Simona Massimino

Simona Massimino
University of Catania | UNICT · Department of Biomedical Sciences (BIOMED)

PhD in Neurosciences

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January 2013 - March 2016
University of Catania
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  • PhD

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Automatically recognizing negative emotions, such as anger or stress, and also positive ones, such as euphoria, can contribute to improving well-being. In real-life, emotion recognition is a difficult task since many of the technologies used for this purpose in both laboratory and clinic environments, such as electroencephalography (EEG) and electr...
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This study aimed to identify a possible correlation between the D2:D4 ratio and state and/or trait anxiety in adult healthy subjects and, if so, whether it exists any difference between men and women. In addition, we also wanted to observe whether there is a relationship between participants' age and state and/or trait anxiety. The research involve...
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Background As the human behavior is influenced by both cognition and emotion, affective computing plays a central role in human-machine interaction. Algorithms for emotions recognition are usually based on behavioral analysis or on physiological measurements (e.g., heart rate, blood pressure). Among these physiological signals, pulse wave propagati...
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The present study was carried out among 20 healthy young male athletes to determine whether aerobic exercise performed at two different intensities is able to affect executive functions. For this purpose, we used the Stroop Color Word Test (SCWT) to evaluate the ability to inhibit cognitive interference and the Trail Making Test (TMT) to assess org...
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Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death. Several markers have been proposed to predict cardiovascular morbidity. The ankle-brachial index (ABI) marker is defined as the ratio between the ankle and the arm systolic blood pressures, and it is generally assessed through sphygmomanometers. An alternative tool for cardiovascular status assess...
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Background The risk-taking behavior is largely modulated by the subject’s history, its lifestyles, by the characteristics of the situations with which it is compared, and also by the effects of prenatal androgens. Thus, the personality of the single person is a significant predictor of such way of acting. Methods The present study aimed to explore...
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Background The risk-taking behavior is largely modulated by the subject’s history, its lifestyles, by the characteristics of the situations with which it is compared, and also by the effects of prenatal androgens. Thus, the personality of the single person is a significant predictor of such way of acting. Methods The present study aimed to explore...
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The development of detection methodologies for reliable drowsiness tracking is a challenging task requiring both appropriate signal inputs and accurate and robust algorithms of analysis. The aim of this research is to develop an advanced method to detect the drowsiness stage in electroencephalogram (EEG), the most reliable physiological measurement...
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Purpose In the last decades, several studies have been conducted on a particular martial art, judo, to evaluate performances and psychology of its athletes. In the present study, to investigate other possible variables, we analyzed, in adult athletes of both sexes practicing judo from at least 5 years, the relation between blood lactate levels and...
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The aim of the present study was investigate if there is an association between second‑to‑fourth digit length (2D:4D) ratio and personality factors capable of serving as predictors of individual choice towards high‑risk activities in a group of experts skydivers; Furthermore, their skills in regulating anxiety and emotions were assessed. The 2D:4D...
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This study aims to evaluate the personality features that seem to be predictor of eating disorders in relation to perceived levels of self-esteem, self-efficacy and concern about their physical appearance, in a sample consisting of 90 students, aged 19 to 23, attending three different study courses of the University of Catania: Medicine, Psychology...
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Introduction: The present study aims to evaluate the attentional processes and affective regulation ability of women practicing Hatha Yoga in comparison with peoples not practicing any physical activity. We hypothesized in the Hatha Yoga practitioners, reduced anxiety and a better tone of mood, superior performances in attentional tasks and, finall...
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Introduction: This study aims to investigate the characteristics of those who practice two water sports during development, such as water polo and synchronized swimming, through assessment of emotional states, self-esteem, personological features and visual-spatial skills, such as perceptual organization and visual memory. Materials and methods: A...
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The accumulation of lactate in the blood after a high-intensity exercise is associated with an increase of lactate extractions by the brain. Previously, a negative influence of blood lactate on attentional processes has been observed. The present study was carried out to examine the association of high blood lactate levels, induced with a maximal c...
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The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that high levels of testosterone during prenatal life, testified by a low second-to-fourth digit ratio (2D:4D), as well as in adulthood affect the aggressive behavior of professional soccer players. Using 18 male professional players from a first level Italian Soccer Team we calculated: i) the 2D:4D...
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The art of climbing is a skill we all possess; in fact, by climbing we have learned to get the upright position. Sport Climbing has become fully a recognized discipline at the Olympic level. The research aims to investigate the role of executive functions in young athletes, aged between 8 and 18 years, practicing Sport Climbing.
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The purpose of this research is to investigate aggression in professional sportswomen. Aggression understood as regulatory function, promoting or discouraging, useful to an athlete to keep the desired goals. A number of hormones come into play in the management of aggressive behavior, one for all, considered the most important, is the testosterone....
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The aim of the present study was to examine, in Physical Education (PE) teachers in training, the importance of an aspect that characterize the personality of the teacher for the success in its professional activity, the Self-Esteem, i.e. the assessment that a person has of herself. For evaluating the Self-Exteem, we used a projective techniques th...

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