Area: Health and Sport Psychology


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Zelli ArnaldoItalian psychologist and currently Professor of Psychology at the Rome University of Movement Science (IUSM) with teaching and research background in the fields of social and personality psychology. A Ph.D in social psychology from the University of Illinois (USA), Zelli is interested in belief systems and social judgment processes that may account for differences in social behavior. He studies how socializing forces or experiences regulate characteristic ways of thinking. He has recently been researching how early childhood abuse may affect individuals' belief systems and behavior. Past professional appointments have included the positions of Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Child and Family Policy, Sanford Institute of Public Policy Studies (Duke University, USA), and of Research Associate at Vanderbilt University's department of psychology and human development (USA). He also conducted research at the University of Illinois' Prevention Research Center, Institute of Juvenile Research, and Department of Psychology.


Zelli A., Cervone D., Huesmann, L.R. (1996): Behavioral experience and social inference: Individual differences in aggressive experience and spontaneous versus deliberate trait inference. Social Cognition. 14(2): 165-190.

Zelli A., Dodge K.A., Lochman J.E., Laird R.D., & the Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group (1999): The distinction between beliefs legitimizing aggression and deviant processing of social cues: Testing measurement validity and the hypothesis that biased processing mediates the effects of beliefs on aggression. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 77(1): 150-166.

Zelli A., Dodge K.A. (1999): Personality development from the bottom-up. In: D. Cervone, Y. Shoda (eds.), The coherence of personality: Social-cognitive bases of personality consistency, variability and organization (94-126). New York, Guilford Press.

Pinderhughes E.E., Dodge K.A., Bates J.E., Pettit G.S., Zelli A. (2000): Discipline responses: Influences of parents’ SES, ethnicity, beliefs about parenting, stress, and cognitive-emotional processes. Journal of Family Psychology (Special Issue). 14(3): 380-400.

Zelli A. (2002): Groups, group dynamics, and sport (Gruppi, dinamiche di gruppo, e lo sport). In: D. Spinelli (ed.), Psicologia dello sport e del movimento umano (111-125). Bologna, Zanichelli.