Beginning in the 1960s, contemporary Experimental Psychopathology (EP) is primarily devoted to laboratory research on the cognitive, affective, and motivational bases of mental disease by using behavioural, as well as psychophysiological and neurobiological paradigms. Therefore, EP aims at understanding what causes and maintains psychological distress by integrating  knowledge and research methods from different domains. Guided by the assumption that mental diseases can be explained by the same processes that regulated normal behaviours, such a discipline aims to be a bridge between basic and applied research, providing useful knowledge to make clinical assessments and treatments more effective and scientifically-based.

The workshop is the first international meeting completely focused on Experimental Psychopathology, and it differs from larger congresses in so far as  there is a relatively small number of speakers without concurrent talks. In addition to the individual talks, there will be poster sessions for students, post-docs and young researchers to present their work.

The ultimate goal of the workshop is to promote the scientific debate on EP, and the development of international networks among clinical and basic researchers.

The workshop will run from 28th of February to 1st of March 2013, and the venue is Sala convegni UNICEFvia Palestro 68, Rome, Italy.


The workshop programme will be available soon.

Invited speakers

Graham Davey (University of Sussex, UK)

Reuven Dar (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

van den Hout (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands); to be confirmed

Francesco Mancini (Scuola di Psicoterapia Cognitiva, Roma)


Before 31th October After 31th October
Participation € 120 (VAT included) € 140 (VAT included)
Students € 50 (VAT included) € 70 (VAT included)

Participation is free for SITCC associates.

The fee includes coffee breaks and the participation to the workshop.
Social dinner will have an extra cost of 50 euro per person.

Talks and Poster session

Abstracts (maximum of 250 words) should briefly state the background to the research, the methods used, the principal findings (no statistics), and the theoretical significance of the work. Please do not cite references in the abstracts.  Each author can appear as first author in one work only.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is October 31, 2013

The organizing committee will send emails with decisions about which talks and posters are accepted for presentation by the end of December.

Scientific Committee

Alessandro Couyoumdjian (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)

Roberta Trincas (Scuola di Psicoterapia Cognitiva, Rome, Italy)

Cristina Ottaviani (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)

Francesco Mancini (Scuola di Psicoterapia Cognitiva, Rome, Italy)

Andrea Gragnani (Scuola di Psicoterapia Cognitiva, Rome, Italy)

Carlo Buonanno (Scuola di Psicoterapia Cognitiva, Rome, Italy)


Associazione di Psicologia Cognitiva e Scuola di Psicoterapia Cognitiva S.r.l.

Viale Castro Pretorio 116, 00185, Roma

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