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Notice and additional information
For prospective graduate students.
My main research interests are currently focused on the following subjects.
1) The development of occupational calling: Research questions in this project are primarily concerned with development trajectories of career calling, predictors of change (e.g. mentorship, social support, presence of a calling in professors and supervisors) and consequences of change in perceived calling (e.g. academic performance and job performance).
2) Reproducibility of Psychological Science and Open Science Practices. See for more information or contact me directly.
3) Personnel selection: in this line of research, through close relationships with public and private organizations, students may a) compare cross-culturally the predictive validity of different constructs and methods used in personnel selection and performance appraisal (e.g. intelligence, conscientiousness, goal orientations, b) manage interventions aimed at improving the effectiveness of selection practices, c) investigate the usefulness and feasibility of implicit measures in personnel selection.

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Office hours
Wednesday from 14:00 to 16:00 Dipartimento FISPPA -sezione di Psicologia Applicata, via venezia 14, quarto piano si consiglia di prendere appuntamento via e-mail.
(updated on 02/02/2017 14:21)

Proposals for thesis
Final dissertations are advised on open and assigned themes. Assigned theses are on this topic:

-Validity generalization with Italian samples

Some open themes that I deem worth studying:

-Italian adaptation of scales for measuring moral integrity.
-Career calling: personal and organizational effects and cross-cultural differences.
-Employee questions and interview validity
-Adverse impact and interview selection
-Use of references in Italy: frequency and motivations.
-General mental ability and team performance.

The selection of student will occur in February. Students are invited to send me a research project composed of the following sections:

A. Abstract (summary of the research)
B. State of the art (relevant literature)
C. Research question
D. Goals of the research
E. Methodology (study design, measures, and analysis plan)
F. References

Projects will be assessed based on their:

1. Theoretical and/or practical importance
2. Feasibility of research.

Students are invited to specifically discuss the contributions of their research.
Applicants will be notified before March, 15.

Curriculum Vitae
Michelangelo Vianello is Associate Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology since 2015. His main areas of interest and expertise are in psychological measurement, personnel selection, implicit measures of attitudes, stereotypes and personality, career calling, and emotions at work.
He participated in several research projects. Among them, a Leonardo Da Vinci TOI project on outplacement, in which he co-led the study of cultural differences in career adaptability, and a 3-year National Research Project (PRIN) aimed at studying the development of career calling. He is an International Partner of Project Implicit, a non-profit organization for the dissemination and application of scientific knowledge on implicit social cognition and a member of the Open Science Collaboration, an international partnership of over 200 scientists all around the world whose aim is to promote the development of an open, reliable and reproducible science.
He serves as a reviewer for major international journals (such as Journal of Applied Social Psychology; Motivation and Emotion; Memory; Personality and Individual Differences; Behavior Research Methods and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology), for the National Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR) and for the European Commission – Research Executive Agency for the selection of project proposals to be funded under the Horizon 2020 work programme.
He authored more than 90 articles, books and book chapters, which have been cited over 5000 times and covered by major international journals such as Nature, National Geographic, and Science.

For more information see, or contact me at my institutional address.

Lecturer's Curriculum (PDF): 2C926795FB842A9C820D32BEBF0857EF.pdf

Research areas
Origin and development of career calling.
Reproducibility of scientific knowledge in psychology.
Personnel selection: Operational Validities.
Tools, methods and models for the analysis of automatic associations.

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List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
PS1087 COMMON PSP8082783 6 1st Year (2019/20) First
SU2089 COMMON SUP5074457 12 1st Year (2019/20) Second