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] donders.ru.nl
Web: www.babyandchild.nl/
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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. (2019). “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., Urqueta, A., & Sterkenburg, P.S. (2019). Living with Visual Impairments: Improving Children’ s Self-concept and Caregivers’ Sensitivity. Oral Presentation, Les Conferences du Groupe de Recherche en sciences de la vision de l’Universite de Montreal, Ecole d’optometrie, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (hosted by Dr. Andrea Urqueta).

Vacaru, V.S., van Schaik, J., de Water, E., & Hunnius, S. (2019). The role of attachment relationships in the modulation of facial mimicry during early development as means to attain affiliations. Oral Presentation, International Attachment Conference, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada.

Vacaru, V.S., van Schaik, J., Hunnius, S. (2019). The role of attachment relationships and empathy in the modulation of facial mimicry during early development. Oral Presentation, , UBC Centre for Infant Cognition, University of British Colombia, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. (hosted by Dr. Kiley Hamlin).

Vacaru, V.S., van Schaik, J., Hunnius, S. (2019). The role of attachment relationships and empathy in the modulation of facial mimicry during early development. Oral Presentation, Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging lab, Brain and Mind Institute, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. (hosted by Prof. Bruce Morton).

Vacaru, V.S., van Schaik, J., Hunnius, S. (2019). The role of attachment relationships and empathy in the modulation of facial mimicry during early development. Oral Presentation, Munich Center for Neurosciences- Brain and Mind, Ludwig-Maximillians-University of Munich, Munich, Germany. (hosted by Prof. Markus Paulus).