Renzo Lanfranco

PhD Psychology

Background

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I am a PhD researcher in Psychology, Human Cognitive Neuroscience. I am interested in consciousness, perceptual awareness, unconscious processing of emotion and social cues, visual cognition, face perception, metacognition, and psychopathology. More specifically, in the role of consciousness in the detection and recognition of faces and their emotional expressions, and in neuropsychiatric disorders that present impairments in said functions. In addition, I am interested in the neural underpinnings of hypnosis and meditation, and in the contribution of hypnosis research to the understanding of consciousness and metacognition.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • P.hD. Researcher in Psychology (Human Cognitive Neuroscience) - University of Edinburgh (expected 2020)
  • M.Sc. Neuroscience - University of Chile, 2015.
  • Qualification as Clinical Psychologist and specialist in Psychotherapy (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) - National Board of Clinical Psychology Accreditation (Chile), 2015.
  • M.Psych. Psychology - University of Valparaiso, 2009.
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology - University of Valparaiso, 2009.

RESEARCH, CLINICAL, AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Visiting PhD Researcher - Center For Research in Cognition & Neurosciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. 
  • Tutor and Lab Demonstrator - Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
  • Associate Researcher - Laboratory of Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile.
  • Visiting MSc Researcher - MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • Adjunct Professor - Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Chile.
  • Lecturer of Neuropsychology - School of Psychology, University of Valparaiso, Chile.
  • Clinical Psychologist (CBT) - Clinical Institute of Neurosciences, Viña del Mar, Chile.

PUBLICATIONS

JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • Lanfranco RC., Canales-Johnson A., Cleeremans A., Rabagliati H., Carmel D. “Information sharing in the brain indexes emotional processing of human faces in the submillisecond range” [In Preparation]
  • Lanfranco RC., Canales-Johnson A., Cleeremans A., Rabagliati H., Carmel D. “The minimal exposure duration required for reflective consciousness: evidence from event-related potential correlates” [In Preparation]
  • Renzo C. Lanfranco, Andrés Canales-Johnson, Dalila Achoui, Axel Cleeremans, Hugh Rabagliati, David Carmel. "The speed of perception: discriminating facial expressions in the sub-millisecond range" [In Preparation]
  • Lanfranco RC., Stein T., Rabagliati H., Carmel D. “Preferential detection of eye contact in absence of awareness: A signal detection study” [In Preparation]
  • Renzo C. Lanfranco, Hugh Rabagliati, David Carmel. "Distinguishing between sensitivity and criterion in the unconscious detection of facial expressions."  [In Preparation]
  • Andrés Canales-Johnson, Renzo C. Lanfranco, Valdas Noreika, Juan Pablo Morales, David Martinez-Pernia, Joaquín Valdes, Alejandro Ezquerro-Nassar, Alvaro Rivera-Rei, Tristan Bekinschtein, Eugenio Rodriguez, Srivas Chennu, Agustín Ibanez, David Huepe. "In Your Phase! Neural Phase Synchronization underlies visual imagery of faces." [In Review] bioRxiv doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/762062 
  • Myron Tsikandilakis, Leonie Kausel, Gonzalo Boncompte , Zhaoliang Yu, Matt Oxner, Renzo C. Lanfranco, Persefoni Bali, Urale Putasi, Jonathan Peirce, Vladimir Lopez,  Tong Mun Wai, William Hayward, David Carmel, Peter Chapman. (2019) "There is no Face like Home: Ratings for Cultural Familiarity to own and other Facial Dialects of Emotion with and without Conscious Awareness in a British Sample." Perception; 48: 918-947.
  • Juan Carlos Martínez-Aguayo, Renzo C. Lanfranco, Marcelo Arancibia, Elisa Sepúlveda, Eva Madrid. (2018) "Trypophobia: what do we know so far? A case report and comprehensive review of the literature". Frontiers in Psychiatry; 9: 15.
  • Renzo C. Lanfranco, Andrés Canales-Johnson, David Huepe. (2014) "Hypnoanalgesia and the study of pain experience: from Cajal to modern neuroscience." Frontiers in Psychology; 5: 1126.
  • Renzo C. Lanfranco, Federico Adolfi, Agustín Ibáñez. (2014) "Hypnotic suggestion: a test for the voluntary action problem." Cognitive Neuroscience; 5: 209-10.
  • Renzo C. Lanfranco, Andrés Canales-Johnson. (2014) ["Verbal fluency and Default-Mode Network connectivity: On potential biomarkers for dementias."] Revista de Neurología; 59: 336.
  • Renzo C. Lanfranco, Andrés Canales-Johnson. (2014) ["Facial mimicry in Borderline Personality Disorder: On empathy and beyond."] Revista Médica de Chile; 142: 1217-8.
  • Walter Lips, Franco Mascayano, Renzo C. Lanfranco. (2014) "Diagnostic indicators of dissociative amnesia: a case report." Psychiatria Danubina; 26: 70-3.
  • Renzo C. Lanfranco, María Consuelo San Martín. (2013) ["Alterations of the Default-Mode Network related to Bipolar Affective Disorder: Functional Connectivity, Biomarkers and endophenotypes."] Trastornos del Ánimo; 9: 6-17.
  • Renzo C. Lanfranco, Paula Manriquez-Navarro, Leyla Avello, Andrés Canales-Johnson. (2012) ["Evaluation of Alzheimer's Disease in early stage: biomarkers and neuropsychological tests."] Revista Médica de Chile; 140: 1191-2000.
  • Andrés Canales-Johnson A, Renzo Lanfranco, Esteban Vargas, Agustín Ibáñez. (2012) ["Neurobiology of hypnosis and its contribution to the comprehension of cognition and consciousness."] Anales de Psicología; 28: 1003-10.
  • Renzo Lanfranco (2011) ["Alterations of the Default-Mode Network in Depression: A brief look into the intrinsic activity of the brain."] Trastornos del Ánimo; 7: 138-47.
  • Renzo Lanfranco (2010) ["Clinical hypnosis and psychotherapy: an integrative proposal for clinical depression treatment."] Trastornos del Ánimo; 1: 37-48.

