Giuliana Spadaro


Room: MF-C580


Before starting my PhD, I obtained a bachelor’s in Psychology (cum laude; University of Palermo) and a master’s in Mind Sciences (cum laude and highest honors; University of Turin). During these studies, I developed an interest in conducting experimental research on prosocial and cooperative behavior. My PhD project captured this interest, and focused on understanding the relation between institutions, trust, and cooperation among strangers. During my PhD I had the occasion to visit the Department of Work, Organisational, and Economic Psychology at University of Vienna, and the Department of Experimental and applied Psychology (VU Amsterdam) to further develop my research project. I will defend my PhD thesis at the University of Turin in 2018.

Research Interests

  • Cooperation
  • Trust
  • Economic Games
  • Meta-analysis

Postdoc project

As of November 2017 I started my research under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Balliet as part of the ERC funded project "Releasing prisoners of the paradigm: Understanding how cooperation varies across contexts in the lab and field”. I am involved in the creation of a multi-disciplinary open access database that aims to capture the entire history of research on human cooperation, and I aim to apply meta-analytic methods on this rich data to contribute to the understanding of cooperation across the globe.


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Recent publications

S Busso & L Storti (2019) This is the author's final version of the contribution published as. MODERN ITALY 18 (2013), 197-217
G Spadaro, SRG d’Elia & CO Mosso (2018) Menstrual knowledge and taboo TV commercials: Effects on self-objectification among Italian and Swedish women. Sex Roles 78 (9-10), 685-696
A Bagnis, G Spadaro, A Celeghin, CO Mosso & M Tamietto (2017) Functional neuroanatomy of racial bias in visual perception: a meta-analytic study. XXIV Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana di Psicofisiologia, 54-54
G Spadaro, A Romano & CO Mosso (2017) Italian contribute to the CIASS validation. Giornale italiano di medicina del lavoro ed ergonomia 39 (1), 49-55
G Spadaro, A Romano & CO Mosso (2017) Contribution to the Italian validation of CIASS. GIORNALE ITALIANO DI MEDICINA DEL LAVORO ED ERGONOMIA 39 (1), 49-55
G Spadaro, A Romano & CO Mosso (2017) Contributo alla validazione italiana del CIASS.
SRG D'Elia, CO Mosso & G Spadaro (2016) " Giorni sì e giorni no...": tendenza all'auto-oggettivazione da parte di donne italiane e svedesi nelle rappresentazioni del ciclo mestruale. XIV Congresso Nazionale della Sezione di Psicologia sociale dell’AIP, 87-87
G Spadaro, K Gangl & CO Mosso (2016) Caratteristiche e determinanti della fiducia interpersonale: il ruolo delle istituzioni. XIV Congresso Nazionale della Sezione di Psicologia Sociale dell'AIP, 75-75
A Romano, U Merlone, C Mosso & G Spadaro (2016) On the role of group size in social dilemmas. Psicologia sociale 11 (1), 3-18
G Spadaro & S Trovato (2015) Protesta collettiva ostile tra antecedenti individuali e collettivi. Congresso Nazionale della Sezione di Psicologia Sociale (AIP), 1-1
C Scaffidi Abbate, S Boca, G Spadaro & A Romano (2014) Priming effects on commitment to help and on real helping behavior. Basic and Applied Social Psychology 36 (4), 347-355

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