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Katia Mattarozzi

Associate Professor

Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences

Academic discipline: M-PSI/01 General Psychology

Director of First Cycle Degree in Nursing


Keywords: Faces perception Face Memory Doctor-Patient Communication Pain Perception Placebo and Nocebo Effect Patient 's Reported Outcomes Measure (PROMS)

Research interests

 ·         Face Perception and the effect of social traits inferences on memory and decisions.
My research has been mainly focused on how trait inferences from facial appearance, especially judgement of trustworthiness (i.e. hedonic valence), interact with emotional processing in modulating learning, memory processes, decisions and pain perception. At the moment, together with Alexander Todorov  (University of Princeton;, we have a project running to the the follow main questions: What happens when trait inferences from facial appearance are in conflict with information subsequently acquired from the environment? To what extent do these inferences affect the processing of new information? Are the automatic inferences extinguished or does the misjudgement involve a cost?

 ·         Doctor/patient communication and patient expectations : effects on clinical outcomes. Placebo and Nocebo Mechanisms and Effects. Social Modulation of Pain. 

 ·         Learning, memory and attention (studied in normal subjects, in patients with metabolic disorders or with brain lesions and in reversible forms of cognitive deterioration).

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