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Stephanie Cacioppo

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentPsychiatry & Behav. Neurosci
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo focuses on the neurobiology of the social self.

    HER BIG QUESTION: FROM ME TO WE: HOW AND WHY THE BRAIN FORMS, MAINTAINS AND RESTORES LASTING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS?

    To address this question, Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo investigates how and why a specific brain network called the inferior fronto-parietal network, which includes the seminal mirror neuron system (a network that is activated when you move and see others perform a similar action), contributes to the: i) rapid formation, ii) maintenance and iii) restoration of lasting salutary connections with other brains.

    According to Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo, human social connectedness has a function — not only to bond with people emotionally but also to improve our cognition and behavior, and indirectly our mental, physical and brain health.

    Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo integrates theories of self-expansion and embodied cognition with lesion studies, functional neuroimaging, and 4D electrical neuroimaging to investigate brain dynamics of the social self, its cognitive and health benefits. Understanding how and why the deeply rooted brain dynamics vary as a function of how one feels toward (and thinks about) themselves and others may provide critical insights on one’s mental health and well-being, and may promote the development of interventions for neuropsychiatric and neurologic patients with interpersonal disorders. The better is our understanding of successful social connections, the greater is our respect for the significance and potency of their role in mental and physical health.

    Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo’s ultimate goal is to identify biomarkers of successful social relationships and develop clinical intervention and neuropharmacological treatments to heal or cure fractures and diseases of one’s broken social self.


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    University Medical School of Geneva (Switzerland) & University of Savoy (France)Ph.D. 2004Psychology

