Recent Publications

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(2021). Explainable artificial intelligence based analysis for interpreting infant fNIRS data in developmental cognitive neuroscience. In Communications Biology.

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(2021). The development of body representations: an associative learning account.. In Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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(2019). If I were a grown-up: Children’s response to the rubber hand illusion with different hand sizes. In Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

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(2019). Affective certainty and congruency of touch modulate the experience of the rubber hand illusion. In Scientific Reports.

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(2018). The Mindedness of Maternal Touch: An Investigation of Maternal Mind-Mindedness and Mother-Infant Touch Interactions. In Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

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Body awareness

What makes your body your own?


How do we learn to identify and monitor internal sensations?

Self recognition

What is special about our own face?


How does touch contribute to our sense of body awareness?


If you’re interested in my research work and would like to work on infant and child development, The University of Essex offers several options:

  1. The Research Experience Scheme (RES) is aimed to students who have an interest in gaining research experience. The scheme gives you the opportunity to work with us on an ongoing research project for one term.
  2. Frontrunners is the University of Essex paid placement scheme that gives students the opportunity to gain work experience
  3. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) is a placement scheme specifically aimed at undergraduate students who would like to gain first-hand research experience.

I am happy to discuss projects that fall within the scope of:

  • Multisensory integration and body awareness across the lifespan
  • Psychological and neural mechanisms of body awareness
  • Methodological advances in fNIRS
  • The development of self-recognition
  • Mechanisms underpinning self-other distinction, including tactile interactions
  • Eating behaviour in infants and young children (psychophysiology and behaviour)

Please get in touch if you want to discuss possible research experience and/or PhD opportunities.


I teach the following courses at University of Essex:

  • Developmental Psychology (PS406)
  • Making connections: how children develop (PS507)
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology (PS931)
  • Special Topics in Individual Differences and Developmental Psychology (PS938)


  • m.filippetti{at}essex{dot}ac{dot}uk
  • Department of Psychology, Wivenhoe Park, University of Essex, CO4 3SQ, Colchester UK
  • email for appointment