Dr Giulia Poerio
Department of Psychology
University of Sheffield
1 Vicar Lane, Sheffield, S1 2LT
Tel: +44 (0)114 2226544
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)
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
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
- Wang H-T, Poerio G, Murphy C, Bzdok D, Jefferies E & Smallwood J (2018) Dimensions of Experience: Exploring the Heterogeneity of the Wandering Mind. Psychological Science, 29(1), 56-71.
- de Caso I, Poerio G, Jefferies E & Smallwood J (2017) That’s me in the spotlight: neural basis of individual differences in self-consciousness. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(9), 1384-1393.
- Poerio GL, Sormaz M, Wang H-T, Margulies D, Jefferies E & Smallwood J (2017) The role of the default mode network in component processes underlying the wandering mind. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2017. View this article in WRRO
- Denis DL & Poerio GL (2017) Terror and bliss? Commonalities and distinctions between sleep paralysis, lucid dreaming, and their associations with waking life experiences. Journal of Sleep Research, 26(1), 38-47. View this article in WRRO
- Poerio GL & Smallwood J (2016) Daydreaming to navigate the social world: What we know, what we don't know, and why it matters. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 10(11), 605-618.
- Poerio GL, Kellett S & Totterdell PA (2016) Tracking potentiating states of dissociation: An intensive clinical case study of sleep, daydreaming, mood, and depersonalization/derealization. Frontiers in Psychology. View this article in WRRO
- Poerio GL, Totterdell P, Emerson L-M & Miles E (2016) Social Daydreaming and Adjustment: An Experience-Sampling Study of Socio-Emotional Adaptation During a Life Transition. Frontiers in Psychology, 7. View this article in WRRO
- Poerio GL, Totterdell P, Emerson L-M & Miles E (2016) Helping the heart grow fonder during absence: Daydreaming about significant others replenishes connectedness after induced loneliness. Cognition and Emotion, 30(6), 1197-1207. View this article in WRRO
- Poerio GL, Totterdell P, Emerson L-M & Miles E (2015) Love is the triumph of the imagination: Daydreams about significant others are associated with increased happiness, love and connection. Consciousness and Cognition, 33, 135-144. View this article in WRRO
- Poerio GL, Totterdell P & Miles E (2013) Mind-wandering and negative mood: Does one thing really lead to another?. Consciousness and Cognition, 22(4), 1412-1421. View this article in WRRO
- Martínez-Íñigo D, Poerio GL & Totterdell P (2013) The Association between Controlled Interpersonal Affect Regulation and Resource Depletion. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 5(2), 248-269.