Lonigro Antonia

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Research title: 
"I comportamenti di nice e nasty ToM: Relazione con le strategie persuasive e l'adattamento sociale nell'età scolare"
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12 mesi
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In corso

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Academic career: 

Antonia Lonigro graduated with honors at the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome Sapienza with a thesis on the relation between learning strategies and time perspective in adolescence. In 2012 she spent two month as visiting PhD student at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, under the supervision of Professor Barry H. Schneider. Acquired the title of Doctor of Philosophy in April 2013, leading a study on the social use of theory of mind in school-age children, she was a post-doctor fellow at the Santa Lucia Foundation in Rome, working on a research project dealing with perseverative cognition and psycho-physiological activity (P.I. Dr Cristina Ottaviani). From April 2015 to March 2017, she is a post-doc fellow at the Department of Developmental and Social Psychology, University of Rome Sapienza, under the supervision of professor Fiorenzo Laghi. She spent 1 year at the Department of Educational Sciences of the University of Rome Tre as a post doc. Currently, she is a post hoc at the Department of Developmental and Social Psychology, University of Rome Sapienza (October 2018-September 2019) for a research project dealing with school and vocational programs for high-school students with autism spectrum disorder.

Activities and researches

The main research topic is on social cognition, in particular the role of theory of mind abilities in engaging social conduct among school-aged children.

Furthermore, she is interested to persuasion and language development, with particular attention to internal state language and pragamtics.

The interest towards psychopshysioogical activity and its link with social behavior completes her research interest.

Selected publications : 

Lonigro, A., Longobardi, E., Laghi, F. (2018). Narrative and persuasive texts written by pupils across prymary school. European Journal of Developmental Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/17405629.2018.1555459.

Lonigro, A., Baiocco, R., Pallini, S., Laghi, F. (2018). Theory of mind and sociometric peer status: The mediating role of social conduct. Frontiers in Psychology. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.0219

Ottaviani, C., Lonigro, A., Cioffi, B., Manzi, D., Laghi, F., Baiocco, R. (2017). Family functioning and parents' dispositions moderate the affective, attentional and physiological consequences of rumination in children. Biological Psychology, 127, 220-228.


Longobardi, E., Lanigro, A., Laghi, F., O'Neill, D.K. (2017). Pragmatic language development in 18- to 47-month-old Italian children: A study with Italian adaptation of the LUI. First Language. DOI: 10.1177/0142723716689273.


Lonigro, A., Baiocco, R., Laghi, F. (2017). Theory of  mind, affective empathy and persuasive strategies in school-aged children. Infant and Child Development. DOI: 10.1002/icd.2022.


Lonigro, A., Laghi, F., Baiocco, R., Baumgartner, E. (2014). Mind reading and empathy: Evidence for nice and nasty ToM behaviours in school-aged children. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23,581-590.


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