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Dr. Annalisa Setti
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychology

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Hirst, R.J. and Whelan, R. and Boyle, R. and Setti, A. and Knight, S. and O'Connor, J. and Williamson, W. and McMorrow, J. and Fagan, A.J. and Meaney, J.F. and Kenny, R.A. and De Looze, C. and Newell, F.N., Gray matter volume in the right angular gyrus is associated with differential patterns of multisensory integration with aging, Neurobiology of Aging, 100, 2021, p83-90 Journal Article, 2021 DOI TARA - Full Text

Hirst, R.J. and Cassarino, M. and Kenny, R.A. and Newell, F.N. and Setti, A., Urban and rural environments differentially shape multisensory perception in ageing, Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 TARA - Full Text DOI

Loughrey DG, Feeney J, Kee F, Lawlor BA, Woodside JV, Setti A, Power JM., Social factors may mediate the relationship between subjective age-related hearing loss and episodic memory., Aging & mental health, 2020, p1-8 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

O†Brien, J.M. and Chan, J.S. and Setti, A., Audio-Visual Training in Older Adults: 2-Interval-Forced Choice Task Improves Performance, Frontiers in Neuroscience, 14, (569212), 2020 Journal Article, 2020 TARA - Full Text DOI

Cassarino, M. and Bantry-White, E. and Setti, A., Neighbourhood environment and cognitive vulnerabilityâ€"a survey investigation of variations across the lifespan and urbanity levels, Sustainability (Switzerland), 12, (19), 2020, p1-15 Journal Article, 2020 DOI TARA - Full Text

Hirst, R.J. and McGovern, D.P. and Setti, A. and Shams, L. and Newell, F.N., What you see is what you hear: Twenty years of research using the Sound-Induced Flash Illusion, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 118, 2020, p759-774 Journal Article, 2020 DOI TARA - Full Text

Hirst RJ, Setti A, De Looze C, Akuffo KO, Peto T, Kenny RA, Newell FN., The effect of eye disease, cataract surgery and hearing aid use on multisensory integration in ageing., Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior, 133, 2020, p161-176 Journal Article, 2020 TARA - Full Text DOI

O†meara, A. and Cassarino, M. and Bolger, A. and Setti, A., Virtual reality nature exposure and test anxiety, Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, 4, (4), 2020, p1-14 Journal Article, 2020 TARA - Full Text DOI

Lucidi, F. and Bosco, A. and Mallia, L. and Setti, A., Editorial: Factors Underpinning and Influencing Drivers' Aberrant Behaviors Across the Life Course, Frontiers in Psychology, 10, (3030), 2020 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Spinelli, M. and Lionetti, F. and Setti, A. and Fasolo, M., Parenting Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak: Socioeconomic and Environmental Risk Factors and Implications for Children Emotion Regulation, Family Process, 2020 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Belinda Hernández, Annalisa Setti, Rose Anne Kenny, Fiona N Newell, Individual differences in ageing, cognitive status, and sex on susceptibility to the sound-induced flash illusion: A large-scale study., American Psychological Association, 34, (7), 2019, p978 Journal Article, 2019

Cassarino, M. and Bantry-White, E. and Setti, A., Cognitive and sensory dimensions of older people†s preferences of outdoor spaces for walking: A survey study in Ireland, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, (8), 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Cassarino, M. and Tuohy, I.C. and Setti, A., Sometimes Nature Doesn†t Work: Absence of Attention Restoration in Older Adults Exposed to Environmental Scenes, Experimental Aging Research, 45, (4), 2019, p372-385 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Cassarino, M. and Maisto, M. and Esposito, Y. and Guerrero, D. and Chan, J.S. and Setti, A., Testing attention restoration in a virtual reality driving simulator, Frontiers in Psychology, 10, (FEB), 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Hirst, Rebecca J., Setti, Annalisa, Kenny, Rose A., Newell, Fiona N., Age-related sensory decline mediates the Sound-Induced Flash Illusion: Evidence for reliability weighting models of multisensory perception, Scientific Reports, 9, (1), 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI TARA - Full Text

Setti, A. and Borghi, A.M., Editorial: Embodied Cognition over the Lifespan: Theoretical issues and implications for applied settings, Frontiers in Psychology, 9, (APR), 2018 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Chan, J.S. and Connolly, S.K. and Setti, A., The number of stimulus-onset asynchronies affects the perception of the sound-induced flash illusion in young and older adults, Multisensory Research, 31, (3-4), 2018, p175-190 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Ottoboni, G. and Milani, M. and Setti, A. and Ceciliani, A. and Chattat, R. and Tessari, A., An observational study on sport-induced modulation of negative attitude towards disability, PLoS ONE, 12, (11), 2017 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

