Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D. in Ecological Psychology
University of Connecticut
Anticipated 2023

B.S. in Mathematics
State University of New York at Oneonta
summa cum laude
August 2014 - May 2018

B.S. in Psychology
State University of New York at Oneonta
summa cum laude
August 2014 - May 2018

Peer-Reviewed Publications and Proceedings

Windsor, L. C., Chiovaro, M., & Paxton, A. (in prep). Language during the Rwandan Genocide.

Chiovaro, M., & Paxton, A. (in prep). Nonlinear, natural, and noisy: A quantitative approach to the collection and analysis of real-world social behavior.
Github Repo

Chiovaro, M., Windsor, L. C., Windsor, A., & Paxton, A. (2021). Online social cohesion reflects real-world action in Syria during the Arab Spring. PLoS ONE, 16(7), e0254087.
PDF Github Repo

Chiovaro, M., Windsor, L. C., & Paxton, A. (2021). Vector Autoregression, Cross-Correlation, and Cross-Recurrence Quantification Analysis: A Case Study in Social Cohesion and Collective Action. In CogSci.
PDF Github Repo

Chiovaro, M., & Paxton, A. (2020). Ecological Psychology Meets Ecology: Apis mellifera as a Model for Perception-Action, Social Dynamics, and Human Factors. Ecological Psychology.
PDF

Chiovaro, M., & Paxton, A. (guest editors; 2020). Action coordination in non-human self-organizing collectives: Multidisciplinary lessons from living and nonliving systems. Special issue of Ecological Psychology.

Chiovaro, M., & Paxton, A. (2019). Nest-ed affordances. In L. van Dijk, & R. Withagen (Eds.), Studies in Perception and Action XV. Proceedings from the Seventeenth International Conference on Perception and Action.

Talks

Online affect and offline action: An analysis of the relationship between emotions on social media and real-world events.
Chiovaro, M., Xia, Q., Windsor, L. C., & Paxton, A.
Paper to be presented at the 51st annual conference of the Society for Computation in Psychology (SCiP). Virtual conference due to COVID-19.
November 2021

Waves of collective action: Dynamics of online and real-world activism in the Arab Spring
Chiovaro, M., Paxton, A., & Windsor, L. C.
Paper presented at the 50th annual conference of the Society for Computation in Psychology (SCiP). Virtual conference due to COVID-19.
November 2020

Cross-Recurrence Quantification Analyses of Real-World and Online Social Cohesion During the Arab Spring
Chiovaro, M., Paxton, A., & Windsor, L. C.
Paper presented at the 30th Annual International Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences Conference. Virtual conference due to COVID-19.
July 2020

Nonlinear, natural, and noisy: A quantitative approach to the collection and analysis of real-world social behavior
Chiovaro, M. & Paxton, A.
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology (SCiP). Montréal, Québec, Canada.
November 2019

Action coordination in non-human self-organizing collectives: Multidisciplinary lessons from living and nonliving systems
Chiovaro, M. & Paxton, A. (organizers).
Symposium presented at the 20th International Conference on Perception and Action. Groningen, Netherlands.
July 2019

Busy bees: Task allocation in Apis mellifera as inspiration for engineering effective human collectives
Chiovaro, M. & Paxton, A.
Paper presented at the 20th International Conference on Perception and Action. Groningen, Netherlands.
July 2019

To be a bee: Lessons from perception, action, and interpersonal coordination
Chiovaro, M.
Invited talk presented at Gordon College. Wenham, MA.
April 2019

The state of our minds
Chiovaro, M.
Talk presented at the Student Diversity and Leadership Conference. Oneonta, NY.
March 2017

Posters

Xia, Q., Chiovaro, M., Windsor, L. C., & Paxton, A. (2021). Online emotion diffusion during the Arab Spring. Poster presented at the University of Connecticut’s Language Fest.

Chiovaro, M., Windsor, L. C., & Paxton, A. (forthcoming). Vector Autoregression, Cross-Correlation, and Cross-Recurrence Quantification Analysis: A Case Study in Social Cohesion and Collective Action. 43rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

Dhaim, A., Chiovaro, M., & Blau, J. J. C. (2020). Self-similarity of the stage: Fractality in live theatre performances. Poster to be presented at the 61st Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting. Virtual.

Chiovaro, M., & Paxton, A. (2019). What you see is how you feel: How social anxiety shapes visual perception and attention. Poster presented at the 60th Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting. Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Chiovaro, M. R., & Paxton, A. (2019). Nest-ed affordances. Poster presented at the 20th International Conference on Perception and Action. Groningen, Netherlands.

Chiovaro, M. R., & Paxton, A. (2019). What the buzz is all about: Apis mellifera as a model for collective intelligence. Poster presented at the Second Annual Northeastern Regional Conference on Complex Systems. Binghamton, NY.
Awarded Honorable Mention in poster competition.

Chiovaro, M. R., Faraci, N., Curtin, S. A., Cunningham, A. G., Lau, K. S. L. (2018). Exposure to trauma and its effects on mental health and seeking services. Poster presented at the State University of New York Undergraduate Research Conference. Oneonta, NY.

Cunningham, A. G., Chiovaro, M. R., Garufi, J., Lau, K. S. L. (2018). The dark triad and its relationship to impulsivity. Poster presented at the State University of New York Undergraduate Research Conference. Oneonta, NY.

Faraci, N., Chiovaro, M. R., Cunningham, A. G., Lau, K. S. L. (2018). The vulnerable dark triad and unique subtypes of aggression. Poster presented at the State University of New York Undergraduate Research Conference. Oneonta, NY.

Chiovaro, M. R., & Lau, K. S. L. (2018). The four facets of psychopathy and suicidal ideation. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association’s Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.

Funding and Awards

2021
Science of Learning and Art of Communication (SLAC) Fellow (2020-2021)
The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Graduate Fellowship
Science of Learning and Art of Communication (SLAC) Summer Fellowship

2020
Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)
Science of Learning and Art of Communication (SLAC) Fellow (2020-2021)
Science of Learning and Art of Communication (SLAC) Summer Fellowship
Innovation Funds, SLAC

2019
Travel and Networking Award, Women in Cognitive Science Society
The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Graduate Fellowship
30 Under 30 Award Winner, Alumni Association, SUNY Oneonta

2018
D’Antonio Student Travel for Excellence Grant, SUNY Oneonta
Excellence in Research and Methodology, Psychology Department, SUNY Oneonta
Top Psychology Senior, Psychology Department, SUNY Oneonta
Michael Siegel Award, For dedication and promise to the field of psychology, SUNY Oneonta
SUNY Chancellor’s Award Nominee, SUNY Oneonta

2017
Student Grant Program for Research & Creative Activity, SUNY Oneonta
Helen & Michael Casper Fellowship for Internship Support, SUNY Oneonta

Lab Involvement

Research Assistant
Department of Psychological Sciences
University of Connecticut
DYSCORD Lab
Supervisor: Alexandra Paxton
August 2018 — present

Undergraduate RA
Department of Psychology
State University of New York at Oneonta
DAPPER Lab
Supervisor: Katherine Lau
January 2017 — May 2018

Teaching experience

PSYC 2100WQ TA
University of Connecticut
Instructor of Record(s): Steven Mellor
Spring 2020

PSYC 1100L TA
University of Connecticut
Instructor of Record(s): James Chrobak, Harvey Swadlow
Fall 2018, Spring 2019