Research Student Profiles


Human Communication, Development, and Information Sciences

Programme of Study: PhD

Field of Study: Neuroscience for Education

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About Me:
Researcher. Teacher. Lover of Neuroscience

Current Research:
Cognitive and academic consequences of bilingualism

Primary Supervisor: Professor WEEKES, Brendan

Research Outputs:
Wang, D., Privitera, A. J., Jiang, Y., & Zai, Z. (2020). What does bathroom graffiti reveal about young adults in China?. Journal of Youth Studies, 23(7), 945-958. DOI: []

Wang, D., & Privitera, A. J. (2019). Beyond Self -Report Methods: Sand Tray Used in Resilience Evaluation. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 63, 60-67. DOI: []

Gerbasi, K. C., Bernstein, P. L., Conway, S., Scaletta, L. L., Privitera, A., Paolone, N., & Higner, J. (2008). Furries from A to Z (Anthropomorphism to Zoomorphism). Society & Animals, 16(3), 197-222. DOI: []

Privitera, A. J. (2015). Sensation and Perception. In Diener, E., & Biswas-Diener , R.(Eds.), Noba Textbook Series: Psychology. Champaign, IL: DEF Publishers.

Privitera, A. J. (2015). Teaching Biological Psychology for the Introduction to Psychology Instructor. DEF Publishers.

Privitera, A. J. (2015, August 28). Adopting an Open Psychology Textbook at Chemeketa [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Privitera, A. J., DiPirro, J. M., Daniels, D., Thompson, A. C. (2008). Effects of systemic MDMA treatment on basal oxytocin and vasopressin levels in the hypothalamus. Poster presented at the 38th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.

Privitera, A. J., Grakowsky, J. A., Hausknecht, K, A., Suarez, M., Caven, A. P., Richards, J. B., Thompson, A. C. (2007). Long-term methamphetamine self-administration enhances behavior inhibition in a stop signal reaction time task. Poster presented at the 37th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

DiPirro, J. M., Privitera, A. J., Caven, A. P., Platt, D. W., Thompson, A. C. (2007). Effects of periadolescent MDMA use on body temperature, pain threshold and social behavior in rats treated in a repeated binge exposure model. Poster presented at the 37th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

Gerbasi, K. C., Paolone, N, Higner, J. Scaletta, L. L., Privitera, A., Bernstein, P.L., & Conway, S. (2007). The furry identity: Species identity disorder? Poster presented at the 12th annual meeting of the Society for Research on Identity Formation, Washington, DC.

Tang, A. C., Privitera, A. J., Fung, R., & Hua, Y. (2021). Task-Free Recovery and Spatial Characterization of a Globally Synchronized Network from Resting-State EEG. In Gao, W.(Ed.), Communications in Computer and Information Science. (pp1-17). Singapore: Springer.

Privitera, A. J. (2020). Overcoming Textbook Access Barriers in an Introductory Psychology Course: An OER Study at a Hispanic-Serving Institution. International Journal of Open Educational Resources, 3(2).

Privitera, A. J., & Tang, A. C. (2020). Reliability and variability of the P3 network configuration revealed by a novel multi-resolution source-space analysis. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, MA, USA.

Privitera, A. J. (2020). Neuroscience in Teacher Education: A Review of the Existing Research. Paper presented at the 2020 Asia-Pacific Education International Postgraduate Research Forum, Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan).

Awards and Prizes:
Meisha Star Teaching Award, awarded by Shenzhen Vanke Education Fund, 2018