Baby BRAIN Group

Stefania Vacaru MSc

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Radboud University Nijmegen
P.O. Box 9104
6500 HE Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Room:  B01.03
Phone: +31 24 3611443
Email: v.vacaru [at]

Research Interests

Stefania Vacaru is a PhD student at the Donders Centre for Cognition in the BabyBRAIN group. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Torino and her Msc in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology from the VU University Amsterdam.

Recent Publications

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Lievense, P., Vacaru, V.S., Kruithof, Y., Bronzewijker, N., Doeve, M., & Sterkenburg, P.S. (submitted). Playing a serious game to Improve socio-educational outcomes in children with visual impairments: A randomized controlled trial. .

Addabbo, M., Vacaru, V.S., Meyer, M., & Hunnius, S. (in press). “Something in the way you move”: Infants are sensitive to emotions conveyed in action kinematics. Developmental Science. [abstract]

Vacaru, V.S., van Schaik, J.E., & Hunnius, S. (2019). Facial mimicry development and its modulation by interindividual differences in the motivation to affiliate. PLOS ONE, 14(7), e0218676. [abstract]

Lievense, P., Vacaru, V.S., Liber, J., Bonnet, M., & Sterkenburg, P.S. (2018). “Stop bullying now!” investigating the effectiveness of a serious game for teachers in promoting autonomy-supporting strategies for disabled adults: A randomized controlled trial. Disability and Health Journal. Disability and Health Journal, 12, 310-317.

Sterkenburg, P.S. & Vacaru, V.S. (2018). The effectiveness of a serious game to enhance empathy for care workers for people with disabilities: A parallel randomized controlled trial. Disability and Health Journal, 11, 576-582.

Recent Conference Contributions

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Vacaru V.S., van Schaik J.E., Spiess, L., & Hunnius, S. (2018). Emotional Facial Mimicry and its Modulation by Attachment Security in Adults. Poster Presentation, Society for Affective Science, Los Angeles.

Vacaru, V. S., van Schaik, J.E., & Hunnius, S. (2018). Facial Emotional Mimicry as an indicator of Empathy in 3- and 5-year-olds. Poster Presentation, 48th Annual Conference of the Jean Piaget Society, Amsterdam, The Netherlands .

Vacaru, V. S., van Schaik, J.E., & Hunnius, S. (2018). Facial mimicry in 3-year-olds and its modulation by attachment security. Poster Presentation, Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Philadelphia.

Vacaru, V.S. (2018). The development of selective facial mimicry. Oral Presentation, Brain and Mind Institute Neuroscience Symposium, Lausanne.

Vacaru, V.S. (2018). On the emergence and the modulation of facial mimicry. Oral Presentation, the Laboratory for Developmental Studies, Spelke lab, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA.