Laura Sparaci

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Via Nomentana 56 - 00161 Rome - Italy

Curriculum Vitae: 


Researcher (Fixed Term)
  • embodiment;
  • gestures;
  • intersubjectivity;
  • motor actions;
Short profile: 

Laura Sparaci is currently Researcher at CNR’s Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies within the LaCAM Lab. She has spent two years as Research Fellow at the Dept. of Neuroscience of the University of Parma and one year as Research Assistant at the Children’s Hospital ‘Bambino Gesù’ in Rome. She has completed her degree in Philosophy cum laude at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ in 2003, a MA in Philosophy of Cognitive Science with distinction at the University of Sussex in 2004 and a PhD in Cognitive Sciences at the University of Siena in 2007. She has also obtained a Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Sciences at the University of Central Florida were she spent one year as Fulbright Scholar.


Laura’s research is mainly focused on intersubjective understanding – i.e. how do we make sense of actions performed by others. She has concentrated on the theoretical relevance of an embodied approach to social interaction, focusing, within this field, on what happens when social interaction is impaired as in autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). She is currently leading a three-year FIRB project entitled The Other Understanding in Movement (TOUM) aimed at evaluating the understanding of others’ intentions in ASD as specifically linked to motor actions and gestures.


Journal articles

Sparaci L., Formica D., Lasorsa F. R., Mazzone L., Valeri G., Vicari S. Untrivial Pursuit: Measuring Motor Procedures Learning in Children with Autism. In: Autism Research, Wiley Periodicals, [Online First 30 January 2015]  image   image   image

Ricci L., Formica D., Sparaci L., Lasorsa F. R., Taffoni F., Tamilia E., Guglielmelli E. A new calibration methodology for motion tracking inchildren using wireless magneto-inertialsensors. In: Sensors, vol. 14 (1) pp. 1057 - 1072. MDPI, 2014.  image   image   image
Sparaci L., Stefanini S., D'Elia L., Vicari S., Rizzolatti G. What and Why Understanding in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Williams Syndrome: Similarities and Differences. In: Autism Research, vol. 7 (4) pp. 421 - 432. Wiley Periodicals, 2014.  image   image   image

Bello A., Sparaci L., Stefanini S., Boria S., Volterra V., Rizzolatti G. A developmental study on children’s capacity to ascribe goals and intentions to others. In: Developmental Psychology, vol. 50 (2) pp. 504 - 513. American Psychological Association, 2014. [Online First 17 June 2013]  image   image   image
Sparaci L. Beyond the Point: A Basic Guide to Literature on Pointing Abilities in Children with Autism. In: Humana.Mente Journal of Philosophical Studies, vol. 24 pp. 177 - 202. Edizioni ETS, 2013.  image   image

Campolo D., Taffoni F., Formica D., Iverson J., Sparaci L., Keller F., Guglielmelli E. Embedding inertial-magnetic sensors in everyday objects: Assessing spatial cognition in children. In: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, vol. 11 (1) pp. 103 - 116. World Scientific Publishing, 2012.  image   image   image
Sparaci L., Stefanini S., Marotta L., Vicari S., Rizzolatti G. Understanding motor acts and motor intentions in Williams syndrome. In: Neuropsychologia, vol. 50 (7) pp. 1639 - 1649. Elsevier, 2012.  image   image   image

Sparaci L. Approccio fenomenologico e scienze cognitive. In: Sistemi Intelligenti, vol. 1 (aprile) pp. 75 - 92. il Mulino, 2011.  image   image

Sinigaglia C., Sparaci L. Emotions in action through the looking glass. In: Journal of Analytical Psychology, vol. 55 (1) pp. 3 - 29. Wiley, 2010.  image   image

Boria S., Fabbri-Destro M., Cattaneo L., Sparaci L., Sinigaglia C., Santelli E., Cossu G., Rizzolatti G. Intention Understanding and Autism. In: PLoS One, vol. 4 (5) pp. e5596 - e5596. Public Library of Science (PLoS), 2009.  image   image   image
Sparaci L. Rappresentazioni orientate all'azione:il ruolo delle rappresentazioni deittiche in contesti sociali. In: Teorie e Modelli, vol. XIV (1) pp. 119 - 134. Pitagora Editrice Bologna, 2009.  image   image

Sinigaglia C., Sparaci L. The mirror roots of social cognition. In: Acta Philosphica, vol. 17 (2) pp. 307 - 330. Fabrizio Serra Editore, 2008.  image   image
Sparaci L. Embodying Gestures. The Social Orienting Model and the study of early gestures in autism. In: Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, vol. 7 (2) pp. 203 - 223. Springer, 2008.  image   image

Sparaci L. Autismo, simulazione incarnata e neuroni specchio. In: Élites. L'ordine della diversità e del molteplice, vol. 4 pp. 67 - 78. Rubbettino Editore, 2006.  image

Contribution to Book/Monograph

Sparaci L., Rinaldi P., Volterra V. Profili cognitivi e nuove prospettive sui rapporti con il sistema motorio. In: La sindrome di Williams. Genetica, clinica e riabilitazione. pp. 143 - 157. B. Dallapiccola, S. Vicari (eds.). (Strumenti per il lavoro psico-sociale ed educativo). Milano: F. Angeli, 2012.  image   image

Sparaci L. Discourse and action: analyzing the possibility of a structural similarity. In: SILFS - New Essays in Logic and Philosophy of Science. pp. 493 - 504. M. D'Agostino G. Giorello F. Laudisa T. Pievani C. Sinigaglia (ed.). London: College Publications, 2010.  image

Romano G., Sparaci L. Il problema dell'intersoggettività negli studi sull'autismo. In: Filosofia della medicina. Metodo, modelli, cura ed errori. pp. 661 - 689. P. Giarretta, A. Moretto, G.F. Gensini, M. Trabucchi (eds.). Bologna: Il Mulino, 2009.  image


Ricci L., Formica D., Tamilia E., Sparaci L., Capirci O., Guglielmelli E. An experimental protocol for the definition of upper limb anatomical frames on children using magneto- inertial sensors. In: EMBC 2013 - Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2013 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE (Osaka, 3-7 July 2013). Proceedings, pp. 4903 - 4906. (Proceedings of the IEEE). IEEE, 2013.  image   image   image

Sparaci L. Intersubjectivity Interrupted. Motivating and reviewing the literature on gesture behavior in autism through a phenomenological approach. In: IHSRC - International Human Science Research Conference (Rovereto, Italy, 13-16 June 2007). Proceedings, pp. 1 - 14. Unitn I, 2008.  image


Sparaci L., Vespignani M., Formica D., D'Elia L., Valeri G., Vicari S. Using a Newly Developed Computer-Based Program to Evaluate Learning of Visuomotor Procedures in Children with Autism: A Pilot Study. In: IMFAR - International Meeting for Autism Research (Toronto, 17 - 19 maggio 2012). Abstract, article n. 10292. International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) (ed.). International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), 2012.  image   image

Sparaci L., Stefanini S., D'Elia L., Rizzolatti G., Vicari S. Intersubjectivity and Understanding Motor Intentions: Evidence From Autism and Williams Syndrome. In: IMFAR - International Meeting for Autism Research (San Diego, California, 12-14 May 2011). Abstract, pp. 91 - 91. International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), 2011.  image   image



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