Alexandra Gheorghiu

Alexandra Gheorghiu
Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza | UAIC · Center for European Studies

PhD

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October 2009 - January 2013
Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza
Position
  • Research Assistant
January 2006 - January 2013
Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza
Position
  • Big Five
Description
  • Validation of personality assessment questionnaires
Education
October 2010 - December 2012
October 2009 - December 2012
Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza
Field of study
  • Psychology

Publications

Publications (49)
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Anxiety associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and home confinement has been associated with adverse health behaviors, such as unhealthy eating, smoking, and drinking. However, most studies have been limited by regional sampling, which precludes the examination of behavioral consequences associated with the pandemic at a global level. Further, few s...
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Tourism plays a vital role in many rural areas and has been proven a highly resilient sector following an unforeseen shock. Recent evidence points out its capacity to transfer resilient proprieties to the economic landscape of destinations. Yet, little is known about the way structural features of a destination impacts the tourism-induced resilienc...
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The present paper examines longitudinally how subjective perceptions about COVID-19, one’s community, and the government predict adherence to public health measures to reduce the spread of the virus. Using an international survey ( N = 3040), we test how infection risk perception, trust in the governmental response and communications about COVID-19...
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Before vaccines for COVID-19 became available, a set of infection prevention behaviors constituted the primary means to mitigate the virus spread. Our study aimed to identify important predictors of this set of behaviors. Whereas social and health psychological theories suggest a limited set of predictors, machine learning analyses can identify cor...
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Anxiety associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and home confinement has been associated with adverse health behaviors, such as unhealthy eating, smoking, and drinking. However, most studies have been limited by regional sampling, which precludes the examination of behavioral consequences associated with the pandemic at a global level. Further, few s...
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Understanding the determinants of COVID-19 vaccine uptake is important to inform policy decisions and plan vaccination campaigns. The aims of this research were to: (1) explore the individual- and country-level determinants of intentions to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, and (2) examine worldwide variation in vaccination intentions. This cross-s...
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Tightening social norms is thought to be adaptive for dealing with collective threat yet it may have negative consequences for increasing prejudice. The present research investigated the role of desire for cultural tightness, triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, in increasing negative attitudes towards immigrants. We used participant-level data from...
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The European Atlas of Resilience is one of the main results of ReGrowEU project, supported by a grant financed by the Ministry of Research and Innovation of Romania. Designed in a methodologically flexible manner, the atlas aims at delivering a unique multi-dimensional, multi-shock and multi-level diagnosis of national and regional resilience for t...
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During the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. conservative politicians and the media downplayed the risk of both contracting COVID-19 and the effectiveness of recommended health behaviors. Health behavior theories suggest perceived vulnerability to a health threat and perceived effectiveness of recommended health-protective behaviors dete...
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During the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. conservative politicians and the media downplayed the risk of both contracting COVID-19 and the effectiveness of recommended health behaviors. Health behavior theories suggest perceived vulnerability to a health threat and perceived effectiveness of recommended health-protective behaviors dete...
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Introduction: The growth of the European market for road-freight transport has recently led to important changes. The growing number of foreign pavilion drivers transiting in France, which plays a bridging role among European countries, has influenced the lives of truck drivers by increasing competition, pressure on day-to-day activities, and cons...
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This paper examines whether compliance with COVID-19 mitigation measures is motivated by wanting to save lives or save the economy (or both), and which implications this carries to fight the pandemic. National representative samples were collected from 24 countries (N = 25,435). The main predictors were (1) perceived risk to contract coronavirus, (...
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This study constructed an analytical framework for assessing state's external capacity, based on a six-factor index comprising both hard and soft elements of power (namely, 1. size and geographic location, 2. economy, 3. military, 4. historical experience and culture, 5. domestic institutional capacity and expertise, 6. membership in international...
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The Coronavirus is highly infectious and potentially deadly. In the absence of a cure or a vaccine, the infection prevention behaviors recommended by the World Health Organization constitute the only measure that is presently available to combat the pandemic. The unprecedented impact of this pandemic calls for swift identification of factors most i...
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In this work, we study how social contacts and feelings of solidarity shape experiences of loneliness during the COVID-19 lockdown in early 2020. We draw on cross-national data, collected across four time points between mid-March until early May 2020. We situate our work within the public debate on these issues and discuss to what extent the public...
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According to health behavior theories, perceived vulnerability to a health threat and perceived effectiveness of recommended health-protective behaviors determine motivation to follow these recommendations. Because the U.S. President Trump and U.S. conservative politicians downplayed the risk and seriousness of contracting COVID-19 and the effectiv...
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The PsyCorona collaboration is a research project to examine processes involved in the COVID-19 pandemic, such as behavior that curbs virus transmission, which may implicate social norms, cooperation, and self-regulation. The study also examines psychosocial consequences of physical distancing strategies and societal lockdown, such as frustration o...
