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Stephanie Cacioppo, PhD

Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo focuses on the neurobiology of the social self.



HER BIG QUESTION: FROM ME TO WE: HOW AND WHY THE BRAIN FORMS, MAINTAINS AND RESTORES LASTING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS?



To address this question, Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo investigates how and why a specific brain network called the inferior fronto-parietal network, which includes the seminal mirror neuron system (a network that is activated when you move and see others perform a similar action), contributes to the: i) rapid formation, ii) maintenance and iii) restoration of lasting salutary connections with other brains.



According to Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo, human social connectedness has a function — not only to bond with people emotionally but also to improve our cognition and behavior, and indirectly our mental, physical and brain health.



Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo integrates theories of self-expansion and embodied cognition with lesion studies, functional neuroimaging, and 4D electrical neuroimaging to investigate brain dynamics of the social self, its cognitive and health benefits. Understanding how and why the deeply rooted brain dynamics vary as a function of how one feels toward (and thinks about) themselves and others may provide critical insights on one’s mental health and well-being, and may promote the development of interventions for neuropsychiatric and neurologic patients with interpersonal disorders. The better is our understanding of successful social connections, the greater is our respect for the significance and potency of their role in mental and physical health.



Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo’s ultimate goal is to identify biomarkers of successful social relationships and develop clinical intervention and neuropharmacological treatments to heal or cure fractures and diseases of one’s broken social self.

University Medical School of Geneva (Switzerland) & University of Savoy (France)
Ph.D. - Psychology
2004

To what extent is psychological resilience protective or ameliorative: Exploring the effects of deployment on the mental health of combat medics.
Russell DW, Russell CA, Chen HY, Cacioppo S, Cacioppo JT. To what extent is psychological resilience protective or ameliorative: Exploring the effects of deployment on the mental health of combat medics. Psychol Serv. 2019 Mar 28.
PMID: 30920274

Genetic Contributions to Loneliness and Their Relevance to the Evolutionary Theory of Loneliness.
Spithoven AWM, Cacioppo S, Goossens L, Cacioppo JT. Genetic Contributions to Loneliness and Their Relevance to the Evolutionary Theory of Loneliness. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2019 05; 14(3):376-396.
PMID: 30844327

Behavioral and cardiovascular consequences of disrupted oxytocin communication in cohabitating pairs of male and female prairie voles.
Grippo AJ, McNeal N, Watanasriyakul WT, Cacioppo S, Scotti ML, Dagner A. Behavioral and cardiovascular consequences of disrupted oxytocin communication in cohabitating pairs of male and female prairie voles. Soc Neurosci. 2019 Dec; 14(6):649-662.
PMID: 30658044

Loneliness predicts a preference for larger interpersonal distance within intimate space.
Layden EA, Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. Loneliness predicts a preference for larger interpersonal distance within intimate space. PLoS One. 2018; 13(9):e0203491.
PMID: 30188950

The Population-Based Longitudinal Chicago Health, Aging, and Social Relations Study (CHASRS): Study Description and Predictors of Attrition in Older Adults.
Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. The Population-Based Longitudinal Chicago Health, Aging, and Social Relations Study (CHASRS): Study Description and Predictors of Attrition in Older Adults. Arch Sci Psychol. 2018 Feb; 6(1):21-31.
PMID: 30221101

The growing problem of loneliness.
Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. The growing problem of loneliness. Lancet. 2018 02 03; 391(10119):426.
PMID: 29407030

Spatio-temporal dynamics of the mirror neuron system during social intentions.
Cacioppo S, Bolmont M, Monteleone G. Spatio-temporal dynamics of the mirror neuron system during social intentions. Soc Neurosci. 2018 12; 13(6):718-738.
PMID: 29048247

Neuroimaging of Female Sexual Desire and Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder.
Cacioppo S. Neuroimaging of Female Sexual Desire and Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder. Sex Med Rev. 2017 10; 5(4):434-444.
PMID: 28865901

Predicting Intentions of a Familiar Significant Other Beyond the Mirror Neuron System.
Cacioppo S, Juan E, Monteleone G. Predicting Intentions of a Familiar Significant Other Beyond the Mirror Neuron System. Front Behav Neurosci. 2017; 11:155.
PMID: 28890691

Reciprocal Influences Between Loneliness and Self-Centeredness: A Cross-Lagged Panel Analysis in a Population-Based Sample of African American, Hispanic, and Caucasian Adults.
Cacioppo JT, Chen HY, Cacioppo S. Reciprocal Influences Between Loneliness and Self-Centeredness: A Cross-Lagged Panel Analysis in a Population-Based Sample of African American, Hispanic, and Caucasian Adults. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2017 Aug; 43(8):1125-1135.
PMID: 28903715

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