Dr Gianna Cocchini

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Department Psychology
Email g.cocchini (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 5148
Dr Gianna Cocchini

Summary

Gianna is a Senior Lecturer in Neuropsychology at Goldsmiths. She is a member of the Goldsmiths Cognition and Neuroscience Group and a co-founder of the BRNet (Body Representation Network). Gianna has worked with neurological population for several years before becoming an academic. She has a research record of studies aiming to understand the mechanisms underlying specific aspects of neuropsychological syndromes (in particular, neglect and anosognosia). Her research contributions have covered various areas: anosognosia for cognitive and motor impairment, hemispatial neglect, dual task and alertness in dementia, body mental representation and its distortions.

Grants and Awards

Gianna has received external grant funding for her studies on anosognosia from the Wellcome Trust and the Stroke Association.

Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

Gianna has worked very closely with clinicians in different countries to devise and publish diagnostic tools to assess various aspects of common neuropsychological syndromes. Some of these measures have been translated in several languages and are routinely used in clinical practice and research setting. A list of tests is provided below and a full version of some of these measures is available on a dedicated web page: http://homepages.gold.ac.uk/gcocchini

  • Fluff test: A test to assess personal neglect
  • VATAm: Visual Analogue Test to Assess Anosognosia for motor impairment
  • VATA–L: Visual Analogue Test to Assess Anosognosia for language impairment
  • BMT: Bimanual Motor task (to assess implicit forms of anosognosia)
  • ECT: Errand Choice Test (to assess implicit forms of anosognosia)

Research Interests

Gianna’s research mainly focuses on cognitive disorders caused by brain lesions or brain degeneration (such as dementia). Key areas are listed below:

  • Anosognosia for motor and cognitive impairment
  • Body representation
  • Hemispatial neglect syndrome
  • Personal neglect
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Dual task
  • Psychometric assessment

Publications

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

My true face: unmasking one’s own face representation
Mora, Laura; Cowie, D; Banissy, Michael J. and Cocchini, Gianna. 2018. My true face: unmasking one’s own face representation. Acta Psychologica, 191, pp. 63-68. ISSN 0001-6918

Different tool training induces specific effects on body metric representation
Romano, Daniele; Uberti, Elena; Caggiano, Pietro; Cocchini, Gianna and Maravita, Angelo. 2018. Different tool training induces specific effects on body metric representation. Experimental Brain Research, ISSN 0014-4819

Cross Domain Self-Monitoring in Anosognosia for Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s disease
Chapman, Silvia; Colvin, Leigh E.; Vuorre, Matti; Cocchini, Gianna; Metcalfe, Janet; Huey, Edward D. and Cosentino, Stephanie. 2018. Cross Domain Self-Monitoring in Anosognosia for Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s disease. Cortex, 101, pp. 221-233. ISSN 0010-9452

The magic hand: plasticity of mental hand representation
Cocchini, Gianna; Galligan, Toni; Mora, Laura and Kuhn, Gustav. 2018. The magic hand: plasticity of mental hand representation. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, ISSN 1747-0218

Unawareness for motor impairment and distorted perception of task difficulty
Cocchini, Gianna; Beschin, Nicoletta and Della Sala, Sergio. 2017. Unawareness for motor impairment and distorted perception of task difficulty. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 24(1), pp. 45-56. ISSN 1355-6177

Ageing and agency: age-related changes in susceptibility to illusory experiences of control
Cioffi, Maria Cristina; Cocchini, Gianna; Banissy, Michael J. and Moore, James W.. 2017. Ageing and agency: age-related changes in susceptibility to illusory experiences of control. Royal Society Open Science, 4(5), p. 161065. ISSN 2054-5703

Anosognosia and self-correction of naming errors in aphasia
Dean, Michael P; Della Sala, Sergio; Beschin, Nicoletta and Cocchini, Gianna. 2017. Anosognosia and self-correction of naming errors in aphasia. Aphasiology, 31(7), pp. 725-740. ISSN 1464-5041

Musical expertise has minimal impact on dual task performance
Cocchini, Gianna; Filardi, Maria Serena; Crhonkova, Marcela and Halpern, Andrea. 2017. Musical expertise has minimal impact on dual task performance. Memory, 25(5), pp. 677-685. ISSN 0965-8211

Extinction: Possible interference of top-down information. A case study.
Cocchini, Gianna and Grossi, Giordana. 2016. Extinction: Possible interference of top-down information. A case study. Acta Neuropsychologica, 14(4), pp. 381-387. ISSN 1730-7503

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

Treatment response profiles: An extension of the double dissociation concept in neuropsychological researc
Allen, Rory and Cocchini, Gianna. 2015. Treatment response profiles: An extension of the double dissociation concept in neuropsychological researc. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 30, pp. 1-19. ISSN 0960-2011

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neglect without extinction.
Cocchini, Gianna; Cubelli, Roberto; Della Sala, Sergio and Beschin, Nicoletta. 1999. Neglect without extinction. Cortex, 35(3), pp. 285-313. ISSN 0010-9452

Working memory and vigilance: Evidence from normal ageing and Alzheimer’s disease
Baddeley, Alan D.; Cocchini, Gianna; Della Sala, Sergio; Logie, Robert and Spinnler, Hans. 1999. Working memory and vigilance: Evidence from normal ageing and Alzheimer’s disease. Brain and Cognition, 41(1), pp. 87-108. ISSN 0278-2626

What the eyes perceive, the brain ignores: A case of pure unilateral representational neglect
Beschin, Nicoletta; Cocchini, Gianna; Della Sala, Sergio; Logie, Robert and Spinnler, Hans. 1997. What the eyes perceive, the brain ignores: A case of pure unilateral representational neglect. Cortex, 33, pp. 3-26. ISSN 0010-9452

A case of simulated, psychogenic or focal pure retrograde amnesia: did an entire life become unconscious?
Barbarotto, R.; Laiacona, Marcella and Cocchini, Gianna. 1996. A case of simulated, psychogenic or focal pure retrograde amnesia: did an entire life become unconscious? Neuropsychologia, 34(6), pp. 575-585. ISSN 0028-3932

Alzheimer patients show a sensitivity decrement over time on a tonic alertness task
Brazzelli, Miriam; Cocchini, Gianna; Della Sala, Sergio and Spinnler, Hans. 1994. Alzheimer patients show a sensitivity decrement over time on a tonic alertness task. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 16(6), pp. 851-860. ISSN 1380-3395

Other

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. Giunti O.S., Firenze.