Corrado Corradi-Dell'Acqua
Senior Researcher
General Information

My background is the one of an experimental psychologist that focused mainly on neuroimaging (particularly fMRI) techniques. I carried out my PhD at the Cognitive Neuroscience Sector of the, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA/ISAS) under the supervision of Prof. Raffaella I. Rumiati on a project aimed at mapping the neural substrates of body representations. This research demonstrated how body information is not necessarily mediated by a representation of one’s own body, but could also be associated with alternative models, such as those derived by visual experience of others.

I pursued and extended this line or research during my previous post-doctoral experiences, both at SISSA/ISAS and at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine of the Jülich Research Centre (Germany) with Prof. Gereon R. Fink. During this time, I focused my attention on the neural mechanism underlying the processing of the Self and Others in the domain of motor action, linguistic processing and high-level decision-making.

I am currently working at the Swiss Centre for Affective Science in Geneva (Switzerland), with Prof Patrik Vuilleumier. In this environment, I extended my earlier interests developed on body and motor representations in the domain of affective, and in particular painful, experiences. In particular, I am investigating whether, and to which extend, neural structures involved in mediating first-hand experiences of pain play also a role in processing events of high social relevance, such as our appraisal of people’s states, and even economic decision-making.

Selected Publications
Corradi-Dell'Acqua, C., Tusche, A,, Vuilleumier, P., Singer, T. (2016) Cross-modal representations of first-hand and vicarious pain, disgust and fairness in insular and cingulate cortex. Nature Communications 7, 10904.
Sharvit, G., Vuilleumier, P., Delplanque, S., Corradi-Dell'Acqua, C. (2015) Cross-modal and modality-specific expectancy effects between pain and disgust. Scientific Reports 5, 17487.
Corradi-Dell'Acqua, C., Turri, F., Kaufmann, L., Clément, F., Schwartz, S. (2015) How the brain predicts people’s behavior in relation to rules and desires. Evidence of a medio-prefrontal dissociation. Cortex 70, 21-34.
Corradi-Dell'Acqua, C., Fink, G. R., Weidner, R. (2015) Selecting Category Specific Visual Information: Top-down and Bottom-up Control of Object Based Attention. Consciousness and Cognition 35, 330-341.
Corradi-Dell'Acqua, C., Schwartz, S., Meaux, E., Hubert, B., Vuilleumier, P., Deruelle, C. (2014) Neural responses to emotional expression information in high- and low-spatial frequency in autism: Evidence for a cortical dysfunction. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8, 189.