicative and linguistic development in preterm children: a longitudinal study from 12 to 24 months' Int J Lang Commun Disord 1-17 Author Site , DOI
Cattani A, Clibbens J & Perfect TJ (2007) 'Visual memory for shapes in deaf signers and nonsigners and in hearing signers and nonsigners: atypical lateralization and enhancement' Neuropsychology 21, (1) 114-121 Author Site , DOI
Cattani A, Clibbens J & Perfect TJ (2007) '"Visual Memory for Shapes in Deaf Signers and Nonsigners and in Hearing Signers and Nonsigners: Atypical Lateralization and Enhancement": Correction' Neuropsychology 21, (3) 399-399 , DOI
Cattani DD, Mainardi F, Pallotti G, Falcieri E & Cattani A (2006) 'Bone pain, electromagnetic waves, and piezoelectricity' International Journal of Artificial Organs 29, (5) 548-548
Cattani A & Clibbens J (2005) 'Atypical lateralization of memory for location: effects of deafness and sign language use' Brain Cogn 58, (2) 226-239 Author Site , DOI
Evans JSBT, Clibbens J, Cattani A, Harris A & Dennis I (2003) 'Explicit and implicit processes in multicue judgment' Mem Cognit 31, (4) 608-618 Author Site , DOI
Capirci O, Cattani A, Rossini P & Volterra V (1998) 'Teaching sign language to hearing children as a possible factor in cognitive enhancement' J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ 3, (2) 135-142 Author Site , DOI
Chapters
Mazzoni G & Cattani A (2009) 'Lo sviluppo della memoria autobiografica come processo ricostruttivo' in Casonato M; Pfafflin F Pedoparafilie: prospettive psicologiche, forensi, psichiatriche
Cattani A (2008) 'Preferenze emisferiche della memoria visuo-spaziale di cerchi, forme e oggetti: esistono preferenze emisferiche atipiche nei sordi?' in Bagnara C; Corazza S; Fontana S; Zuccalà A I segni parlano. Prospettive di ricerca sulla Lingua dei Segni Italiana Milano Franco Angeli 171-182
Clibbens J & Cattani A (2003) 'Percezione visiva e specializzazione emisferica in adulti sordi e udenti (Visual Perception and Hemispheric Specialization in Deaf and Hearing Adults)' in Usai MC; Zanobini M Psicologia del ciclo di vita Milano: Franco Angeli 393-403
Conference Papers
Conti D, Cattani A, Di Nuovo S & Di Nuovo A (2015) 'A cross-cultural study of acceptance and use of robotics by future psychology practitioners' 555-560 , DOI
Almubark B, Floccia C, Cattani A & Slade A (2015) 'Assessment of Cognitive Function in Arabic Speaking Population with Stroke: A pilot study' 262-262
Grzyb BJ, Cattani A, Cangelosi A & Floccia A (2014) 'Children in a wonderland: How language and scale errors may be linked' 2014 Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob) Genoa, Italy 0-/-1/20140-/-1/2014IEEE 269-274 , DOI
Grzyb BJ, Cattani A, Cangelosi A, Floccia C, Yoshida H, Burling J, Borghi AM, Jayaraman S, Smith LB & Pereira AF (2014) 'Special session: Dynamic interactions between visual experiences, actions and word learning' 2014 Joint IEEE International Conferences on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-Epirob) 0-/-1/20140-/-1/2014IEEE , DOI
Cattani A & Clibbens J (2012) 'Categorical and coordinate spatial relations of object processing in deaf signing adults' 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition University 'La Sapienza'of Rome, Rome, Italy 9-/-0/20129-/-0/2012
Cattani A, Abbot-Smith K, Arreckx F, Floccia C & Krott A (2011) 'Early assessment of English for bilingual children with different percentages of exposure' Child Language Seminar University of Newcastle, Newcastle 6-/-0/20116-/-0/2011
Agapi P, Bolcioni D, Cattani A, Cattani D, Fabbri F, Ortolani F & Pallotti G (2010) 'DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROBLEMS OF TOLERANCE OF METALLIC PROSTHESIS IN HUMAN BODY' 457-457
Pallotti G, Cattani A, Cattani D & Ortolani F (2008) 'ELECTROMAGNETIC EFFECTS DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF A METALLIC PROSTHESIS IN HUMAN BODY' 612-612
Cattani A (2007) 'Hemispheric preference in spatial and visual memory for circles, shapes and objects in deaf and hearing signers and nonsigners' Presented at British Psychological Society, Developmental Psychology Section, Annual Conference: University of Plymouth 8-/-0/20078-/-0/2007
Cattani A (2007) 'Memoria visuo-spaziale in sordi e udenti segnanti e nonsegnanti' in poster 3 Convegno Nazionale sulla lingua dei segni. Verona, Italy 3-/-0/20073-/-0/2007
Cattani A (2007) 'Preferenze emisferiche della memoria visuo-spaziale di cerchi, forme e oggetti: esistono preferenze emisferiche atipiche nei sordi?' Presented at 3 Convegno Nazionale sulla lingua dei segni. Verona, Italy 3-/-0/20073-/-0/2007
Clibbens J & Cattani A (2006) 'Visuo-spatial memory in hearing and deaf signers and non-signers' in poster Conference for Educators of the Deaf: Frank Barnes School, London
Cattani DD, Pallotti G & Cattani A (2006) 'Elettrosensitività in una paziente con protesi di titanio e dolori cronici dovuti alle oscillazioni delle ossa causate dalle onde elettromagnetiche emesse dai sistemi di radiocomunicazione mobile' L’esperienza del dolore. III Congresso Nazionale di Clinica Psicologica,Bologna, Italy 1-/-1/20061-/-1/2006
Clibbens J & Cattani A (2004) 'Short-term memory for position and hemisphere advantage in hearing and deaf signers and non-signers' Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research TISLR 8, Barcelona, Spain, 9-/-0/20040-/-1/2004
Cattani DD, Falcieri E, Fratamico G, Pallotti G & Cattani A (2004) 'Can piezoelectricity be involved in bone pain caused by electromagnetic waves?' in Rom CD; pdf O-R Proceedings of the XIVth ICMMB International Conference on Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, Bologna, Italy 9-/-0/20049-/-0/2004
Cattani A (2003) 'Effects of auditory deprivation and sign language use on visual location and working memory tasks: Evidence for atypical hemispheric lateralisation?' XX BPS Annual Cognitive Section Conference. Reading, UK.
Posters
Bunn LM, Cowie D, Brady D, Cattani A & Marsden J Bunn LM, Cowie D, Brady D, Cattani A & Marsden J 'Wee-Wii-validation: Investigating the validity and reliability of the Nintendo Wii Balance Board for assessment of standing balance in young children' Open access
Other Publications
Cattani A, Krott A, Dennis I & Floccia C (2019) WinG Words in Game test. A vocabulary assessment for pre-schooler children. English adaptation and standardisation. St Mabyn PL30 3BN Stass Publications
Personal

Personal

Conferences organised

2016 Cognition Institute Conference. Symposium on Language learning and bilingualism. Plymouth 7-8 July.

2013 EuCogIII Summer School, Bilingual minds, bilingual machines, Plymouth 24-28 June.

2007 BPS Developmental Section conference, Plymouth, 29-31 August.

2006 EVOLANG6 Sixth Internat. Conf. on the Evolution of Language, Rome, Italy 12-15 April.

2005 Workshop on Development and Disability, Plymouth, 6 December.