De Pascalis Vilfredo

Ritratto di De Pascalis Vilfredo
Professore Ordinario
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Via dei Marsi 78, Roma.
0649917643 (27643)
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Personalità e differenze individuali: Concomitanti psicofisiologici e cognitivo-comportamentali
Una delle linee pricipali di ricerca è prevalentemente focalizzata a individuare differenti pattern di risposta comportamentale, elettrocorticale e autonomica al fine di verificare la validità predittiva dei modelli temperamentali di Eysenck (Neuroticismo, Estroversione, Psicoticismo), Zuckerman (Sensation Seeking) e Gray (Sistemi di Inibizione e Attivazione Comportamentale). Importante aspetto di questa ricerca è lo studio delle differenze individuali a stimolazioni emozionali. Le implicazioni applicative di questa linea di ricerca sono nell' individuare i sistemi neuropsicofisiologici maggiormente responsabili della disposizione o predisposizione costituzionale a una condizione anomala che già cominci a rappresentare un potenziale fattore di disturbo del comportamento. Un'altra linea di ricerca è rappresentata dallo studio delle differenze individuali nella suggestionabilità ipnotica e nella modulazione del dolore in ipnosi. Viene studiata la relazione tra suggestionabilità, ipnotizzabilità e modulazione del dolore in ipnosi.

Personality and Individual Differences: Psychophysiological and cognitive-behavioral correlates

One of the main research lines is mainly focused on testing predictive validity of temperamental traits conceptualized in Eysenck (Neuroticism, Extraversion, Psychoticism), Zuckerman (Sensation Seeking) and Gray (Systems Behavioral inhibition and activation) personality theories. This is done in terms of behavioral, autonomic and electrocortical responses. Important aspect of this research is the study of individual differences in emotional processing and the influence of personality traits. Main efforts are devoted to identify neuropsychophysiological processes most responsible for and as potential precursors of behavioral disorders.
Another line of research is represented by the study of individual differences in hypnotic susceptibility and suggestibility and  pain modulation in hypnosis.

Pubblicazioni rappresentative dei settori di ricerca attivi dal 2000

99. De Pascalis V., Russo P., Marucci F.S. (2000). Italian Norms for the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility, Form A. The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 48, 44-55. doi: 10.1080/00207140008410360

100. Ray W.J., Sabsevitz D., De Pascalis V., Quigley K., Aikins D., Tubbs M. (2000). Cardiovascular reactivity during hypnosis and hypnotic susceptibility: Three Studies of Heart Rate Variability. The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 48, 22-31. doi: 10.1080/00207140008410358

101. De Pascalis V., Bellusci A., Russo P.M. (2000). Italian norms for the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale, Form C. The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 48, 315-323. doi: 10.1080/00207140008415249

102. De Pascalis V., Speranza O. (2000). Personality effects on attentional shifts to emotional charged cues: ERP, behavioural and HR data. Personality and Individual Differences, 29, 217-238. doi:

103. De Pascalis V. (2000). Suggestion and suggestibility: Theoretical and psychophysiological aspects. In V. De Pascalis, V.A. Gheorghiu, P.W. Sheehan, I. Kirsch (Eds.), Suggestion and Suggestibility: Theory and Research (pp. 29-62). Munich / M.E.G.-Stiftung.

104. De Pascalis V., Magurano M.R., Bellusci A., Chen A.C.N. (2001). Somatosensory event-related potential and autonomic activity to varying pain reduction cognitive strategies in hypnosis. Clinical Neurophysiology, 112, 1475-1485. doi:

105. Bogdan Zawadzki, Fons J. R. Van de Vijver, Alois Angleitner, Vilfredo De Pascalis, Benjamin Newberry, William Clark, Peter Th van den Berg, Myoung-Ho Hyun, In-Seok Kim, Olga Mitina, Tatyana Menchuk,  Maryna Kufel (2001). The comparison of two basic approaches of cross-cultural assessment of Strelau’s  temperament dimensions in eight countries. Polish Psychological Bulletin,  32(3):133-141.

