Assistant Professor of Psychology
Robert N. Thompson Building

Department(s) or Program(s)


Valentina Proietti is an assistant professor with the Department of Psychology at Trinity Western University. Dr. Proietti’s research interests focus on the development of face processing abilities (i.e., identity recognition, emotion processing and traits judgment based on facial cues). She has also recently developed a new line of research on the investigation of perceptual dehumanization (measured by the employment of specific face processing strategies) as the potential mechanism underlying social prejudice (e.g, racial and age bias).

Research & Scholarship


BA in Psychology (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

MA in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

PhD in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

Recent Publications

Proietti, V.*, Jeanneault, E.*, Geniole, S.N., Ortiz. T., Hodson, G., Arnocky, S., & Carré, J.M.  (under review). Sexualized gossip decreases perceived humanness especially among social conformers, Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.

Arnocky, S., Proietti, V., Ruddick, E., Cotè, T-R., Ortiz, T., Hodson, G., & Carrè, J.M. (2019). Women’s dehumanizing of a sexualized woman predicts subsequent aggression against her. Psychological Science, DOI: 10.1177/0956797619836106.

Conte, S.*, Proietti, V.*, Quadrelli, E., Turati, C., & Cassia, V. M. (2019). Sibling experience prevents neural tuning to adult faces in 10-month-old infants. Neuropsychologia 129, 72-82.

Proietti, V., Laurence, S., Matthews, C., Zhou, X., & Mondloch, C. J. (2018). Attending to identity cues reduces the own-age but not the own-race recognition advantage. Vision Research. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2017.11.010.

Proietti, V., Rigoldi, M., Croci, E., & Macchi Cassia, V. (2018). Sibling experience modulates perceptual narrowing towards adult faces in the first year of life. Development Psychobiology. doi: 10.1002/dev.21616.

Proietti, V., Macchi Cassia, V., Dell'Amore, F., Conte, S., & Bricolo, E. (2015). Visual scanning behavior is related to recognition performance for own-and other-age faces. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1684. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01684.

Proietti, V., Macchi Cassia, V., & Mondloch, C.J. (2015). The own-age face recognition bias is task dependent. British Journal of Psychology 106(3), 446-467. doi: 10.1111/bjop.12104.

Proietti, V., Pavone, S., Ricciardelli, P., & Macchi Cassia, V. (2014). The left perceptual bias for adult and infant faces in adults and 5-year-old children: Face age matters. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 20(1), 1-2. doi: 10.1080/1357650X.2014.912220.

Proietti, V., Pisacane, A. & Macchi Cassia, V. (2013). Natural experience modulates the processing of older adult faces in young adults and 3-years-old-children. PLoS ONE, 8(2), e57499. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0057499.


Infancy, child development, aging, face perception, emotion, dehumanization, first impressions.