The work presents a computer-aided method of content analysis applicable to verbatim transcripts of psychotherapy: the Automated Co-occurrence Analysis for Semantic Mapping (ACASM). ACASM is able to perform a context-sensitive strategy of analysis aimed at mapping the meanings of the text through a trans-theoretical procedure. The paper is devoted to the… (More)
The present work highlights the necessity to re-think the paradigmatic, methodological and theoretical assumptions which for a long time have regulated the practices of research in the field of the study of therapeutic processes. Following this suggestion, and commenting on Ribeiro and Gonçalves (2011), and Faccio, Centomo and Mininni (2011), I highlight… (More)
OBJECTIVES The paper presents a method of content analysis framed within a semiotic and contextual model of the psychotherapy process as a situated dynamics of sensemaking: the Dynamic Mapping of the Structures of Content in Clinical Settings (DMSC). DESIGN DMSC is a system of content analysis focused on a generalized level of meaning, concerning basic… (More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the study is to validate the ability of ACASM (Automated Co-occurrence Analysis for Semantic Mapping) to provide a representation of the content of the therapeutic exchange that is useful for clinical analysis. METHOD We compared the clinical case analyses of a good outcome psychodynamic therapy performed by a group of clinicians (n =… (More)
Adopting a systematic approach for the design of a processor instruction sets is instrumental for tackling the complexity, which rules most of modern processors. We present a tool-chain which follows the designer through all the phases of the design, from the specification of instructions to the hardware synthesis of a microcontroller. The flow is also… (More)
The authors propose a method for analyzing the psychotherapy process: discourse flow analysis (DFA). DFA is a technique representing the verbal interaction between therapist and patient as a discourse network, aimed at measuring the therapist-patient discourse ability to generate new meanings through time. DFA assumes that the main function of psychotherapy… (More)
Supported by EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award EP/K503885/1 (project " Dataflow Computation a la Carte "). A mia nonna Pina, alla quale avevo promesso che mi sarei laureato.