Valentina Fantasia

Valentina Fantasia

Associate Senior Lecturer

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I obtained my PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Portsmouth (UK) within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action project TESIS (Towards an Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity). My researcher mainly focuses on the development of social cognition in daily routine interactions as a participatory sense-making process, and particularly how socio-cultural practices and contexts (e.g. outdoor) shape social learning experiences. My methods span from quantitative to observational and ethnographic.

I'm the PI of the Wallenberg AI-Humanities and Society (WASP-HS) project: Situated and embodied approaches to human-robots interactions. The project aims to adopt a multidisciplinary analytical approach to study the interactional dynamics between humans and social robots, e.g. how they can develop fine-grained skills for joint action and sharing of meanings, e.g. by reciprocally expressing and perceiving emotions, or establishing and maintaining behavioural attunement.

UKÄ subject classification

  • Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
  • Philosophy


  • Developmental psychology
  • Social cognition
  • Embodied cognition
  • Language Socialisation
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Ethnomethodology


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