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Monica Gori graduated in Psychology at the University of Florence in 2004 (cum laude). From 2004 to 2009 she worked at the CNR of Pisa in David Burr’s Laboratory. She did her PhD (in January 2009) on Humanoid Technologies at the Italian Institute of Technology University of Genoa supervised by Giulio Sandini and David Burr. In 2008 she worked in Martin Banks lab (Berkeley, California). During her PhD she interacted with a strong multidisciplinary environment starting collaborations with engineers  and clinical institutes (e.g. Chiossone Institute and Stella Maris Institute). She also started important collaborations with prof. Juergen Konczac (Minnesota University, USA) and with prof. Melvin Goodale (Ontario University, Canada). She is now tenure track at U-Vip Unit (Unit for Visually Impaired People) in IIT. Monica Gori is an  expert of development, multisensory integration, sensory-motor perception, visual disability and spatial perception. The impact of her work on the scientific community can be summarized by 41 international papers, 2 book chapters and many conferences' abstracts. Internationally accepted indices of impact and productivity shows that her work has received 421 citations, leading her to an H-index of 11 in Scopus. In 2014, she was awarded the ABBI project (FP7, ICT-2013.5.3, contribution of about 2 millions) and in 2016 she was awarded the WeDraw project (H20202, ICT 22-2016, contribution of about 2.5 millions). In both she is the scientific coordinator. One of her works has been listed in faculty of 1000 (Gori et al. Curr Biol, 2008) and in 2012 she won the TR35 price for young innovators.

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Lab activity:
Italian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGg0SB8rj1U
English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiSsDLUS_UQ 

https://www.iit.it/research/lines/unit-for-visually-impaired-people

TEDx: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAz_Qx6xcRQ

WeDRAW Exploiting the best sensory modality for learning arithmetic and geometrical concepts based on multisensory interactive Information and Communication Technologies and serious games

http://www.wedraw.eu/

ABBI - Audio Bracelet for Blind Interactions
https://www.abbiproject.eu/

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5616-865X

 

 

Projects

The main problem addressed in my research is to study how unisensory and multisensory perceptual capabilities change and interact during development in children with and without disabilities. The goal of such activity is to exploit this knowledge to understand the brain, to create new rehabilitation programs and to develop new mechatronic devices to increment sensory-motor abilities of children with sensory disabilities. I’m investigating not only how different sensory modalities are integrated during development but also how the absence of one modality, in children with sensory disabilities, can impact on other modalities that are not impaired (Gori et al. Current Biology, 2008; Gori et al. Frontiers 2012; Gori et al. Developmental Science 2012; Burr et al. 2011; Burr & Gori 2011; Gori et al. Current Biology, 2010; Gori et al. NeuroPsycholgia 2012).   

In february 2014 started the european project ABBI (http://www.abbiproject.eu/, of which I am the coordinator).

The aim of ABBI is the development of a new technology based on sensory-motor rehabilitation for visual impaired children. The ABBI project is a three-years long project and starts in February 2014. In patricular ABBI aims at develop  a rehabilitative technology that exploits the neural mechanisms that are naturally used by our sensory and motor systems and that does not require additional learning and attentional resources.

In January 2017 started the european project WeDRAW "Exploiting the best sensory modality for learning arithmetic and geometrical concepts based on multisensory interactive Information and Communication Technologies and serious games" (http://www.wedraw.eu/ of which I am the coordinator).

 

The weDRAW project comes from the renewed neuroscientific understanding of the role of communication between sensory modalities during development: specific sensory systems have specific roles to learn specific concepts. Starting from these results, in weDRAW we will develop an multisensory technology and three serious games that will exploit the best modality for learning arithmetic and geometrical concepts.

In particular weDRAW:
- will provide the elements to the teacher to determine which is the best modality (visual, audio or haptic) to teach each specific concepts to the students;
- will provide the technology to exploit the best sensory signal;
- will permit to teach different concepts together. This will be possible by using a multisensory approach, that will open a new teaching/learning channel, personalized for each student, based on multisensory interactive technology (i.e., audio, tactile, motor and visual), including a serious game platform.
- will show that it is possible to learn arithmetical concepts from multisensory rhythm exploration and music and geometrical concepts from body movement and multisensory drawing.
- will permit a “deeper learning of Science and Mathematics combined with Arts” improving creative capacities of learners.