O'Brien, J. and Ottoboni, G. and Tessari, A. and Setti, A., One bout of open skill exercise improves cross-modal perception and immediate memory in healthy older adults who habitually exercise, PLoS ONE, 12, (6), 2017 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Donoghue O.A, Setti A, O'Leary N, Kenny R.A, Self-Reported Unsteadiness Predicts Fear of Falling, Activity Restriction, Falls, and Disability, Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 18, (7), 2017, p597 - 602 Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI

Borghi, A.M. and Setti, A., Abstract concepts and aging: An embodied and grounded perspective, Frontiers in Psychology, 8, (MAR), 2017 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Cassarino, M. and O'Sullivan, V. and Kenny, R.A. and Setti, A., Disabilities moderate the association between neighbourhood urbanity and cognitive health: Results from the Irish longitudinal study on ageing, Disability and Health Journal, 2017, p1- Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Cassarino M, O'Sullivan V, Kenny R.A, Setti A, Environment and Cognitive Aging: A Cross-Sectional Study of Place of Residence and Cognitive Performance in the Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging, Neuropsychology, 30, (5), 2016, p543 - 557 Journal Article, 2016 URL DOI

Cassarino, M. and Setti, A., Complexity as key to designing cognitive-friendly environments for older people, Frontiers in Psychology, 7, (AUG), 2016 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Cassarino, M. and Setti, A., Environment as 'Brain Training': A review of geographical and physical environmental influences on cognitive ageing, Ageing Research Reviews, 23, 2015, p167-182 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Merriman, N.A., Whyatt, C., Setti, A., Craig, C., Newell, F.N., Successful balance training is associated with improved multisensory function in fall-prone older adults, Computers in Human Behavior, 45, 2015, p192-203 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Setti Annalisa, Loughman James, Savva George M, Kenny RoseAnne, Trail Making Test performance contributes to subjective judgment of visual efficiency in older adults , PeerJ , 3 , 2015, pe1407 - Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Stapleton, J., Setti, A., Doheny, E. P., Kenny, R. A., & Newell, F. N. , A standing posture is associated with increased susceptibility to the sound-induced flash illusion in fall-prone older adults. , Experimental brain research, 232, (3), 2014, p423 - 434 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Kenny Gibson W, Cronin H, Kenny RA, Setti A., Validation of the self-reported hearing questions in the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing against the Whispered Voice Test., BMC Res Notes., 14, (7), 2014, p361- Journal Article, 2014 DOI TARA - Full Text

Setti, A. , Multisensory perception in older adults., Atomium Culture Magazine, 2013 Journal Article, 2013

Setti A, Burke KE, Kenny R, Newell FN, Susceptibility to a multisensory speech illusion in older persons is driven by perceptual processes., Frontiers in psychology, 4, 2013, p575 Journal Article, 2013 DOI TARA - Full Text

Barrett, M.M., Doheny, E.P., Setti, A., Maguinness, C., Foran, T.G., Kenny, R.A. & Newell, F.N., Reduced vision selectively impairs spatial updating in fall prone older adults, Multisensory Research, 1, (1), 2013, p69 - 94 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Maguinness, C, Setti, A, Roudaia, E, Kenny, RA, Does that look heavy to you? Perceived weight judgment in lifting actions in younger and older adults, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 2013, p795- Journal Article, 2013 DOI TARA - Full Text

Savva GM, Maty SC, Setti A, Feeney J, Cognitive and physical health of the older populations of England, the United States, and ireland: international comparability of the irish longitudinal study on ageing., Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61 Suppl 2, 2013, pS291-8 Journal Article, 2013

