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Associate Professor Joseph Ciorciari

Director Brain & Psychological Sciences Research Centre

Biography

Associate Professor Joseph Ciorciari is a Associate Professor who has taught into the Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering and Psychophysiology undergraduate, honours and postgraduate programs at Swinburne University of Technology.

He is currently the program coordinator for the undergraduate Psychology/Psychophysiology course. As from late 2005, as the research unit leader of Biology of Individual Differences Research Unit at the Brain Sciences Institute, he has focused on the investigation of the biological basis of personality using a multidisciplinary approach; combining psychology and neurosciences. Brain electrophysiology techniques and neuropsychological measures have been applied in the investigation of creativity, gender, intelligence, personality traits and psychosis. In a world first study into the psychiatric condition known as Multiple Personality Disorder, his research demonstrated clear functional differences in brain function for each dissociated personality, an altered consciousness.

Further dissociation research has focused on brain function associated with hypnotic states and normal dissociative processes. Neurofeedback research has also commenced in collaboration with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Grenoble, France. The unit is currently completing research in collaboration with La Trobe University and Murdoch University (Institute for Television Research) in examining the neurobiology associated with personality, emotional intelligence, consumer decision making processes and associated behaviours. This field is now referred to as neuropsychoeconomics.

Books, Theses, Book Chapters Published eBook Chapters

  • Ciorciari J. (2006) Biological Basis of Personality: EEG Studies and Behaviour. In: Case Studies in Psychology. Whelan T., (Ed)., Thomson Learning Australia (ISBN 0170130002)
  • Ciorciari J. (2006) Dissociative Identity Disorder: An EEG Experiment. In Case Studies in Psychology. Whelan T., (Ed)., Thomson Learning Australia (ISBN 0170130002)

Published Books
  • Tarrasuik, J., Ciorciari J., Stough C (2009). Understanding the Neurobiology of Emotional Intelligence. In: Assessing Emotional Intelligence: Theory, Research, and Applications (The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality) Con Stough (Editor), Donald H. Saklofske (Editor), James D.A. Parker (Editor). ISBN-10: 038788369X , ISBN-13: 978-0387883694 , Springer.
  • Ciorciari J. (2006) "Biological Basis of Emotional Intelligence" in Research on Emotional Intelligence: International Symposium 2005. (2005). (Eds. Stough, C., Saklofske, D. & Hansen, K.). Tertiary press. ISBN 0 86458 775 9 