Besides application to typical children, a major goal and output of this project consists of applying the proposed multisensory approach and technologies to two specific populations: visually impaired and dyslexic children. In particular, dyslexic children have problems with rhythm, whereas visually impaired children have problems with space and geometry. With weDRAW we expect to improve the spatial and temporal impairments of these two groups of children braking down social barriers

Selected Publications

  1. Gori M., Del Viva M., Sandini G. & Burr D.C. 2008, ‘Young children do not integrate visual and haptic form information’, Current Biology, vol. 18,no. 9, pp. 694–698. Citations 110 Faculty of 1000,
  2. Gori M., Sandini G., Martinoli C. & Burr D. 2010, ‘Poor haptic orientation discrimination in non-sighted children may reflect’, Current Biology, vol. 20,no. 3, pp. 223–225. Citations 28
  3. Sciutti A., Squeri V., Gori M., Masia L., Sandini G. & Konczak J. 2010, ‘Predicted sensory feedback derived from motor commands does not improve haptic sensitivity’, Experimental Brain Research, vol. 200,no. 3, pp. 259–267.  N. Citations 11
  4. Konczak J., Sciutti A., Avanzino L., Squeri V., Gori M., Masia L., Abruzzese G., Sandini, G. (2012) Parkinson’s disease accelerates age-related decline in haptic perception by altering somatosensory integration Brain, vol. 135, pp. 3371–3379 N. Citations 15
  5. Squeri V., Sciutti A., Gori M., Masia L., Sandini G. & Konczack J. 2012, ‘Two hands, one perception: how bimanual haptic information is combined by the brain’, J Neurophysiol, vol. 107, pp. 544–550. N. Citations 12
  6. Gori M., Mazzilli G., Sandini G. & Burr D. 2011, ‘Cross-sensory facilitation reveals neural interactions between visual and tactile motion in humans.’, Front. Psychology, vol. 2,no. 55, 55. Citations 17
  7. Del Viva M.M., Gori M. & Burr D.C. 2006, ‘Powerful motion illusion caused by temporal asymmetries in ON and OFF visual pathways’, Journal of Neurophysiology, vol. 95,no. 6, pp. 3928–3932. Citations 10
  8. Vercillo, T., Milne, J., Gori, M., Goodale, M.A. Enhanced auditory spatial localization in blind echolocators. Neuropsychologia 67, pp. 35-40, 2015
  9. Tomassini A., Gori M., Burr D., Sandini G. & Morrone C. 2011, ‘2011, ‘Perceived duration of visual and tactile stimuli depends on perceived speed’, Frontiers in integrative neuroscience,’, Frontiers in integrative neuroscience, vol. 5,no. 51. Citations 12
  10. Tomassini A., Gori M., Burr D., Sandini G. & Morrone C. 2012, ‘Active movement restores veridical event-timing after tactile adaptation’, J Neurophysiology, Oct;108(8):2092-100 Citations 5
  11. Gori M, Sandini G, Burr D (2012). Development of visuo-auditory integration in space and time. Frontiers in integrative neuroscience 2012;6:77 Citations 11
  12. Gori, M.; Giuliana, L.; Sandini, G.; Burr, D.; Visual size perception and haptic calibration during development Developmental Science (2012), pp 1–10 ISSN: 1363-755X
  13. Gori M, Tinelli F, Sandini G, Cioni G, Burr D (2012) Impaired visual size-discrimination in children with movement disorders. Neuropsychologia 50: 1838-1843. Citations 8
  14. Gori, Sandini, Martinoli and Burr Impairment of auditory spatial localization in congenitally blind human subjects  Brain. 2014 January; 137(1): 288–293. We also obtained the cover image of the journal. Citations 10
  15. Gori, M., Sciutti, A., Jacono, M., Sandini, G., Morrone, M.C., Burr, D.C. (2012) “Long integration time for accelerating and decelerating visual, tactile and visuo-tactile stimuli” Multisensory research.
  16. Sciutti A., Burr D.C., Saracco A., Sandini G. & Gori M. (2014) ‘Central tendency for length judgments in school-age children’, Experimental Brain Research.
  17. Dahiya R.S. & Gori M. 2010, ‘Probing with and into Fingerprints’, Journal of Neurophysiology, vol. 104, pp. 1–3. Citations 7
  18. Del Viva M.M. & Gori M. 2008, ‘Anti-Glass patterns and real motion perception: Same or different mechanisms?’, Journal of Vision, vol. 8(2),no. 1, pp. 1–15.
  19. Tomassini, A., Gori, M., Baud-Bovy, G., Sandini, G. and Morrone, M. C. (2014). Motor commands induce time compression for tactile stimuli. Journal of Neuroscience.
  20. L. Brayda, C. Campus, M. Gori, Predicting successful tactile mapping of virtual objects,in IEEE Transaction on Haptics, Volume 6, Issue 4, september 2013.
  21. Gori M., Sciutti A., Burr D. & Sandini G. 2011, ‘Direct and indirect haptic calibration of visual size judgments’, PLoS ONE, vol. 6,no. 10, e25599. Citations 6
  22. Sciutti, A., Del Prete, A.,Natale, L.,  Gori, M., Burr, D Perception during interaction is not based on statistical context 2013, CM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction 6483583, pp. 225-226
  23. Brayda, L., Campus, C., Gori, M,  What you touch is what you get: Self-assessing a minimalist tactile sensory substitution device, 2013 World Haptics Conference, WHC 2013 6548457, pp. 491-496
  24. Gori, M., Vercillo, T., Sandini, G., Burr, D. (2014) Tactile feedback improves auditory spatial localization special issue : “Learning to see (better): improving visual deficits with perceptual learning” organized by Marcello Maniglia. Frontiers  in Psychology impact factor 2.843