106. De Pascalis V., Chiaradia C., Carotenuto E. (2002). The contribution of suggestibility and expectation to placebo analgesia phenomenon in an experimental setting. Pain, 96, 393-402. doi:

107. De Pascalis V. (2002). Hypnotic analgesia, attentional processes and psychophysiological mechanisms. In B. Peter (Ed.), Hypnosis International Monographs (6) (pp. 157-173). Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Hypnosis. Munich / M.E.G.-Stiftung.


108.    De Pascalis V., Jeger K., Chiaradia C., Carotenuto E. (2003). Bol, temperament i roznice indywidualne w aktywnosci autonomicznej.In M. Marszal-Wisniewska, T. Clonowicz, i M. Fajkowska-Stanik (Eds.), Psychologia roznic indywidualnych: Wybrane zagadnienia. (pp. 58-69). Warsaw, Gdanskie Wydawnictwo Psychologiczne.  

  109.  Barry R.J., De Pascalis V., Hodder D., Clarke A.R., Johnstone, S.J. (2003). Preferred EEG brain states at stimulus onset in a fixed interstimulus interval auditory oddball task, and their effects on ERP components. International Journal of Psychophysiology,47, 187-198. doi:

110.  De Pascalis V., Russo P.M. (2003). Zuckerman-Kuhlman Personality Questionnaire: Preliminary results of the Italian Version. Psychological Reports, 92, 965-974. doi: 10.2466/PR0.92.3.965-974

111. Ray W.J., De Pascalis V. (2003). Temporal aspects of hypnotic processes. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 51, 147-165. doi: 10.1076/iceh.

112. D’Alessio M., Guarino A., De Pascalis V., Zimbardo P.G. (2003). Testing Zimbardo’s Stanford Time Perspective Inventory (STPI)-Short Form: An Italian study. Time and Society, 12, 333-347. doi: 10.1177/0961463X030122010

113. De Pascalis V., Strippoli E., Riccardi P, Vergari F. (2004). Personality, event-related potential (ERP) and heart rate in emotional word processing. Personality and Individual Differences,  36, 873-891. doi:

116. De Pascalis V., Bellusci A., Gallo C., Magurano M.R. (2004). Pain reduction strategies in hypnotic context and hypnosis: ERPs and SCRs during a secondary auditory tasks. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 52, 343-363. doi: 10.1080/00207140490883932

117. De Pascalis V. (2004). Personalità e Temperamento: Evidenza Psicofisiologica. Rassegna di Psicologia, 197-217.

118. De Pascalis V. (2004). Blockierende Halluzination, Aufmerksamkeit und Automatismus in der Hypnose.In U. Halsband (Ed.), Hypnose und Kognition: Zeitschrift für Hypnose und Hypnotherapie (pp. 157-181). Munich / M.E.G.-Stiftung.

119. De Pascalis V. (2004). On the Psychophysiology of Extraversion. In R.M. Stelmack (Ed.), On the Psychobiology of Personality: Essays in honor of Marvin Zuckerman. (chapter 16, pp. 295-327). Amsterdam, Elsevier.

120. De Pascalis V., Cacace I., Massicolle F. (2004). Perception and modulation of pain in waking and hypnosis: functional significance of phase-ordered gamma oscillations. Pain, 112, 27-36. doi:

121. Gruzelier J., De Pascalis V., Jamieson G., Laidlaw T., Naito A., Bennett B., Dwivedi P. (2004). Relations between hypnotizability and psychopathology revisited. Contemporary Hypnosis, 21, 169-175. doi: 10.1002/ch.304

122. De Pascalis V., Arwari B., Matteucci M., Mazzocco A. (2005). Effects of emotional visual stimuli on auditory information processing: A test of J.A. Gray’s reinforcement sensitivity theory. Personality and Individual Differences,  38, 163-176. doi:

123. De Pascalis V., Cacace I. (2005). Pain perception, obstructive imagery and phase-ordered gamma oscillations. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 56, 157-169. doi:

124. De Pascalis V. (2007). Phase-ordered EEG oscillations and the modulation of hypnotic experience In G. Jamieson (Ed.) Hypnosis and Conscious States: the cognitive-neuroscience perspective, pp.67-89 Oxford, Oxford University Press.

