Dr Giulia Poerio

Department of Psychology
University of Sheffield
Cathedral Court
1 Vicar Lane, Sheffield, S1 2LT
Tel:  +44 (0)114 2226544
Email: g.poerio@sheffield.ac.uk


PhD Psychology (University of Sheffield, 2015 – ESRC funded)
MSc Psychological Research Methods (University of Sheffield, 2012 – ESRC funded)
BA Psychology and Philosophy (University of Sheffield, 2011)

Research Interests

Mind-wandering and daydreaming. Much of my research has focused on the experience of mind-wandering/daydreaming, particularly in relation to well-being (and the potential benefits of mind-wandering). I have used a variety of methods including experience-sampling/ecological momentary assessment, cognitive laboratory tasks, and fMRI.

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR). ASMR – also known as ‘brain tingles’ describes the feeling that some people experience in response to triggers such as whispering, soft-speaking, and tapping (read more here). We have conducted some of the first scientific research on the emotional and physiological correlates of the ASMR response (collaboration with Emma Blakey, Thomas Hostler, and Theresa Veltri).

Sleep. I have a developing interest sleep and well-being including the ‘anomalous’ sleep experiences of lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis (collaboration with Dan Denis).

Imagination and well-being. I am currently working on an Arts Council funded project exploring the effect of arts engagement on well-being (with Peter Totterdell, UoS and Luisa Golob, Ignite Imaginations).

Selected media coverage

Daydreaming at work can be good for you – and here’s why The Journal
Head in the clouds? Why daydreaming is good for you The Independent
Daydream believing: Imagining connections The Huffington Post
Are social daydreams related to well-being? Scientific American
The latest psychological research suggests daydreams hold the secret of happiness The Huffington Post

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response
ASMR: Are these sounds relaxing or creepy? Sky News
ASMR: Does it make your brain tingle? BBC News
ASMR: What’s going on inside my brain? BBC News
Brain Tingles BBC Radio 4
ASMR and ‘head orgasms’: What’s the science behind it? The Guardian

Lucid dreaming/sleep paralysis
The ability to control dreams may help us unravel the mystery of consciousness IFLScience

Public Engagement

I have showcased my research at several public engagement events including the Wellcome Collection (as a Hubbub collaborator), The Secret Garden Party (with Guerilla Science), and at events around Sheffield including Festival of the Mind and Sheffield’s Science and Engineering week


A list of key publications can be found below.  For a full list of publications please click here

Journal articles