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    1. Abdellaoui A, Sanchez-Roige S, Sealock J, Treur JL, Dennis J, Fontanillas P, Elson S. Phenome-wide investigation of health outcomes associated with genetic predisposition to loneliness. Hum Mol Genet. 2019 Sep 13. PMID: 31518406.
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    2. Russell DW, Russell CA, Chen HY, Cacioppo S, Cacioppo JT. To what extent is psychological resilience protective or ameliorative: Exploring the effects of deployment on the mental health of combat medics. Psychol Serv. 2019 Mar 28. PMID: 30920274.
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    3. Spithoven AWM, Cacioppo S, Goossens L, Cacioppo JT. Genetic Contributions to Loneliness and Their Relevance to the Evolutionary Theory of Loneliness. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2019 05; 14(3):376-396. PMID: 30844327.
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    4. Grippo AJ, McNeal N, Watanasriyakul WT, Cacioppo S, Scotti ML, Dagner A. Behavioral and cardiovascular consequences of disrupted oxytocin communication in cohabitating pairs of male and female prairie voles. Soc Neurosci. 2019 Dec; 14(6):649-662. PMID: 30658044.
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    5. Layden EA, Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. Loneliness predicts a preference for larger interpersonal distance within intimate space. PLoS One. 2018; 13(9):e0203491. PMID: 30188950.
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    6. Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. The Population-Based Longitudinal Chicago Health, Aging, and Social Relations Study (CHASRS): Study Description and Predictors of Attrition in Older Adults. Arch Sci Psychol. 2018 Feb; 6(1):21-31. PMID: 30221101.
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    7. Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. The growing problem of loneliness. Lancet. 2018 02 03; 391(10119):426. PMID: 29407030.
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    8. Cacioppo S, Bolmont M, Monteleone G. Spatio-temporal dynamics of the mirror neuron system during social intentions. Soc Neurosci. 2018 12; 13(6):718-738. PMID: 29048247.
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    9. Cacioppo S. Neuroimaging of Female Sexual Desire and Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder. Sex Med Rev. 2017 10; 5(4):434-444. PMID: 28865901.
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    10. Cacioppo S, Juan E, Monteleone G. Predicting Intentions of a Familiar Significant Other Beyond the Mirror Neuron System. Front Behav Neurosci. 2017; 11:155. PMID: 28890691.
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    11. Cacioppo JT, Chen HY, Cacioppo S. Reciprocal Influences Between Loneliness and Self-Centeredness: A Cross-Lagged Panel Analysis in a Population-Based Sample of African American, Hispanic, and Caucasian Adults. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2017 Aug; 43(8):1125-1135. PMID: 28903715.
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    12. Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Petty RE. The neuroscience of persuasion: A review with an emphasis on issues and opportunities. Soc Neurosci. 2018 04; 13(2):129-172. PMID: 28005461.
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    13. Layden EA, Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Cappa SF, Dodich A, Falini A, Canessa N. Perceived social isolation is associated with altered functional connectivity in neural networks associated with tonic alertness and executive control. Neuroimage. 2017 01 15; 145(Pt A):58-73. PMID: 27664824.
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    14. Cacioppo S, Weiss RM, Cacioppo JT. Dynamic spatiotemporal brain analyses of the visual checkerboard task: Similarities and differences between passive and active viewing conditions. Psychophysiology. 2016 10; 53(10):1496-506. PMID: 27393016.
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    15. Necka EA, Cacioppo S, Norman GJ, Cacioppo JT. Measuring the Prevalence of Problematic Respondent Behaviors among MTurk, Campus, and Community Participants. PLoS One. 2016; 11(6):e0157732. PMID: 27351378.
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    16. van Roekel E, Verhagen M, Engels RCME, Scholte RHJ, Cacioppo S, Cacioppo JT. Trait and State Levels of Loneliness in Early and Late Adolescents: Examining the Differential Reactivity Hypothesis. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2018 Nov-Dec; 47(6):888-899. PMID: 27191708.
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    17. Wang Y, Song J, Guo F, Zhang Z, Yuan S, Cacioppo S. Spatiotemporal Brain Dynamics of Empathy for Pain and Happiness in Friendship. Front Behav Neurosci. 2016; 10:45. PMID: 27065822.
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    18. Cacioppo S, Cacioppo JT. Dynamic spatiotemporal brain analyses using high-performance electrical neuroimaging, Part II: A step-by-step tutorial. J Neurosci Methods. 2015 Dec 30; 256:184-97. PMID: 26363189.
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    19. Cacioppo S, Cacioppo JT. Why may allopregnanolone help alleviate loneliness? Med Hypotheses. 2015 Dec; 85(6):947-52. PMID: 26365247.
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    20. Cacioppo S, Bangee M, Balogh S, Cardenas-Iniguez C, Qualter P, Cacioppo JT. Loneliness and implicit attention to social threat: A high-performance electrical neuroimaging study. Cogn Neurosci. 2016 Jan-Oct; 7(1-4):138-59. PMID: 26274315.
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    21. Cacioppo S, Balogh S, Cacioppo JT. Implicit attention to negative social, in contrast to nonsocial, words in the Stroop task differs between individuals high and low in loneliness: Evidence from event-related brain microstates. Cortex. 2015 Sep; 70:213-33. PMID: 26195152.
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    22. Cacioppo JT, Adler AB, Lester PB, McGurk D, Thomas JL, Chen HY, Cacioppo S. Building social resilience in soldiers: A double dissociative randomized controlled study. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2015 Jul; 109(1):90-105. PMID: 26098588.
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    23. Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Cole SW, Capitanio JP, Goossens L, Boomsma DI. Loneliness across phylogeny and a call for comparative studies and animal models. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2015 Mar; 10(2):202-12. PMID: 25910390.
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    24. Goossens L, van Roekel E, Verhagen M, Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Maes M, Boomsma DI. The genetics of loneliness: linking evolutionary theory to genome-wide genetics, epigenetics, and social science. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2015 Mar; 10(2):213-26. PMID: 25910391.
