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Dr Gianna Cocchini

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PositionSenior Lecturer in Neuropsychology and Director of the MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
Department Psychology
Email g.cocchini (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 5024
Dr Gianna Cocchini

Summary of research

Attention deficits and reduced awareness for illness following brain damage and dementia.

Academic qualifications

BSc PhD

Teaching

MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience

  • PS71040A: Biological Aspects of Brain Functions
  • PS71043A: Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology

Undergraduate courses

  • PS51006A: Biological and Comparative Approaches to Psychology
  • PS53024A: Topics in Neuropsychology

Areas of supervision

BSc, MSc and MPhil/PhD projects

  • Mental representation of different parts of the body.
  • Modulation of body representation in healthy volunteers by means of transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • Awareness for memory decline in non-neurological elderly people

MPhil/PhD projects, only

  • Anosognosia for memory deficits: diagnosis and investigation of possible underlying mechanisms
  • Relationship between attention disorders in brain damaged patients and mental representation of the neglected side of the body

 

Publications

Book

The VATAm: visual-analogical test for anosognosia for motor deficit
Beschin, Nicoletta; Cocchini, Gianna; Cameron, Annette and Della Sala, Sergio. 2008. The VATAm: visual-analogical test for anosognosia for motor deficit. Firenze: Giunti O.S..

Book Section

Cognitive Neuropsychology
Cocchini, Gianna. 2012. Cognitive Neuropsychology. In: Nick Braisby and Angus Gellatly, eds. Cognitive Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 399-429. ISBN 978-0-19-923699-2

Assessing anosognosia for motor an language impairments
Cocchini, Gianna and Della Sala, Sergio. 2010. Assessing anosognosia for motor an language impairments. In: George Prigatano, ed. The Study of Anosognosia. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 123-144. ISBN 978-0-19-537909-9

Anosognosia. Non ho niente dottore!
Cocchini, Gianna and Della Sala, Sergio. 2006. Anosognosia. Non ho niente dottore! In: Sergio Della Sala and Nicoletta Beschin, eds. Il cervello ferito. Firenze: Giunti, pp. 159-172. ISBN 88-09-04428-2

Article

NHS Ethics: Shoe-bombers and why ‘less needs to be more’
Jansari, Ashok S.; Cocchini, Gianna; Jenkinson, Paul; Bajo, Ana and Ietswaart, Magdalena. 2015. NHS Ethics: Shoe-bombers and why ‘less needs to be more’. Cortex, 71, pp. 409-411. ISSN 0010-9452

No dual-task practice effect in Alzheimer's disease
Foley, Jennifer A.; Cocchini, Gianna; Logie, Robert H. and Della Sala, Sergio. 2015. No dual-task practice effect in Alzheimer's disease. Memory, 23(4), pp. 518-528. ISSN 0965-8211

Personal Neglect Following Unilateral Right And Left Brain Damage
Caggiano, Pietro; Beschin, Nicoletta and Cocchini, Gianna. 2014. Personal Neglect Following Unilateral Right And Left Brain Damage. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 140, pp. 164-167. ISSN 1877-0428

Reducing chronic visuo-spatial neglect following right hemisphere stroke through instrument playing
Bodak, R; Malhotra, P; Bernardi, N.F.; Cocchini, Gianna and Stewart, Lauren. 2014. Reducing chronic visuo-spatial neglect following right hemisphere stroke through instrument playing. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8(413), ISSN 1662-5161

Phantabulation: A case of visual imagery interference on visual perception
Cocchini, Gianna; Lello, Owen; McIntosh, Robert and Della Sala, Sergio. 2014. Phantabulation: A case of visual imagery interference on visual perception. Neurocase, 20(5), pp. 581-590. ISSN 1355-4794

Extinction and Anti-extinction: The “Attentional Waiting” Hypothesis
Watling, Rosamond; Danckert, James; Linnell, Karina J and Cocchini, Gianna. 2013. Extinction and Anti-extinction: The “Attentional Waiting” Hypothesis. Neuropsychology, 27(2), pp. 275-279. ISSN 0894-4105

Relationship between anosognosia and depression in aphasic patients
Cocchini, Gianna; Crosta, Eleonora; Allen, Rory; Zaro, Francesco and Beschin, Nicoletta. 2013. Relationship between anosognosia and depression in aphasic patients. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, pp. 1-11.

Assessing anosognosia: a critical review
Cocchini, Gianna; Beschin, Nicoletta and Della Sala, Sergio. 2012. Assessing anosognosia: a critical review. Acta Neuropsychologica, 10(3), pp. 419-443.

Anosognosia and neglect respond differently to the same treatments
Beschin, Nicoletta; Cocchini, Gianna; Allen, Rory and Della Sala, Sergio. 2012. Anosognosia and neglect respond differently to the same treatments. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 22(4), pp. 550-562.

The relationship between pitch and space in congenital amusia
Williamson, V. J.; Cocchini, Gianna and Stewart, Lauren. 2011. The relationship between pitch and space in congenital amusia. Brain and Cognition, 76(1), pp. 70-76.