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The purpose of this data visualization tool is twofold. First, it serves as a resource for researchers, analysts, and practitioners to understand people’s thoughts, feelings, and responses to the coronavirus as well as the extraordinary societal measures taken against it. Such knowledge could provide pilot data for researchers, inform current polic...
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Mapping the Moods of COVID-19: Global Study Uses Data Visualization to Track Psychological Responses, Identify Targets for Intervention
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During the last decades, tourism activities were promoted by local and regional policy-makers as a universal solution for rural areas’ suffering from massive depopulation, technological delay, or economical struggles. A large debate flourished in the literature on whether and to what extent tourism could play a role in supporting rural localities....
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The growth of the European market for road-freight transport has recently led to important changes. Moreover, due to the geographical context of France, truck drivers from different countries circulate on French roads to deliver their goods. Having road safety concerns in mind and based on a literature review, as well as interviews, a French questi...
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This paper examines whether compliance with COVID-19 mitigation measures is motivated by wanting to save lives or save the economy (or both), and which implications this carries to fight the pandemic. National representative samples were collected from 24 countries (N=25,435). The main predictors were (i) perceived risk to contract coronavirus, (ii...
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Previous studies suggested that public trust in government is vital for implementations of social policies that rely on public's behavioural responses. This study examined associations of trust in government regarding COVID-19 control with recommended health behaviours and prosocial behaviours. Data from an international survey with representative...
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This paper explores the two most relevant minority groups living on the two sides of the Ukrainian–Romanian borderland of Bukovina. This research inquires from a comparative perspective how Romanians in Ukraine and Ukrainians in Romania (confined to the region of Bukovina) position themselves in relation to the state of their ethnic origin and to t...
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Carpooling can be understood as an informal agreement between several individuals to share a privately owned car for a trip and to contribute to its expenses. It represents one of the most appealing strategies for reducing car use since it could reduce the number of kilometres driven by car, save money, and contribute to lowering CO2 emissions. Des...
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Given its increasing role in today´s societal and economic realities, tourism is seen more and more as a discursive area and a successful channel for transmitting gender equality issues. The purpose of this article was to examine the differences regarding gender gaps in tourist behaviour between core-members and the latest accession states in the E...
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The aim of the present research was to explore some intergenerational patterns of bounday flexibility in the context of family-work interface. First of all, we explored how young women expectations regarding the flexibility of their future family and work boundaries were related to their parents' willingness and ability to flex these boundaries. Fu...
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The theory of planned behavior (TPB, Ajzen, 1985) has proved its efficiency in predicting different behaviors among road users (Sheeran & Orbell, 2000). The present study examined the TPB factors explaining risk taking among vulnerable road users (e.g., cyclists). We presumed that attitude, social norms, and perceived behavioral control (PBC) would...
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Although many countermeasures have been implemented in Europe, young driverscontinue to have a high rate of involvement in car crashes. Their crash rate is higher inpresence of peer passengers than when driving alone. Peer presence could contributetoward explaining this involvement, especially regarding speeding. Peers are known tooften influence y...
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To reduce climate change, strategies designed for promoting sustainable transport modes become a key-point of public actions. The latters are moving from an approach based exclusively on objective determinants of transport use (available facilities, etc.) towards the integration of psychological determinants involved in behavior change. Research in...
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A growing number of studies focus on the negative consequences of ageism (i.e. the presence of negative stereotypes toward seniors) regarding cognition evolution in the elderly. In this stream of research, very few studies evaluated the effect of expertise on ageism. This study evaluated cognitive abilities (executive and instrumental functions, at...
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Pour répondre aux enjeux que représentent la pollution atmosphérique et les émissions de gaz à effet de serre, la promotion de l’éco-mobilité est devenue centrale pour les politiques publiques actuelles. Les stratégies adoptées récemment, outre l’amélioration de l’offre de transport écoresponsable, se tournent vers l’intégration des déterminants ps...
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In most educational systems, school grades and grades obtained at national exams represent two basic indicators of academic success. Given the role that emotions play in student learning and achievement, it is important to understand the role that previous academic results and the perceived importance of grades to be obtained in future exams, play...
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Young driver behaviour is a subject of great interest due to the high number of car crashes and deaths. This study aims to describe the driving behaviour of a sample of young Romanian drivers from the perspective of the generic error modelling system taxonomy. We used the Romanian version of Driver Behaviour Questionnaire (Reason,1990) on a sample...
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Speeding represents one of the main concerns for road safety and it still is a subject for research. The need to address this problem and to understand why drivers over speed increases especially in Romania, where in 2011, speed was the main cause of car accidents. This article addresses this problem by using the theory of planned behaviour. A ques...
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Following a concise description of the well-known Five Factor psychological model and an explanation relating to why this model is important and useful for projects that aim at evaluating human personalities, the authors have described several relationships between this model’s factors and: a). performance (both generic and specific performance typ...

