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Paolo Riva

My main research interests focus on social pain, or the hurtful feelings caused by social exclusion, ostracism, humiliation, rejection, betrayal, and so on. In particular, I examine the impact of experiencing short and long term episodes of social pain on human basic needs satisfaction, affect, and antisocial behavior. In a related vein, I am interested in comparing social and physical pain, investigating similarities and differences in their antecedents, moderators, and psychological consequences. I also investigate the factors that affect the perceived credibility of patient’s pain in healthcare settings.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

Courses Taught:

  • Attitudes and Persuasion
  • Research Methods of Textual and Linguistic Analysis
  • Social Psychology

Paolo Riva
Building U6, Room 3122
Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo 1
20126 Milano

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