Valeria MANERA

Chercheuse postdoc, chef de projet, EA CoBTeK, Université Cote d'Azur


2008                PhD in Cognitive Science, University of Turin, Italy. Final dissertation: Detecting the genuineness of enjoyment smiles from facial expressions: Influences of perceptual mechanisms, autistic traits and empathy. Supervisor:  Dr. Livia Colle
2005                M.A. in Clinical Psychology, summa cum laude, University of Turin, Italy


2013 –             Post-Doctoral Fellow & Project Manager, CoBTeK laboratory, Université Cote d’Azur, France. Topics: the use of ICT for the prevention, assessment and treatment of cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms in older adults with and without cognitive impairment.


2011 – 2013    Visiting scholar, Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory, Stanford University, California, USA. Topics: attention and emotion regulation in adults and autistic children
2009 – 2013    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Italy. Topics: motor cognition, communication, biological motion perception
2007 – 2010    Visiting research associate, Laboratory for Experimental Psychology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Topics: biological motion perception


2018 –             Research fellowship in the context of the project “MNC3: Digital Medicine: Brain, Cognition & Behaviour”. Agency: IDEX (Initiative of Excellence University) UCA JEDI; CoBTeK laboratory.
2017                Research fellowship at the INRIA Sophia Antipolis (Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation) in the context of the EIT Digital project ELEMENT.
2016 –             Research fellowship in the context of the H2020 project SENSE-Cog (Ears, Eyes and Mind: The ‘SENSE-Cog Project’ to improve mental well-being for elderly Europeans with sensory impairment), grant agreement n. 668648. Agency: European Union, H2020; University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
2015 – 2016    Research fellowship, CoBTeK laboratory. Agency: University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.
2013 – 2015    Research fellowship in the context of the FP7 project InMINDD (INnovative, Midlife INtervention for Dementia Deterrence), grant agreement n. 304979. Agency: European Union, FP7; University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.
2013 – 2015    Research fellowship in the context the ANR AZ@Game project. Agency: Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France, Association IA.
2012 – 2013    Research fellowship: Intention prediction in autism: behavioral and fMRI studies. Agency: L’Oreal-Unesco – For Women in Science program.
2012 – 2012    Training fellowship: Courses at Stanford Continuing Studies and Berkeley Extension. Agency: Regione Piemonte.
2009 – 2012    Research fellowship: Inferring communicative intentions from biological motion in adults and autistic patients. Agency: University of Turin.
2008 – 2009    Research grant: The effect of social context on biological motion perception. Agency: University of Turin.
2006 – 2008    Research grant: Metacognitive deficits in Traumatic Brain Injury patients. Agency: I.S.I. Foundation (Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation), and Cassa di Risparmio di Torino. 


2007 –             Supervision of a PhD student, Faculty of Medicine, Université Coté d’Azur, Nice, France. Topic: detecting apathy using ICT.
2007 –             Coordinator and teacher in the annual summer school BIG@UCA (Brain Generation Innovation). Topics: social cognition, medical needs, ICT for health.
2006 – 2011              Supervision of 10 Master Students, Faculty of Psychology, University of Turin, Italy. Topics: communication, biological motion perception
2007 – 2011              Teaching assistantship and lessons for: undergraduate and master students (Psychology of Communication, General Psychology, Methodology of research) and graduate students (Cognitive Science), Faculty of Psychology, University of Turin, Italy 


2016                Scientific committee, the 10th World conference of Gerotechnology, sept 28-30, Nice, France
2014                     Scientific committee, Intern. IA workshop, Innovation Alzheimer, nov 6, Nice, FR
2007 – 2011    Organizing committee of the (biannual) conference Mente e Corpo, Turin, Italy
2006 – 2011    Organizing committee of the (annual) Mind and Brain Prize, Turin, Italy
2010                Organizing committee, workshop Future directions in social cognition, nov 11, Turin