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My colleagues and I at the University of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Iasi in collaboration with the University of Tilburg are looking for potential partners for a series socio-psychological and organizational studies.
We are particularly interested in partners form Western Europe, Eastern Europe (former communist countries from the European area) and Extreme East (former soviet countries from the European and Asian continents), but anyone else is also welcomed!
We have two research propositions. One concerns the cultural differences related to the flexibility and permeability of work – family boundaries while the other focuses on cultural differences in the stereotypes and prejudice towards immigrant workers. This partnership will respect the APA research norms and principles, and the additional rules of collaboration will be commonly defined.
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I am trying to validate a questionnaire that has 120 dichotomous items (answer can be either 1 either 2 – yes/no type) and 10 factors. I am trying to perform a CFA in AMOS to be sure that my items load well on factors, but I am not sure that I can do that for dichotomous variables. I know that for categorical variables (Likert scales) this approach is accepted (even if not with a great deal of enthusiasm).
Do you know any reference that I could use in order to find out if it is possible? Or have you done this yourself?

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The present study inquires whether Romania could play a much more active role in its immediate neighbourhood (namely, towards Moldova and Ukraine) and, thus, contribute to strengthening the regional stability and security. The main argument of this study is that Romania has the capacity to deploy a much more salient role in its immediate neighbourhood, which, in turn, could bring about increased securitization, provided it articulates a stronger foreign policy strategy, better equipped to deliver answers to the regional turmoil.
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The PsyCorona study is a multinational collaboration that aims to identify psychological and cultural factors that may be relevant to the virus spread and its imminent social and material consequences. The first survey includes brief measures to assess topic-relevant beliefs, fears and frustrations, subjective states, control and efficacy, values and needs, reasoning, and behavioral self-reports. The survey at https://psycorona.org has a built-in longitudinal component as well as a broader data science mission involving metadata. Pontus Leander and Jocelyn Belanger are PI.