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Structure Department of General Psychology
Telephone 0498276911
Qualification Professore associato confermato
Scientific sector M-PSI/01 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
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Notice and additional information
Director of the Master (I level) in “Tutor dell’ apprendimento” (Learning tutorship)

Teacher of master (II level) “Psicologia architettonica e del paesaggio”

Teacher of master (II level) in “Psicologia dell’invecchiamento”

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Office hours
Wednesday from 09:30 to 11:30 Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale, via Venezia 8 (5° piano; stanza 021) Ricevimenti per il mese di gennaio:
mercoledì 8 gennaio 15.00-17.00
mercoledì 22 gennaio: 9.30-11.30
mercoledì 29 gennaio: 9.30-11.30
(updated on 07/01/2020 10:58)

Proposals for thesis
Research lines for bachelor and master dissertations (and also internship before and after masters):

1. Environment learning by navigation or by inputs (map, descriptions) and the relation with in visuo-spatial competences
2. Environment learning in typical and atypical development population
3. Environment learning in young and older adults.
4. Training on visuo-spatial abilities: transfer and generalization
5. Visuo-spatial abilities, motor ability and sport practice
6. Malleability of visuo-spatial abilities and academic achievement
7. Cognition, motivation and strategies in STEAM knowledge (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) achievement
8. Motivation beliefs, metacognition, self-regulated learning strategies and academic achievement (in primary, secondary and university students)

Curriculum Vitae
Position: lecturer
Office Telephone number: (+39) 049 8276911
Fax number:(+39) 049 8276600

Education and academic career
2006: PhD in Perception and Psychophysics; University of Padova
2006: State qualification to practice as a professional psychologist (n. 5501).
2001: Degree in Psychology (marks 110/110 with distinction). University of Padova, Italy.
Since 2012: Lecturer; General Psychology Department, University of Padova, Italy

Institutional responsibilities
Since 2017: Research scientist on the PhD course in Psychological Sciences (University of Padova)
Since 2017: Reference person for the department (General Psychology Department) for student service-inclusion at University of Padova.
Since 2015: Member of the committee and team for the “Psychological Support Service - Counselling and Psychotherapy”, General Psychology Department, University of Padova, Italy.
Since 2013: Director of the Masters course (I level) on “Learning Tutorship”; General Psychology Department, University of Padova, Italy.
Since 2013: Erasmus reference person for students outgoing and incoming from the School of Psychology (University of Padova, Italy) and from University of Oviedo (Spain), University of Cyprus (Cyprus), University René Descartes, Paris (France).
Since 2015: Member of the coordinating committee of the Masters course (II level) on “Psychology and architecture and landscape” (Director: prof. Francesca Pazzaglia). University of Padova, Italy.

As at April 2018, author of 55 peer-reviewed papers published in international journals, 4 chapters in international volumes, 7 peer-reviewed papers of international conference proceedings, 5 national monographies, 5 chapters in national volumes; 12 papers in national journals (H index: 18; Google Scholar:

See also: ORCID:; ResearcherID: ID: D-1691-2014; URL:; Scopus: ID: 6602124418;

Teaching activities
Since 2018: course on “Spatial cognition” (6 CFU: 42 hours), School of Psychology, University of Padova, Italy.
Since 2013: course on “Psychology of personality and individual differences” (6 CFU: 42 hours), School of Psychology, University of Padova, Italy.
Since 2012: course on “Classics of Psychology” (6 CFU; 42 hours), School of Psychology, University of Padova, Italy
Since 2013:
Teacher on Masters course on “Psychology of Gerontology” (II level) and “Learning tutorship” (I level); lectures for PhD students within Lifelong learning program (Erasmus)
Member of examination board on bachelor’s (Psychology of personality and individual differences, Classics of psychology, Learning and memory psychology) and master’s (Aging psychology, Environmental psychology) courses.