2015 –             Scientific Evaluation, Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France
2014                Guest associate editor for Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
2010 –             Guest reviewer for (selected): American Journal of Psychology, Cognition, Cognition and Emotion, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Frontiers in Psychology, PLoS ONE, Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Sensors 


2014 –             Member, Innovation Alzheimer Association, France


Prof. Cristina Becchio (since 2007) – University of Turin and Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) of Genova, Italy. Topic: social cognition & motor cognition. 14 articles co-authored.
Prof. Karl Verfaillie (since 2007) – Laboratory for Experimental Psychology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Topic: biological motion perception. 5 articles co-authored
Prof. Umberto Castiello (since 2010) – Psychology Department, University of Padua, Italy. Topic: action kinematics. 3 articles co-authored
Dr. Leonhard Schilbach (since 2011) – Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany. Topic: biological motion perception in autism and in fMRI paradigms. 3 articles co-authored
Prof. James Gross and Dr. Andrea Samson (since 2011) – Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory, Stanford University, California. Topic: emotion regulation and attention. 1 article co-authored
Prof. Susan Rivera – (since 2012) Center for Mind and Brain, University of California at Davis, California. Topic: biological motion perception in autism. 1 article co-authored
Dr. Łucasz Okruszek (since 2013) – Department of Psychology, King’s College London, UK.Topic: biological motion perception in schizophrenia.2 articles co-authored
Dr. Francois Bremond (since 2014) – INRIA, Sophia Antipolis. Topic: ICT for assessment of people with cognitive impairment. 6 articles co-authored
Prof. Philippe Robert (since 2014) – Nice University Hospitals, Nice, France. Topic: ICT for assessment and training of people with cognitive impairment. 20 articles co-authored
Dr. Iracema Leroi (since 2015) – University of Manchester, UK. Topic: ICT for assessment of people with sensory impairment. 1 article co-authored 

    • ICT in dementia-related disorders for the assessment and treatment of sensory, neuropsychiatric and cognitive deficits
    • Dementia risk factors assessment and dementia prevention through cognitive, social and physical stimulation
    • Social cognition & Motor cognition
    • Action observation & biological motion perception
    • Emotion regulation & attentional deployment

Research instruments: ICT interfaces (audio, video and motion sensors, actigraphy), psychophysics, motion capture, eye-tracking 