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    25. Cacioppo S, Grippo AJ, London S, Goossens L, Cacioppo JT. Loneliness: clinical import and interventions. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2015 Mar; 10(2):238-49. PMID: 25866548.
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    26. Wang Y, Huang L, Zhang W, Zhang Z, Cacioppo S. Spatio-temporal dynamics of kind versus hostile intentions in the human brain: An electrical neuroimaging study. Soc Neurosci. 2015; 10(3):253-67. PMID: 25517193.
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    27. Cacioppo S, Fontang F, Patel N, Decety J, Monteleone G, Cacioppo JT. Intention understanding over T: a neuroimaging study on shared representations and tennis return predictions. Front Hum Neurosci. 2014; 8:781. PMID: 25339886.
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    28. Cacioppo S, Weiss RM, Runesha HB, Cacioppo JT. Dynamic spatiotemporal brain analyses using high performance electrical neuroimaging: theoretical framework and validation. J Neurosci Methods. 2014 Dec 30; 238:11-34. PMID: 25244954.
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    29. Cacioppo S, Capitanio JP, Cacioppo JT. Toward a neurology of loneliness. Psychol Bull. 2014 Nov; 140(6):1464-504. PMID: 25222636.
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    30. Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Capitanio JP, Cole SW. The neuroendocrinology of social isolation. Annu Rev Psychol. 2015 Jan 03; 66:733-67. PMID: 25148851.
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    31. Cacioppo S, Zhou H, Monteleone G, Majka EA, Quinn KA, Ball AB, Norman GJ, Semin GR, Cacioppo JT. You are in sync with me: neural correlates of interpersonal synchrony with a partner. Neuroscience. 2014 Sep 26; 277:842-58. PMID: 25088911.
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    32. Bolmont M, Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. Love is in the gaze: an eye-tracking study of love and sexual desire. Psychol Sci. 2014 Sep; 25(9):1748-56. PMID: 25031302.
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    33. Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Gollan JK. The negativity bias: conceptualization, quantification, and individual differences. Behav Brain Sci. 2014 Jun; 37(3):309-10. PMID: 24970431.
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    34. Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Dulawa S, Palmer AA. Social neuroscience and its potential contribution to psychiatry. World Psychiatry. 2014 Jun; 13(2):131-9. PMID: 24890058.
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    35. Dai J, Zhai H, Wu H, Yang S, Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Luo YJ. Maternal face processing in Mosuo preschool children. Biol Psychol. 2014 May; 99:69-76. PMID: 24631724.
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    36. Wu H, Chen C, Cheng D, Yang S, Huang R, Cacioppo S, Luo YJ. The mediation effect of menstrual phase on negative emotion processing: evidence from N2. Soc Neurosci. 2014; 9(3):278-88. PMID: 24579924.
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    37. Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. Social Relationships and Health: The Toxic Effects of Perceived Social Isolation. Soc Personal Psychol Compass. 2014 Feb 01; 8(2):58-72. PMID: 24839458.
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    38. Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. Social Neuroscience. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2013 Nov; 8(6):667-9. PMID: 26173231.
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    39. Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Boomsma DI. Evolutionary mechanisms for loneliness. Cogn Emot. 2014; 28(1):3-21. PMID: 24067110.
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    40. Radman N, Cacioppo S, Spierer L, Schmidlin E, Mayer E, Annoni JM. Posterior SMA Syndrome following subcortical stroke: contralateral akinesia reversed by visual feedback. Neuropsychologia. 2013 Nov; 51(13):2605-10. PMID: 23993907.
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    41. Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. Older adults reporting social isolation or loneliness show poorer cognitive function 4 years later. Evid Based Nurs. 2014 Apr; 17(2):59-60. PMID: 23749730.
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    42. Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Gonzaga GC, Ogburn EL, VanderWeele TJ. Marital satisfaction and break-ups differ across on-line and off-line meeting venues. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Jun 18; 110(25):10135-40. PMID: 23733955.
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    43. Cacioppo S, Bianchi-Demicheli F, Bischof P, Deziegler D, Michel CM, Landis T. Hemispheric specialization varies with EEG brain resting states and phase of menstrual cycle. PLoS One. 2013; 8(4):e63196. PMID: 23638185.
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    44. Juan E, Frum C, Bianchi-Demicheli F, Wang YW, Lewis JW, Cacioppo S. Beyond human intentions and emotions. Front Hum Neurosci. 2013; 7:99. PMID: 23543838.
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    45. Cacioppo S, Frum C, Asp E, Weiss RM, Lewis JW, Cacioppo JT. A quantitative meta-analysis of functional imaging studies of social rejection. Sci Rep. 2013; 3:2027. PMID: 24002359.
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    46. Cacioppo S, Couto B, Bolmont M, Sedeno L, Frum C, Lewis JW, Manes F, Ibanez A, Cacioppo JT. Selective decision-making deficit in love following damage to the anterior insula. Curr Trends Neurol. 2013; 7:15-19. PMID: 25382944.
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    47. Decety J, Cacioppo S. The speed of morality: a high-density electrical neuroimaging study. J Neurophysiol. 2012 Dec; 108(11):3068-72. PMID: 22956794.
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    48. Cacioppo S, Cacioppo JT. Decoding the invisible forces of social connections. Front Integr Neurosci. 2012; 6:51. PMID: 22848192.
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    49. Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. The Phenotype of Loneliness. Eur J Dev Psychol. 2012 Jul 01; 9(4):446-452. PMID: 23024688.
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    50. Cacioppo S, Bianchi-Demicheli F, Frum C, Pfaus JG, Lewis JW. The common neural bases between sexual desire and love: a multilevel kernel density fMRI analysis. J Sex Med. 2012 Apr; 9(4):1048-54. PMID: 22353205.
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    51. Di Giovanna F, Caramanno G, Cacioppo S. [Total agenesis of the left pericardium. Description of a case]. G Ital Cardiol. 1988 Jun; 18(6):498-501. PMID: 3215424.
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