  25. Auditory spatial localization: Developmental delay in children with visual impairments  Cappagli, G., Gori, M. 2016 Research in Developmental Disabilities impact factor 2,18
  26. Depth echolocation learnt by novice sighted people  Tonelli, A., Brayda, L., Gori, M. 2016, PLoS ONE impact factor 3.057
  27. Early visual deprivation severely compromises the auditory sense of space in congenitally blind children  Vercillo, T., Burr, D., Gori, M. 2016 Developmental Psychology impact factor 3.116
  28. Evaluation of the Audio Bracelet for Blind Interaction for improving mobility and spatial cognition in early blind children - A pilot study  Finocchietti, S., Cappagli, G., Porquis, L.B., (...), Cocchi, E., Gori, M. 2015 Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS impact factor 3.05
  29. Co-located games created by children with visual impairments  Magnusson, C., Rydeman, B., Finocchietti, S., (...), Baud-Bovy, G., Gori, M. 2015 MobileHCI 2015 - Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct
  30. Time, number and attention in very low birth weight children  Tinelli, F., Anobile, G., Gori, M., (...), Cioni, G., Concetta Morrone, M. 2015 Neuropsychologia impact factor 3.451
  31. Attention to sound improves auditory reliability in audio-tactile spatial optimal integration  Vercillo, T., Gori, M. 2015 Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience impact factor 4.55
  32. Multisensory integration and calibration in children and adults with and without sensory and motor disabilities  Gori, M.  2015 Multisensory Research impact factor 1.03
  33. Introduction to the special issue on multisensory development and plasticity  Gori, M., Hanganu-Opatz, I.L.  2015 Multisensory Research impact factor 1.03
  34. Children do not recalibrate motor-sensory temporal order after exposure to delayed sensory feedback  Vercillo, T., Burr, D., Sandini, G., Gori, M. 2015 Developmental Science impact factor 3,98
  35. Devices for visually impaired people: high technological devices  with low user acceptance and no adaptability for children. Gori, Cappagli, Tonelli, Baud-Bovy and Finocchietti Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews impact factor 10.5 in press
  36. Tonelli, A., Brayda, L., & Gori, M. (2015). Task-dependent calibration of auditory spatial perception through environmental visual observation. Name:, 9, 84. [http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnsys.2015.00084] Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience impact factor 3.42
  37. Enhanced auditory spatial localization in blind echolocators  67 35     40 JAN 2015; Vercillo, Tiziana; Milne, Jennifer L.; Gori, Monica; Goodale, Melvyn A. Neuropsychologia impact factor 3.451
  38. Encoding audio motion: spatial impairment in early blind individuals.6:1357. [doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01357] Finocchietti S., Cappagli G. and Gori M. (2015) 2.843 Frontiers  in Psychology impact factor 2.843
  39. Auditory and proprioceptive spatial impairments in blind children and adults. Developmental Science (in press). Cappagli, G.,  Cocchi, E.  & Gori, M. (2015). Developmental Science impact factor 3,98
  40. Burr D, Gori M (2011) Multisensory integration develops late in humans. In: Wallace MIT (ed) Frontiers in the Neural Bases of Multisensory Processes. Taylor & Francis Group.
  41. Burr D, Binda P, Gori M (2011) Combining information from different senses: dynamic adjustment of combination weights, and the development of cross-modal integration in children. In: Julia Trommershauser (ed) Book of Sensory Cue Integration Oxford University Press.
  42. Auditory spatial localization: Developmental delay in children with visual impairments  Cappagli, G., Gori, M. 2016 Research in Developmental Disabilities impact factor 2,18
  43. Depth echolocation learnt by novice sighted people  Tonelli, A., Brayda, L., Gori, M. 2016, PLoS ONE impact factor 3.057
  44. Encoding audio motion: spatial impairment in early blind individuals. Finocchietti S., Cappagli G. and Gori M. (2015) Frontiers  in Psychology impact factor 2.843
  45. Auditory and proprioceptive spatial impairments in blind children and adults. Developmental Science (in press). Cappagli, G.,  Cocchi, E.  & Gori, M. (2015). Developmental Science impact factor 3,98
  46. Early visual deprivation severely compromises the auditory sense of space in congenitally blind children  Vercillo, T., Burr, D., Gori, M. 2016 Developmental Psychology impact factor 3.116
  47. Gori, M., Cappagli, Tonelli, A., G., Baud-Bovy, G., Finocchietti, S. Devices for visually impaired people: high technological devices with low user acceptance and no adaptability for children Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2016, impact factor 10.5 page
  48. Cuturi, Aggius-Vella, Campus, Parmiggiani and Gori From science to technology: orientation and mobility in blind children and adults. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 2016, impact factor 10.5

 

Awards

  • 2008 F1000 with the article "Gori et al. 2008; Young children do not integrate visual and haptic form information. Curr Biol, 18 (9)"
  • 2012 TR35 Giovani Innovatori
  • 2015 Smart Cup Liguria October 2015 Cup for new technological solutions and start-up

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