Main publications

  1. Okruszek, Ł, Piejka, A., Wysokiński, A., Szczepocka, E., & Manera, V. (2018). Biological motion sensitivity, but not interpersonal predictive coding is impaired in schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, DOI: 10.1037/abn0000335.
  2. Okruszek, Ł, Piejka, A., Wysokiński, A., Szczepocka, E., & Manera, V. (2017). The second agent effect: Interpersonal Predictive Coding in people with schizophrenia. Social Neuroscience, 18, 1-6.
  3. Begliomini, C., Cavallo, A., Manera, V., Becchio, C., Stramare, R., Miotto, D., & Castiello, U. (2017). Potential for social involvement modulates activity within the mirror and the mentalizing systems. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 1-9.
  4. Tifratene, K., Manera, V., Fabre, R., Gros, A., Thummler, S. Pradier, C., … David, R. (2017). Antipsychotic prescribing for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders in specialized settings from 2010 to 2014 in France: A repeated cross-sectional study. Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy, 9(1), 34.
  5. Manera, V., Ben-Sadoun, G., Aalbers, T., Agopyan, H., Askenazy, F., Benoit, M., …Robert, P. (2017). Recommendations for the Use of Serious Games in Neurodegenerative Disorders: 2016 Delphi Panel. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1243.
  6. Kenigsberg, P.A., Aquino, J.P, Bérard, A., Bremond, F., Charras, K., Dening, T., …Manera, V. (2017). Assistive technologies to address capabilities of people with dementia: From research to practice. Dementia, 1, 1-28.
  7. Gros, A., Manera, V., De March, C., Guevara, N., Konig, A., Friedman, L., … David, R. (2017). Olfactory disturbances in ageing with and without dementia: towards new diagnostic tools. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 131(7),1-8.
  8. Gros, A., Bensamoun, D., Manera, V., Fabre, R., Zacconi-Cauvin A.M., Thummler, S., … David, R. (2016). Recommendations for the Use of ICT in Elderly Populations with Affective Disorders. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 8,
  9. Von der Lühe, T.*, Manera, V.*, Barisic, I., Becchio, C., Vogeley, K., & Schilbach, L. (2016). Interpersonal predictive coding, not action perception, is impaired in autism. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371, 1-8. *Equal contribution
  10. Robert, P., Leroi, I., & Manera, V. (2016). Editorial: ICT for assessment and rehabilitation in Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 8, 6.
  11. Manera, V., Chapoulie, E., Bourgeois, J., Guerchouche, R., David, R., Ondrej, J., … Robert, P. (2016). A feasibility study with Image-Based Rendered Virtual Reality in patients with mild cognitive impairment and dementia. PLoS ONE, 11, e0151487.
  12. David, R., Manera, V., Fabre, R., Pradier, C., Robert, P., & Tifratene, K. (2016). Evolution of the rate of antidepressant prescriptions in Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders between 2010 and 2014: Results from the French National Database on Alzheimer’s Disease (BNA). Journal of Alzheimer’s disease, 53, 1-9.
  13. Gros, A., Manera, V., Daumas, A., Guillemin, S., Rouad, O., Lemesle-Martin, M, … Béjot, J. (2016). The Clock’N Test as a possible measure of emotions: Normative data collected on a non-clinical population. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 10,
  14. Ben-Sadoun, G., Sacco, G., Manera, V., Bourgeois, J., König, A., Foulon, P., … Robert, P. (2016). Physical and cognitive stimulation using an exergame in subjects with normal aging, mild and moderate cognitive impairment. Journal of Alzheimer’s disease, 53, 1299–1314.
  15. Fosty, B., Ben-Sadoun, G., Sacco, G., König, A., Manera, V., Foulon, P., … Bremond, F. (2016). Accuracy and reliability of the RGB-D camera for measuring walking speed on a treadmill. Gait & Posture, 48, 113–119.
  16. Manera, V., Ianì, F., Bourgeois, J., Haman, M., Okruszek, Ł., Rivera, S.M., … Becchio, C. (2015). The Multilingual CID-5: A New Tool to Study the Perception of Communicative Interactions in Different Languages. Frontiers in Psychology, 6,
  17. Manera, V., von der Lühe, T., Schilbach, L., Verfaillie, K., & Becchio, C. (2015). Communicative interactions in point-light displays: Choosing among multiple response alternatives. Behavior Research Methods, doi:10.3758/s13428-015-0669-x.
  18. Manera, V., Petit, P.D., Derreumaux, A., Orvieto, I., Romagnoli, M., Lyttle, G., … Robert, P. (2015). ‘Kitchen and cooking’, a serious game for Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease: a pilot study. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 7, 24.
