Social mind | Cognitive and clinical neuroscience | Organizations, education and cultural studies | Quantitative methodologies and cognitive technologies

The Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science is home to a group of researchers* that is active in a large range of disciplines adopting a multitude of scientific methods. These disciplines include experimental and applied psychology, neurosciences, pedagogy, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, and cognitive technologies, all disciplines that pertain to the Cognitive Sciences.
The quality of our department’s research has been attested by the VQR (Valutazione della Qualità della Ricerca), that ranked the department second at the national level for its research in Psychology since 2003 until now.
Below you can find the main lines of research that are currently conducted at the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science divided into four main areas of research.


International migration and sexual change – Martina Cvajner
Philosophy of psychology and epistemology of the cognitive sciences – Sara Dellantonio
Physiology and neural correlates of affiliative behavior – Gianluca Esposito 
Language processing and grammatical categories – Chiara Finocchiaro
Cognitive and emotional development – Laura Franchin
Investigating Social mind: cognition and behavior in social context – Maria Paola Paladino
The origins and development of social and object cognition – Luca Surian
Response selection: main phenomena and their use as a heuristic tool – Barbara Treccani
Humanness and dehumanization – Jeroen Vaes
Language processing – Francesco Vespignani
Reading and Language Production: perceptual, cognitive, and motor processing – Michele Scaltritti


Neurophysiological regulation and learning – Andrea Caria
Clinical neuropsychology and cognitive psychology – Roberto Cubelli
Adult sensitive responsiveness and child psychological development – Simona de Falco
Spontaneous versus controlled mechanisms of attention – Nicola De Pisapia
Clinical and Affective Neuroscience – Alessandro Grecucci
Autism spectrum disorder: Typical and atypical developmental trajectories – Paola Venuti


Organizational identification and well-being – Lorenzo Avanzi
Trauma – Illness – Emotions & Narration – Maria Micaela Coppola
Experiential learning for social health education – Dario Fortin
Organizational and work psychology – Franco Fraccaroli
Higher Education & Educational technology – Patrizia Maria Margherita Ghislandi
Living and thinking in the global world of “literature,” “theory”, and media – Carla Locatelli
What literature can teach us? Italian and cultural studies - Lucia Rodler


Quantitative Analyses of Perceptual Experiments – Luisa Canal
Quantitative psychology and cognitive modeling – Luigi Lombardi
Statistical methods in life sciences – Rocco Micciolo

* A certain number of researches of the Department conduct their research at the CIMeC. More information on their research can be found on their website.