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(Everyday) Cultures of Psychosocial Welfare
(Alltags-) Kulturen psychosozialer Versorgung
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Mag. Markus Wrbouschek
Project runtime: 02.05.2016 - 30.04.2021
Research Focus:
  • Cultural Psychology and history of science
  • Psychology of social and cultural change
Topic:
  • Psychosocial Welfare
Project leader:

Mag. Markus Wrbouschek (markus.wrbouschek@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Lisa-Marie Koch, Bsc. (lisa-marie.koch@sfu.ac.at); Mag. Julius Metzler (julius.metzler@sfu.ac.at); Mag. Gregor Wasicky (gregor.wasicky@sfu.ac.at

Cooperation partners:

keine

Project runtime:

02.05.2016 - 30.04.2021

Grants:

eigenfinanziert

Description:

English
The field of psychosocial welfare has undergone significant transformations over the past years. While traditional disciplines (Psychology, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy) seem to orient toward institutionalization there seems to be a growing number of welfare service providers on who try to position them as - often low-threshold - alternatives to therapy. Our project is based on the assumption that this development leads to two consequences: 1. traditional notions of "the psychosocial" and understandings of what "welfare" means in different contexts tend to blur. 2. The same notions and understandings are no longer informed primarily by the disciplinary standards and framewords of the established psy-disciplines (Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, Psychology), but permeated by influnces from a wider field of semi-institutionalized and everyday cultures of the psychosocial. Hence, our project is based on the following open question: How do psychosocial welfare providers relate to (everyday) cultures of the psychosocial? The questions allows two specifications. The first overlaps with what is currently investigated as 'psychologization'/'therapeutization of the life-world. the second reverses the direction of the investigation and aims at understanding how everyday notions and practices of the psychosocial permeate more institutionalized psy-disciplines.
Within our project we aim to address this question first by asking how traditional psy-disciplines relate to (everyday) cultures of the psychosocial. In further project phases we aim to consciously including psy-practices that are more on the fringe of what is usually called psychosocial welfare (certain body practices, esoterical/spiritual psy-services, but also the booming field of counselling/coaching/training, ...).
Common life worlds
Geteilte Lebenswelten
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Univ.Prof.Dr. David Becker; Dr.in Christina Ayazi; Leonard Brixel, M.A.; DR. Markus Brunner; Ass.Prof.in Dr.in Katharina Hametner; Natalie Rodax, MSc.; Ass.Prof.in Dr.in Nora Ruck; Kate Sheese, M.A.; Mag. Markus Wrbouschek
Project runtime: 01.10.2017 - 31.01.2022
Research Focus:
  • Psychology of social and cultural change
Topic:
  • Ressentiment and Change Potential in Europe
Project leader:

Univ.Prof.Dr. David Becker (david.becker@sfu-berlin.de); Dr.in Christina Ayazi (christina.ayazi@sfu-berlin.de); Leonard Brixel, M.A. (leonard.brixel@sfu-berlin.de); DR. Markus Brunner (markus.brunner@sfu.ac.at); Ass.Prof.in Dr.in Katharina Hametner (katharina.hametner@sfu.ac.at); Natalie Rodax, MSc. (natalie.rodax@sfu.ac.at); Ass.Prof.in Dr.in Nora Ruck (nora.ruck@sfu.ac.at); Kate Sheese, M.A. (kate.sheese@sfu-berlin.de); Mag. Markus Wrbouschek (markus.wrbouschek@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Mag. Gudrun Kramer (Österreichisches Studienzentrum für Frieden und Konfliktlösung ÖSFK an der Friedensburg Schlaining); Dr. Wilfried Graf (Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation)

Project runtime:

01.10.2017 - 31.01.2022

Grants:

Keine

Description:

English
This international research-based teaching project is a cooperation between the divisions qualitative methods and social psychology at the Sigmund Freud Universities Vienna and Berlin. It explores the daily experiences of living together in Europe, between resentful demarcation and solidarity. In the seminars on qualitative methods students conduct group discussions, interviews, and guided interviews in order to collect data on people’s everyday experiences of living together in different local contexts in Vienna and Berlin (student houses, refugee shelters, women’s housing projects, social housing projects, retirement homes).These data are interpreted by means of qualitative methods of data interpretation. The results of students’ qualitative research are discussed and reflected against the backdrop of state-of-the-art research and theories in social psychology in consecutive seminars on social psychology. Results are further discussed and reflected on by participating students and teachers in the course of workshops at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the Peace Castle Schlaining in order to explore peace pedagogical and political implications of the research.
German


Geteilte Lebenswelten ist ein Lehrforschungsprojekt des Fachbereichs Sozialpsychologie der SFU Wien und Berlin, in dem Studierende und Lehrende der Qualitativen Methoden und der Sozialpsychologie europäische Konflikt- und Vergemeinschaftungsprozesse sowie deren lebensweltlichen, handlungspraktische und affektive Dimensionen beforschen.
 

