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Paolo Maria Russo

Full Professor

Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine - DIMES

Academic discipline: M-PSI/01 General Psychology

Director of First Cycle Degree in Imaging and Radiotherapy techniques


Since 1995, he is working on several topics in the field of General Psychology, and particularly on personality, psychometrics and methodology. He published several research papers on national and international journals and he communicated his works to national and international conferences. The main topics of his activity are:

Personality and temperament
Impulsivity and behavioural disinhibition
Decision making, framing effects and health risky behaviours
Sleep quality and sleep disorders
Health psychology
Questionnaire and Interview techniques

Studies on the biological bases of personality. In 2000, he was visiting researcher at Dipartimento di “Behavioral and Brain Sciences” della University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB; Prof. E.S. Barratt) at Galveston (TX, USA) and his main topic of interest is impulsivity. He conducted studies with different measures of impulsivity and its subdimensions; he investigated the relationship between impulsivity and mental ability, and impulsivity and reward sensitivity.

He conducted studies on the framing effects in health related messages, using the Prospect theory developed by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky.

He conducetd studies on juvenile headache sufferes, investigating information processing (by means of event related potentials, as P300 and CNV), impact on daily activities, and the relationship between migrain attack and sleep disturbances.In collaboration with Prof. Violani, he investigated sleep disturbances and, particularly, insomnia.

He contributed to the validation of several questionnaires and test in personality and health psychology research field, as such as the Zuckerman-Kuhlman Personality Questionnaire, the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale(Form C), the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility (Form A), the Sleep Disorders Questionnaire, the Questionnare on Disordered Eating (DEQ), the Headache Specific Quality of Life Scale (HSQoL).

Recently, he is involved in a research program, with Prof. Cipolli and Dott. Mazzetti, aimed to investigate the influence of sleep quality and sleep disturbances on cognitive performances in procedural learning tasks and declarative memory tasks.