APsyM Lab

The APsyM LAB is a place for exploring theoretical aspects of measurement, for planning research designs and for analysing psychological data based firmly in evidence-based research which produces constant challenges from a methodological point of view. Between the strands of largely explorative research you will find the study of organisational dynamics, emotional-motivational processes, environmental psychology and some specific aspects relating to the study of cognitive processes. Special attention is given to the use of technology supporting the study of psychological processes and learning settings. The research activities conducted in the APsyM LAB take place within a broad setting of national and international collaboration both academic and strongly linked to an external context.

Following is a brief description of the main fields of research in the laboratory:

Theory and techniques of data analysis. Using technological instruments (remote and stand alone, shared and residential) that are known or derived from the collection or processing of data, APsyM LAB monitors the quality of measurements of psychological constructs according to clear psychometric rules. A particular focus of the APsyM LAB relates to the stage of data analyses, mainly of a quantitative sort, with advanced methods, in particular in techniques of analysis of covariance, also for longitudinal data (exploring stability and change).

Organisational dynamics. Using an approach appropriate for the culture, taking account of the perceptions shared by groups of individuals interacting with each other, APsyM LAB develops research projects focusing on wellbeing at work, dealing with such issues as security in the workplace, work insecurity, psychosocial risks, the management of diversity in organisations and education. This research involves male and female workers in public and private businesses.

Emotional and motivational processes. In the area of studying emotional and motivational processes, APsyM LAB focuses in particular on their role

(i) in learning (for example, emotions and success goals for students in primary and secondary school and university; emotions in relation to information and communications technology; emotional intelligence in formative contexts);

(ii) in the development of emotional skills for life stages (for example, the development of simple concepts such as wellbeing and malaise in children and adults; validation of instruments to evaluate emotional competence in life stages; development of emotional competency in relation to traumatic events in children and adults; monitoring emotional states when they occur)

Environmental psychology. The research projects developed from the APsyMLAB in this area have included how physical factors in the environment influence the well-being of individuals and groups. The approach, based on Attention Restoration Theory, studies the influence of the physical environment on restorativeness. As well as theoretical questions and measurement problems in this area, the research focuses on specific contexts to do with work, education and culture (for example, museum environments), and also with issues relating to architectural psychology and to the psychology of domestic design.

Cognitive processes. Classical topics in psychology- like perceptual experience, psychophysics, theories, models and research on consciousness, attention, memory, thinking, intelligence, learning, motivation and communication - are covered in the APsyMLAB in various ways in experimental research (e.g. information programming, research on food habits, formative processes, etc).

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Per prendere contatti con il Laboratorio, inviare una e-mail a Margherita Brondino, margherita.brondino@univr.it


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