An Zeitdiagnosen über Konflikte, Spaltungen oder Krisen in Europa und den europäischen Nationalstaaten mangelt es nicht. Ulrike Guerot spricht sogar von einem ‚Neuen Bürgerkrieg‘, der die ‚klassischen Trennlinien‘ sozialer Konflikte abgelöst habe. „Geteilte Lebenswelten“ geht davon aus, dass eine Bearbeitung oder Transformation gesellschaftlicher Konflikte nur auf Basis eines fundierten Verständnisses der konflikterzeugenden Prozesse möglich ist. Aus Perspektive kritischer Konflikt- und Friedensforschung muss geklärt werden, wie gesellschaftliche Konfliktlinien von den beteiligten Individuen und sozialen Gruppen alltagspraktisch hergestellt werden. Zugleich macht gerade die Friedensforschung darauf aufmerksam, dass Konfliktdynamiken unmittelbar mit der zweiten Frage verbunden sind, wie Zusammengehörigkeit und gesellschaftliche Solidarität prozesshaft hergestellt werden? Vor dem Hintergrund sozialer Krisen in Europa, der EU und den europäischen Nationalstaaten stellt sich damit auch die Frage nach dem, was europäische Gesellschaften und Gemeinschaften zusammenhält, mit neuer Vehemenz. „Geteilte Lebenswelten“ leistet einen Beitrag zur Erforschung und Veränderung aktueller europäischer Konflikte und Krisen, der zwischen Sozialpsychologie und Konflikt- und Friedensforschung vermittelt sowie friedenspädagogische und -politische Implikationen auslotet. In der Konflikt- und Friedensforschung stehen zur Klärung obiger Fragestellungen vor allem makrosoziale Ansätze zur Verfügung, die gesellschaftlichen Konflikten entlang klassischer sozialwissenschaftlicher Kategorien wie Nation, Klasse, Geschlecht oder Ethnizität nachgehen. Aus sozialpsychologischer Perspektive gilt es jedoch, die lokalen lebensweltlichen Kontexte, die alltäglichen Handlungspraxen sowie die affektiven Dimensionen der je konkreten Konstruktionsprozesse von Vergemeinschaftung und Zusammenhalt auf der einen Seite und von Konflikten und Ausschlüssen auf der anderen Seite zu untersuchen.In diesem Lehrforschungsprojekt der BSc. Lehrveranstaltungen Qualitative Methoden und Sozialpsychologie an der SFU Wien und Berlin erheben Studierende unter enger Supervision durch Lehrende Gruppendiskussionen, Interviews und Leitfadeninterviews zu konkreten Alltagserfahrungen sozialer Konflikte und Zugehörigkeit in unterschiedlichen lokalen Kontexten (Studierendenheime, Flüchtlingsunterkünfte, Frauenwohnprojekte, soziale Wohnbauten, SeniorInnenheime; WiSe 2017/18). Diese Daten werden anhand dokumentarischer Methode und Tiefenhermeneutik qualitativ ausgewertet (SoSe 2018) und mittels sozialpsychologischer Studien und Theorien in einen größeren gesellschaftlichen Kontext gestellt (WiSe 2018/19 & SoSe2019). Die Auswertungsergebnisse werden von Studierenden und Lehrenden der SFU Wien und Berlin im Rahmen eines zweitätigen Workshops im Österreichischen Studienzentrum für Frieden und Konfliktlösung an der Friedensburg Schlaining diskutiert. In einem Workshop mit den KooperationspartnerInnen aus der Konflikt- und Friedensforschung werden schließlich friedenspädagogische und -politische Implikationen der Forschungsergebnisse erarbeitet (Juli 2018).
Reflecting privileges - intersectional therpies?
Privilegien reflektieren – Intersektional therapieren?
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dipl. Psych. Sabrina Saase
Project runtime: 01.05.2018 - 30.04.2021
Research Focus:
  • Psychology of social and cultural change
Topic:
  • Psychological gender and diversity research
Project leader:

Dipl. Psych. Sabrina Saase (sabrina.saase@sfu-berlin.de

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Technische Universität Braunschweig

Project runtime:

01.05.2018 - 30.04.2021

Grants:

Rosa Luxemburg Stifung

Description:

English
This project aims at strenghtening the role of the interdisciplinary and power analyzing paradigm intersectionality for psychology and psychotherapy. Developing a psychological model of an intersectional competency supports equality, diversity and prevention of discrimination through awareness-rising.
The research interest is based on the observation that some people potentially enjoy more structural advantages in society through their (juged) positioning on social constructed dimensions (e.g. gender, sexual orientation, ethnical belonging, educational background, age, being not handycaped or handycaped). Therapists are challenged with simultaneous task: They need to focus on the individual experiences of the clients, while knowing the geopolitical, socio-cultural in which intersecting (juged) group belongings and inequalities are produced, while reflecting on own (juged) belongings, internalized values and role models as well as behaviors. The psychotherapeutical training needs to teach many competencies. Therefore, a full analysis of discriminations and strategies against it is also a task for psychological research to find ways to reflect intersectionality. In short: This research project analyzes therapeutic behaviors and the inequality systems they (re)produce through an intersectional lense based on recent studies about diversity and multiple discrimination. This way, the existing research gap can be closed and new goals and concrete behavioral guidelines for the therapeutic training and becoming therapists can be developed.
German
Das Projekt zielt darauf ab, das interdisziplinäre und machtkritische Paradigma Intersektionalität weiter in Psychologie und Psychotherapie zu verankern und intersektionale Kompetenz psychologisch zu fassen, um durch Sensibilisierung zur Beförderung von Gleichstellung, Vielfalt und Diskriminierungsabbau beizutragen.

Das Forschungsinteresse gründet auf der Beobachtung, dass aufgrund der Ausprägungen auf sozial konstruierten Dimensionen (z.B. Geschlecht, sexuelle Orientierung, ethnische Zugehörigkeit, Bildungshintergrund, Alter, Be- und Enthinderung) manche Menschen in einer Gesellschaft potentiell mehr strukturelle Vorteile genießen als andere. Die schwierige Aufgabe von Therapeut*innen besteht nun darin, gleichzeitig möglichst nah an den persönlichen Erfahrungen der Klient*innen zu bleiben, dabei überlappende soziokulturelle Gruppenzugehörigkeiten und Unterdrückungssysteme im Blick zu behalten, sowie die eigenen Zugehörigkeiten, verinnerlichten Werte sowie Rollen- und Verhaltensmuster zu reflektieren.

Da die psychotherapeutische Ausbildung kaum allumfassende Analysen aller Diskriminierungsformen und Umgangsweisen leisten kann, liegt es an der psychologischen Forschung, Wege zur Reflexion von Intersektionalität zu identifizieren. Aufbauend auf dem Intersektionalitätskonzept und Studien zu Vielfalt und Mehrfachdiskriminierungen werden in diesem Forschungsprojekt deshalb (intersektional sensible) therapeutische Verhaltensweisen und Machtverhältnisse analysiert, um die entsprechende Forschungslücke zu schließen und daraus Ausbildungsziele bzw. konkrete Handlungsempfehlungen für angehende Psychotherapeut*innen abzuleiten.
ATRAB – Strengthening the social participation of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
ATRAB – Stärkung der sozialen Teilhabe von palästinensischen Flüchtlingen
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Becker
Project runtime: 21.12.2018 - 04.02.2019
Research Focus:
  • Psychology of social and cultural change
Topic:
  • Psychological research on crises and pandemics
Project leader:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Becker (david.becker@sfu-berlin.de

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

-

Project runtime:

21.12.2018 - 04.02.2019

Grants:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Description:

English
The developed certificate course is a tailor-made training program (30 ECTS) (1 year, 7 modules) that aims to increase the social participation of Palestinian refugees and strengthen their self-help capacities. The certificate course includes 22 Palestinian refugees from Lebanon and Syria. The participants are already involved in community development and have gained practical experience in community mobilization and social engagement. English language skills are required. The 22 Palestinian youth participants form the core group. Each of them will act as a multiplier for 10 people in their respective communities and will share knowledge, skills and experience. Thus the certificate course will reach 220 participants. The 22 core group participants will receive a university certificate with the ECTS points at the end of the course. Participants of the multiplication groups will receive a university certificate without ECTS points."
German
Das Projekt ATRAB zielt auf die Konzeption eines Universitätslehrgangs zur Stärkung der sozialen Teilhabe von palästinensischen Flüchtlingen ab. Der vorliegende Zertifikatskurs ist ein maßgeschneidertes Trainingsprogramm (30 ECTS) (1 Jahr, 7 Module), das darauf abzielt, die soziale Beteiligung von palästinensischen Flüchtlingen zu erhöhen und ihre Selbsthilfekapazitäten zu stärken. Der Zertifikatskurs umfasst 22 palästinensische Flüchtlinge aus dem Libanon und Syrien. Die TeilnehmerInnen sind bereits in die Entwicklung der Gemeinde involviert und haben praktische Erfahrungen in der Mobilisierung von Gemeinschaften und sozialem Engagement gesammelt. Englischkenntnisse sind erforderlich. Die 22 palästinensischen jugendlichen TeilnehmerInnen bilden die Kerngruppe. Jeder von ihnen wird als Multiplikator für 10 Personen in ihrer jeweiligen Gemeinschaft fungieren und Wissen, Fähigkeiten und Erfahrungen weitergeben. Somit wird der Zertifikatskurs 220 Teilnehmer erreichen. Die 22 Kerngruppen-Teilnehmer erhalten nach Abschluss des Kurses ein Universitätszertifikat mit den ECTS-Punkten. Teilnehmer der Multiplikationsgruppen erhalten ein Hochschulzertifikat ohne ECTS-Punkten.
Acceptance and Appropriation of Youth Promotion in the Balkans. The Image of RYCO in the Region. / ORF Promotion of EU Integration through regional cooperation
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Benetka
Project runtime: 06.05.2019 - 31.12.2020
Research Focus:
  • Psychology and History
Topic:
  • History of psychology in social and political contexts
Project leader:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Benetka (gerhard.benetka@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Aisha Futura Tüchler, MSc (aisha.tuechler@sfu.ac.at

Cooperation partners:

-

Project runtime:

06.05.2019 - 31.12.2020

Grants:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Description:

English
The aim of the research project is to support the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) instrengthening their regional visibility. The Regional Youth Cooperation Office should become more recognizable and popular throughout the Western Balkans. A multi-phase research project to study the development of the perception and of the image of RYCO over two years was developed. The project combines qualitative with quantitative research methods and an interdisciplinary research approach. The results will provide RYCO with recommendations and proposals on how to improve the communication concept of RYCO with regards to the specific requirements of the various stakeholders.
German
Ziel dieses Forschungsprojekts ist es, das Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) durch die Stärkung der regionalen Sichtbarkeit zu unterstützen.  Das Regional Youth Cooperation Office soll am gesamten Westbalkan erkennbarer und beliebter werden. Es wurde ein mehrphasiges Forschungsprojekt durchgeführt, um die  Wahrnehmung und das Image von RYCO über zwei Jahre zu untersuchen. Die Studie kombiniert qualitative mit quantitativen Forschungsmethoden, und hat einen interdisziplinnären Forschungsansatz.Die Ergebnisse werden RYCO Empfehlungen und Vorschläge zur Verbesserung des Kommunikationskonzepts in Bezug auf die spezifische Anforderungen der verschiedenen Stakeholder geben.
Internalized trans* oppression and community empowerment
Internalisierte Trans*feindlichkeit und Community-Empowerment
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dipl.-Psych. René_ Rain Hornstein
Project runtime: 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2020
Research Focus:
  • Psychology of social and cultural change
Topic:
  • Psychological gender and diversity research
Project leader:

Dipl.-Psych. René_ Rain Hornstein (hornstein@sfu-berlin.de

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

TU Braunschweig

Project runtime:

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2020

Grants:

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

Description:

English
Internalized experiences of discrimination which result from societal power structures are called 'internalized oppression'. The lack of research concerning internalized oppression in trans* people will be addressed by this PhD research project. Interviews with psychotherapists who work in a trans* affirmative way, as well as with peer to peer counselors from the trans* community and with trans* activists will be conducted. The sampling of the interviewees and the intepretation of the interviews follows the principles of grounded theory. The goal of this research project is to develop a grounded theory of internalized trans* oppression.
German
Verinnerlichte Diskriminierungserfahrungen, die sich aus gesellschaftlichen Machtverhältnissen ergeben, werden als „internalisierte Unterdrückung“ bezeichnet. Im vorliegenden Promotionsprojekt soll die existierende Forschungslücke zu internalisierter Unterdrückung bei Trans*menschen, kurz internalisierte Trans*feindlichkeit, adressiert werden. Es werden trans*affirmativ arbeitende Psychotherapeut*innen, sowie Peer to Peer Berater*innen aus der trans* Community sowie trans* Aktivist*innen interviewt. Das Sampling der Interviewees und die Auswertung der Interviews erfolgt anhand der Grounded Theory. Ziel des Forschungsprojektes ist, eine grundlegende Theorie der internalisierten Trans*feindlichkeit zu entwickeln.
Being Oriented – The Psychology of Karl Bühler
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr. Janette Friedrich
Project runtime: 01.08.2019 - 31.07.2021
Research Focus:
  • Psychology and History
Topic:
  • History of psychology in social and political contexts
  • Cultural psychologies of rememberance
Project leader:

Dr. Janette Friedrich (janette.friedrich@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Benetka (gerhard.benetka@sfu.ac.at

Cooperation partners:

Institut Wiener Kreis der Universität Wien (Prof. Friedrich Stadler und Prof. Martin Kusch); Prof. Thomas Slunecko; Forschungsstelle für österreichische Philosophie in Graz (Dr. Ulf Höfer); Forschungsgruppe Inbegriff des Instituts für Philosophie der Universität Genf unter Leitung von Prof. Laurent Cesalli; Sdvig-Press, Open Access Platform for East and West, Schweiz (Dr. Patrick Flack); FWF Project P27215-G15 unter Leitung von Dr. Guillaume Fréchette „Franz Brentano's Descriptive Psychology“ (2015–2018, Universität Salzburg)

Project runtime:

01.08.2019 - 31.07.2021

Grants:

Lise Meitner-Programm des Österreichischen Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung FWF M 2603-G28

Description:

English
The general aim of the project is to offer for the first time a detailed and systematic reconstruction of Bühler’s psychology while demonstrating the centrality of the concept of orientation for his theoretical and empirical research – a concept hitherto unnoticed in the reception of Bühler’s work. These studies will draw on materials from Bühler’s literary estate that are stored at the Documentation and Research Center for Austrian Philosophy, in Graz; on the offprints collected by Bühler and his wife, which were moved to the Institute Vienna Circle in 2016 and on his writings in exile, which were acquired by the University of Vienna in 2017. In addition to the studies, the output includes a digital bibliography with detailed information on the genesis and interpretation of Bühler’s manuscripts on the psychology of life and a critical edition of previously unpublished texts. Combining both hermeneutical-reconstructive and historical-conceptual analysis, the project addresses issues at the juncture of philosophy, psychology, and linguistics amid their gradual separation into individual fields at the beginning of the 20th century. It looks at questions raised by Bühler in his historical context as well as at their re-problematization in recent discussions.
German
Ziel des Projektes ist es, erstmals eine detaillierte und problemorientierte Rekonstruktion der Psychologie Karl Bühlers zu erarbeiten. Dabei wird von der Hypothese ausgegangen, dass der Begriff der Orientierung die zentrale Rolle für Bühlers theoretische und empirische Forschungen spielte. Dieser Orientierungsansatz wurde in der Bühler-Rezeption bisher übersehen. Die Studien beruhen auf einer detaillierten Analyse der sich in Österreich befindenden Nachlässe Karl Bühlers. Ein Teilnachlass findet sich im Dokumentations- und Forschungszentrum für österreichische Philosophie in Graz. Ein zweiter, der Exilnachlass von Charlotte und Karl Bühler, ist seit Dezember 2017 im Archiv der Universität Wien zugänglich. Zwei digitale bibliographische Listen mit präzisen Informationen zur Textgenese und Texterschliessung der Manuskripte werden erarbeitet und eine kritische Edition bisher unveröffentlichter Texte ist geplant. Die Forschung stützt sich auf hermeneutisch-rekonstruktive Analysen und begriffsgeschichtliche Studien und berührt Probleme an der Schnittstelle von Philosophie, Psychologie und Sprachwissenschaft. Die Ergebnisse werden in einer modernisierten Fassung von psychologischer Problemgeschichte dargestellt, wobei auf Re-problematisierungen der von Bühler aufgeworfenen Fragestellungen in den aktuellen Debatten eingegangen wird.
„What helps the helpers – Implementation of staff care structures (Peer support) in the Middle East“
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Becker
Project runtime: 01.09.2018 - 15.07.2020
Research Focus:
  • Psychology of social and cultural change
Topic:
  • Psychological research on crises and pandemics
Project leader:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Becker (david.becker@sfu-berlin.de

Project team:

Kate Sheese, M.A. (kate.sheese@sfu-berlin.de); Petra Kühnauer (kuehnauer@sfu-berlin.de); Josephine Jacobi 

Cooperation partners:

-

Project runtime:

01.09.2018 - 15.07.2020

Grants:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Description:

English
Working with refugees and displaced people in crisis and conflict contexts is a highly challenging task and often personally burdensome. Self and staff care, therefore, are considered to be important issues for any organization involved with humanitarian aid and/or development cooperation, e.g. community work, health care and education. However, it is not always clear what kind of support actually protects and promotes staff well-being under such stressful conditions, what staff themselves consider to be important and effective, how support can be implemented in organizational structures and routines shaped by emergencies, to what extent cultural and gender-related dynamics must be considered, and how donor organizations incorporate these issues into their approaches. Our research project aims at developing and/or improving staff care for projects working with refugees and displaced people in the regional context of the Syrian and Iraqi crises, specifically in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The research project focuses on these issues in four steps: First we aim to find out realities, needs and wishes of project staff, and getting to know the structures already in place, their limits and their usefulness. Then it is important to figure out what needs to change for whom and collaboratively developing effective support structures with project staff for the different working contexts and cultural environments. These changes will be implemented in selected projects in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan and jointly assessed with respect to their long term usefulness. Finally, the experiences and findings will be consolidated by outlining a concept for culture-sensitive, effective, and sustainable staff care structures for any project working in the region.
COVIMENTAL: Influence of the social shutdown on the mental status of systemically important occupational groups with a focus on anxiety, stress, depression and sleep disorders after the outbreak of COVID-19 in Europe Prospective questionnaire study on anx
COVIMENTAL: Einfluss des Sozialen Shutdowns auf den Mentalen Status von systemrelevanten Berufsgruppen mit Fokus auf Angst, Stress, Depression und Schlafstörungen nach Ausbruch von COVID-19 in Europa Prospektive Fragebogenstudie zu Angst (FCV-19S), Stress
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology, Medicine, Institute of Rectorate
Project leader: Univ.Prof. PD. Dr. Peter Panhofer, MBA, MSc
Project runtime: 04.10.2020 - 04.10.2020
Research Focus:
  • psychosomatic
  • Covid 19
  • Mental Disorders
Topic:
  • Psychotraumatology
Project leader:

Univ.Prof. PD. Dr. Peter Panhofer, MBA, MSc (peter.panhofer@med.sfu.ac.at

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Univ.Prof. DDr. Alfred Pritz / Rektoratsinstitut, SFU Wien; Univ.Prof. DDr. Alfred Barth; Mag. Thomas Vlasak / Psychologische Fakultät, Sigmund Freud Universität Linz; Univ.Prof. Dr. Kurt Huber / Kardiologie, Medizinische Fakultät Wien

Project runtime:

04.10.2020 - 04.10.2020

Grants:

Keine

Description:

English
The aim of the prospective COVIMENTAL survey of various systemically relevant occupational groups in Europe is to evaluate the impact on mental status with a special focus on anxiety, depression, stress and sleep quality and social capital during the shutdown phase in the COVID-19 crisis.
A total of 6 questionnaires were used for the COVIMENTAL project. The basic questionnaire documents patient data. The PSCS-16 questionnaire examines a social issue, while 4 questionnaires assess the mental health status. The 2 questionnaires FCV-19S and SASR-CV-19 were adapted to COVID-19 in a disease-specific manner. The 2 questionnaires SDS and PSQI deal with the general mental status
Prospective anonymous cross-sectional study to evaluate mental status and social capital.
German
Ziel der prospektiven COVIMENTAL Befragung verschiedener systemrelevanter Berufsgruppen in Europa ist die Evaluierung des Einflusses auf den mentalen Status mit besonderem Fokus auf Angst, Depression, Stress und Schlafqualität und des Sozialen Kapitals während der Shutdown Phase in der COVID-19 Krise.Für das COVIMENTAL Projekt wurden insgesamt 6 Fragebögen verwendet. Der Basisfragebogen dokumentiert PatientInnendaten. Der PSCS-16 Fragebogen untersucht eine soziale Fragestellung, während 4 Fragebögen den psychischen Gesundheitsstatus erheben. Die 2 Fragebögen FCV-19S und SASR-CV-19 wurden krankheitsspezifisch an COVID-19 adaptiert. Die 2 Fragebögen SDS und PSQI behandeln den generellen MentalstatusProspektive anonyme Querschnittsstudie zur Evaluierung des mentalen Status sowie des Sozialen Kapitals.
COVITCM Pilot: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Phytotherapy in Patients with COVID-19 Symptoms - A retrospective qualitative-empirical pilot study to assess SARS-CoV-2 symptoms in the convalescence phase and the mental and SARS-CoV-2 status
COVITCM Pilot: Traditionelle Chinesische Medizin (TCM) und Phytotherapie bei PatientInnen mit COVID- 19 Symptomatik - Eine retrospektive qualitativ-empirische Pilotstudie zur Erhebung der SARS-CoV-2 Symptome in der Rekonvaleszenzphase und des mentalen und
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology, Medicine
Project leader: Univ.Prof. PD. Dr. Peter Panhofer, MBA, MSc
Project runtime: 04.10.2020 - 04.10.2020
Research Focus:
  • Covid 19
  • Traditional Asian Medicine
Topic:
  • TCM Traditional Chinese Medicine
Project leader:

