Giuliana Mazzoni

Professor Giuliana Mazzoni

Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience

Faculty of Health Sciences

+44 (0) 1482 465395

Giuliana Mazzoni joined the University of Hull as Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2007.

Her research interests focus on human memory and its forensic applications, and the relationship between cognition and health.

Prof Mazzoni completed her PhD at the University of Padova, Italy, and her postdoctorate at the University of Washington, Seattle.

She became lecturer at the University of Florence, Italy, associate professor at the University of Calabria, Italy, and visiting professor at the University of Connecticut.

After becoming a full professor in Italy in 1999, she moved to Seton Hall University, New Jersey, and then to the University of Plymouth.


Research Interests

  • Autobiographical memory and confabulations
  • Memory distortions and memory illusions
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • The effect of suggestion on cognition and health
  • Placebo and nocebo effect

Research groups

Member of the Program in Placebo Studies, Harvard Medical School

Active collaborations include

  • University of Windsor, Canada
  • University of Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Jagellonian University, Poland
  • Strathclyde university, UK
  • University of Florence, Italy
  • University of Pisa, Italy

Full list of recent collaborations


Coleshill, M., George, D., Mazzoni. G. (2017). 'Placebo from a rubber hand'. Journal of Pain, 18 (9), 1067-1077

Scoboria, A., Jackson, D., Talarico, J., Hanczakowski, M., Wysman, L., & Mazzoni, G. (2014). 'The role of belief in occurrence within autobiographical memory'. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(3), 1242-125

Mazzoni, G. Venneri, A., McGeown W, Kirsch, I. 'Neuroimaging Resolution of the Altered State Hypothesis'. Cortex, 49, 400-410.

Mazzoni, G., Scoboria, A., Harvey, L. (2010). 'Non-Believed Memories'. Psychological Science, 21(9) 1334–1340.

Mazzoni, G., Memon, A. (2003). 'Imagination can create false memories'. Psychological Science, 14, 2, 186-188.

Full list 



Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • False Memories (Year 3, Module leader),
  • Social Psychology and Individual differences (Year 1)
  • Pioneers in Psychology (Year 1, Module leader),

Research PhDs

Prof Mazzoni welcomes applications in areas related to human memory, including autobiographical memory, exceptional memory, memory distortions, eyewitness testimony, suggestion and hypnosis, placebo and nocebo effects.

Completed PhDs


  • Dr Alan Scoboria. Immediate and persisting effects of misleading questions and hypnosis on memory reports (2001)
  • Dr Maciej Hanczakowski. Inhibition in long-term memory (2012)
  • Dr Iram Batool. Involuntary retrieval from Autobiographical memory and the nature of Cues. (2012)
  • Dr Matthew Coleshill. Placebo analgesia from a rubber hand (2014)


Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, University of Padova
  • Postdoctorate, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

External roles

  • Italian Psychology and Law Society
  • Psychonomic Society
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition

Editorial responsibilities

  • International Associate Editor: Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • Editorial Board: Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice

Awards and accolades


External research support (2005 onwards)

  • 2016 Newton Fund
  • 2015-2018 SSHRCC Examining the role of autobiographical belief and alternate mechanisms in explaining the effect of suggesting childhood events on subsequent behaviour. Scoboria A (PI); Mazzoni, G., Otgaar, H. (CI), Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
  • 2013-2014 Wellcome Trust. The Not Knowns. SJ Dickinson, PI
  • 2011-2012 British Academy. Non-believed Memories. G.Mazzoni PI
  • 2011-2013 FCT (Fundacao Para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia), Portugal. Increasing pshysical activity in older adults: A test of two different interventions in primary care settings. (Promoção da actividade física em idosos nos cuidados de saúde primaries). C.Carvalho,PI
  • 2009-2012 SSHRCC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada). Examining the role of autobiographical belief and alternate mechanisms in explaining the effect of suggesting childhood events on subsequent behaviour. A. Scoboria PI.
  • 2008-2009 British Academy. Does intentional suppression exist? G. Mazzoni PI
  • 2008. U of Windsor Internal Grant, A. Scoboria, PI
  • 2009-2010 British Academy. The Neuroscience of Metacognition: Integrating Brain Imaging, Neuropsychological and Behavioural Data. G. Mazzoni PI
  • 2007-2008 ESRC grant. Mental Control and the Self: Ironic Effects of Thought Suppression on the Perception, Behaviour, and Memories of the Self. N.Wyer, PI
  • 2006-2007 ESRC grant. The effect of gender observation and information on Psychogenic Symptoms. G. Mazzoni, PI
  • 2006-2009 ESRC CASE studentship on Memory deficits and memory complaints in temporal and frontal lobe epileptic patients. G. Mazzoni, Director of studies.
  • 2005-2008 ESRC grant. Dissociation and cognitive inhibition as correlates of hypnotic suggestibility”. Z.Dienes, PI.

Internal research support (2005 onwards)

  • 2013-2016. PhD studentship, University of Hull 80th anniversary
  • 2011-2014 PhD studentship, University of Hull 80th anniversary
  • 2009– Departmental funds for a part-time RA
  • 2008-2011. PhD studentship, University of Hull 80th anniversary


  • 2007 International Association for the Advance of Hypnosis, Honorary member
  • 2006 Italian Psychology and Law Society, Directorate Honorary appointment
  • 1999 Guest Professor Award, University of Connecticut
  • 1996-1997 Fulbright Scholar, University of Washington, Department of Psychology
  • 1988-1989 Fulbright Scholar, University of Washington, Department of Psychology
  • 1986 Fulbright Scholar, Cornell University, Ithaca, Department of Human and Family Development

Professional highlights


  • ESRC; MRC; Belgian Science Foundation; Italian Research Ministry (MIUR-PRIN); Marie Curie Intra-European fellowships, Israeli Science Foundation, Canada SRC and SSHRC; New Zealand Science Foundation; Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research; Fudacao para La Sciencia y la Tecnologia, Portugal

Recent examples of public/media work

  • Slipping the Mind: A Brief Journey from Forgetting to Exceptional Memories.
  • Edinburgh Science Festival, 2016
  • Book Sprint. A Flash of Light -Where is Colour? Manchester Science Festival, 2015
  • The Human Brain, episode on Hyperthymesia, Lambent Productions, 2015
  • BBC4 documentary 'Imperfect Past', 2015
  • Lectio Magistralis, Genova Science Festival, 2014.
  • Italian National TV RAI3 Scientific program Il Sesto Senso, episodes on Memory and Confession and on Suggestion, 2014
  • Hull Daily Mail feature article on The Not Knowns, 2014
  • Italian National TV, Voyager, episode on Exceptional Memories, 2014
  • Swedish National TV, Scientific documentary on The Nocebo effect, (Oct 2013)
  • Cheltenham Literary Festival, 2013
  • BBC Radio 3 Night Waves, 2013
  • Channel 4 documentary 'The Boy Who Cannot Forget', 2012
  • TEDxHull talk on memory (April 2012)
  • Focus article, The Sunday Times, 2012
  • Sky Documentary 'On The Human Mind', 2012
  • BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, 2011
  • Italian National TV Superquark documentary 'L'Effetto Nocebo', 2010
  • New Scientist article on the Nocebo effect (Sept 2009)