Federica Biassoni

Federica Biassoni
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart | UNICATT · Department of Psychology

PhD in Communication Psychology

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Introduction
Federica Biassoni currently works at the Communication Psychology Lab and at the Traffic Psychology Reserach Unit, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. Her research interests, investigated through qualitative and quantitative methodologies, are: Communication Psychology and Well-being (Narration for wellbeing empowerment, Verbal and Vocal non- emotion expression, Conversation Analysis, Attunement) and Traffic Psychology (Risk perception, Pedestrian behaviour, Fitness to drive assessment).

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Publications (74)
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Simusafe is a European project that aims to identify and quantify factors in human behaviour that lead to unsafe situations in a transit setting and to use such behavioural data to implement realistic traffic simulations. Data described in this abstract comes from its Naturalistic Driving Test (NDT). The main objective was the extraction of the car...
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In Italy, in 2020, there were 2,395 road deaths and 159,249 injuries. ANAS, the Italian company that manages the network of roads and highways, decided to investigate the possible reasons for drivers’ risky behaviours on its road network. In July and October 2021, driving behaviours were recorded on 2000 km of the ANAS road network with 60 hours o...
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Advancing age can bring a decline in many driving-related cognitive abilities. For this reason, public safety concern has raised about older adults’ driving performance, and many countries have adopted screening polices to assess older drivers’ fitness to drive. As a result of such assessments, authorities may impose behavioral restrictions to driv...
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Introduction: The present study investigates the lockdown experience in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic within a positive psychology framework, focusing on the protective role of the positive anticipatory states: optimism and hope. Aims: The aims were to verify if and how optimism and hope influenced people’s psychological wellbeing and their r...
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Background: This paper, in the frame of social acceptance of renewable energies and innovative community-based production and consumption models, aims at supporting a data-driven approach able to deal with climate change and identify and quantify the psycho-sociological dimensions and factors that could support the transition from a technology-driv...
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Previous research has shown the positive effects of music and dance-based interventions on the physical and psychosocial symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). The aims of this study were: (1) to investigate how PD patients subjectively perceive the emotional, cognitive, and social benefits of a music-and dance-based intervention; (2) to apply an in...
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This study aimed to investigate early adolescents’ mobility, taking into consideration risky pedestrian behaviours around roads and their relationship with independent mobility and risk perception in different traffic situations. The participants were 922 students, males (48%) and females, aged 10–14 and who attended the seventh (51%) and ninth gra...
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This study aimed to understand the impact of the prosodic deficit in Parkinson’s disease (PD) on the communicative effectiveness of vocal expression of emotion. Fourteen patients with PD and 13 healthy control subjects (HC) uttered the phrase “non è possible, non ora” (“It is not possible, not now”) six times reading different emotional narrations....
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The present study examined the association between risk perception and travel satisfaction related to the use of public transport (PT) during COVID-19 pandemic in Turin, Italy. A total of 448 PT users took part in an online survey conducted from January to March 2021. It investigated safety and risk perception related to the use of PT, and the user...
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Introduction School mobility and traffic in the areas surrounding the school buildings are crucial issues for both sustainability and road safety. The literature on children's safety and school mobility has focused mainly on identifying environmental risk factors for traffic injuries. Aims The present study analysed the characteristics of the traf...
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We examined the relationship between sleep and the affective components of subjective well-being as well as psychological well-being, and between sleep and academic performance, of full-time undergraduate students in a residential college at the National University of Singapore. The aspects of sleep considered were self-reported sleep duration, sle...
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Evidence reported in the literature suggests that the mirror system not only plays a role in recognizing motor action but also fosters a better understanding of other people because it helps an individual assume another’s perspective. This led to the idea, supported by research findings, that people with higher empathy scores should show higher act...
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This study examines the relationship between age, cognitive reserve (CR), and driving-related cognitive abilities in a sample of oldest old drivers undergoing evaluation of fitness to drive. Structural equation modeling was used to investigate the associations between age, CR, and performances to a standardized set of cognitive tests assessing fitn...
Conference Paper
Context Road crashes are the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5–29 worldwide. Education is an important part of a safe systems approach to improve road safety. However, evaluating the effectiveness of road safety education projects is challenging. This presentation shares the experience of a quasi-experimental approach to a...