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Renzo Lanfranco (2017) ["Cognitive assessment in psychiatric disorders"]. In: Ivanovic-Zuvic F., Correa E., Florenzano R. "Texto de Psiquiatría". Ediciones de la Sociedad de Neurología, Psiquiatría y Neurocirugía de Chile.

RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Renzo C. Lanfranco, Andrés Canales-Johnson, Dalila Achoui, Axel Cleeremans, Hugh Rabagliati, David Carmel. "The minimal exposure duration required for neural processing of faces and emotional expressions" British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom (upcoming in September 2019).
  • Renzo C. Lanfranco, Dalila Achoui, Andrés Canales-Johnson, Axel Cleeremans, Hugh Rabagliati, David Carmel. "The minimal exposure duration required for facial expressions to reach perceptual awareness." Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness Conference. Western University, London Ontario, Canada, 2019.
  • Renzo C. Lanfranco, Dalila Achoui, Axel Cleeremans, Hugh Rabagliati, David Carmel. "The minimal duration required for face perception." Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology. Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, 2019.
  • Renzo C. Lanfranco, Andrés Canales-Johnson, Valdas Noreika, Juan Pablo Morales, David Martinez-Pernia, Joaquín Valdes, Alejandro Ezquerro-Nassar, Alvaro Rivera-Rei, Tristan Bekinschtein, Eugenio Rodriguez, Srivas Chennu, Agustín Ibanez, David Huepe. "Neural Phase Synchronization underlies visual imagery of faces." British Neuroscience Association Conference. Dublin, Ireland, 2019
  • Renzo C. Lanfranco, Hugh Rabagliati, David Carmel. "Different emotional expressions do not gain differential access to consciousness". Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness Conference. Jagiellonian University, Krákow, Poland, 2018.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Postgraduate Tutor - The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

Adjunct Professor - University of Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Undergraduate teaching

Tutor and Lab demonstrator - Psychology 1

Tutor - Critical Analysis

PPLS Writing Centre Tutor - Psychology

Past project grants

- Four-year PhD Full Studentship
- British Psychological Society Research stays Grant
- Edinburgh University PPLS Research Support Grants
- Principal's Go Abroad Fund Grant

Conference details

Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC)

British Neuroscience Association

Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology

British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience

Dr David Carmel

Dr Hugh Rabagliati