Membership of scientific societies
Since 2010: Member of Research Network “Spatial Learning Network” (
Since 2013: Associate Member of the Association for Psychological Science (APS)
Since 2012: Associate Member of Association of Italian Psychology (AIP) – Experimental section-.
2008-2012 and since 2017: Associate Member of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology
Since 2003: member of AIRIPA (Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca e l'Intervento nella Psicopatologia dell'Apprendimento)

Lecturer's Curriculum (PDF): E4E77191E194C88C1D87833D2E118F86.pdf

Research areas
The main research topics, of potential interest also for PhD projects, concerns:

- Environment learning: analysis of different input (real and virtual navigation, map, description); the involvement of cognitive, visuo-spatial abilities; different populations (in typical and atypical developmental population, in young and older adults)

- Spatial abilities, motor coordination and sport (e.g. dances, orienteering)

- Cognition, metacognition, self-regulated learning strategies in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and academic (in primary, secondary and university students) achievement

Major international collaborations
Since 2017: Department of Basic Psychology I in UNED (Madrid-Spain); prof. María José Contreras and María Rosa Elosúa
Since 2016: Bournemouth University (United Kingdom); Prof. Jan Winer
Since 2014: Sport Science Department; University di Regensburg (Germany); Prof. Petra Jansen
Since 2014: Psychology Department; University of Northumbria (New England) Prof. Colin Hamilton
Since 2012: Cognitive Psychology Department; University La Laguna (Tenerife) Spain; Prof. Manolo De Vega
Since 2008: Psychology Department; University of Cyprus (Cyprus); Prof. Marios Avramides
Since 2006 Psychology Department; University René Descartes (Paris V; France); Prof. Valerie Gyselinck

Selected pubblications:

Toffalini, E., Meneghetti, C., Carretti, B., & Lanfranchi, S. (2018). Environment learning from virtual exploration in individuals with Down syndrome: The role of perspective and sketch maps. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 62, 30-40. doi:10.1111/jir.12445
Meneghetti, C., Muffato, V., Borella, E., De Beni, R. (2018). Map Learning in Normal Aging: The Role of Individual Visuo-Spatial Abilities and Implications. Current Alzheimer Research, 2018, 15, 1-14. Doi: 10.2174/1567205014666171030113515.
Meneghetti, C., Muffato, V., Toffalini, E., Altoè, G. (2017). The contribution of visuo-spatial factors in representing a familiar environment: The case of undergraduate students at a university campus. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 54, 160- 168. Doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.09.004.
Meneghetti, C., Cardillo,. R., Mammarella., I.C., Caviola, S., & Borella, E. (2017). The role of practice and strategy in mental rotation training: transfer and maintenance effects. Psychological research, 81, 415-431. doi:10.1007/s00426-016-0749-2
Muffato, V., Meneghetti, C., & De Beni, R. (2016). Not all is lost in older adults' route learning: The role of visuo-spatial abilities and type of task. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 47, 230-241. doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.07.003
Meneghetti, C., Zancada-Menéndez, C., Lopez, L., Sampedro-Piquero, P., Martinelli, M., Ronconi, L. Rossi, B. (2016). Mental representations derived from navigation: The role of visuo-spatial abilities and working memory. Learning and Individual Differences, 49, 314-322. doi:10.1016/j.lindif.2016.07.002
Mammarella I.C., Meneghetti C., Pazzaglia F. and Cornoldi C. (2015). Memory and comprehension deficits in spatial descriptions of children with non-verbal and reading disabilities. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1534. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01534.
Borella, E., Meneghetti, C., Muffato, V., & De Beni, R. (2015). Map learning and the alignment effect in young and older adults: how do they gain from having a map available while performing pointing tasks? Psychological research, 79, 104-119. doi:10.1007/s00426-014-0543-y
Borella, E., Meneghetti, C., Ronconi, L., & De Beni, R. (2014). Spatial abilities across the adult life span. Developmental Psychology, 50, 384-392. doi:10.1037/a0033818
Avraamides, M., Galati, A., Meneghetti, C. Pazzaglia, F. & Denis, M (2013). Encoding and updating spatial information presented in narratives. Quaterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66, 642-670. doi:10.1080/17470218.2012.712147
Brunye, T.T., Andonova, E., Meneghetti, C., Noordzij, M., Pazzaglia, F., Wienemann, R., Mahoney, C.R., & Taylor, H.A. (2012). Planning routes round the world: International evidence for southern route preferences. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 32, 297-304. doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2012.05.003
Sluzenski, J., Meneghetti, C., & McNamara T. (2011). Spatial influence of environmental axes in a baseball field. Spatial Cognition and Computation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 11, 205 - 225. doi:10.1080/13875868.2010.542262
Meneghetti, C., De Beni, R., & Cornoldi, C. (2007). Strategic knowledge and consistency in students with good and poor study skills. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 19, 628-649. doi:10.1080/09541440701325990

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
PS1842 COMMON PSN1032142 6 1st Year (2019/20) First
PS1082 COMMON PSN1032140 6 2nd Year (2019/20) First
PS2192 COMMON PSP5070657 6 3rd Year (2019/20) Second