Dr Federica Meconi PhD

Dr Federica Meconi

School of Psychology
Senior Research Fellow

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Dr. Fede Meconi is currently conducting a research study with patients with amnesia in collaboration with Prof. Chris Butler in Oxford. She is currently recruiting healthy participants (age range: 40-60 years old) for an EEG (electroencephalography) study. For more information please get in touch with her or visit her website:



Dr. Fede Meconi graduated in Italy at University of Padova. During her academic career she visited Prof. David Amodio’s lab at New York University and Prof. Martin Eimer’s lab at Birkbeck college in London, UK.

She joined University of Birmingham as a Research Fellow on a Marie-Curie individual fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Simon Hanslmayr and Prof. Ian Apperly. She is now conducting her independent research as a Senior Research Fellow on a ESRC New Investigator grant.


Dr. Fede Meconi’s research interest is in empathy towards others' pain. In the last few years she explored the interplay between memories and empathy.


Meconi, F., Doro, M., Lomoriello, A., Mastrella, G., & Sessa, P. (2018). Neural measures of the role of affective prosody in empathy for pain. Scientific Reports8(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-18552-y

Meconi, F., Anderl-Straub, S., Raum, H., Landgrebe, M., Langguth, B., Bäuml, K., & Hanslmayr, S. (2016). Aberrant prefrontal beta oscillations predict episodic memory encoding deficits in schizophrenia. Neuroimage: Clinical12, 499-505. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2016.08.017

Vaes, J., Meconi, F., Sessa, P., & Olechowski, M. (2016). Minimal humanity cues induce neural empathic reactions towards non-human entities. Neuropsychologia89, 132-140. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.06.004

Sessa, P., & Meconi, F. (2015). Perceived trustworthiness shapes neural empathic responses toward others' pain. Neuropsychologia79, 97-105. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.10.028

Meconi, F., Vaes, J., & Sessa, P. (2014). On the neglected role of stereotypes in empathy toward other-race pain. Social Neuroscience10(1), 1-6. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17470919.2014.954731

Sessa, P., Meconi, F., & Han, S. (2014). Double dissociation of neural responses supporting perceptual and cognitive components of social cognition: Evidence from processing of others' pain. Scientific Reports4(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep07424

Meconi, F., Luria, R., & Sessa, P. (2014). Individual differences in anxiety predict neural measures of visual working memory for untrustworthy faces. Social Cognitive And Affective Neuroscience9(12), 1872-1879. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/scan/nst189

Book chapter:

Meconi, F., Cellini, N., (2018). EEG/ERPs: Electrophysiological lens. In “Basic neuroimaging: a guide to the methods and their applications” (Eds.) Doyle, O.M., Brigadoi, S., Veronese, M. Amazon Company