Marta Calbi

holds a PhD in Neuroscience from University of Parma (2017). Her research activity is focused on the investigation of emotions from an embodied perspective. This research deals with the way the sensory-motor system processes emotional information, in particular emotions conveyed by body postures (i.e., emotional body language – EBL), by means of behavioural and electrophysiological methods in humans. Being nurtured by her acting experiences, her research is also dedicated to the scientific investigation of the actors/actresses – spectators’ bodily relationship, thus integrating evidence from basic understanding of EBL with theatre and performance studies.

To date, she has published several studies on this topic in international and peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Recently, she broadened her research interest to the field of aesthetics and phenomenology investigating affective and bodily identity by means of an interdisciplinary approach.

She studied as an actress at the school “Quelli di Grock” in Milan from 2009 to 2013, and from 2018 to 2021 at the cultural association Banda Sciapó in Milan. She is co-founder of the theatre company Tavolo.02 and the research and dissemination project Teatro&Scienza.

She is responsible for dissemination of PIS-Performing Identities Studies research group activities, including managing the PIS website and social pages.