Antoni Sanz

Antoni Sanz
Autonomous University of Barcelona | UAB ·  Departamento de Psicología Básica, Evolutiva y de la Educación

PhD in Psychology
Coordinator of PSY-COVID (psychosocial effects of COVID-19) and NAT (Nature Activity Therapy) projects

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Introduction
I'm undergoing my current research activity mainly on the fields of health psychology and motivational-affective processes. I'm now particularly interested in the exploration of real "out-the-Lab" contexts for the research and the development of new approaches of psychological intervention in health and illness.
Additional affiliations
August 2007 - December 2016
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Position
  • Assistant Professor / Serra Hunter Fellow
August 2007 - January 2017
Autonomous University of Barcelona
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  • Associate Professor / Serra Hunter Fellow
October 1992 - February 2016
Autonomous University of Barcelona
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (125)
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This study presents the results of the implementation of forest bathing in Sant Llorenç and its impact on emotional well-being during the pandemic. Analyzes showed how participants improved their mood and mindfulness, and reduced anxiety, with large to very large effect sizes. Walking also induced significant changes in participants, but significan...
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These are the two datasets extracted from the PSY-COVID-1 study for the analysis of the university students's mental health. Dataset labelled "Dataset PSY-COVID university students " contains only data of 7601 from 6 Ibero-American countries (Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, and Uruguay). Dataset labelled "Dataset PSY-COVID university s...
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This systematic review aimed to investigate immune-inflammatory and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis biomarkers in individuals with nonspecific low back pain (NSLBP) compared to healthy control. The search was performed in five databases until 4 November 2021. Two reviewers independently conducted screenings, data extraction, risk of bias,...
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Introduction Suicide is a universal, complex, and multifaceted public health problem that is among the leading causes of preventable death worldwide. The impact of suicide affects families, communities, and societies; hence its prevention is an emerging priority for public health systems. Objectives The current systematic review aims to investigat...
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Results of the Third Half at the UAB, presented on August 26th. 2022 at the 1st. Conference of Researchers' Mental Health, Budapest (Hungary), organized by the Researcher Mental Health Observatory.
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The restriction measures posed notable challenges for formal teaching-learning processes in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic since they had to be adapted to guarantee health security. An active learning programme applied to three environments (indoor, outdoor, and online) was tested on 273 undergraduate university students in an a within-subjec...
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Rationale: widespread population vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus is a matter ofgreat interest to public health managers as it is the main pharmacological measureto contain the COVID-19 epidemic. Hesitancy or reluctance to vaccination hasbecome one of the main barriers to containing the pandemic. The young adultpopulation appears as one of...
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The containment measures in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic have posed a notable challenge for formal teaching-learning processes, which have had to be adapted to a context of health security. An active learning program, MOTEMO-OUTDOOR was tested on a sample of 273 university undergraduate students. A within-subjects design was carried out with a...
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Forest Bathing (FB) is a nature-therapeutic modality that has evidenced positive effects on individuals' mental health and it is also considered a sustainable touristic activity. However, its benefits have mainly been studied in Asian biomes and more cross-cultural research is needed to evaluate if its benefits are also generalizable to other fores...
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Background: Suicide is among the leading causes of preventable death worldwide. The impact of suicide affects personal, social, and economic level. Therefore, its prevention is a priority for public health systems. Previous studies seem to support the efficacy of providing active contact to persons who have made a suicide attempt. The current syste...
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[Spanish] El presente estudio explora la relación entre prácticas educativas parentales y/o estilos educativos parentales sobre conductas internalizantes y externalizantes. La muestra (N = 43) estuvo constituida por niños y adolescentes de 7-14 años, en seguimiento en un Servicio de Salud Mental Ambulatorio Infanto-Juvenil, y sus respectivos progen...
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Background: Suicide is among the leading causes of preventable death worldwide. The impact of suicide affects personal, social, and economic level. Therefore, its prevention is a priority for public health systems. Previous studies seem to support the efficacy of providing active contact to persons who have made a suicide attempt. The current syste...
