Whether you were the last one picked in gym class or not invited to a workplace lunch, nearly everyone has felt excluded at some time. Ostracism, rejection, dehumanization and discrimination have a powerful impact on people's thoughts, emotions and behaviors, says Paolo Riva, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca. He will present "The Many Faces of Social Exclusion" on Thursday, Jan. 26 at The Ohio State University at Newark.

"Considering that the negative consequences of social exclusion have been widely documented, there is an urgent need for more research on ways to reduce the detrimental impact of social exclusion," said Riva. "In this talk, I will present research showing that social exclusion can have implications concerning virtually all domains of psychological inquiry, including social psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology and clinical psychology. Then I will review some of the possible psychological and neural approaches that can reduce the negative impact of social exclusion."

Riva received a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Milano-Bicocca in Milano, Italy. His research interests lie broadly in social influence processes with a specific focus on social exclusion. Specifically, he examines the consequences of exclusion and the possible strategies that can buffer against and reduce its effects. In a related vein, Riva is also interested in the neuromodulation of emotion regulation processes. Neuromodulation is the alteration of nerve activity through targeted delivery of a stimulus, such as electrical stimulation or chemical agents, to specific neurological sites in the body.

This presentation is part of the Psychology Speaker Series presented by the academic area of psychology at Ohio State Newark. It will be held from 4-5 p.m. in the John Gilbert Reese Center, Melissa Warner Bow Grand Hall, located at 1209 University Drive. This free event is open to students of all majors, faculty, staff and the community. Complimentary snacks are also provided. For more information, contact Assistant Professor James Wirth, Ph.D., at wirth.48@osu.edu.

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