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.


Teaching in 2023-2024:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

UKÄ subject classification

  • Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
  • Philosophy

Free keywords

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


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