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Marco Perugini, Phd

Full Professor


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Universitŕ degli Studi di Milano Bicocca
Dipartimento di Psicologia
Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo

120126 Milano, Italy

Phone: ++39 02-6448 3820
Fax: ++39 02-6448 3788
E-mail: marco.perugini@unimib.it


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Marco graduated from the University of Rome, Italy, in 1989 with a degree in Psychology. In 1993 he completed his Ph.D entitled "A circumplex hierarchical approach to taxonomies of personality characteristics" at the University of Rome , Department of Psychology. Following this, he was research fellow in Psychometrics for two years at the Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Rome , before becoming Lecturer in the same Department in 1996 and being offered an Associate Professor position in Psychometrics in 1998. He moved to United Kingdom and started as a Lecturer in Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology of the University of Leicester in September 1998, joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex as Senior Lecturer in October 2000, became first Reader and then Professor, and finally in October 2006 moved to the Faculty of Psychology at Milan-Bicocca as Professor in Psychometrics. Marco has more than 100 publications, most of them in international journals, and in the last years he has secured several research grants. He has been Secretary of the European Association of Personality Psychology (2000-2006), Associate Editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology (2004-2007), Associate Editor of European Journal of Personality (2005-2008) and Consulting Editor of the International Journal of Psychology (2006-2008). Marco is currently in the Editorial Board of the European Psychologist (2004-) and he is the current Chief Editor of the European Journal of Personality (2009-2012).


Research Interests

My research interests are spanning the fields of social psychology and personality, with a keen eye on methodological and psychometric issues that are the basis for all my research. A main interest is in developing, applying, and testing models of decision making within the tradition of attitude theory with a recent focus on the measurement and the interplay between implicit and explicit factors and on the moderators of their predictive validity. I have also started a line of studies on changing implicit attitudes, with promising early results. These studies are part of a broader interest in human decision making, individual differences, social cognition, and in the factors that underlie evaluation, motivation, and behaviour.

In personality the interests are on general taxonomies of broad personality dimensions (so-called Big Five and Big Six) and on the development and application of measures broadly linked to prosocial behaviour. I have developed a measure of reciprocity (PNR) that has been validated in several studies. A recent focus of interest is on the role of individual differences in automatic behaviour, as encapsulated in the Gatekeeper model recently proposed, and on the implicit morality/honesty self-concept . Studies and validation of specific measures of personality dispositions are also done occasionally.

My background is in Psychometrics and quantitative research methodology is the cornerstone supporting all theoretical interests. Most statistical methods are applied and refined depending on the specific needs. I have particular expertise in factor analysis and structural equation models, but I'm very confident with most statistical methods. Recently I have started to focus my attention to the many psychometric challenges provided by implicit measures, where standard rules of classic psychometric theory do not apply easily and there is a strong need of novel approaches that reflect the peculiarities of such types of measures.



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Books and Chapters in Books

Perugini, M., Richetin, J., & Zogmaister, C. (2010). Prediction of behavior. In B.Gawronski & B.K. Payne (Eds.), Handbook of Implicit Social Cognition: Measurement, Theory, and Applications (Chapter 14, pp. 255-277). New York : Guilford Press. [request paper]

Van der Zee, K., & Perugini , M. (2006). Personality and solidary behavior. In Fetchenhauer, D., Flache, A., Buunk, A., and Lindenberg, S. (Eds.), Solidarity and Prosocial Behavior: An integration of psychological and sociological perspectives , Springer. [see preview of first page]

Perugini , M., & Bagozzi, R.P. (2004). An alternative view of pre-volitional processes in decision making: Conceptual issues and empirical evidence. In Haddock, G. & Maio, G.R. (Eds.), Contemporary perspectives on the psychology of attitudes (pp. 169-201). Hove , UK : Psychology Press.

De Raad, B., & Perugini , M. (2002). Big Five Assessment. Gottingen : Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.


Articles in Journals

Perugini, M., Conner, M., & O’Gorman, R. (2011). Automatic activation of individual differences: A test of the gatekeeper model in the domain of spontaneous helping. European Journal of Personality, 25, 465–476.

Perugini , M., & Richetin, J. (2011). Time matters. Health Psychology Review, 5, 154-157.

Richetin , J., Conner, M., & Perugini, M. (2011). Not Doing is not the opposite of Doing: Implications for attitudinal models of behavioral prediction. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 40-54.

Hofmann, W., De Houwer, J., Perugini , M. Baeyens, F., & Crombez, G. (2010). Evaluative Conditioning in Humans: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 136, 390-421.

Prestwich, A., Perugini , M., & Hurling, B. (2010). Can implementation intentions and text messages promote brisk walking? A randomized trial. Health Psychology, 29, 40-49.

Richetin, J., Sengupta, A., Perugini , M., Adjali, I. , Hurling, R, Spence, M., & Greetham, D. (2010). A micro level simulation for the prediction of intention and behavior. Cognitive Systems Research, 11, 181-193.