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The public health crisis of COVID-19 has implied that its prevention behaviors are carried out and has had psychological consequences on citizens. This research compares the relationships between the sociodemographic variables and the mental health and public health variables in the face of COVID-19 in the Mexican population. It was a transversal d...
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Methods. A randomised controlled trial was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of a 12-week multicomponent treatment based on pain neuroscience education, therapeutic exercise, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness, in addition to treatment as usual, compared to treatment as usual only in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). A total of 272...
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Este libro de investigación tiene como objetivo principal evaluar el impacto de la pandemia de COVID-19 en la salud mental de la población colombiana, a partir del modelo de determinantes sociales de la salud. La información que se reporta en el desarrollo de los próximos ocho capítulos tiene como propósito principal brindar la evidencia necesaria...
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The identification of general population groups particularly vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19 lockdown measures on mental health and the development of healthcare policies are priority challenges in the current and future pandemics. This study aimed to identify the personal and social determinants of the impact of COVID-19 lockdown measures on...
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The practice of Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing is an outdoor therapeutic modality with mounting evidence suggesting positive effects on individuals' psychological wellbeing and overall health. However, its benefits have mainly been studied in Asian biomes and more reseach is needed to evaluate if its benefits are also generalizable to other regions...
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This document presents the preliminary results of the MOTEMO-OUTDOOR teaching innovation project, in which three teaching conditions (indoor, outdoor and virtual) of seminars were compared in a subject of the first psychology course. The impact evaluation was carried out using 6 indicators related to the learning experience and the learning context...
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Introducción. La literatura científica considera la interacción filio-parental un factor crítico en el desarrollo psicológico, neurológico y social de niños y adolescentes, impactando en la aparición de psicopatología internalizante y externalizante. En referencia a los factores que inciden en la interacción filio-parental, se sugiere que un mayor...
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Objectives: The Patient Health Questionnaire-4 (PHQ-4) is a short screening instrument to measure depressive and anxious symptoms. This study evaluated the psychometric properties of the online version of the PHQ-4 in a large sample of the general population in Colombia. Methods: Data were collected during the first phase of mobility restrictions o...
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Objective: This systematic review with a three-level mixed-effects meta-analysis examined the characteristics of the programs designed to promote physical activity (PA) outdoors, seeking to identify the characteristics associated with greater health benefits, as well as the motivational strategies used to go along with the interventions. Methods: A...
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The Influence of Parenting Practices on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Introduction. The filio-parental interaction is a critical factor in the neurological, psychological and social development of children and adolescents; impacting on the manifestation of internalizing and externalizing psychopathology. The present study explores the relation...
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Presentació dels resultats de l'estudi pilot sobre l'eficàcia dels Banys de Bosc al Vallès. Com fer-ho al Campus de la UAB?
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Se presentó la Unidad de Coaching y Acompañamiento Académico de la UAB (UCAA_UAB) en el XVII Encuentro de Servicios Psicológicos y Psicopedagógicos Universitarios (ESPPU) que se celebró los días 15 y 16 de abril del 2021 en la Universidad de Cádiz. El XVII ESPPU facilitó el intercambio de ideas, de propuestas, de reflexiones y experiencias, sobre...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of the general population due to the fear of contagion and to the lockdowns imposed by public health policies to stop the spread of the pandemic. Cost-effective interventions are urgently needed to stop de mental health wave of COVID-19 and several autors suggest the practice o...
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In this webinar, the results of the PSY-COVID study at the Autonomous University of Barcelona are presented in relation to the impact on mental health (anxiety disorder, depression and somatization), comparing the different clusters of the academic community with each other (students, professors and administration and services staff) and with the g...
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El segon cicle d’activitats setmanals del campus SiS es va iniciar el dijous 18 de febrer amb un webinar dedicat a l’impacte psicosocial de la pandèmia. En aquest segon període es van tractar temes d'interès general per a la comunitat universitària sempre dins del marc de millorar la salut de la col·lectivitat i d’aconseguir una Universitat més sos...
