Federico Manzi

Federico Manzi
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart | UNICATT · Department of Psychology

Doctor of Psychology

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Introduction
I am Researcher in Developmental and Educational Psychology at the Faculty of Education (Department of Psychology), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore-Milan. He obtained two Ph.D: in Social Science (University of Neuchâtel), and in Person and Formation Science (UCSC). Main research topics: Theory of Mind in a lifespan; Human-Robot Interaction; socio-material approach.
Additional affiliations
June 2019 - present
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
Position
  • PostDoc Position
September 2016 - December 2018
Université de Neuchâtel
Position
  • PhD
Description
  • Main Research Topics: Evaluation of Human-Robot Interaction; Investigation of Theory of Mind in life-span perspective; Sociomateriality approach in typical and atypical (in particular autism) psychological development
January 2016 - December 2018
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
Position
  • PhD
Description
  • Main Research Topics: Evaluation of Human-Robot Interaction; Investigation of Theory of Mind in life-span perspective; Sociomateriality approach in typical and atypical (in particular autism) psychological development
Education
September 2011 - July 2013
September 2009 - July 2011

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Publications (37)
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The paper, based on an experiment in which human subjects are paired with either another human or an anthropomorphic robot, when playing an iterated prisoner’s dilemma, investigates whether (and how) the level of mental state attributed to an anthropomorphic robot by subjects depends on the the “earnestness” of the robot, i.e. the correspondence of...
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As the literature clearly shows, supporting the development of reflective awareness skills is undoubtedly an important element in learning processes. In psychology, multiple theoretical approaches and research work have delved into the study of what is termed implicit knowledge. In particular, the relationship between human activity (in terms of ac...
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The investigation of emerging adults' expectations of development of the next generation of robots is a fundamental challenge to narrow the gap between expectations and real technological advances, which can potentially impact the effectiveness of future interactions between humans and robots. Furthermore, the literature highlights the important ro...
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In the past years, the field of collaborative robots has been developing fast, with applications ranging from health care to search and rescue, construction, entertainment, sports, and many others. However, current social robotics is still far from the general abilities we expect in a robot collaborator. This limitation is more evident when robots...
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The effectiveness of social robots has been widely recognized in different contexts of humans’ daily life, but still little is known about the brain areas activated by observing or interacting with a robot. Research combining neuroscience, cognitive science and robotics can provide new insights into both the functioning of our brain and the impleme...
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The COVID-19 pandemic is showing troubling othering demographic discourses. For older adults in particular, there are concerning thematics that should be shined light on. In this editorial, we provide perspectives from three countries: Norway, Italy and the United States. We provide four topics of discussion that can be utilized to further understa...
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The human physical resemblance of humanoid social robots (HRSs) has proven to be particularly effective in interactions with humans in different contexts. In particular, two main factors affect the quality of human-robot interaction, the physical appearance and the behaviors performed by the robot. In this study, we examined the psychological effec...
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The relationship between humans and robots is increasingly becoming focus of interest for many fields of research. The studies investigating the dynamics underpinning the human–robot interaction have, up to date, mainly analysed adults’ behaviour when interacting with artificial agents. In this study, we present results associated with the human–ro...
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Recent technological developments in robotics has driven the design and production of different humanoid robots. Several studies have highlighted that the presence of human- like physical features could lead both adults and children to anthropomorphize the robots. In the present study we aimed to compare the attribution of mental states to two huma...
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Robots are among us in several contexts. This chapter deals with the state of the art of the use of Socially Assistive Robots (SARs) for development and clinical purposes, considering all the main phases of the life cycle. The reflection on this type of “artificial assistants” is accompanied by some considerations on the use of the “Relational Agen...
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Several studies have shown that the human gaze, but not the robot gaze, has significant effects on infant social cognition and facilitate social engagement. The present study investigates early understanding of the referential nature of gaze by comparing-through the eye-tracking technique-infants' response to human and robot's gaze. Data were acqui...
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In recent years, the socio-material perspective has informed an important interdisciplinary debate concerning the role of the physical world (i.e., the objects) in human psychological development. Several studies in the field of developmental psychology showed positive achievements in explaining the relationship between the subject and the social c...
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In recent years, the socio-material perspective has informed an important interdisciplinary debate concerning the role of the physical world (i.e., the objects) in human psychological development. Several studies in the field of developmental psychology showed positive achievements in explaining the relationship between the subject and the social c...