Published Journal Papers
  • Cook F., Ciorciari J., Varker T., Devilly G.(in press 2009) Changes in long term neural connectivity following psychological trauma. Clinical Neurophysiology.
  • White D., Ciorciari J., Carbis C., Liley D. (2009) EEG correlates of virtual Reality Hypnosis. The International Journal of Clinical Experimental Hypnosis. 57(1),1-23.
  • Ashworth J., Ciorciari J., Stough C (2008) Psychophysiological Correlates of Dissociation, Handedness and Hemispheric Lateralization. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 196(5) 411-416.
  • Devilly G, Ciorciari J, Piesse A,, Sherwell S, Zammit S, Cook F, Turton C (2007) Dissociative Tendencies and Memory Performance on Directed-Forgetting Tasks .Psychological Science 18 (3), 212-217.
  • Devilly G.J., Ciorciari J.,2007) Conclusions In Science When Theory & Data Collide. Psychological Science 18 (3), 220-221.
  • Ciorciari J. (2003) "The Biological Basis of Personality" Labtalk Vol.47. No.2 pp12-13. Science Teachers Association of Victoria. * Hopper A., Ciorciari J., Johnson G., Spensley J., Sergejew A., Stough C. (2002) EEG Coherence and Dissociative Identity Disorder. Journal of Dissociation and Trauma. Vol 3 Issue 1.
  • Stough C., Donaldson C., Scarlata B., Ciorciari J. (2001) Psychophysiological Correlates of the NEO PI-R Openness, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness: Preliminary Results. International Journal of Psychophysiology. 41 pp87-91.
  • Ciorciari J.,Silberstein R., Copolov D.,(1998) The Steady State Visually Evoked Potential Topography in Chronic Schizophrenia. Brain Topography Today. Excerpta Medica International Congress Series No.1147. Excerpta Medica International Congress Series (ICS). Elsevier. 1997
  • Ciorciari, J., Silberstein, R., Line, P., Copolov, D., (1997) The steady state visually evoked potential topography dynamics in schizophrenia. Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology., Volume 103, Issue 1, July 1997, Page 92
  • Silberstein R.B., Ciorciari J., and Pipingas A., (1995). Steady State Visually Evoked Potential topography during the wisconsin card sort. EEG and Clin.Neurophysiology.96 pp24-35.
  • Ciorciari J.,Silberstein R., Copolov D., Currie., Ma S. (1995) The Topography and dynamics of the Steady State Visually Evoked Potential in Schizophrenia: A Pilot Study. ISBET Oct 10-12, Tokushima, Japan . Brain Topography
  • Silberstein R.B., Ciorciari J., and Pipingas A.,.(1993) Rapid changes in steady-state visually evoked potential topography associated with the Wisconsin card sort Biological Psychology, Volume 37, Issue 1, October 1993, Page 59.
  • Silberstein R.B., Ciorciari J., Schier M.A., Pipingas A., Wood S. (1991). The steady state visually evoked potential and topography and vigilance. Proc XVth Annual Conference of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment. In: B.G.Frost, M.Watson and H.P.Pfister (eds).Brain Impairment: advances in applied research.. Australian Society for the study of brain impairment. pp267-274.
  • Silberstein R.B., Pipingas A., Schier M.A., Ciorciari J., Wood S.R.(1991) Dynamic changes in brain evoked potentially laterality in a visual vigilance task.Proc XVth Annual Conference of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment. In: B.G.Frost, M.Watson and H.P.Pfister (eds). Advances in applied research.. Australian Society for the study of brain impairment. pp267-274.
  • Silberstein R.B., Pipingas A., Schier M.A., Ciorciari J., Wood S.R., Simpson D.R. (1990) Steady-State Visually Evoked Potential topography associated with a visual vigilance task. Brain Topography. Volume 3, Number 2 Pages: 337 - 347

Research interests

Mood Disorders; Neuroscience; Neuroscience; Brain sciences; Disassociated Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder); Decision Making Neurosciences; Neuromarketing; Neurobiology of Individual Differences; Neuroaffective Design

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Consumer Neuroscience and Health: Consumer Neuroscience and Health

The Psychophysiology of Personality and Related Disorders: Consumer Neuroscience and Health

Honours

Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Psychology - 170100
  • Other Psychology And Cognitive Sciences - 179900
  • Neurosciences - 110900

Teaching areas

Medical Biophysics

Awards

  • 1983, National, The Royal Humane Society Bravery Award, The Royal Humane Society of Australia

Publications

Also published as: Ciorciari, Joseph; Ciorciari, J.; Ciorciari, Joe
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: Situated music therapy for the prevention of cognitive decline in Alzheimers Diseases *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2016: Project Geldom Phase II *; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • 2015: The trajectory of trauma: an integrative approach *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2015: Virtual design development and trials of sleep system variants *; Snugfit Australia Pty Ltd - Research Contract
  • 2014: Understanding member engagement and retention at Zoos Victoria *; Zoos Victoria
  • 2013: Behavioural Research - Advanced Exploration of the Mind *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2012: Comparison of the neurocognitive profiles in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression through the use of the MATRICS consensus cognitive battery *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2011: Physiological and mood correlates of in-vivo and recollected mastery experience *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2011: Psychophysiological Correlates of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD); possible early biomarkers *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2011: Using Neurofeedback to improve mood, cognition in depression and dementia - a pilot study *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2009: An investigation of the psychophysiological correlates of personality and relevance to designing marketing stratagems (A neuroimaging study) *; La Trobe University (for Contracts)

* Chief Investigator