Univ.Prof. PD. Dr. Peter Panhofer, MBA, MSc (peter.panhofer@med.sfu.ac.at

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Mag. Thomas Vlasak / Psychologische Fakultät, Sigmund Freud Universität Linz

Project runtime:

04.10.2020 - 04.10.2020

Grants:

Keine

Description:

English
The COVITCM PILOT study is a retrospective qualitative content analysis of the SARS-CoV2-specific complaints in patients in the COVID-19 convalescence phase. The aim of the study is to create a catalog of complaints that summarizes the SARS-CoV-2-specific symptoms in the convalescence phase after COVID-19. As part of the TCMconnect project, individualized TCM phytotherapy is carried out for patients with COVID-19-specific symptoms. As part of the COVITCM pilot study, 50 patients participating in the TCMconnect project are examined. At the start of the study, all study participants undergo an anamnesis (COVITCM anamnesis data sheet) as well as a one-time online survey (COVIMENTAL basic questionnaire + questionnaires on mental status: FCV-19S, SASR-CV-19S, SDS, PSQI, PSCS-16) and receive a one-time saliva test, a Nasal / throat swab, a SARS-CoV-2 antibody test and a blood group test). In addition, the patient-doctor conversations that have already taken place are recorded in the QCAmap Online (QCA: Qualitative Content Analysis) program as part of the TCM anamnesis and the complaints are evaluated.
German
Die COVITCM Pilot Studie ist eine retrospektive qualitative Inhaltsanalyse der SARS-CoV2 spezifischen Beschwerden bei PatinetInnen in der COVID-19 Rekonvaleszenzphase. Ziel der Studie ist es, einen Beschwerdenkatalog zu erstellen, welcher die SARS-CoV-2 spezifischen Symptome in der Rekonvaleszenzphase nach COVID-19 zusammfasst. Im Rahmen des TCMconnect Projekts erfolgt eine individualisierte TCM Phytotherapie bei PatientInnen mit COVID-19 spezifischer Symptomatik. Im Rahmen der COVITCM Pilot Studie werden 50 PatientInnen untersucht, die am TCMconnect Projekt teilnehmen. Alle StudienteilnehmerInnen unterziehen sich mit Studienbeginn einer Anamnese (COVITCM Anamnesedatenblatt) sowie einmalig einem Online Survey (COVIMENTAL Basisfragebogen + Fragebögen mentaler Status: FCV-19S, SASR-CV-19S, SDS, PSQI, PSCS-16) und erhalten einmalig einen Speicheltest, einen Nasen-/Rachenabstrich, einen SARS-CoV-2 Antikörpertest und einen Blutgruppentest). Zusätzlich werden die bereits stattgehabten PatientIn-Ärztin/Arzt Gespräche im Rahmen der TCM Anamnese im QCAmap Online (QCA: Qualitative Content Analysis) Programm eingespielt und die erhobenen Beschwerden ausgewertet.
Theory, Practices and Consequences of Operative Psychology
Theorie, Praxis und Konsequenzen der Operativen Psychologie
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Ass.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Martin Wieser
Project runtime: 01.07.2020 - 30.06.2023
Research Focus:
  • Psychology and History
Topic:
  • History of psychology in social and political contexts
Project leader:

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Martin Wieser (martin.wieser@sfu-berlin.de

Project team:

Dr. Nikolai Okunew; Charlotta Sippel, MSc.; Prof. Dr. David Becker (david.becker@sfu-berlin.de

Cooperation partners:

Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Psychoanalyse und Psychotherapie e. V., Berlin; BÜRGERBÜRO e. V. Verein zur Aufarbeitung von Folgeschäden der SED-Diktatur; Gegenwind – Beratungsstelle für politisch Traumatisierte der DDR-Diktatur; Union der Opferverbände Kommunistischer Gewaltherrschaft; Universität Potsdam, Prof. Robert Seckler; Universität Zürich, Prof. Andreas Maercker; Institut für Medien- und Digitaljournalismus der SFU Berlin, Prof. Detlef Gwosc

Project runtime:

01.07.2020 - 30.06.2023

Grants:

Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF), Projektnr. P 33103

Description:

English
This project sheds light on the history, theory and consequences of "operative psychology", a branch of applied psychology developed and taught at the at the Juridical High School in Potsdam, which belonged to the Ministry of State Security of the GDR, from 1965 to 1990. Using methods from the history of science as well as approaches from empirical social research, a team of science historians and psychologists reconstructs the contribution of psychological knowledge to political repression in the GDR, but also the psychosocial consequences that can be traced to the present day.
German
Dieses Projekt beleuchtet die Geschichte, Theorie und Konsequenzen der "Operativen Psychologie", einem Zweig der angewandten Psychologie, der im Ministerium für Staatssicherheit der DDR von 1965 bis 1990 an der Juristischen Hochschule in Potsdam entwickelt und gelehrt wurde. Mittels wissenschaftshistorischer Methoden sowie Ansätzen der empirischen Sozialforschung beleuchtet ein Team aus Wissenschaftshistoriker*innen und Psycholog*innen den Beitrag der Psychologie zur politischen Repression in der DDR, aber auch die psychosozialen Folgen, die sich bis in die Gegenwart verfolgen lassen.
Understand_ELSED: Public perception of the ethical, legal and socio-economic dimensions of the COVID-19 outbreak
Understand_ELSED: Die öffentliche Wahrnehmung der ethischen, rechtlichen und sozio-ökonomischen Dimensionen des COVID-19-Ausbruchs
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Meike Watzlawik
Project runtime: 01.06.2020 - 30.11.2021
Research Focus:
  • Psychology of social and cultural change
Topic:
  • Psychological research on crises and pandemics
Project leader:

Prof. Dr. Meike Watzlawik (meike.watzlawik@sfu-berlin.de

Project team:
Cooperation partners:

-

Project runtime:

01.06.2020 - 30.11.2021

Grants:

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Deutschland

Description:

