Research methods in the Human Sciences

This area of research studies the main methodological and ethical issues connected with research in the Human Sciences. In addition, this area explores the theories of knowledge and the methods of theoretical, historical and empirical research that make it possible to develop rigorous and scientifically-based knowledge of human and social phenomena that is respectful of both the participants and the complexity of the objects of study.

This area explores the following lines of research:

  • philosophy of knowledge;
  • epistemology and qualitative research methods;
  • quantitative research methods and techniques;
  • research ethics;
  • social network analysis.
Massimiliano Badino
Associate Professor
Margherita Brondino
Associate Professor
Roberto Burro
Associate Professor
Cristina Lonardi
Associate Professor
Daniele Loro
Associate Professor
Ferdinando Luigi Marcolungo
Teaching Assistant
Luigina Mortari
Full Professor
Margherita Pasini
Associate Professor
Davide Poggi
Associate Professor
Michele Scandola
Associate Professor
Domenico Secondulfo
Teaching Assistant
Roberta Silva
Associate Professor
Alessandro Stavru
Associate Professor
Luigi Tronca
Full Professor
Research interests
Topic People Description
Special aspects of education (see  DDC classification)
Think of experience of interior life in adulthood Daniele Loro
The individual grows and becomes an adult from many points of view: biological, legal, social, psychological and working. However, it does not become complete if it does not get to directly experience living not only in relation to others, but also in relation to the deepest part of oneself. The ability to reconcile the two worlds and to make them dialogue in a profitable way, represents the existential task that is specific to adulthood.This research activity is part of the following research line, activated in the Department: "Roots and cultures of contemporaneity: pedagogical theories".
Theory and practice of education (see  DDC classification)
Epistemology of qualitative Inquiry Luigina Mortari
Roberta Silva
In order to fund an empirical rigorous research in the field of the human sciences, it has been elaborated a qualitative epistemology that has as epistemic core: Bateson’s ecology, naturalistic inquiry, phenomenology and pragmatism. A specific attention is devoted to the elaboration of an “empirical phenomenology” (Ep). It has been developed a specific version for the healthcare environment.
Think of education from the philosophical point of view Daniele Loro
Even in the educational field, to act with intentionality and effectiveness is not enough to have knowledge and skills, and commitment and good will are not enough; it is necessary to understand well the existential meaning of educational action and the cognitive specificity of pedagogical knowledge. In this way the cultural, social and even political value of education and pedagogy is affirmed. This research activity is part of the following research line, activated in the Department: "Roots and cultures of contemporaneity: pedagogical theories".
Storia della filosofia antica Alessandro Stavru
L’attività di ricerca verte intorno alla figura di Socrate, la letteratura socratica, il pitagorismo antico, l’estetica antica e moderna, e la storia degli studi classici.
History of the Idea of Consciousness Ferdinando Luigi Marcolungo
Davide Poggi
Study of the history of both the idea of Consciousness and the issues involved in, critical examination of their discussion during the Modern Age and the Contemporary Philosophy, and analysis of the key moments and protagonists of their evolution.
METAPHYSICS AND ONTOLOGY (see  DDC classification)
Ontology and Metaphysics of Human Person Ferdinando Luigi Marcolungo
Davide Poggi
Critical and experimental study of the human person and its ontological value, which is the starting point for the metaphysical investigation.
PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE (see  DDC classification)
Translation Studies Davide Poggi
Study of the translation process and examination of the role of translation in the diffusion of philosophical theories/ideas.
Theory of Knowledge Ferdinando Luigi Marcolungo
Study of the cognitive process and critical examination of the theories of knowledge proposed in the course of the history of philosophy.
PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE (see  DDC classification)
Historical-epistemological Approach Massimiliano Badino
This approach aims at situating historically and culturally classical problems of epistemology with the goal of providing us with a more thorough philosophical analysis of the process of production and dissemination of scientific knowledge
Political Epistemology Massimiliano Badino
Traditionally, epistemology is kept sharply apart from social and political issues. By contrast, political epistemology tackles epistemological problems on the assumption that knowledge production is a situated process occurring within a ethical, social, political, and cultural context. Furthermore, political epistemology reconfigures the key epistemological questions from the standpoint of their impact on society at large.
Practice-based Philosophy of Science Massimiliano Badino
To understand how science works, one needs to work with those who actively make science. Cooperation between humanities and natural sciences is essential for both practitioners and calls for honing of a specific openmindedness, a quick conceptual flexibility and the willingness to transcend one's own mental frameworks.
Psychology, Applied (see  DDC classification)
Psychology of personality and individual differences Roberto Burro
Psychology of personality deals with the study and objective evaluation of behavioral patterns and thinking that persist over time and in different situations, allowing one to distinguish one person from another.
Psychology, Experimental (see  DDC classification)
