Olga Capirci was born in Latina, Italy, in 1964. She received the Ph.D. degree (summa cum laude) from the Sapienza University of Rome in 1991 and the Ph.D. equivalent degree from the Institute of Psychology of the National Research Council (CNR) of Rome in 1995. Currently, she is a Researcher at the CNR Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, and she coordinates the Gesture and Language Laboratory. Her research focuses on the role of gestures in different stages of the development (from the first years of life until school age) and in different contexts of interaction and cognitive tasks (spontaneous interaction with a familiar adult, lexical naming tasks, narration tasks, etc.). All of her work, to date, has been in developmental psychology and neuropsychology, with a particular emphasis on the study of the processes implied in the elaboration, acquisition, and use of communication and language in different modalities of expression—with particular reference to the gestural one—and in children with typical and atypical development (e.g., deafness, Williams syndrome). She has established profitable collaborations with colleagues from national and international universities and research centers and with child neuropsychiatrists, psychologists, and rehabilitation therapists. Recently she has become interested in the study of children with ASD and has begun to conduct research on the verbal and nonverbal modalities of interaction between parents and children with ASD.
Biography Updated on 5 December 2010