Chan, JS., Maguinness, C., Lisiecka, D. Setti, A. & Newell, FN, Evidence for crossmodal interactions across depth on target localisation performance in a spatial array, Perception, 41, 2012, p757 - 773 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Liuzza, M.T. and Setti, A. and Borghi, A.M., Kids observing other kids' hands: Visuomotor priming in children, Consciousness and Cognition, 21, (1), 2012, p383-392 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Setti, A., Finnigan, S., Sobolewski, R., McLaren, L., Robertson, I.H., Reilly, R.B., Anne Kenny, R., Newell, F.N., Audiovisual temporal discrimination is less efficient with aging: an event-related potential study, NeuroReport , 22, (11), 2011, p554-558 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Maguinness C, Setti A, Burke KE, Kenny RA, Newell FN, The Effect of Combined Sensory and Semantic Components on Audio-Visual Speech Perception in Older Adults, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 3, (19), 2011 Journal Article, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Setti A, Finnigan S, Sobolewski R, McLaren L, Robertson IH, Reilly RB, Kenny RA, Newell FN, Audiovisual temporal discrimination is less efficient with aging: an event-related potential study., Neuroreport, 22, (11), 2011, p554-8 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Newell, FN, Setti, A. Foran, T., Burke, K., & Kenny, RA, Reduced vision impairs spatial cognition in fall-prone older adults, INSIGHT: Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness, 4, (3), 2011, p103 - 111 Journal Article, 2011 URL

Annalisa Setti, Jason S. Chan, Familiarity of objects affects susceptibility to the sound-induced flash illusion, Neuroscience Letters, 492, (1), 2011, p19-22 Journal Article, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Setti, A., Burke, K.E., Kenny, RA., & Newell, F.N., Is inefficient multisensory processing associated with falls in older people?, Experimental Brain Research., 209, (3), 2011, p375-384 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Maguinness, C. and Setti, A. and Burke, K.E. and Kenny, R.A. and Newell, F.N., The effect of combined sensory and semantic components on audio-visual speech perception in older adults, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 3, (DEC), 2011, p1-9 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Setti, A. and Borghi, A.M. and Tessari, A., Moving hands, moving entities, Brain and Cognition, 70, (3), 2009, p253-258 Journal Article, 2009 DOI

Setti, A. and Caramelli, N. and Borghi, A.M., Conceptual information about size of objects in nouns, European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 21, (7), 2009, p1022-1044 Journal Article, 2009 DOI

Setti, A. & Newell FN, The effect of body and part-based motion on the recognition of unfamiliar objects, Visual Cognition, 18, (3), 2009, p456 - 480 Journal Article, 2009 DOI

Setti, A. and Caramelli, N., Inhibition and language pragmatic view in redundant data problem solving, Cognitive Development, 22, (3), 2007, p299-309 Journal Article, 2007 DOI

Borghi, A.M. and Caramelli, N. and Setti, A., Conceptual information on objects' locations, Brain and Language, 93, (2), 2005, p140-151 Journal Article, 2005 DOI

Caramelli, N., Setti, A., Maurizzi, D.D., Concrete and abstract concepts in school age children., Psychology of Language and Communication, 8, (2), 2004, p19-34 Journal Article, 2004 URL

Setti, A., & Caramelli, N. , Le interpretazioni del priming negativo: è il momento di una revisione. , Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, 2, 2003, p245-276. Journal Article, 2003

Research Expertise


My main research interest is the cognitive psychology of ageing. In particular the overlap between perceptual and higher-level cognitive processing and the brain mechanisms underlying them. I am particularly interested in the lifespan perspective, having worked with children and both young and older adults.
My main topics of investigation are:
-integration of different senses in ageing, in particular the relationship between perceptual and multisensory decline and higher-level cognitive functions (e.g. attention, memory) and its neural underpinnings. I am also studying the onset of pathological conditions such as frailty and susceptibility to falls;
-perception and semantic memory across the life span, in particular embodied cognition, i.e. the relationship between body changes and changes in knowledge activation (semantic memory). I am also interested in the relationship between changes in body schema and perception.


Awards and Honours

CARDI bursary to attend the British Gerontological Society annual meeting 2010; 2010

Marco Polo Grant for Young Researchers Mobility from the University of Bologna at Trinity College Dublin (covers relocation expenses for 3 months). Feb.- April 2005

Post-doctoral research fellowship awarder by the University of Bologna (covers researcher salary for 24 months); July 2003 - June 2005

Young Researchers grant (Progetto Giovani Ricercatori), awarded by the University of Bologna for the research project "Information about motion in concepts in 6-8-10 year-old children" (covers research costs up to 1000 Euro) and "Categorisation processes in children in selection based tasks" (covers research costs up to 1000 Euro) 2001

Fellowship for Specialization Abroad (Perfezionamento Estero) in order to attain the D.E.S. in Cognitive Experimental Psychology (Université de Genève - CH) (covers monthly salary for 12 months) Oct. 1998 - Sept.1999