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Studying trust in the context of human–robot interaction is of great importance given the increasing relevance and presence of robotic agents in the social sphere, including educational and clinical. We investigated the acquisition, loss, and restoration of trust when preschool and school-age children played with either a human or a humanoid robot...
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Several empirical and theoretical studies have examined the role of robots in child-robot interaction, and they have shown that robotic agents can be perceived as social partners. Nonetheless, studies on moral development in pre-schoolers classically involve a human subject as a violator of moral norms. No studies have ever analysed the situation i...
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L’inclusione di agenti artificiali in ambienti in cui essi sono pro- grammati per diventare partner relazionali suggerisce un cambiamento nel nostro paradigma sociale incentrato sull’uomo (Belpaeme, Kennedy, Ramachandran, Scassellati e Tanaka, 2018). In quest’ottica, è essenziale studiare come si costruiscono le relazioni quando queste coinvolgono...
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Social support can influence the perceptions of individual and social well-being for university students. We sought to verify whether the perceptions of social support correlate with the manifestation of clinical symptoms in young university students. A total of 26 participants, 58% female and 42% male, between the ages of 19 and 27 were included....
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Le caratteristiche socio-materiali degli oggetti nell'interazione tra bambino e adulto: uno studio con bambini con autismo INTRODUZIONE L'interazione dei bambini con gli artefatti materiali costituisce un'attività psicologica di adattamento all'ambiente sociale. La prospettiva socio-materiale enfatizza il ruolo sia della dimensione sociale sia mate...
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Studying trust within human-robot interaction is of great importance given the social relevance of robotic agents in a variety of contexts. We investigated the acquisition, loss and restoration of trust when preschool and school-age children played with either a human or a humanoid robot in-vivo. The relationship between trust and the quality of at...
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Il ruolo degli oggetti per il bambino autistico analizzato in prospettiva socio materiale. In Atti del XXXI Congresso Nazionale AIP-Sezione di Psicologia dello Sviluppo e dell'Educazione. Università di Torino, 17-19 settembre 2018, p. 240 Introduzione: Il nostro contributo si articola intorno a due prospettive teoriche: • gli studi di Piaget (1928,...
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Abstract. This review focuses on some relevant issues concerning the relationship between theory of mind (ToM) and humanoid robots. Humanoid robots are employed in different everyday-life contexts, so it seems relevant to question whether the relationships between human beings and humanoids can be characterized by a mode of interaction typical of t...
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This paper proposes a novel approach to interpret the results of a classical second-order false belief task (the ice cream man task) administered to children in order to investigate their Theory of Mind. We adopted a dialogical perspective to study the adult-child discussion in this research setting. In particular, we see the adult-child conversati...
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Aim: This study focused on the manipulation of objects by children with suspected autism spectrum disorder. The aim was to demonstrate how objects can be seen as active agents of interpersonal exchange in face-to-face interactions. Participants: Three children with suspected autism spectrum disorder (aged 18, 20, and 24 months) were selected as re...
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Introduzione La letteratura sull’autismo riferisce un interesse tra l’utilizzo dell’oggetto e le manifestazioni delle funzioni sociali pre-operatorie, come il pointing (Camaioni et al, 2003), l’imitazione (Custance et al., 2014) e l’attenzione all’altro (Bruckner & Yoder, 2007).Alcuni studi hanno evidenziato difficoltà nell’imitare l’uso non conven...
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Background: Social interaction is impaired in autistic children; consequently, the interaction with the “social world of objects” is impaired as well. In a socio-material perspective (Iannaccone, 2015) the object is composed of material features and social components coexisting in the same object. Some autistic children show deficits in the use of...
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This paper describes the decision-making process from psychological perspective and the importance of the analyses of its developmental trajectories. It focuses on three main points: first, shifting from adult-centered to child-centered view; second, seeing decision making in an interpersonal and social perspective; third, similarities and differen...
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Il contributo esplora, in bambini con sospetto di spettro autistico, la manipolazione di oggetti –in particolare la costruzione di blocchi giocattolo- in presenza di adulti, a partire dalle teorizzazioni piagetiane dello sviluppo senso-motorio e simbolico interpretate in un contesto socio-materiale (Iannaccone, 2015). Nello studio osservativo la di...
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We investigated self-injurious behaviors and body modification practices in eating disorder patients, considering different ED diagnoses and illness severities. Of the total sample, 50.9% showed at least one form of self-injury and 50.9% reported at least one tattoo, piercing, or both. Patients reporting only body modifications showed more positive...

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This project intends to study, from a lifespan perspective, the shift from the Human-Robot Interaction paradigm to a Human-Robot Relationship paradigm.
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socio-materiality, objects and autism