125. De Pascalis, Valerio E., Santoro M., Cacace, I. (2007) Neuroticism-Anxiety, Impulsive Sensation-Seeking and autonomic responses to somatosensory stimuli. International Journal of Psychophysiology. International Journal of Psychophysiology 63, 16-24. doi:

126. Rossier J., Aluja A., García L.F., Angleitner A., De Pascalis V., Wang W., Kuhlman M., Zuckerman M. (2007) The cross-cultural generalizability of Zuckerman’s Alternative Five-Factor Model of personality. Journal of Personality Assessment 89, 188-196. doi: 10.1080/00223890701468618

127. De Pascalis V.,Varriale V., Matteoli A. (2008). Intelligence and P3 components of the Event-Related Potential elicited during an auditory discrimination task with masking. Intelligence, 36, 35–47. doi:

128. De Pascalis V., Cacace I., Massicolle F. (2008). Focused analgesia in waking and hypnosis: Effects on pain, memory, and somatosensory event-related potentials. Pain 134, 197-208. doi:

129. De Pascalis V. (2008). Psychophysiological studies. In P.J. Corr (Ed.).The Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory of Personality. Pp 261-290. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

130. De Pascalis V. (2008). Emozioni, temperamento e personalità: aspetti psicofisiologici. In M. Balconi (ed.), Neuropsicologia della comunicazione, pp. 251-275. Springer 2008. doi: 10.1007/978-88-470-0706-2_10

131. Russo P., De Pascalis V., Varriale V., Barratt E. (2008). Impulsivity, intelligence and P300 wave: An empirical study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 69, 112-118. doi:

132. De Pascalis V., Arwari B., D’Antuono L., Cacace I. (2009). Impulsivity and semantic/emotional processing: an examination of the N400 wave. Cinical Neurophysiology 120, 85–92. doi:

133.  De Pascalis V., Variale V., D’Antuono L. (2010). Event-related components of the punishment and reward sensitivity. Cinical Neurophysiology 121, 60–76. doi:

134. Tonetti L., Adan A., Caci H., De Pascalis V., Fabbri M., Natale V. (2010). Morningness-eveningness preference and sensation seeking. European Psychiatry. European Psychiatry 25, 111–115. doi:

135. Cavallaro F.I., Cacace I., Del Testa M., Andre P., Carli G., De Pascalis V., Rocchi R., Santarcangelo E.L. (2010). Hypnotizability-related EEG alpha and theta activity during visual and somesthetic imagery. Neuroscience Letters, 470, 13–18. doi:

136. De Pascalis V. (2011). Suggestion und Suggestibilität als Regulatoren menschlichen Funktionierens: Kognitive und Persönlichkeitsaspekte. Festschrift für Vladimir Gheorghiu. Hypnose, Zeitsschrift für Hypnose und Hypnoterapie, 6 (1+2), 109-140.

137. Russo P.M., Leone L., De Pascalis V. (2011). Cross-cultural validity of the I7 impulsiveness-venturesomeness-empathy scales: evidence from the Italian I7. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 52 , 446–452. doi:

138. De Pascalis V., Varriale V.  (2012). Intelligence and information processing: a mismatch negativity analysis using a passive auditory backward-masking task. Journal of Individual Differences, 33, 101-108. DOI: 10.1027/1614-0001/a000078.

139. De Pascalis V., Varriale V., Rotonda M. (2012). EEG oscillatory activity associated to monetary gain and loss signals in a learning task: Effects of attentional impulsivity and learning ability. In M. Kuniechi, M. Binder, J. Kaiser (Eds.), Special Issue: Basic and Applied Psychophysiology.  International Journal of Psychophysiology, 85, 68–78.doi:

140. De Pascalis V., Cozzuto G., Russo E. (2013). Effects of personality trait emotionality on acoustic startle response and prepulse inhibition including N100 and P200 event-related potential. Clinical Neurophysiology, 124, 292-305. doi:

141. De Pascalis V., Cozzuto G., Caprara G. V., Alessandri G. (2013).Relations among EEG-alpha asymmetry, BIS/BAS, and dispositional Optimism. Biological Psychology, 94,198-209. doi:

142. De Pascalis V, Russo E (2013) Hypnotizability, Hypnosis and Prepulse Inhibition of the Startle Reflex in Healthy Women: An ERP Analysis. PLoS ONE 8(11): e79605. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079605.