Prestwich, A., Perugini , M., Hurling, B., & Richetin, J. (2010). Using the self to change implicit attitudes. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 61-71. [request paper]

De Raad, B., Barelds, D.P.H, Levert, E., Ostendorf, F., Mlacic, B., Di Blas, L., Hrebícková, M., Szirmák, Z., Szarota, P., Perugini , M., Church, A.T., & Katigbak, M.S. (2010). Only three factors of personality description are fully replicable across languages: A comparison of fourteen trait taxonomies. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 160-173 .

Perugini , M., & Leone, L. (2009). Implicit self-concept and moral action. Journal of Research in Personality , 43 , 747-754.

Prestwich, A., Perugini , M., & Hurling, B. (2009). Can the effects of implementation intentions on exercise be enhanced using text messages? Psychology and Health , 24 , 677-687. [request paper]

Prestwich, A., Perugini , M., & Hurling, B. (2008). Goal desires moderate intention-behavior relations. British Journal of Social Psychology , 47 , 49-71.

Conner, M., Perugini , M. O'Gorman, R., Ayres, K., & Prestwich, A. (2007). Relations between implicit and explicit measures of attitudes and measures of behavior: Evidence of moderation by individual difference variables. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 1727-1740. [request paper]

Perugini , M., & Richetin, J. (2007). In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. European Journal of Personality , 21 , 977-981. [request paper]

Richetin, J., Perugini , M., Adjali, I. , & Hurling, B. (2007). The moderator role of intuitive versus deliberative decision making for the predictive validity of implicit and explicit measures. European Journal of Personality , 21 , 529-546. [request paper].

Perugini , M., & Prestwich, A. (2007). The gatekeeper: Individual differences are key in the chain from perception to behavior. European Journal of Personality , 21 , 303-317.

Perugini , M., O'Gorman, R., & Prestwich, A. (2007). An ontological test of the IAT: Self-activation can increase predictive validity. Experimental Psychology , 54 , 134-147.

Leone, L., Perugini , M., & Bagozzi, R.P. (2005). Emotions and decision making: Regulatory focus moderates motivational influences of anticipated emotions on attitudes toward acting. Cognition and Emotion , 19 , 1175-1198. [request paper]

Perugini , M. (2005). Predictive models of implicit and explicit attitudes. British Journal of Social Psychology , 44, 29-45.

Leone, L., Perugini , M., Ercolani, A.P. (2004). Studying, practicing, and mastering: A test of the Model of Goal-directed Behaviour (MGB) in the software learning domain. Journal of Applied Social Psychology , 34, 1945-1973.

Orbell, S., Perugini , M., & Rakow, T. (2004). Individual differences in sensitivity to health communications: Considerations of future consequences. Health Psychology , 23 , 388-396.

Ashton, M.C., Lee, K., Perugini , M., Szarota, P., De Vries, R.E., Di Blas, L., Boies, K., & De Raad, B. (2004). A Six-Factor structure of personality-descriptive adjectives: Solutions from psycholexical studies in seven languages. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology , 86 , 356-366.

Perugini , M., & Bagozzi, R.P. (2004). The distinction between desires and intentions. European Journal of Social Psychology, 34, 69-84

Perugini , M., Gallucci, M., Presaghi, F., & Ercolani, A.P. (2003). The personal norm of reciprocity. European Journal of Personality, 17 , 251-283.

Leone, L., Perugini , M., Bagozzi, R., Pierro, A., & Mannetti, L. (2001) Construct validity and generalizability of the Carver-White Behavioural Inhibition System/Behavioural Activation System scales. European Journal of Personality , 15 , 373-390.

Perugini , M., & Bagozzi, R. (2001). The role of desires and anticipated emotions in goal-directed behaviours: Broadening and deepening the Theory of Planned Behaviour. British Journal of Social Psychology , 40 , 79-98.

Perugini , M., & Conner, M.T. (2000). Predicting and understanding behavioral volitions: The interplay between goals and behaviors. European Journal of Social Psychology , 30 , 705-731.

Gallucci, M., & Perugini , M. (2000). An experimental test of a game-theoretical model of reciprocity. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making , 13 , 367-389.





March 1993 - Nov 1995: Research Associate in Methodology and Psychometrics, Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Rome “ La Sapienza ”. Also freelance consultant on methodological issues.

Dec 1995 - Aug 1998: Researcher (equivalent to Lecturer) in Methodology and Psychometrics at the Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Rome “ La Sapienza

Jan 1998: Appointed as Associate Professor in Methodology and Psychometrics at the Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Rome “ La Sapienza ”. Starting period: November 1998. Position declined in March 1998.

Sept 1998 – Sept 2000: Lecturer in Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Leicester . Appointed in March 1998.

Oct 2000 – Sept 2003: Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Essex

Oct 2003 – Sept 2006: Reader in Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Essex . Promoted to Professor in 2006.

Oct 2006 – Professor in Psychometrics (Professore Straordinario, M-PSI/03) at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Milan - Bicocca




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