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Ricercatore a tempo det. art. 24 c. 3 lett. B L. 240/2010






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VICOVARO, M., BATTAGLINI, L., & PAROVEL, G. (2020). The larger the cause the larger the effect: Evidence of speed judgment biases in causal scenarios. Visual Cognition, 28, 239-255.

VICOVARO, M., & DALMASO, M. (2020). Is 'heavy' up or down? Testing the vertical spatial representation of weight. Psychological Research.

BURIGANA, L., & VICOVARO, M. (2020). Algebraic aspects of Bayesian modeling in psychology. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 94.

FEDERICI, A., PARMA, V., VICOVARO, M., RADASSAO, L., CASARTELLI, L., RONCONI, L. (2020). Anomalous Perception of Biological Motion in Autism: A Conceptual Review and Meta-Analysis. Scientific Reports, 10, 2045-2322.

VICOVARO, M., RUTA, K., & VIDOTTO, G. (2019). Influence of visually perceived shape and brightness on perceived size, expected weight, and perceived weight of 3D objects. PLOS ONE, 14, e0220149.

VICOVARO, M., NOVENTA, S., & BATTAGLINI, L. (2019). Intuitive physics of gravitational motion as shown by perceptual judgment and prediction-motion tasks. Acta Psychologica, 194, 51-62.

DALMASO, M., & VICOVARO, M. (2019). Evidence of SQUARC and distance effects in a weight comparison task. Cognitive Processing, 20, 163-173.

BURIGANA L., & VICOVARO, M. (2019). Desirable properties of Bayesian models in perceptual psychology. A discussion of distribution families closed under multiplication. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 88, 1-14.

VICOVARO, M. (2018) Causal reports: context-dependent contributions of intuitive physics and visual impressions of launching. Acta Psychologica, 186, 133-144.

VICOVARO, M., & BURIGANA, L. (2017). Contribution of surface material and size to the expected versus the perceived weight of objects. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79, 306-319.

VICOVARO, M., & BURIGANA, L. (2016). Intuitive understanding of the relationship between the elasticity of objects and kinematic patterns of collisions. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78, 618-635.

BURIGANA L., & VICOVARO, M. (2016). Inflections of the Bayesian paradigm in perceptual psychology. Perception, 45, 1412-1425.

VICOVARO, M., HOYET, L., BURIGANA, L., & O’SULLIVAN, C. (2014). Perceptual evaluation of motion editing for realistic throwing animations. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, 11, Article N. 10.

VICOVARO, M., & BURIGANA, L. (2014). Intuitive understanding of the relation between velocities and masses in simulated collisions. Visual Cognition, 22, 896–919.

VICOVARO, M., & BURIGANA, L. (2014). Properties of the size-weight illusion as shown by lines of subjective equality. Acta Psychologica, 149, 52–59.

VICOVARO, M. (2014). Intuitive physics of free fall: An information integration approach to the mass-speed belief. Psicológica, 35, 463-477.

BURIGANA, L., MARTINO, F., & VICOVARO, M. (2014). Olp: An R package for optimal linear partitions of finite sets of points on the plane. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, 67, 328–352.

Research Area

Intuitive physics, Psychophysics, Visual perception of physical events, Causal perception and cognition, Multisensory processes (weight illusions), SNARC effect, Apllications of mathematics to psychology, Research methods in psychology, Statistics, Psychometrics.

Thesis proposals


- Intuitive physics
- Causal perception and causal reasoning
- Perception of velocity
- Relationships between social and perceptual processes
- Weight perception and weight illusions (size-weight illusion, material-weight illusion)
- Spatial representation of non-numerical quantities


- Inter-rater agreement in clinical assessment
- Information Integration Theory and Functional Measurement
- Psychophysical methods
- Mathematical psychology

- Only experimental thesis are accepted. The thesis can be integrated with the internship.