English
In this rapid response research project, we use a mixed-methods approach to document, preserve, and share ephemeral data on the social dimensions of an emergent outbreak, and to translate this knowledge into tangible countermeasures that can aid in minimizing the negative impacts of the disease on individuals and communities. Our mixed-methods approach includes (1) a national, representative, longitudinal/repeated measures survey of up to 1,050 German households (30,000 households contacted, est. response rate 3.5%), (2) follow-up interviews across Germany (n = 90 over three intervals) to gain additional details, (3) a diary method to understand the nuances of everyday life under dramatically new conditions, (4) an online ethnography on Twitter to understand how a range of public health and affective content is received and communicated by diverse audiences (5) content analysis of mainstream media and public health releases. This approach will help us to understand a range of research questions covering the ethical, legal and socio-economic dimensions of the COVID-19 outbreak, including how individuals and communities perceive risks and protective behaviours related to COVID-19 with regards to individual human rights, pro-social ethical duties and their own socio-economic situations; how public understandings of the disease evolve as a result of information production, reception and internalisation processes; how these vary across diverse populations and demographics; and how German citizens are experiencing stigmatization and negative outcomes. Understanding these aspects will inform discussions pertaining to what local knowledge can be mobilized to help respond and facilitate German citizens who seek to contribute, and how pro-social behaviours can be fostered.
The Psychological is Political
Das Psychologische ist politisch
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Ass.Prof. in Dr. in Nora Ruck
Project runtime: 01.10.2018 - 30.09.2021
Research Focus:
  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Psychology and history of science
Topic:
  • Diversity
  • Politics and psychology
Project leader:

Ass.Prof. in Dr. in Nora Ruck (nora.ruck@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Vera Luckgei, BSc.; Mag. a Elisabeth Parzer; Max Beck, BSc.; Florian Knasmüller, BSc. 

Cooperation partners:

Prof.in Alex Rutherford, York University Toronto; Dr.in Ilse Korotin, Dokumentationsstelle Frauenforschung, Institut für Wissenschaft und Kunst;

Project runtime:

01.10.2018 - 30.09.2021

Grants:

FWF Einzelprojekt P 31123-G29, Fördersumme 305.686,50 €,

Description:

English
In 2016, Austria ranked 53rd in the international Global Gender Gap Report, losing 15 ranks from 2015. This development needs to be countered on many levels including science. In order to reach real gender equality in Austrian society it is indispensable that the psychological dimensions of gender inequality be addressed in at least three ways: First, the psychological reasons for women and men not to counter gender discrimination need to be studied scientifically. Second, the consequences of gender inequalities for the psychological health and wellbeing of those affected must be understood scientifically. And third, these psychological consequences need to be addressed by psychosocial services that take into account the social dimension of psychological suffering. There is no need to invent these approaches anew because in Austria - like in other places - there is a wealth of knowledge on all these three layers that need only be excavated, documented, and made available to a larger public, which is precisely what the proposed project aims to do.  “The Psychological is Political” aims to analyze how knowledge about the psychological dimensions of gender discrimination developed in Vienna between 1972 and 2000. In the early 1970s, activists of the women’s movement began examining the conditions and psychological effects of discrimination against women. Observing how inequality or discrimination caused harm, activists were soon offering specialized counseling and psychotherapy. In the course of time, this focus was broadened to include the lives and experiences of those who do not comply with heterosexuality or who do not identify as the sex they were assigned at birth. While the history of knowledge production about the psychological conditions and consequences of gender inequality is well documented particularly in the USA, Canada and Great Britain, there is strikingly little literature on the subject in the German-speaking countries. This project is designed to fill this gap. It is our contention that knowledge about the psychological dimension of gender inequality, for example, has burgeoned in Austria especially since the late 1970s, only that for various reasons it has not been able to gain a foothold in academia. Through archival research and oral history interviews, we will reconstruct how this knowledge was used and produced in Vienna, in feminist consciousness-raising groups (e.g., AUF Aktion Unabhängiger Frauen and at so-called ‘Volkshochschulen’), in women’s counseling and information centers (e.g., Frauen beraten Frauen, Peregrina, Lefö, Ninlil), and at the Department of Psychology at the University of Vienna from 1972 until the the year 2000. In our analysis, we will focus on the institutional and social context of psychological knowledge about the psychological conditions and consequences of gender inequality in order to get a sense of the conditions that have facilitated or hindered the development of knowledge about the psychological dimensions of gender inequality.
German
2016 belegt Österreich Platz 53 im internationalen Global Gender Gap Report und hat damit 15 Plätze im Vergleich zum Vorjahr verloren. Um wirkliche Chancengleichheit für Frauen und Männer zu erreichen, muss der psychologischen Dimension von Geschlechterungleichheit auf mindestens drei Ebenen begegnet werden: (1) Die psychologischen Gründe, die Frauen wie Männer davon abhalten, sich gegen die Diskriminierung von Frauen zur Wehr zu setzen, bedürfen wissenschaftlicher Erklärung. (2) Die Konsequenzen von Geschlechterdiskriminierung auf die psychische Gesundheit der Betroffenen muss wissenschaftlich untersucht werden. Und (3) bedarf es psychosozialer Angebote, die die sozialen Bedingungen psychischer Gesundheit addressieren. Um diesen drei Ebenen Rechnung zu tragen, muss das Rad nicht neu erfunden werden. Es ist vielmehr notwendig, die bestehenden Wissensbestände und psychosozialen Angebote aufzuarbeiten und sie einer breiten Öffentlichkeit zugänglich zu machen.  „Das Psychologische ist politisch“  untersucht daher die historische Entwicklung psychologischen Wissens über die psychologischen Dimensionen von Geschlechterdiskriminierung in Wien von 1972 bis 2000. In den frühen 1970er Jahren erkannten Aktivistinnen der Zweiten Frauenbewegung, dass die gesellschaftliche Benachteiligung von Frauen psychisches Leid produzierte, dem Aktivistinnen wiederum durch spezialisierte Beratungs- und Therapieangebote begegneten. Im Laufe der Zeit wurde zudem nach den Lebenserfahrungen von Menschen gefragt, deren Lebensweisen nicht der heterosexuellen Norm entsprechen oder die sich weder als Männer noch als Frauen erfahren. Während die historische Entwicklung wissenschaftlichen Wissens über die psychologischen Dimensionen von Geschlechterdiskriminierung vor allem in den USA, in Kanada und in Großbritannien sehr gut erforscht ist, findet sich im deutschsprachigen Raum kaum wissenschaftliche Literatur zu diesem Thema. Dieses Projekt will diese Forschungslücke schließen. Unsere Archivrecherchen und Interviews zeigen, dass im deutschsprachigen Raum ab den späten 1970er Jahren profunde Erkenntnisse über die psychologischen Dimensionen von sozialer Geschlechterungleichheit erlangt wurden, die aber aus verschiedenen Gründen kaum Einzug an den Universitäten halten konnten. Mithilfe von Archivrecherchen und Oral-History-Interviews untersuchen wir, wie und von wem in Wien zwischen 1972 und 2000 derartiges Wissen produziert wurde: in Selbsterfahrungsgruppen, in Frauenberatungs- und Informationszentren, in Volkshochschulen und an der Universität Wien. In unserer Analyse werden wir auf den institutionellen und sozialen Kontext dieser Psychologien fokussieren, um so ein Verständnis für die Bedingungen zu entwickeln, unter denen sich Wissen über die psychologischen Voraussetzungen und Konsequenzen von Geschlechterdiskriminierung entwickelt und insitutionalisiert hat oder gerade nicht.
Anthropogenic climate change and multisensory virtual reality
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Rosita Borlimi, PhD
Project runtime: 01.09.2019 - 31.12.2020
Research Focus:
  • Cognitive Psychology
Topic:
  • Virtual Reality
Project leader:

