The aim of the research laboratories is to concretely introduce the students of the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Sciences to the world of research through a direct experience of the activities that take place in the laboratories of the Department.
The activities will take place under the supervision of designated researchers:
  • Andrea Bizzego for the Laboratory of New Technologies for Psychology and Neuroscience, andrea.bizzego [at] unitn.it
  • Ilaria Cataldo for the Laboratory of Cognitive Science and Social Behavior, ilaria.cataldo [at] unitn.it
  • Alessandra Geraci for the Laboratory of Developmental Psychology, alessandra.geraci [at] unitn.it
  • Bianca Monachesi for the Laboratory of Neural Correlates of Affective Processing and Social Cognition, bianca.monachesi [at] unitn.it
In the course of the academic year 2020-2021 the Department offers two different activities for each Laboratory; both activities can be attended either online or in a physical laboratory

Workshop

The workshops are a sequence of meetings during which the students will experience practical activities offered by each Laboratory. These meetings aim to develop and explore in details a shared topic, according to the different research techniques that characterize each Laboratory.

The topic proposed for the first semester of the a.a. 2020/2021 is Relationships 2.0 - Social Media Sites and New Relational Styles.

Students that will attend the workshop of every Laboratory will then asked to develop and discuss (in groups) a project proposal adopting at least one of the techniques presented during the meetings.  

The full participation equals 1 CFU, that will be assigned to the student at the end of the meetings.

Purposes of the workshops are to:

  • Attend to the presentation of different research techniques
  • Acquire methodological notions useful when planning and conducting an empirical study
  • Simulate an experimental procedure.

Research Track

Research Tracks (RT) consist of brief research projects where the students will have to complete individually, with the help and under the supervision of the researchers. Students will set up, plan and go through the different stages of the project in the first place: literature research, formulation of the hypotheses and of the methodology, experimental procedure, data analysis, interpretation and discussion of the results.

The aim is to directly experience a proper research activity and to get to know the researcher of the Department, together with the opportunities and the technological resources available.

Purposes of the research track  are to:

  • Work closely with the researchers and Laboratory of the Department
  • Take part in the conduction of scientific study, from the formulation of hypotheses to the discussion of results.

The number of CFU assigned to each student is determined by the type of the research track and of the amount of time required to complete the project, that will be based on the competences and availability of the student. A minimum of 100 hour (equal to 4 CFU) is required for a Research Track.

For further information or to subscribe to workshops/research tracks, please contact the researchers by e-mail.

Novel technologies for neuroscience and psychology research

Researcher: Andrea Bizzego andrea.bizzego [at] unitn.it

Workshop

  1. Neuroscience 2.0: (technological) frontiers for neuroscience
    2 hours
    Introduction to new technologies for data acquisition and analysis: physiological signals and wearable devices, massive data and online resources, Artificial Intelligence and New Interfaces.
  2. Cutting edge Tech+Science
    2 hours
    In-depth analysis focusing on a Use Case which, by exploiting one (or more) of the previously presented techniques, opens up new perspectives or studies in a particular area of neuroscience or psychology.
  3. Feet on the ground
    2 hours
    Presentation and discussion of the Use Cases, also focusing on the critical issues that new technologies present.

Meetings

The first meeting will be scheduled in the following dates:

  • 22nd February 2021
  • 29th March 2021
  • 26th April 2021
  • 24th May 2021

The proposed dates are subject to changes and variations that will be communicated on this web-page.

Alternatively, the researcher will propose an appointment with at least 5 participants.

For the following meetings, the dates and times will be defined together with the participants.

It is necessary to confirm participation by email to the researcher: andrea.bizzego [at] unitn.it

Research Tracks

Students interested to participate in the Research Track are invited to contact the researcher by e-mail (andrea.bizzego [at] unitn.it) or during the Workshop meetings.

The topics proposed for the Research Track will be in line with the research focus of the Laboratory:

  • Physiological signals and psychophysiology, synchrony of the physiological response
  • Analysis of large datasets and new data
  • Artificial intelligence, fNIRS, Interfaces.

Students are encouraged to propose their ideas and material.

The Research Tracks will be declined according to interests and skills: either students with solid technological knowledge, and (particularly) students less familiar with the technological world, are both encouraged to participate.

