Penny Bounia-Mastrogianni

PhD Student





Prof. Denis Mareschal

Prof. Richard Cooper


Research interests

I am interested in the interplay between the developing mind, the body and the environment in infancy and early childhood. My PhD work aims to explore how gestures, as bodily actions, support and complement the thinking process in young children. I specifically investigate the differential effects of goal-directed action and gesture in problem-solving, and individual differences in gesturing. To approach these questions, I am planning to use motion-capture and neuroimaging techniques.  

My project is part of the MOTION (Mobile Technology for Infant Social-Cognitive Neuroscience) Innovative Training Network. It is supported by a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral fellowship of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program (grant agreement No 765298).

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PhD in Psychology, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK (2019 – present)

M.Sc in Cognitive Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (2015 – 2018) Education Sciences - Special Education, University of Nicosia, Cyprus (2013 – 2014)

B.A. in Primary Education (4-year programme), University of Thessaly, Greece (2007 – 2011)


Research Experience

2016-2018 – MSc student

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Department of History and Philosophy of Science. Multisensory and Temporal Processing Lab (MultiTime Lab). Supervisor: Prof. Argiro Vatakis

  • The effects of voluntary action on time perception


Conference presentations/posters

Bounia-Mastrogianni, P., Thanopoulos, V., & Vatakis, A. (2018). Intentional binding between actions and naturalistic multisensory effects: The role of semantic relatedness. Talk presented at the 5th Conference of the Hellenic Cognitive Science Society, May 17-20, Paros, Greece.

Bounia-Mastrogianni, P., Thanopoulos, V., & Vatakis, A. (2017). Intentional binding as a function of action-effect interval. Poster presentation at the 1st International    Conference of the Timing Research Forum (TRF1), October 23-25, Strasbourg, France.