Rosita Borlimi, PhD (r.borlimi@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

Greta Riboli, MSc (g.riboli@milano-sfu.it); Mattia Nese, MSc (m.nese@milano-sfu.it); Prof. Gianni Brighetti (g.brighetti@milano-sfu.it

Cooperation partners:

Università Politecnica delle Marche

Project runtime:

01.09.2019 - 31.12.2020

Grants:

None

Description:

English
There is wide consensus among scientists that human activities have contributed to warm the planet over the past 50 years (Tranter & Booth, 2015). However, a significant part of the population denies the reality of anthropogenic climate change and is therefore not motivated to undertake the necessary change in their behaviour towards more sustainable lifestyles (Trischler, 2016). In order to overcome this issue, new approaches for measuring and promoting sustainability should be tested. Multisensory virtual reality (VR) can be used for this purpose given its possibility to create immersive scenarios in which people build knowledge through unmediated sensory information instead of higher order linguistic information (Ragan et. al., 2012; Markowitz et al., 2018). This embodied approach could also contribute to increase the psycho-emotional proximity to the experienced event (Blascovich and Bailenson, 2011). In the present study, a novel approach for the promotion of knowledge and attitude change towards climate change will be proposed. Two immersive 360 videos showing realistic future scenarios negatively affected by global warming. The first aim of the study is to test the use of a multisensory VR as a tool for promoting knowledge about climate change and shortening the psychological distance from this topic. The second aim is to investigate the relationship between the implicit cognition about sustainability and emotional arousal of participants while exposed to multisensory VR experience representing future scenarios affected by climate change.
Interoception in eating disorders
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Rosita Borlimi, PhD
Project runtime: 01.10.2017 - 31.12.2020
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • Psychophysiology
  • Eating Disorders
Project leader:

Rosita Borlimi, PhD (r.borlimi@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

Prof. Gianni Brighetti (g.brighetti@milano-sfu.it); Greta Riboli, MSc (g.riboli@milano-sfu.it); Mattia Nese, MSc (m.nese@milano-sfu.it

Cooperation partners:

None

Project runtime:

01.10.2017 - 31.12.2020

Grants:

None

Description:

English
Interoception is fundamental to support the homeostatic mechanisms that regulate motivational behaviours and feelings. There is growing evidence of interoceptive deficits in patients with eating disorders. This project aims to investigate the relationship between several psychological constructs (e.g. drive for thinness, dietary restraint) and interoception using a variety of psychological tasks and supporting the evidence using psychophysiological measures (e.g. electrodermal activity).
Questionnaire on behaviour in an emergency situation (COVID-19)
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Rosita Borlimi, PhD
Project runtime: 08.03.2020 - 31.12.2020
Research Focus:
  • Health Psychology
  • Social Psychology
Topic:
  • Everyday life
Project leader:

Rosita Borlimi, PhD (r.borlimi@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

Greta Riboli, MSc (g.riboli@milano-sfu.it); Mattia Nese, MSc (m.nese@milano-sfu.it); Prof. Gianni Brighetti (g.brighetti@milano-sfu.it

Cooperation partners:

None

Project runtime:

08.03.2020 - 31.12.2020

Grants:

None

Description:

English
Unprecedented community containment measures were taken following the recent outbreak of COVID-19. The aim of the project is to explore the impact of the outbreak and the containment measures on citizens by means of online surveys. Within this context, several psychological variables will be taken into consideration in order to build models of people's psychological functioning and to predict future behaviour.
Childhood neglect and its consequences on young adults health
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Greta Riboli, MSc
Project runtime: 01.09.2018 - 31.12.2020
Research Focus:
  • Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Child- and Adolescent Psychology
Topic:
  • resilience
Project leader:

Greta Riboli, MSc (g.riboli@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

Prof. Gianni Brighetti (g.brighetti@milano-sfu.it); Rosita Borlimi, Phd (r.borlimi@milano-sfu.it); Mattia Nese, MSc (m.nese@milano-sfu.it

Cooperation partners:

None

Project runtime:

01.09.2018 - 31.12.2020

Grants:

None

Description:

English
Childhood neglect (CN) is one of the most widespread type of child maltreatment. CN can generate several consequences (e.g. depression, anxiety) throughout adolescence and adulthood. Maternal and paternal neglect may cause different pathological outcomes in development. Children who experienced CN tend to use specific maladaptive strategies of emotional regulation, including rumination. This project aims to investigate the connection between maternal and paternal neglect and repetitive thoughts (i.e. depressive and anger rumination).
e-Health in clinical settings: new tools for remote psychological assessment
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Mattia Nese, MSc
Project runtime: 01.09.2018 - 31.12.2021
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
Topic:
  • Mental Health
  • Psychophysiology
Project leader:

Mattia Nese, MSc (m.nese@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

Prof. Gianni Brighetti (g.brighetti@milano-sfu.it); Rosita Borlimi, PhD (r.borlimi@milano-sfu.it); Greta Riboli, MSc (g.riboli@milano-sfu.it

Cooperation partners:

None

Project runtime:

01.09.2018 - 31.12.2021

Grants:

None

Description:

English
Electronic devices (such as mobile phones) can be used as a support for mental health practices. The advantages of using this technology in clinical settings are multiple, from the remote acquisition of data using self-report questionnaires to the recording of psychophysiological data through biosensors (e.g pulse rate, heart rate variability, sleep cycles monitoring). All these data can be used to build home-based models of health care with a significant reduction of costs and an increase of their efficacy (Kumar et al., 2013).Moreover, mobile applications can be used also to deliver self-administered interventions for the management of negative mental and physical states (e.g. guided mindfulness-based exercises, psychoeducational contents). The aim of this project is to implement new technologies into existing health care services and thus to simplify the current practices by means of: (1) computerized questionnaires and tasks and fully automated scoring procedures for psychological assessments; (2) mobile applications for the collection of time series which can be used to build personalized temporal network of functioning possibly able to predict the evolution of symptoms over time.
Error processing in perfectionism: linking the mind to the body
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Rosita Borlimi, PhD
Project runtime: 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2020
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
Topic:
  • Psychophysiology
  • Mental Health
Project leader:

Rosita Borlimi, PhD (r.borlimi@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

Prof. Gianni Brighetti (g.brighetti@milano-sfu.it); Mattia Nese (m.nese@milano-sfu.it

