Francesco S. Marucci

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The best format in which information that has to be recalled is presented has been investigated in several studies, which focused on the impact of bimodal stimulation on working memory performance. An enhancement of participant’s performance in terms of correct recall has been repeatedly found, when bimodal formats of presentation (i.e., audiovisual) were(More)
Sixteen high and thirteen low hypnotizable women, who had participated in our previous study (De Pascalis et al., 1987), were enrolled in a hypnotic session. After the hypnotic induction they were requested to recollect 2 positive and 2 negative personal life experiences. In our previous study subjects performed similar tasks in a waking-state.(More)
Geographical profiling (GP) is an information management system and investigative methodology that evaluates the locations of connected serial crimes to determine the most probable area of offender residence. It can be applied in cases of serial murder, rape, arson, robbery and bombings. Specifically, this investigative methodology uses the crimerelated(More)
This study evaluates individual differences in hypnotizability as reflected in waking-state hemispheric engagement during recollection of 3 positively and 3 negatively valenced personal life events. The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Maudsley Personality Inventory, Tellegen Absorption Scale and Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility (Form A) were(More)
This study analyzed the spatial skills of experts in visual art. Empirical evidences suggested that drawing training involves changes in perceptual, spatial and imagery abilities of artists. Several studies investigated cognitive abilities of individuals that carry on artistic activities comparing them with non-artists. These studies provided results(More)
Several studies examined the impact of bimodal stimulation on working memory. Typically, an enhancement of participants’ performance is found when bimodal formats (a barking dog) are compared to single formats of presentation (either the picture of a dog or the sound of barking). This enhancement can be attributed to early —as automatic alerting effect—or(More)
Several studies employed different algorithms in order to investigate criminal’s spatial behaviour and to identify mental models and cognitive strategies related to it. So far, a number of geographic profiling (GP) software have been implemented to analyse mobility and its relation to the way criminals are using spatial environment when committing a crime.(More)
A plethora of research demonstrates that the processing of emotional faces is prioritised over non-emotive stimuli when cognitive resources are limited (this is known as 'emotional superiority'). However, there is debate as to whether competition for processing resources results in emotional superiority per se, or more specifically, threat superiority.(More)
The present study replicates and extends earlier findings by using event-related potentials (ERPs) as a means of providing information about differential hemispheric engagement in cognitive processing. ERPs were recorded from T3, T4, T5 and T6 in response to task-irrelevant tone pips superimposed on white noise, on music and on verbal passages, which are(More)
Even though several studies have shed light on the effect of emotions on cognitive processes such as decision-making, research on naturalistic decision-making has so far been virtually silent on the issue of emotions. The aim of the present research was to investigate how affect states influence the performance of a group of proficient decision-makers,(More)