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Background In Tanzania, the number of registrations for two- or three-wheeled vehicles has been climbing since 2006. In 2016, more than 50% of registered vehicles were motorised two- or three-wheelers; 23% of the deaths caused by traffic accidents were riders of this kind of vehicle.One of the great challenges for countries like Tanzania is to prod...
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Background and purposeNon-motor impairment such as emotion recognition deficit in both facial and vocal expressions has been previously reported in Parkinson’s disease (PD). We investigated whether the decoding of emotional prosody is impaired in PD and whether this deficit is related to striatal damage.Methods Fifteen PD patients and 15 healthy co...
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Although research has so far consistently revealed that using suppression to regulate emotions has adverse personal and social effects, it has been argued that suppression may be less detrimental within non-close relationships. In the present work, we examined the effects of experimentally induced suppression on expressive behavior, emotional exper...
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Pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and other vulnerable road users represent more than half of all road fatalities globally. In Tanzania, pedestrians account for a significant proportion of the death toll, accounting for 30% of all traffic fatalities (WHO, 2018) and a 2016 study conducted in Dar Es Salaam found that 87% of school-aged children w...
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Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS) encompasses data analysis of driver performance in normal, impaired and risky traffic situations. This work investigates results of a cognitive assessment tests targeting different human factors including visual field, reaction speed, driving behavior and personality traits of drivers in a NDS. Frequency of being in...
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In Madagascar, the WHO (2018) estimates a mortality rate of 28.6 per 100,000 inhabitants. A significant part of the road toll are pedestrians, which account for 47% of all traffic fatalities in Madagascar. Since the population of the country is relatively young, with around 40% under the age of 15, and a study conducted in African Countries found t...
Presentation
People taking the practical driving test, often cope with a big amount of anxiety, which could have negative effects on their performance during the task. The present work shows the results of a training conducted at a driving school involving candidates to the practical driving test, in order to reduce their anxiety level. The training is composed...
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The poster shows the results of a study conducted in three different primary and secondary schools in the Arusha Region in January 2019, to investigate the students' declared gaze behaviour to explore the visual field within nine selected road scenarios, showing road crossings divided into three groups: straight road, road with zebra crossing, and...
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Hip fracture is one of the most common health care problems among elderly people. Literature shows that high self-efficacy expectations and positive affect are some of the key issues in functional recovery after hip fracture. The present investigation tested whether self-narration of such life-breaking event influences self-efficacy and depression...
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In Tanzania in 2014, 3760 people were killed on the roads, and 14,530 were injured (Tanzanian Traffic Police, 2015). One barrier to addressing this problem is the fatalistic belief, common in Africa, that a road crash happens ‘because it has to happen’. However, another possible reason is a lack of knowledge about sources of risk when using the roa...
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In pedestrian crossing situations, children are less able to make safe crossing decisions compared to adults. The aim of the present study was to analyze and compare the ocular behaviour of children and adults in the pedestrian crossing situations using the eye tracking. The study involved 22 children ranging in age from 5 years to 6 years 2 months...
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Hip fracture is one of the most common health care problems among elderly people. Literature shows that hip fracture in the elderly has potentially significant negative consequences, which concern, beyond the physical and bodily dimension, also the psychological one. The present contribution describes a self-narrative training - named Self-Narrativ...
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Transition to nursing home represents a challenge for the individual resources and a turmoil in the relationship between the person and his/her context, threatening the personal wellbeing. Finding a balance between the institutionalized elderly and the new context is a fundamental requirement for successful taking charge. The present work describes...
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In the last two decades, a growing body of theory and research has targeted the role of cardiac vagal control (CVC) in emotional responding. This research has either focused on resting CVC (also denoted as cardiac vagal tone) or phasic changes in CVC (also denoted as vagal reactivity) in response to affective stimuli. The present paper is aimed at...
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Objectives: Conceiving narration as a resource to promote older people’s well-being, the present work aimed to implement a narrative-based intervention to empower the subjective and psychological wellbeing of older adults living in nursing homes. Methods: Twenty-one nursing-home residents took part in a narrative training experience consisting of t...
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The present study is an empirical evaluation of a clinical setting from a particular point of view, able to integrate the vocal dimension-used in different fields of psychology as an indicator of rational phenomena-with the linguistic dimension of contents. Starting from the "interpersonal recognition" extracted from the contents of the verbatim tr...
