PhD student

Paola Perone

PhD student

Room: MF-B-557


As of September 2016, I am working on a PhD project on the behavioral immune system under the supervision of Dr. Joshua Tybur, as part of the ERC funded project “the Human Behavioral Immune System: Consequences for Health and Innovation”. Particularly I will test the effect of different types of pathogens cues (visual, verbal, olfactory, etc.) on our attention and behaviors. Moreover, I will investigate the effect of different state activation of the behavioral immune system on specific aspect of heath psychology.


My name is Paola and I am a PhD student at the VU university. Before starting my PhD I have obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Turin (2012; Cum laude) and a Research Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuropsychology at the VU Amsterdam (2015; Cum laude). This Master’s program and my previous position as laboratory research assistant for the cognitive part of the department provided me with a solid understanding of different methods and techniques used to both acquire and analyze scientific data; such as surveys, behavioral experiments and advanced brain imaging techniques. Moreover, I had the chance to participate in several research projects using different techniques. Among them, I investigated the attentional bias exerted by addiction-related cues in people with nicotine dependence by means of behavioral and self-report measure; and, during my master’s thesis, I investigated impulsivity as an endophenotype for addiction by means of EEG, and behavioral and self-report measures.

Research interests

My research interest focuses on the existent relationship among emotions, physiology and cognition.

Recent publications

P Perone (2018) Disgust-eliciting images produce an attentional blink independent of contextual and trait-level pathogen avoidance.
JM Tybur, Ç Çınar, AK Karinen & P Perone (2018) Why do people vary in disgust?. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 373 …
P Perone (2018) Disgust-eliciting images produce an attentional blink independent of state-and trait-level disgust.

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