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This preprint has been published in Journal of Clinical Medicine: DOI: 10.3390/jcm10225297 ResearchGate link to published version: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/356199784_Social_Inequities_in_the_Impact_of_COVID-19_Lockdown_Measures_on_the_Mental_Health_of_a_Large_Sample_of_the_Colombian_Population_PSY-COVID_Study Link to the paper's...
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Artículo publicado en número 36 de la revista Psicopatología y Salud Mental de la Fundación Orienta Aventúrate es el primer programa que utiliza la Terapia a través de la Aventura (TU) con jóvenes con trastorno del espectro autista (TEA) en España. Un total de 15 jóvenes participaron en un programa de siete días que combina terapia grupal e indivi...
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Abstract (English) The phyloparental interaction is a critical factor in the neurological, psychological and social development of children/adolescents; impacting on the manifestation of internalizing/externalizing psychopathology. The present study explores the relation between parenting practices and/or parenting styles on internalizing/externali...
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La comunicación presenta los resultados preliminares sobre salud mental de una muestra de población residente en Perú (n = 530) durante las medidas de restricción demovilidad adoptadas para el control de la pandemia de COVID-19
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The conference presents the preliminary results on mental health from a sample of the population resident in Peru (n = 530) during the mobility restriction measures adopted to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Efecto de la salud mental en la población peruana, vinculado al confinamiento de la primera ola de pandemia.
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Programa de Terapia a través de la aventura diseñado a medida para la Asociación ASPERGA para jóvenes con Síndrome de Asperger TEA. Durante 7 días de programa en la naturaleza, un equipo de profesionales de la salud y de la intervención social facilita experiencias en la naturaleza y actividades de aventura con el fin de trabajar objetivos terapéu...
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A recent study (FIBROWALK) has supported the effectiveness of a multicomponent treatment based on pain neuroscience education (PNE), exercise therapy (TE), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness in patients with fibromyalgia. The aim of the present RCT was: (a) to analyze the effectiveness of a 12-week multicomponent treatment (nature...
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Second report on the results of the PSY-COVID study in Colombia This document, entitled "Social behavior of the Colombian population during the COVID-19 pandemic," presents descriptive analyses of public health variables.
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Aim: To provide a preliminary assessment of the efficacy of the NAT-FM protocol as a complimentary treatment in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). Methods: A trial was conducted, with two arms: TAU (n = 6) and TAU+NAT-FM (n = 6). Results: There was a reduction in physical limitations and anxious/depressive symptoms and an improvement in positive affe...
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Methods. A randomised controlled trial (RCT) was carried out to evaluate the effectiveness of a 12-week multicomponent treatment based on pain neuroscience education, therapeutic exercise, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness, in addition to treatment as usual (TAU), compared to TAU only in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). The multicompone...
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Segundo informe de resultados del estudio PSY-COVID en Colombia. En este documento, titulado “Comportamiento social de la población colombiana durante la pandemia del COVID-19“, se dan a conocer los análisis descriptivos de las variables de salud pública.
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Introduction. The IMPACT study focuses on chronic low back pain (CLBP) and depression symptoms, a prevalent and complex problem that represents a challenge for health professionals. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Brief Behavioural Activation Treatment for Depression (BATD) are effective treatments for patients with persistent pain and...
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First report on the results of the PSY-COVID study in Colombia. In this document, entitled "Effects on the mental health of the Colombian population during the COVID-19 pandemic", descriptive analyses of mental health variables are presented.
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Primer informe de resultados del estudio PSY-COVID en Colombia. En este documento, titulado “Efectos en la salud mental de la población colombiana durante la pandemia del COVID-19“, se dan a conocer los análisis descriptivos de las variables de salud mental.
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Preliminary results of the Pedraforva Experience campaign 2019
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Purpose: A field study was carried out in an optometry clinic, aimed at assessing the role of perceived control and aversiveness of non-contact tonometry in intraocular pressure (IOP) reactivity to psychosocial stressors, and analysing the covariation with cardiovascular and affective reactivity. Methods: 44 customers volunteered to participate in...
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In the present study, we explored the effects of high arousal on cognitive performance when facing a situation of risk. We also investigated how these effects are moderated by either positive or negative emotional states (valence). An ecological methodology was employed, and a field study was carried out in a real-life situation with 39 volunteer p...