Explicit and implicit anosognosia or upper limb motor impairment
Cocchini, Gianna; Beschin, Nicoletta; Fotopoulou, Aikaterini and Della Sala, Sergio. 2010. Explicit and implicit anosognosia or upper limb motor impairment. Neuropsychologia, 48(5), pp. 1489-1494. ISSN 0028-3932

Dual Task During Encoding, Maintenance, and Retrieval in Alzheimer's Disease
Sergio, Della Sala; Cocchini, Gianna; Robert, Logie; Michael, Allerhand and Sarah, MacPherson. 2010. Dual Task During Encoding, Maintenance, and Retrieval in Alzheimer's Disease. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 19(2), pp. 503-515. ISSN 1387-2877

Vata-L: Visual-Analogue Test Assessing Anosognosia for Language Impairment
Cocchini, Gianna; Gregg, Nicola; Beschin, Nicoletta; Dean, Michael and Sala, Sergio Della. 2010. Vata-L: Visual-Analogue Test Assessing Anosognosia for Language Impairment. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 24(8), pp. 1379-1399. ISSN 1385-4046

Vata-m: Visual-Analogue test assessing anosognosia for motor impairment
Della Sala, Sergio; Cocchini, Gianna; Beschin, Nicoletta and Cameron, A.. 2009. Vata-m: Visual-Analogue test assessing anosognosia for motor impairment. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 23(3), pp. 406-427. ISSN 1385-4046

Anosognosia for motor impairment following left brain damage
Cocchini, Gianna; Beschin, Nicoletta; Cameron, Annette; Fotopoulou, Aikaterini and Della Sala, Sergio. 2009. Anosognosia for motor impairment following left brain damage. Neuropsychology, 23(2), pp. 223-230. ISSN 0894-4105

Vata-m: Visual-Analogue test assessing Anosognosia for motor impairment
Della Sala, Sergio; Cocchini, Gianna; Beschin, Nicoletta and Cameron, Annette. 2009. Vata-m: Visual-Analogue test assessing Anosognosia for motor impairment. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 23(3), pp. 406-427. ISSN 1385-4046

Pseudoneglect in back space
Cocchini, Gianna; Watling, Rosamond; Sala, Sergio Della and Jansari, Ashok. 2007. Pseudoneglect in back space. Brain and Cognition, 63(1), pp. 79-84. ISSN 02782626

Left ipsilesional neglect for visual imagery: a mental image generation impairment?
Cocchini, Gianna; Bartolo, Angela and Nichelli, Paolo. 2006. Left ipsilesional neglect for visual imagery: a mental image generation impairment? Neurocase, 12(3), pp. 197-206. ISSN 13554794

Is There a Specific Executive Capacity for Dual Task Coordination? Evidence From Alzheimer's Disease
Cocchini, Gianna; Logie, Robert; Della Sala, Sergio and Baddeley, Alan D.. 2004. Is There a Specific Executive Capacity for Dual Task Coordination? Evidence From Alzheimer's Disease. Neuropsychology, 18(3), pp. 504-513. ISSN 08944105

Dual task effects of walking when talking in Alzheimer's disease
Cocchini, Gianna; Della Sala, Sergio; Logie, R. H.; Sacco, L. and Spinnler , H.. 2004. Dual task effects of walking when talking in Alzheimer's disease. Revue Neurologique, 160(1), pp. 74-80. ISSN 0035-3787

Ipsilesional neglect for left imaginal space
Cocchini, Gianna; Bartolo, Angela and Nichelli, Paolo. 2004. Ipsilesional neglect for left imaginal space. Cortex, 40, pp. 164-165.

Chronic anosognosia: a case report and theoretical account
Cocchini, Gianna; Beschin, Nicoletta and Della Sala, S.. 2002. Chronic anosognosia: a case report and theoretical account. Neuropsychologia, 40(12), pp. 2030-2038. ISSN 00283932

Concurrent performance of two memory tasks: Evidence for domain-specific working memory systems
Cocchini, Gianna; Della Sala, Sergio; Logie, Robert and Baddeley, Alan D.. 2002. Concurrent performance of two memory tasks: Evidence for domain-specific working memory systems. Memory and Cognition, 30(7), pp. 1086-1095. ISSN 0090502X

Chronic anosognosia: a case report and theoretical account
Cocchini, Gianna; Beschin, Nicoletta and Della Sala, Sergio. 2002. Chronic anosognosia: a case report and theoretical account. Neuropsychologia, 40(12), pp. 2030-2038. ISSN 00283932

The fluff test: a simple task to assess body representation neglect
Cocchini, Gianna; Beschin, Nicoletta and Jehkonen, Mervi. 2001. The fluff test: a simple task to assess body representation neglect. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 11(1), pp. 17-31. ISSN 0960-2011

Research

My research focuses on cognitive disorders that are the result of brain lesion or brain degeneration (such as Alzheimer Disease).

Brain damage patients often show a lack of awareness (anosognosia) for their motor and cognitive impairment. For example, they may be completely unaware of their hemiplegia or their amnesia. This is an intriguing syndrome whose underlining mechanisms are still unclear.  My studies on this syndrome aim to improve diagnosis of anosognosia for different deficits (motor and cognitive) and to investigate whether anosognosia may be linked to different behavioural and  neuroanatomical patterns. Findings will also guide better and more efficient rehabilitation programs.

I have also focused my interest on visuo-spatial disorders. In particular, my attention is centred on neglect patients who show a difficulty in attending and detecting stimuli located on the side (usually the left) opposite to their brain lesion (usually the right). It is well-known that neglect can affect body area (Personal neglect) but it is still unclear at which extent this affects  patient’s mental representation of own body parts.  My current work aims at investigating the nature of the link between personal neglect and body representation.

With regard to Alzheimer Disease, I have carried out a few studies on specific attention and memory disorders, which can be shown in the very early phase of illness. Projects on this matter have been addressed to improve an early diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease and a better understanding of these cognitive processes in a healthy population. I am now interested in evaluating other aspects of this syndrome mainly in relation to memory deficits and patients’ awareness.