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Professoressa Associata





Office Telephone number: (+39) 049 8276911
Fax number:(+39) 049 8276600

Institutional responsibilities and activities
University responsibilities
Since 2019: Member of the University Guidance and Tutoring Committee
Since 2018: Member of the University Inclusion and Disability Committee

Departmental responsibilities
Since 2017: Vice-president and member of the Accreditation and Assessment Team of the Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive psychology and psychobiology, School of Psychology (University of Padova)

Since 2017: Research scientist on the PhD course in Psychological Sciences (University of Padova)

Since 2013: Director of the Masters course (I level) on “Learning Tutorship”; General Psychology Department, University of Padova, Italy.

Clinical field:
Since 2020 (January): Scientific coordinator (together with Professor Carretti) of the SAP-AS (Service of Psychological Help – Learning and Study) within SCUP (University Centre for the Clinical psychological services,

Teaching activities
Courses (School of Psychology, University of Padova)
Since a.a. 2017-2018:
Spatial cognition (M-PSI/01; 6 CFU: 42 hours): Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science; course held in English.

Since a.a. 2013-2014:
Psychology of personality and individual differences (M-PSI/01; 6 CFU: 42 hours): Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Psychology and Psychobiology

Since a.a. 2012-2013:
Classics of Psychology (6 CFU; 42 hours): Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Sciences and Techniques.

Since a.a. 2017-2018:
Teacher on the course “Psychology of Strategic and Motivated Learning” (M-PSI/01) within the Pathways for fulfilling the access requirements (24 CFU) to the public examination for being admitted to the three-year pathway of initial education, training and placement in the role of teacher; University of Padova.

Erasmus reference person:
Since 2013-now: Erasmus reference person for the University of Oviedo (Spain), University of Cyprus (Cyprus) and University René Descartes, Paris (France).

Over 100 international and national publications (Google Scholar:; Scopus:; Web of Science:

Editing and revision activities:
Editorial board: Spatial Cognition & Computation
Topic editor:
Special issue: “Individuals With Down Syndrome” in Brain Sciences
Special issue: “Wayfinding and Navigation: Strengths and Weaknesses in Atypical and Clinical Populations” in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Since 2012: ad hoc revisors for a series of international journals

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 (


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”

More info at:

Office hours

  • Friday from 14:30 to 16:30
    at Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale, via Venezia 8 (5° piano; stanza 021)
    Fino al 30/09 il ricevimento verrà svolto in modalità on line. A partire da ottobre 2023 il ricevimento verrà svolto sia in presenza che in modalità da remoto (per questa ultima opzione contattare la docente).



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

Research Area

The main research topics, of potential interest also for PhD projects, concern:

- Navigation and environment: learning about environments (in real context or in virtual environment), strategies, skills, use of aids (e.g. GPS)

- Motor activity and sport (eg orienteering) and spatial skills

- Cognition, metacognition, self-regulated learning strategies and academic (primary, secondary) and academic (university) success

- Soft-skills, study and learning strategies

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 2008: Psychology Department; University of Cyprus (Cyprus); Prof. Marios Avramides
Since 2006 Psychology Department; University René Descartes (Paris V; France); Prof. Valerie Gyselinck

Thesis proposals

Topic for Bachelor and Master dissertations:
The proposed dissertation are based on data collection (experimental thesis):

Thesis topics for start-up projects (available to work from October 2023):
- Pleasure to explore and self-efficacy: self-evaluation measurement and exploration in a virtual environment
- Navigation and strategic use of GPS
- Spatial descriptions and environment representation
- Orienteering, cognitive skills, navigation
- Soft-skills, learning and academic success

General thesis topics:
1. Learning of the environment by navigation (real or in virtual reality) and characteristics of the representation
2. The role of visuo-spatial skills, beliefs and personal features in lenvironment learning
3. Instruction and training of visual-spatial skills and orientation skills
4. Visuo-spatial skills, motor skills and sports
5. Pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors in relation to other environmental variables of approach to the environment
6. Characteristics of the environment (natural, built) and mental representations
7. Cognition, motivation and strategies for success in STEAM domain subjects (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics)
8. Motivational beliefs, metacognition, self-regulated learning strategies, and academic success (in K-12 schools and colleges)
9. Soft-skills, study skills and academic success (in primary, secondary and university schools)