Cooperation partners:

None

Project runtime:

01.01.2020 - 31.12.2020

Grants:

None

Description:

English
Perfectionism is a well-known multidimensional construct defined as ‘high standards of performance which are accompanied by tendencies for overly critical evaluations of one’s behavior’ including overconcern with mistakes to the extent that performance is either perfect or worthless and minor flaws represent failure (Frost et al., 1990). Specific error-related EEG components have been observed while performing an error-signaling task (Steinhauser and Yeung, 2010), but there is still no evidence of an associated autonomic activation. The aim of this project is to investigate the presence of an autonomic response to errors during a simple visual task performance and to compare the activation of individuals with low and high levels of perfectionism measured using validated self-reported questionnaires.
Virtual reality and psychotherapy
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Prof. Gianni Brighetti
Project runtime: 01.09.2018 - 30.06.2021
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
Topic:
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy
  • Psychophysiology
Project leader:

Prof. Gianni Brighetti (g.brighetti@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

Rosita Borlimi, PhD (r.borlimi@milano-sfu.it); Greta Riboli, MSc (g.riboli@milano-sfu.it); Mattia Nese, MSc (m.nese@milano-sfu.it

Cooperation partners:

None

Project runtime:

01.09.2018 - 30.06.2021

Grants:

None

Description:

English
Virtual reality (VR) received increasing attention in the last years since the drop of its cost allows to spread its use in a variety of contexts. In particular, the possibility to experience sensory stimulation in VR immersive environments gives psychologists the opportunity to create customized exposure experiences for the treatment of phobias, post-traumatic stress disorders, and substance use disorder (Botella et al., 2017; Beidel et al., 2019; Worley, 2019). There are multiple advantages in the use of VR compared to traditional techniques (e.g mental imagery, in vivo exposure): VR can be personalized in great detail; it offers the opportunity of carrying out exposures in a safe environment (compared to in vivo exposure); and it can be extended to domestic use by means of smartphones (Hartanto et al., 2015). The aim of this project is to create personalized virtual environments for the implementation of a VR-based exposure therapy protocol and to test their efficacy.
Investigation of the response of neural circuits in animal models of psychiatric disorders
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr Mattia Ferro, PhD
Project runtime: 01.03.2020 - 28.05.2025
Research Focus:
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • Psychophysiology
Project leader:

Dr Mattia Ferro, PhD (m.ferro@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

Prof Antonio Malgaroli, MD (malgaroli.antonio@unisr.it); Dr Francesco Isotti, MSc (fra.iso@hotmail.it

Cooperation partners:

Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italy

Project runtime:

01.03.2020 - 28.05.2025

Grants:

None

Description:

English
Study of synaptic transmission in vitro and in vivo, using modern tools for visualizing synaptic activity, in animal models of psychiatric diseases
Socio-psychological features of non binary gender identities
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Greta Riboli, MSc
Project runtime: 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2020
Research Focus:
  • Social Psychology
Topic:
  • Gender
Project leader:

Greta Riboli, MSc (g.riboli@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

None

Project runtime:

01.01.2020 - 31.12.2020

Grants:

None

Description:

English
Non-binary transgender/gender non-conforming (TGNC) young adult have reported high levels of psychological distress
in research studies, specifically depression, suicidal behaviors, anxiety, eating disordered behaviors, substance use. Several studies have highlighted the relationship between low social support and psychological distress in TGNC samples. This project aims to examine the relationship between sociopsychological features in a specific young adult non-binary sample.
The role of Pre – Supplementary Motor Area (Pre-SMA) in the fluence of the speech and voluntary control and inhibition processes.
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr Mattia Ferro, PhD
Project runtime: 15.02.2020 - 01.09.2024
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • Psychophysiology
Project leader:

Dr Mattia Ferro, PhD (m.ferro@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

Prof Antonio Malgaroli, MD (malgaroli.antonio@unisr.it); Dr Gabriela Sequeiros Miranda de cima (gsequem@gmail.com

Cooperation partners:

Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italy

Project runtime:

15.02.2020 - 01.09.2024

Grants:

none

Description:

English
The experimental approach will be based on brain stimulation using repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) in healthy subjects. This technique is used to treat various pathologies including depression, addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Tourette syndrome. We will evaluate the role of the Pre-supplementary motor area and language centres using low frequency (inhibitory) and high frequency (excitatory) rTMS. The experiment will involve participants producing words following the presentation of a stimulus cue. The voluntary control and inhibition processes will also be evaluated using the Stroop task. They will be evaluated at two stages: before receiving rTMS, and during the stimulation, either, giving an excitatory and inhibitory stimulus, with the aim of comparing the changes if these occur with the baselines (status before the stimulation). The time between the presentation of the stimulus and the response of the subject will also be considered, as well as the intensity and fluency of the speech.
TMS/tDCS application in psychiatric disorders
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr Mattia Ferro, PhD
Project runtime: 01.04.2020 - 28.05.2025
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • Psychophysiology
Project leader:

Dr Mattia Ferro, PhD (m.ferro@milano.sfu.it

Project team:

Prof Antonio Malgaroli, MD (malgaroli.antonio@unisr.it); Prof Leonor Romero Lauro, PhD (leonor.romero1@unimib.it

Cooperation partners:

Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italy; Università degli studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy

Project runtime:

01.04.2020 - 28.05.2025

Grants:

None

Description:

English
TMS/tDCS application for the evaluation of the improvement of symptomatology in psychiatric disorders (depression, OCD and addiction) and for the evalution of a better effectiveness of psychotherapy in the same psychopatology
RISK PERCEPTION OF SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE: TESTING THE EFFECT OF DIFFERENT RISK-COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr Mattia Ferro, PhD
Project runtime: 01.07.2019 - 01.05.2022
Research Focus:
  • Health Psychology
Topic:
  • Quality of Life
Project leader:

Dr Mattia Ferro, PhD (m.ferro@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

Prof Antonio Malgaroli, MD (malgaroli.antonio@unisr.it); Prof Peter Schulz, PhD (peter.schulz@usi.ch); Dr Roberta Galizia (roberta.galizia@usi.ch

Cooperation partners:

USI - Università della Svizzera Italiana

Project runtime:

01.07.2019 - 01.05.2022

Grants:

None

Description:

English
Regardless the potential of regulatory focus theory 1for interdisciplinary research, the theory rests underexplored by health professionals interested in sexually transmitted diseases prevention. To address this gap, the current study examines whether the different message framing (fit vs. unfit)2 between the regulatory focus (promotion vs. prevention) would lead to higher or lower risk perception of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Moreover, the study aims to test the existence of correlations between regulatory focus with obsessive and compulsive tendencies, providing a deeper explanation about risk perception of STIs.In this area of research, experimental tests of the effects of regulatory fit can improve the design of persuasive health messages and the development of effective intervention campaigns.