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Structure Department of General Psychology
Telephone 0498276602
Qualification Ricercatore a tempo determinato di tipo A
Scientific sector M-PSI/03 - PSYCHOMETRICS
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Office hours
Tuesday from 15:30 to 17:30 Psico1, 6th floor, Room 23
(updated on 29/09/2019 19:30)

Proposals for thesis

- Intuitive physics
- Causal perception and causal reasoning
- Perception of velocity
- Weight perception and weight illusions (size-weight illusion, material-weight illusion)
- Spatial representation of non-numerical quantities


- Inter-rater agreement in clinical assessment
- Information Integration Theory and Functional Measurement
- Psychophysical methods

- Only experimental thesis are accepted. The thesis can be integrated with the internship.

Research areas
Intuitive physics, Psychophysics, Visual perception of physical events, Causal perception and cognition, Multisensory processes (weight illusions), SNARC effect, Apllications of mathematics to psychology, Research methods in psychology, Statistics, Psychometrics.

VICOVARO, M., NOVENTA, S., & BATTAGLINI, L. (2019). Intuitive physics of gravitational motion as shown by perceptual judgment and prediction-motion tasks. Acta Psychologica, 194, 51-62.

DALMASO, M., & VICOVARO, M. (2019). Evidence of SQUARC and distance effects in a weight comparison task. Cognitive Processing, 20, 163-173.

BURIGANA L., & VICOVARO, M. (2019). Desirable properties of Bayesian models in perceptual psychology. A discussion of distribution families closed under multiplication. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 88, 1-14.

VICOVARO, M. (2018) Causal reports: context-dependent contributions of intuitive physics and visual impressions of launching. Acta Psychologica, 186, 133-144.

VICOVARO, M., & BURIGANA, L. (2017). Contribution of surface material and size to the expected versus the perceived weight of objects. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79, 306-319.

BURIGANA L., & VICOVARO, M. (2017). “Invariants” in Koffka’s theory of constancies in vision: Highlighting their logical structure and lasting value. Gestalt Theory, 39, 6-29.

VICOVARO, M., & BURIGANA, L. (2016). Intuitive understanding of the relationship between the elasticity of objects and kinematic patterns of collisions. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78, 618-635.

BURIGANA L., & VICOVARO, M. (2016). Inflections of the Bayesian paradigm in perceptual psychology. Perception, 45, 1412-1425.

BURIGANA L., & VICOVARO, M. (2016). Modules in spatial vision: Intrinsic reasons of their functional attributes. Philosophical Psychology, 29, 250-260.

VICOVARO, M., HOYET, L., BURIGANA, L., & O’SULLIVAN, C. (2014). Perceptual evaluation of motion editing for realistic throwing animations. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, 11, Article N. 10.

VICOVARO, M., & BURIGANA, L. (2014). Intuitive understanding of the relation between velocities and masses in simulated collisions. Visual Cognition, 22, 896–919.

VICOVARO, M., & BURIGANA, L. (2014). Properties of the size-weight illusion as shown by lines of subjective equality. Acta Psychologica, 149, 52–59.

VICOVARO, M. (2014). Intuitive physics of free fall: An information integration approach to the mass-speed belief. Psicológica, 35, 463-477.

BURIGANA, L., MARTINO, F., & VICOVARO, M. (2014). Olp: An R package for optimal linear partitions of finite sets of points on the plane. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, 67, 328–352.

BURIGANA, L., & VICOVARO, M. (2013). Sets of transformations as criteria of diversity within sets of objects. Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics, 42, 13–24.

VICOVARO, M. (2012). Intuitive physics of collision effects on simulated spheres differing in size, velocity, and material. Psicológica, 33, 451–471.

BURIGANA, L., & VICOVARO, M. (2012). Rating the diversity in sets of objects by referring to transformations as criteria. Mathématiques et Sciences Humaines/Mathematics and Social Sciences, 199, 27–44.

CORNELI, E., & VICOVARO, M. (2007). Intuitive cognitive algebra of sliding friction. Teorie & Modelli, 12, 133–142.

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
PS2192 COMMON PSP5070137 6 1st Year (2019/20) First
PS1978 COMMON PSN1032475 6 1st Year (2019/20) Second