The primary focus of my research lies broadly in social influence processes with a specific focus on social exclusion. Specifically, I am interested in the impact of short and long-term instances of social exclusion, including ostracism, rejection, and discrimination. My background comes from social and personality psychology; nevertheless, my approach is interdisciplinary. I integrate theory and methodology from social psychology with those that come from other areas of psychology (e.g., cognitive, clinical, developmental psychology, and social neuroscience) to inform my hypotheses and the designs of my studies. Currently, I am particularly interested in exploring psychological strategies and brain mechanisms involved in emotion regulation following social exclusion.
I am the Editor (with Jennifer Eck as a co-Editor) of a volume titled "Social Exclusion: Psychological Approaches to Understanding and Reducing Its Impact" that is published by Springer. The purpose of this volume is threefold. First, it lays the groundwork for the understanding of social exclusion research; reviewing the different instances of social exclusion in everyday life and methods to experimentally investigate them. Second, this volume brings together different psychological approaches to the topic of social exclusion. Leading scholars from around the world contribute perspectives from social psychology, social neuroscience, developmental psychology, educational psychology, work, and organizational psychology, clinical psychology, and social gerontology to provide a comprehensive overview of social exclusion research in different psychological subdisciplines. Taken together, these chapters are conducive to the important development of new and more integrative research models on social exclusion. Finally, this volume discusses psychological strategies such as emotion regulation, psychological resources, and brain mechanisms that can reduce or buffer against the negative consequences of social exclusion. From school shootings to domestic violence, from cognitive impairment to suicide attempts, the negative impact of social exclusion has been widely documented. Thus, from an applied perspective, knowing potential ways to mitigate the negative effects of social exclusion can have a significant positive influence on people’s—and society’s—well-being. Overall, this book provides the reader with the knowledge to understand the impact of social exclusion and with tools to address it across many different contexts.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Applied Social Psychology
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Health Psychology
- Interpersonal Processes
- Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Social Cognition
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- Riva, P., & Eck, J. (Eds.). (2016). Social exclusion: Psychological approaches to understanding and reducing its impact. New York, NY: Springer.
- Andrighetto, L., Riva, P., Gabbiadini, A., & Volpato, C. (2016). Excluded from all humanity: Animal metaphors exacerbate the consequences of social exclusion. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 35, 628-644
- De Panfilis, C., Riva, P., Preti, E., Cabrino, C., & Marchesi, C. (2015). When social inclusion is not enough: Implicit expectations of extreme inclusion in Borderline Personality Disorder. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 6, 301-309.
- Gabbiadini, A. & Riva, P. (2018). The lone gamer: Social exclusion predicts violent video game preferences and fuels aggressive inclinations in adolescent players. Aggressive Behavior, 44, 113-124
- Riva, P. & Andrighetto, L. (2012). “Everybody Feels a Broken Bone, But Only We Can Feel a Broken Heart”: Group Membership Influences the Perception of Targets’ Suffering”. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 801-806.
- Riva, P., Brambilla, M., & Vaes, J. (2016). Bad Guys Suffer Less (Social Pain): Moral Status Influences Judgments of Others’ Social Suffering. British Journal of Social Psychology, 55, 88-108.
- Riva, P., Montali, L., Wirth, J. H., Curioni, S. & Williams, K.D. (2017). Chronic social exclusion and evidence for the resignation stage: An empirical investigation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 34, 541-564
- Riva, P., Romero Lauro, L. J., DeWall, C. N., & Bushman, B. J. (2012). Buffer the Pain Away: Stimulating the Right Ventrolateral Prefrontal Cortex Reduces Pain Following Social Exclusion. Psychological Science, 23, 1473 - 1475.
- Riva, P., Romero Lauro, L. J., DeWall, C. N., Chester, D. & Bushman, B. J. (2015). Reducing aggressive responses to social exclusion using transcranial direct current stimulation. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 352-356.
- Riva, P., Romero Lauro, L. J., Vergallito, A., DeWall, C. N., & Bushman, B. J. (2015). Electrified emotions: Modulatory effects of transcranial direct stimulation on negative emotional reactions to social exclusion. Social neuroscience, 10, 46-54.
- Riva, P., Rusconi, P., Montali, L., & Cherubini, P. (2011). The influence of anchoring on pain judgment. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 42, 265-277.
- Riva, P., Sacchi, S., & Brambilla, M. (2015). Humanizing Machines: Anthropomorphization of Slot Machines Increases Gambling. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 21, 313-325.
- Riva, P., Sacchi, S., Montali, L., & Frigerio, A. (2011). Gender effects in pain detection: Speed and accuracy in decoding female and male pain expressions. European Journal of Pain, 15, 985.e1-985.e11.
- Riva, P., Wesselmann, E.D., Wirth, J. H., Carter-Sowell, A. R., Williams, K. D. (2014). When Pain Does Not Heal: The Common Antecedents and Consequences of Chronic Social and Physical Pain. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 36, 329-346.
- Riva, P., Williams, K. D., & Gallucci, M. (2014). The Relationship between Fear of Social and Physical Threat and their Effects on Social Distress and Physical Pain Perception. PAIN, 155, 485-93.
- Riva, P., Williams, K. D., Torstrick, A., & Montali, L. (2014). Orders to Shoot (a camera): Effects of Ostracism on Obedience. Journal of Social Psychology, 154, 208-216.
- Riva, P., Wirth, J., & Williams, K. D. (2011). The consequences of pain: The social and physical pain overlap on psychological responses. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 681-687.
- Sacchi, S., Riva, P., & Aceto, A. (2016). Myopic about climate change: Cognitive style, psychological distance, and environmentalism. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 65, 68-73.
- Sacchi, S., Riva, P., Brambilla, M., & Grasso, M. (2014). Moral reasoning and climate change mitigation: The deontological reaction towards the market-based approach. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 38, 252-261.
- Tobia, V., Riva, P. & Caprin, C. (2017). Who are the most vulnerable children to social exclusion? The moderating role of self-esteem, popularity, and nonverbal intelligence on cognitive performance following social exclusion. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45, 789-801.
- Attitudes and Persuasion
- Research Methods of Textual and Linguistic Analysis
- Social Psychology
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