Biomedical Research Foundation Academy Of AthensAcademy Of Athens
Scientific Personnel

Marietta Marietta Papadatou-Pastou, PhD, CPsychol CSci AFBPsS
University Faculty, Affiliated Investigator

Center :

Basic Research

Lab Site :

Papadatou-Pastou Lab

Brief Bio

Marietta Papadatou-Pastou graduated from the Department of Psychology of the Panteion University, Athens, Greece. She further holds an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology (awarded with distinction) and a DPhil in Neuropsychology (full scholarship), both from the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK.

In 2014, Dr Papadatou-Pastou joined the faculty of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens as a Lecturer in “Neuropsychology and Language Functions” and in 2019 she became Assistant Professor. She is also an Affiliated Investigator of the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens. She is a Research Collaborator of the Cognition and Health Research Group affiliated with the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, since 2014. Moreover, Dr. Papadatou-Pastou is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Chartered Psychologist by the BPS, and a Chartered Scientist by the BPS and the Science Council UK. She served as the Secretary General for the Hellenic Psychological Society (HPS; 2017-2019) and she is a co-director of the Neuropsychology Branch of the HPS since 2017.

Dr Papadatou-Pastou’s research interests include various aspects of neuropsychology, as well as cognitive neuroscience and experimental psychology. Her work focuses on handedness and brain lateralization, using behavioral and brain imaging techniques (functional transcranial Doppler ultrasound [fTCD] and functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI]), in healthy individuals as well as populations with special education needs (students with dyslexia, hearing impaired students, students with low or high IQ and individuals with autism spectrum disorder). At the moment she is particularly interested in cerebral lateralization of written language, and she has secured a Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (H.F.R.I.) grant to fund this line of inquiry. Dr Papadatou-Pastou is a member of the Consortium on Language Asymmetry (COLA). She has also worked in neuropsychopharmacology, using functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate the neural and behavioral effects of antidepressant drug action and of mood induction on autobiographical memory. She is further interested in meta-science, with a special focus on meta-analysis. Moreover, Dr Papadatou-Pastou is a member of the Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA), where she has served as an Assistant Director for the Ethics Review Committee. Last but not least, she is interested in science outreach.

Dr Papadatou-Pastou publishes her work in international peer-reviewed journals, such as the Psychological Bulletin, Nature Human Behavior, NeuroImage, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Scientific Reports, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, Brain and Language, and Neuropsychologia. She has authored more than 35 publications (Scopus), her work has received more than 1000 citations and she has an H-Index of 16 (Google Scholar).

Selected Publications

  1. Papadatou-Pastou, M., Ntolka, E., Schmitz, J., Martin, M., Munafo, M. R., Ocklenburg, S., & Paracchini, S. (2020). Human handedness: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 146(6): 481-524.
  2. Jones, B. C., DeBruine, L. M., Flake, J., K., … Papadatou-Pastou, M., ...Chartier, C. (2020). Social perception of faces around the world: To which world regions does the valence-dominance model of social perception apply? Nature Human Behaviour, in press.
  3. Packheiser, J., Schmitz, J., Berretz, G., Carey, D., Paracchini, S., Papadatou-Pastou, M., & Ocklenburg, S. (2020). Four meta-analyses across 164 studies on atypical footedness prevalence and its relation to handedness.  Scientific Reports, in press
  4. Ocklenburg, S., Isparta, S., Peterburs, J., & Papadatou-Pastou, M. (2019). Paw preferences in cats and dogs: Meta-analysis. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 1-31.
  5. Ntolka, E., & Papadatou-Pastou, M. (2018). Right-handers have negligibly higher IQ scores than left-handers: Systematic review and meta-analyses. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 84,376-393.
  6. Papadatou-Pastou, M., & Martin, M. (2017). Cerebral laterality for language is related to adult salivary testosterone levels but not digit ratio (2D: 4D) in men: A functional transcranial Doppler ultrasound study. Brain and Language, 166, 52-62.
  7. Papadatou-Pastou, M., Martin, M., & Mohr, C. (2017). Salivary testosterone levels are unrelated to handedness or cerebral lateralization for language. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 22(2), 123-156.
  8. Papadatou-Pastou, M., & Sáfár, A. (2016). Handedness prevalence in the deaf: Meta-analyses. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 60, 98-114.
  9. Papadatou-Pastou, M., Miskowiak, K., Williams, J. M. G., & Harmer, C.J. (2012). Acute antidepressant drug administration and autobiographical memory recall: An fMRI study. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 25(5), 364-372.
  10. Bishop, D. V. M., Watt, H., & Papadatou-Pastou, M. (2009). An efficient and reliable method for measuring cerebral lateralisation during speech with functional transcranial Doppler ultrasound, Neuropsychologia, 47, 587-590.
  11. Papadatou-Pastou, M., Martin, M., Munafò, M. R., & Jones, G. V. (2008). Sex differences in left-handedness: A meta-analysis of 144 studies, Psychological Bulletin, 134(5), 677-99.
  12. Miskowiak, K., Papadatou-Pastou, M., Cowen, P. J., Goodwin, G. M., Norbury, R., & Harmer, C. J. (2007). Single dose antidepressant administration modulates the neural processing of self-referent personality trait word, NeuroImage, 37(3), 904-911.


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