Laboratory of Cognitive Science and Social Behavior

Researcher: Ilaria Cataldo ilaria.cataldo [at] unitn.it

Workshop

  1. From the Cradle to the Web
    1,5 hours
    Introduction to the concept of social behavior and of the developmental perspective: assessment of parental bonding, psychological mechanisms underlying social interaction in adulthood and on the main social media platforms;
  2. When Real and Virtual Unite
    3 hours
    Proposal and in-depth formulation of a project that uses one of the tools (questionnaires/tests and social media sites) presented during the first meeting, aiming to integrate features of online and offline interactions;
  3. Deadlines and Commitments
    1,5 hours
    Presentation and discussion of the project, critical analysis of the methodological and/or procedural limitations; discussion of the possible alternatives and/or implementations to reduce or eliminate the weaknesses of the project.

Meetings

The first meeting will be scheduled in the following dates:

  • 19th January 2021
  • 16th February 2021
  • 23rd March 2021
  • 27th April 2021
  • 25th May 2021

The proposed dates are subject to changes and variations that will be communicated on this web-page.

Alternatively, the researcher will propose an appointment with at least 5 participants.

For the following meetings, the dates and times will be defined together with the participants.

It is necessary to confirm participation by email to the researcher: ilaria.cataldo [at] unitn.it

Research Track

Students interested to participate in the Research Track are invited to contact the researcher by e-mail (ilaria.cataldo [at] unitn.it) or during the Workshop meetings

The topics proposed for the Research Track will be in line with the research focus of the Laboratory:

  • Tests and Questionnaires: from the background theory, to the validation, administration, scoring and interpretation of results
  • Social Behavior: an integrative approach between online and offline social interactions
  • Gene-by-environment: exploration of social behavior under the light of the interaction between genetic features and environmental factors.

Students are encouraged to propose their ideas, material especially with regards to the “Tests and Questionnaires” project

Laboratory of Neural Correlates of Affective Processing and Social Cognition

Researcher:  Bianca Monachesi bianca.monachesi [at] unitn.it

Workshops

  1. Knowhow of the EEG
    2 hours
    Introduction to the EEG Lab and demonstration of data acquisition with focus on the electrodes montage, reduction of interference, choice of parameters and signal monitoring.
  2. Moving from real life to laboratory context
    2 hours
    On OpenSesame (OS) software, implementation of an experimental paradigm suitable for the EEG technique and aimed at investigating the cognitive and affective processes underlying interpersonal relationships.
  3. Raw signal becomes ERP
    2 hours
    Preprocessing and processing of the data through EEGlab software. Presentation of results and their interpretation on the basis of the investigated process.

Meetings

  • 21st January 2021
  • 17th March 2021

The proposed dates are subject to changes and variations that will be communicated on this web-page.

Dates and times will be defined together with the participants and on the basis of the adhesions.

Please, confirm participation to the workshops sending an email to the researcher: bianca.monachesi [at] unitn.it

Research Track

The workshops are highly recommended to attend the Research Track. For this latter, please contact the research by email (bianca.monachesi [at] unitn.it) or during the Workshop.

The subject of the research track will be proposed by the students and has to focus on one or more of the following topics:

  • Social Cognition: attentional processes and socio-affective stimuli
  • Emotion Regulation strategies and individual differences
  • Dehumanization and Objectification in interpersonal relationship.

Laboratory of Developmental Psychology

Researcher:  Alessandra Geraci, alessandra.geraci [at] unitn.it

Workshops

  1. Socio-moral Development
    3 hours
    ntroduction to the Lab, presentation of principal paradigms used to investigate infants’ responses, creation of stimuli with specific softwares (Adobe Flash professional), use of E-prime with movies. Training and practical exercises.
  2. Spontaneous measures
    3 hours
    Introduction to Cohen's model (1972) to investigate visual attention in infancy, presentation of template and specific program for online/offline coding, training and examples of coding. Presentation of the visual and social preference paradigm and of methods to code and assess with a reaching test.
  3. Project
    2 hours
    Research and formulation of a project that uses one of the paradigms presented during the first two meetings.

Meetings

  • 1st February 2021
  • 6th April 2021
  • 3rd May 2021

The proposed dates are subject to changes and variations that will be communicated on this web-page.

Dates and times will be defined together with the participants and on the basis of the adhesions.

Please, confirm participation to the workshops sending an email to the researcher: alessanda.geraci [at] unitn.it

Research Tracks

Students interested to participate in the Research Track are invited to contact the researcher by e-mail (alessandra.geraci [at] unitn.it) or during the Workshop meetings. The topics proposed for the Research Track will be in line with the research focus of the Laboratory:

  • Social evaluation in infancy
  • The developmental root of the fairness
  • Psychological reasoning in a morally relevant context.

Students are encouraged to propose their ideas to investigate socio-moral development in the first year of life.

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18 January 2021