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Welcome and thank you for being here! My name is Arieta Chouchourelou and I provide psychotherapy and education services individually, to couples, to families, groups and organizations, face-to-face and online.

It would be a joyful privilege to work with you 🌻

My practice is informed and inspired by Narrative Therapy, neurophysiology-based therapeutic approaches to Trauma and holistic views of the human body in relation to the relationships it co-creates.



Over the past 21 years I have worked in education and psychology, with a major focus on the integration of neuroscience knowledge into therapy and development, in 3 different countries, live & online with people from around the world in academia, corporate, and government contexts.



I hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Master's and Doctorate in Cognitive Psychology. I am a licensed Psychologist and a certified practitioner of Narrative Therapy and Community Practice.

Studies

-Ph.D.- Cognitive Psychology, Rutgers, New Jersey State University, USA 2006. Supervising Professor: Dr. Maggie Shiffrar.

-M.A.- Cognitive Psychology, Rutgers, New Jersey State University, USA, 2004. Supervising Professor: Dr. Maggie Shiffrar.

-BA in Psychology - Department of Psychology, Panteion University, Athens, 2000. Supervising Professor: Dr. Theoni Velli.

-Graduate Certificate in Narrative Therapy in Greece, Thessaloniki 2019. - Graduate of the Institute of Narrative Therapy and Community Practice (narrativetherapy.gr) with certification by the Dulwich Center.

My final, dissertation in this latter program includes discussions with activists in the field of animal welfare and protection in Greece and Cyprus.

Publications

Chouchourelou, A., Golden, A., & Shiffrar, M. (2013). What does “Biological Motion” Really Mean? Differentiating Visual Percepts of Human, Animal and Nonbiological Motions. In Johnson, K., & Shiffrar, M. (Vol. Eds) People Watching: Social, Perceptual and Neurophysiological Studies of Body Perception. NY: Oxford University Press.

Shiffrar, M., Kaiser, M., & Chouchourelou, A. (2012). Seeing human vision as inherently social. In Adams, R., Nakayama, K., & Shimojo, S. (Vol. Eds) The Science of Social Vision. NY: Oxford University Press.

Chouchourelou, A., Matsuka, T., Harber, K., & Shiffrar, M. (2006). The visual analysis of emotional actions. Social Neuroscience, 1, 63-74.

Chouchourelou, A., Matsuka, T., Harber, K., & Shiffrar, M. (2006). Does emotion systematically influence visual perception? Visual Cognition, 14(1), 82-85.

Matsuka, T. & Chouchourelou, A. (2006). A model of human category learning with dynamic multi-objective hypotheses testing with retrospective verification. WCCI06 -IJCNN2006.

Matsuka, T. & Chouchourelou, A. (2006). On the learning algorithms of descriptive models of high-order human cognition. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) Vol.3971, Advances in Neural Networks, ISNN06, (pp. 41 - 49). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Externally Funded Research Project

Protocol Number: HEALTH/PUBLIC HEALTH/0609(ΒΕ)/17. « The effects of yoga on body awareness, anxiety and quality of relating». CYPRUS RESEARCH PROMOTION FOUNDATION (2010-2012). (Role: Project Coordinator, Principal Investigator).



Conference Presentations

2019 Chouchourelou, A., Charvatis, A.: A group collaboration on talking about healing ways of doing relationships between humans and animals in urban, mostly, settings in Greece and Cyprus. Play, Perform, Learn, Grow, Bridging Communities, Practices, and the World, Thessaloniki, Greece

2015 Chouchourelou, A., Matsuka, T., & Kitromilides, E.: How it takes two to tango and one to un-tangle: body-healing effects on life quality. Laureate Faculty Development Research Series, Laureate webinar: Research Series

2013 Katzis, K., Christou, G., & Chouchourelou, A.: Increasing Interdisciplinarity with Engineering Students. PAEE'2013 - Project Approaches in Engineering Education, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

2012 Athanasiou, E., Katzis, K., Sozos, N., & Chouchourelou, A.: Introducing technology to adults in their 70s, 80s, and 90s to promote happiness. European Social Survey Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus.

2011 Chouchourelou, A., & Kitromilides, E.: What you can do with is, is what you get”: How the observer relates to the human body under examination affects the way this body is perceived. 1st International Conference in Safety and Crisis Management in the Construction, Tourism, and SMEs, Nicosia, Cyprus





Earlier Conference Presentations

2008 Atmaca, S., Chouchourelou A., & Prinz, W: Keeping track of multiple agents versus objects. Annual Meeting of HBES, Tokyo, Japan.

2005 Chouchourelou, A., Matsuka, T., Harber, K., & Shiffrar, M.: Does emotion systematically influence visual perception? Annual Meeting of OPAM , Toronto, Ontario, CA.

2005 Chouchourelou, A., Matsuka, T., Kozhevnikov, M., Hanson, C., & Shiffrar, M.: The visual analysis of bodily emotions. Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society , Sarasota, FL, USA.

2005 Chouchourelou, A., Matsuka, T., Kozhevnikov, M., Hanson, C., & Shiffrar, M.: The perception of emotional bodies. Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York City, NY, USA.

2004 Shiffrar, M., Chouchourelou, A., & Pinto, J.: A Social Visual System? Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, USA.

2003 Chouchourelou, A., Loula, F. & Shiffrar, M.: Meaning influences the perception of apparent human motion. Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, USA.

2003 Chouchourelou, A. & Shiffrar, M.: Social meaning influences the visual analysis of human movement. Euroconference on computational mechanisms for the generation and perception of action in 3D space, Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy.

2003 Chouchourelou, A. & Shiffrar, M.: Temporal characteristics of the visual analysis of human and animal movement. Annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York City, NY, USA.

2002 Chouchourelou, A. & Shiffrar, M.: When and why is the perception of human movement special? Object Perception and Memory, Kansas City, MO, USA.

2002 Chouchourelou, A., & Shiffrar, M.: Timing and the interpretation of apparent motion in human and animal displays. Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, USA.



Other Awards Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University, USA, 2005.

Graduate Students Present Award, The Reviewing Committee for the Annual Meeting of Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York City, USA, 2005.
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