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In Tanzania, in 2014, 3,760 people were killed on the roads, and 14,530 were injured. The possible reasons are to be investigated around the fatalistic beliefs common in Africa, and the lack of effective road safety education in schools. The present study was conducted in a Secondary School in Tanzania in 2016. In January 212 students received a tw...
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Awe, a complex emotion composed by the appraisal components of vastness and need for accommodation, is a profound and often meaningful experience. Despite its importance, psychologists have only recently begun empirical study of awe. At the experimental level, a main issue concerns how to elicit high intensity awe experiences in the lab. To address...
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The effects of hormones on human behaviour have been extensively studied, but little attention has been paid to the influence of ovarian hormones on risky driving. Twenty-five normally cycling women took part in three sessions, including an ovulatory phase estimation session and two experimental sessions: high vs low fertile phases. These two phase...
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Extensive research has examined the relationship between driving anger and risky behavior; however, little is known about how drivers express and regulate anger while driving. The present study was designed to examine the verbal and acoustic correlates of driving anger, as well as whether emotion regulation strategies such as cognitive reappraisal...
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The influence of safe-driving training on risk perception is not widely investigated actually. Aim of the present work is to examine if an increase in self-confidence and perception of ability, resulting from a safe-driving training, is associated to an increase in risk perception and awareness. 228 subjects took part in an eight-hours safe-driving...
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Although the use of plastic in packaging has largely increased, consumer research consistently indicates that consumers attach a high quality perception to glass packaged products. The goal of this study was to examine individuals' recognition and affective judgments of 30 food packages after visual and haptic exploration. We included packages of t...
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Although the use of plastic in packaging has largely increased, consumer research consistently indicates that consumers attach a high quality perception to glass packaged products. The goal of this study was to examine individuals' recognition and affective judgments of 30 food packages after visual and haptic exploration. We included packages of t...
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The present study aims at exploring how both menstrual cycle phase and impulsivity affect risk behavior. Sixty-eight normally cycling women, who were previously assigned to "fertile" and "non-fertile" condition depending on their menstrual cycle phase at time of participation, were asked to complete the Dickman Impulsivity Inventory (DII) and to pl...
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Although research has extensively examined the link between cognitive emotion regulation and psychopathological symptoms, scant attention has been given to the relationship between dispositional use of cognitive emotion regulation strategies and individuals’ positive functioning. In a cross-sectional study on 470 adults, we examined whether individ...
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The most recent research about both human-human conversational interaction and human-computer agents conversational interaction is marked by a multimodal perspective. On the one hand this approach underlines the co- occurrence and synergy between different languages and channels, on the other hand it highlights the need for joined and coordinated a...
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Vocal-STREAM is a multilayer system which provides a model for the analysis of vocal acts, attempting at the same time to take into account the complexity of speech signals in conversational flow and to consider different conversational contexts, according to fixed criteria and embodied focuses of attention. Architecture of vocal act, Attuning stra...
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the study seeks to investigate the interview process aimed to solicit from the subject the disclosure of his/her secret in order to find out and objectively measure effective strategies to lead and hold the subject during the process of disclosure. attention is focused on the interviewer's questions, both in verbal content and in vocal nonverbal ch...
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Software devoted to infancy are an increasing phenomenon, despite they are little studied from a theoretical point of view. Studies examining the cognitive valence of multimediali stimuli, and particularly the communicative effectiveness of different graphical styles, are still very few. In these instruments the contents are presented in an arrange...
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The most recent research about both human-human conversational interaction and human-computer agents conversational interaction is marked by a multimodal perspective (1). On the one hand this approach underlines the co- occurrence and synergy between different languages and channels (2), on the other hand it highlights the need for joined and coord...

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This project aims to collect data about how the students of primary schools (6 to 12 years old) in Madagascar perceive the road crossing. The project will be carried out by researchers of the Unit of Research in Traffic Psychology UCSC in collaboration with ONG Lalana (www.lalana.org), with the authorisation of the Ministry of Education of Madagascar.
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http://simusafe.eu
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Improving road safety curricula in Tanzanian primary and secondary schools.