Psychometrics and data analysis; Methods in psychological research Michele Scandola
Psychometrics and data analysis; Methods in psychological research
Psychophysics Roberto Burro
Psychophysics is the quantitatively investigates the relationship between physical stimuli and the sensations and perceptions they produce
Psychology of Perception Roberto Burro
Study of the psychic processes that work the synthesis of sensory data in meaningful forms
Psychometrics Margherita Brondino
Margherita Pasini
Psychometrics is a field of study concerned with the theory and technique of psychological measurement. As defined by the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), psychometrics refers to psychological measurement. Generally, it refers to the field in psychology and education that is devoted to testing, measurement, assessment, data analysis and related activities.
Psychology, Mathematical (see  DDC classification)
Bayesian statistics in cognitive sciences Michele Scandola
The application of bayesian models in cognitive sciences
Sociology (see  DDC classification)
Social network analysis Luigi Tronca
Application of social network analysis to the study of structural conditioning of action.
Epistemology and Methods of Qualitative Research Cristina Lonardi
The theme is rejected in terms of the biographical approach to the knowledge of social reality. This approach looks at the knowledge of life stories, life paths and experiences of people as a means of analysis of society and its changes and interpretation of social reality, individual but also collective, in the sense that the biographical approach allows access to connections between individual life experiences and social reality, between the strictly individual dimension and the social context.
Methodology and technique of social resarch Domenico Secondulfo
Design, management, control of both qualitative and quantitative empirical investigations; statistical analysis and interpretation of data; prospective analysis.
Gruppi di ricerca
Name Description URL
APsyM - Applied Psychology Measurement Group Il Gruppo si occupa di misurazione, progettazione di disegni di ricerca e analisi dei dati in psicologia, partendo da un forte ancoraggio con una concreta realtà di ricerca che lancia continue sfide dal punto di vista metodologico.
Azione di Ricerca Interdisciplinare di Dipartimento - EMOZIONI (ARIdip – EMOZIONI) Il Gruppo vede nelle emozioni l’oggetto di studio teorico-empirico nel panorama delle scienze umane, valorizzando il contributo che le aree filosofica, psico-pedagogica e sociologica possono apportare.
Azione di Ricerca Interdisciplinare di Dipartimento - ETICA DELLA RICERCA (ARIdip - ETICA DELLA RICERCA) Il gruppo di etica della ricerca si occupa del ruolo dell'etica e della politica nella produzione di conoscenza scientifica.
Azione di Ricerca Interdisciplinare di Dipartimento NUOVE FRAGILITÀ (ARIdip – NUOVE FRAGILITÀ) Il gruppo si occupa delle nuove forme della fragilità umana e sociale, che si stanno diffondendo nei contesti sociali attuali, sia nei contesti reali sia in quelli virtuali.
Azione di Ricerca Interdisciplinare di Dipartimento - SCUOLA (ARIdip – SCUOLA) ll Gruppo propone un progetto di ricerca sul tema "Scuola e coesione sociale in Italia".
Business-to-consumer studies in the healthcare management industry Gli obiettivi del gruppo di ricerca sono di seguito dettagliati sono consistiti nell’indagare le dinamiche e le forze che operano in relazionane ai consumatori di specifici settori, in particolare l’audiology industry, secondo una prospettiva di service management e consumer behaviour.
Choices of adoption/non-adoption of new ICT tools Il gruppo di propone di indagare, secondo modelli scientifici comprovati dalle Scienze Sociali (Business Management e Psicometria) i costrutti latenti che determinano la scelta di adozione di uno strumento legato all'Information and Communication Technologies. Il gruppo di lavoro si è focalizzato su due principali mercati: quello dell'healthcare e quello del vino.
CognitiveMetrix Il gruppo di ricerca sviluppa strumenti scientificamente fondati per conoscere la psicologia di clienti/consumatori, quindi gusti, percezioni, emozioni, motivazioni, personalità, aspettative… in relazione ad uno specifico prodotto o servizio (una bevanda, un profumo, un cibo, un segnale di pericolo, un messaggio pubblicitario, un servizio bancario…). Questi aspetti psicologici guidano i comportamenti e le preferenze delle persone, sia i comportamenti di scelta e di acquisto, che quelli di disinteresse e di evitamento.
EPhP Experimental Phenomenology of Perception Lab (EPHPLab) è un gruppo di ricerca che lavora nell'ambito della Psicologia Cognitiva allo scopo di promuovere e sviluppare i paradigmi teorici della Fenomenologia Sperimentale della Percezione.
Gruppo di ricerca sulla Qualità di Vita Gruppo di ricerca multicentrico e multidisciplinare Nazionale per la valutazione della Qualità di Vita in pazienti sottoposti a cistectomia e derivazione urinaria per neoplasia vescicale.
Il patrimonio storico dell'ex manicomio di Verona San Giacomo alla Tomba Il gruppo di ricerca si propone di valorizzare il patrimonio dell’ex manicomio del San Giacomo alla Tomba di Verona, costituito prevalentemente da cartelle cliniche (circa 40.000).
MelArete – virtue ethics Il gruppo di ricerca “MelArete – virtue ethics” si propone di realizzare ricerche sull’educazione etica, ponendosi al servizio delle scuole.
Sociologia dei consumi Il Gruppo si occupa dell'analisi dei comportamenti di consumo e interfaccia le sue riflessioni e le sue indagini anche con le tematiche legate al mutamento sociale e alla sociologia della salute e del benessere.
Sociologia della salute e della medicina Il gruppo di ricerca sviluppa ed approfondisce tematiche legate alla sociologia della salute e della malattia, attraverso ricerca qualitativa e quantitativa in collaborazione con professionisti della cura.


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