  19. Okruszek, Ł, Haman, M., Kalinowski, K., Talarowska, M., Becchio, C., & Manera, V. (2015). Impaired recognition of communicative interactions from biological motion in schizophrenia. PLoS ONE, 10, e0116793.
  20. O’Donnel, K., Manera, V., Köler, S., Irving, K. (2015). Promoting modifiable risk factors for dementia: Is there a role for general practice? British Journal of General Practice 65, 567-568.
  21. Bensamoun, D., Guignard, R., Furst, A., Derreumaux, A., Manera V., Darcourt, J., … David, R. (2015). Associations between neuropsychiatric symptoms and cerebral amyloid deposition in cognitively impaired elderly people. Journal of Alzheimer’s disease, 49, 387-398.
  22. Gros, A., Giroud, M., Bejot, Y., Rouaud, Y., Guillemin, S., Manera, V., … Lemesle-Martin, M. (2015). A time estimation task as a possible measure of emotions: Difference depending on the nature of the stimulus used. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 9,
  23. Benoit, M., Guerchouche, R., Petit, P.D., Chapoulie, E., Manera, V., Chaurasia, G., … Robert, P. (2015). Is it possible to use highly realistic virtual reality in the elderly? A feasibility study with image-based rendering. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment ,11, 557-563.
  24. König, A., Sacco, G., Bensadoun, G., Bremond, F., David, R., Verhey, F., … Manera, V. (2015). The Role of Information and Communication Technologies in clinical trials with patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 7, 110.
  25. Manera, V., Samson, A.C., Pehrs, C., Lee, I.A., & Gross, J. (2014). The eyes have it: The role of attention in cognitive reappraisal of social stimuli. Emotion, 14(5), DOI: 10.1037/a0037350.
  26. Manera, V., Elena, M.R., Bayliss, A.P., & Becchio, C. (2014). When seeing is more than looking: Intentional gaze modulates object desirability. Emotion, 14(4), DOI: 10.1037/a0036258.
  27. Robert, P., König, A., Amieva, H., Andrieu, S., Bremond, F., Bullock, R., … Manera, V. (2014). Recommendations for the use of Serious Games in people with Alzheimer’s Disease, related disorders and frailty. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 6, 54.
  28. Furlanetto, T., Cavallo, A., Manera, V., Tversky, B., & Becchio, C. (2013). Through your eyes: Incongruence of gaze and action increases spontaneous perspective taking. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 455.
  29. Manera, V., Grandi, E., & Colle, L. (2013). Susceptibility to emotional contagion for negative emotions improves detection of smile authenticity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 6.
  30. Manera, V., Schouten, B., Verfaillie, K., & Becchio, C. (2013). Time will show: Real time predictions during interpersonal action perception. PLoS ONE, 8, e54949.
  31. Manera, V., Cavallo, A., Chiavarino, C., Schouten, B., Verfaillie, K., & Becchio, C. (2012). Are you approaching me? Motor execution influences perceived action orientation. PLoS ONE, 7, e37514.
  32. Becchio, C., Manera, V., Sartori, L., Cavallo, A., & Castiello, U. (2012). Grasping intentions: From thought experiments to empirical evidence. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 117.
  33. Manera, V., Del Giudice, M., Grandi, E., & Colle, L. (2011). Individual differences in the recognition of enjoyment smiles: No role for perceptual–attentional factors and autistic-like traits. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, 143.
  34. Manera, V., Del Giudice, M., Bara, B.G., Verfaillie, K., & Becchio, C. (2011). The second-agent effect: Communicative gestures increase the likelihood of perceiving a second agent. PLoS One, 6, e22650.
  35. Manera, V., Becchio, C., Cavallo, A., Sartori, L., & Castiello, U. (2011). Cooperation or competition? Discriminating between social intentions by observing prehensile movements. Experimental Brain Research, 211, 547-556.
  36. Manera, V., Becchio, C., Shouten, B., Bara, B.G., & Verfaillie, K. (2011). Communicative interactions improve visual detection of biological motion. PLoS One, 6, e14594.
  37. Manera, V., Shouten, B., Becchio, C., Bara, B.G., & Verfaillie, K. (2010). Inferring intentions from biological motion: a stimulus set of point-light communicative interactions. Behavior Research Methods, 42, 168-178.
  38. Del Giudice, M., Manera, V., & Keysers, C. (2009). Programmed to learn? The ontogeny of mirror neurons. Developmental Science, 12, 350-63.
  39. Del Giudice, M., Angeleri, R., & Manera, V. (2009). The juvenile transition: A developmental switch point in human life history. Developmental Review, 29, 1-31.