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The study protocol of a prospective and randomized controlled trial for the assessment of the efficacy of nature activity therapy for people with Fibromyalgia (NAT-FM) is described. The primary outcome is the mean change from baseline in the Revised Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQR) score at post-treatment (12 weeks) and at 9 months of follo...
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The NAT (Nature, Activity and Therapy) research project aims to design therapies based on activities in the natural environment. NAT-FM is a therapeutical protocol focused on Fibromyalgia (FM). This pathology is a central sensitivity syndrome, characterized by generalized chronic pain and intense fatigue. The interventions through physical activity...
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[ENG] An empirical study of the therapeutic potential of various adventure activities to be incorporated into an adventure-nature therapy protocol (ATN) is presented. To determine the therapeutic potential of these activities, four sources of information have been integrated: panel of experts, interviews and focus groups of specialists, questionnai...
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[ENG] Fibromyalgia is the main idiopathic pain syndrome today, and consists of hypersensitivity in a series of body points, known as tender points. This disease is also associated with a multitude of other complaints such as chronic fatigue or sleep disorders, as well as depressive symptoms. This paper presents the results of two systematic reviews...
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Are we less or more capable of reacting when we face an objectively dangerous situation? Based on the Efficiency Processing Theory and on previously reported findings, an impairment in cognitive performance would be expected as a product of worry and anxiety. To test this theory, the present study made use of a real-life situation where individuals...
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White coat ocular hypertension: What your eyes say about anxiety The Research Group on Stress and Health, has investigated whether the ocular system, regulated by the same neural mechanisms as the arteries, also suffers the phenomenon known as white coat hypertension in its intraocular pressure. You probably have a blood pressure monitor at home, a...
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Conferència al III Congrés de Psicologia Sanitària i Salut Mental. Sant Cugat del Vallès, 8 de juny del 2018.
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Objectives: This conference paper describes the work of a panel of experts who have assessed the therapeutic potential of adventure sports and natural environment activities that could be integrated into psychological interventions based on the wilderness adventure therapy. The aim was to define the cognitive and affective attributes linked to the...
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Sixty-one healthy subjects participated in a laboratory study carried out in a simulated clinical setting. Anticipatory anxiety-state was assessed at the arrival and immediately after, with no brief phase of adaptation, measurements of intraocular pressure, heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure were collected. At the end of the procedur...
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A field study (n = 61) was performed in a Via Ferrata to explore how affective response influences time perception during an arousing activity in a real-life setting (passing through a 69-m-long, 20-m-high, two-rope bridge). Two questionnaires were administered (i) at the end point of the bridge (high-arousing condition) and (ii) close to the end o...
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The study aimed at assessing whether the affective responses elicited by an arousing activity (passing through a 69 m long, 20 m high, two-rope bridge) induced attentional biases and this, in turn, affected time perception. Affective state (arousal, valence, and dominance), retrospective time perception measures (duration and passage of time judgem...
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We proppose the design of an intervention protocol based on the Nature Adventure Therapy as a treatment for chronic pain illnesses, focusing on fibromyalgia.
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El abandono del tratamiento por trastorno por consumo de cánnabis en los jóvenes es superior al de otras sustancias y otros grupos de edad. Una de las técnicas que ha mostrado mejorar la adhesión a algunos tratamientos es la gamificación (incorporación de elementos y técnicas de juego en contexto no lúdico). La herramienta más usada por los jóvenes...
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Researchers from the UAB through a study of the scientific literature on emotional and cognitive aspects reveal a new subdiscipline called (Psycho-ophthalmology), which allows us to contribute their knowledge and methods to improve the health and quality of life of people suffering from this ophthalmological disease. By including a complementary ps...
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La adolescencia es un periodo en el que se inician muchos comportamientos de riesgo, entre ellos el consumo de drogas, debido sobre todo por el conocimiento sesgado que tienen sobre las drogas y sus efectos. La sustancia ilegal más consumida entre los adolescentes es el cánnabis. En Barcelona, cada año hay alrededor de 80 inicios de tratamiento de...