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About Chiara Giacosa

Chiara completed her BSc in Physics, and then obtained her Master's degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan, Italy. Her MA research was focused on examining changes in brain structure in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology at Concordia University. She is also a member of ABCD lab, where she is investigating the brain structural correlates of music and dance training.  She is also interested to study brain structural differences in children with autism, especially in relation to auditory-motor integration.

Publications

Benedetti F., Giacosa C., Radaelli D., Poletti S., Pozzi E., Dallaspezia S., Falini A., Smeraldi E. (2012).Widespread changes of white matter microstructure in obsessive–compulsive disorder: Effect of drug status. European Neuropsychopharmacology. DOI: 10.1016/j.euroneuro.2012.07.002.

Benedetti F, Poletti S, Radaelli D, Pozzi E, Giacosa C, Ruffini C, Falini A, Smeraldi E. (2012) Caudate Gray Matter Volume in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Is Influenced by Adverse Childhood Experiences and Ongoing Drug Treatment. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 32(4):544-7.

C. Giacosa, C. Ruffini, D. Radaelli, S. Poletti, F. Benedetti (2011b) White matter diffusivity changes in obsessive-compulsive disorder: a diffusion tensor MRI study with Tract-Based Spatial Statistics. Winner Poster published on ECNP website.

Presentations

Giacosa, C.,
Penhune, V.B., Karpati, F., Hyde, K.L.  Brain and behavioural correlates of dance versus music.  Poster presentation at " 2012 McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind NeuroMusic Conference: Come Dance with Me: Movement Control in Brain and Body ", October 13, 2012, Toronto, Canada.

C. Giacosa. Brain differences between dancers and musicians. ACN workshop 2012, Montreal, Canada.

D.L. Boebinger, C. Giacosa, K.L. Hyde & V.B. Penhune. Structural Brain Correlates of Dance Performance in Dancers. Poster presented at ACN workshop 2012, Montreal, Canada.

C. Giacosa, D. Radaelli, S. Poletti, F. Benedetti, E. Smeraldi (2011a) White matter diffusivity changes in obsessive-compulsive disorder: a diffusion tensor MRI study with Tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS). Poster presented at 4th INNOPSY, Milano, Italy.

C. Giacosa, C. Ruffini, D. Radaelli, S. Poletti, F. Benedetti (2011b) White matter diffusivity changes in obsessive-compulsive disorder: a diffusion tensor MRI study with Tract-Based Spatial Statistics. Poster presented at 24th European College of NeuroPsychopharmacology, Paris, France.

C. Giacosa, C. Ruffini, D. Radaelli, S. Poletti, F. Benedetti (2011b) White matter diffusivity changes in obsessive-compulsive disorder: a diffusion tensor MRI study with Tract-Based Spatial Statistics. Poster presented at Axis 4 Poster Session on Adulthood & Healthy Ageing, Centre de Recherche en Développement Humain, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.