143. De Pascalis V., Varriale E., Fulco M., Fracasso F. (2014) . Mental ability and information processing during discrimination of auditory motion patterns: Effects on P300 and mismatch negativity. Intelligence, 47, 93-106. doi: doi:10.1016/j.intell.2014.09.006.

144.Barry R. J., De Blasio F.M., De Pascalis V., Karamacoska D. (2014). Preferred EEG brain states at stimulus onset in a fixed interstimulus interval equiprobable auditory Go/NoGo task: A definitive study. International Journal of Psychophysiology,  94, 42–58.doi:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2014.07.005.

145. Alessandri G., Gian Vittorio Caprara G.V., De Pascalis V. (2015). Relations among EEG-alpha asymmetry and positivity personality trait. Brain and Cognition 97, 10–21. doi:10.1016/j.bandc.2015.04.003.

146. Tonetti L., De Pascalis V., Fabbri M., Martoni M., Russo P.M., Natale V. (2015). Circadian typology and the Alternative Five-Factor Model of personality. International Journal of Psychology, 1-8. doi: 10.1002/ijop.12170.

147. Lund K., Petersen G.L., Erlandsen M., De Pascalis V., Vase L., Jensen T.S., Finnerup N.B. (2015). The magnitude of placebo analgesia effects depends on how they are conceptualized. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 79, 663-668. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2015.05.002

148. De Pascalis V, Varriale V, Cacace I (2015) Pain Modulation in Waking and Hypnosis in Women: Event-Related Potentials and Sources of Cortical Activity. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0128474. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128474.

149. Russo E., De Pascalis V. (2016). Individual variability in perceptual switching behaviour is associated with reversal-related EEG modulations. Clinical Neurophysiology 127, 479-489. doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2015.06.003

150. Rossier, J., Aluja, A., Blanch, A., Barry, O., Hansenne, M., Carvalho, A. F., Valdivia, M., Wang, W., Desrichard, O., Hyphantis, T., Suranyi, Z., Glicksohn, J., De Pascalis, V., León-Mayer, E., Piskunov, A., Stivers, A., Morizot, J., Ostendorf, F., Čekrlija, Đo., Bellaj, T., Markiewicz, D., Motevalian, A., and Karagonlar, G. (2016) Cross-cultural Generalizability of the Alternative Five-factor Model Using the Zuckerman–Kuhlman–Aluja Personality Questionnaire. Eur. J. Pers., 30: 139–157. doi: 10.1002/per.2045.

151. Sommer K., van der Molen M.W., De Pascalis V. (2016) BIS/BAS sensitivity and emotional modulation in a prepulse-inhibition paradigm: A brain potential study. Physiology & Behavior, 154, 100-113. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2015.11.021

152. De Pascalis V., Scacchia P. (2016). Hypnotizability and Placebo Analgesia in Waking and Hypnosis as Modulators of Auditory Startle Responses in Healthy Women: An ERP Study. PLOS ONE, vol. 11, ISSN: 1932-6203, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0159135

153.  De Pascalis, V., Fracasso, F., & Corr, P.J. (2017). Personality and Augmenting/Reducing (A/R) in auditory event-related potentials (ERPs) during emotional visual stimulation. Scientific Reports, 7,doi:  10.1038/srep41588

154. De Pascalis, V., Fracasso, F., & Corr, P. J. (2017). The behavioral approach system and augmenting/reducing in auditory event-related potentials during emotional visual stimulation. Biological Psychology. In press.

155. De Pascalis V., Scacchia P. (2017). The behavioural approach system and placebo analgesia during cold stimulation in women: A low-resolution brain electromagnetic tomography (LORETA) analysis of startle ERPs. Robert Stelmack. Personality and Individual Differences. In press.

156. De Pascalis V., Scacchia P. (2017). Personality and placebo analgesia during cold stimulation in women: A Low-Resolution Brain Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA) analysis of startle ERPs. Robert Stelmack. Personality and Individual Differences. In press.

157. Alessandri G. De Pascalis V. (2017). Double dissociation between the neural correlates of the general and specific factors of the Life Orientation Test - Revised. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience (Accepted ).

158. Jensen M.P., Jamieson G.A., Lutz A., Mazzoni G. McGeown W.J., Santarcangelo E.L., Demertzi A., De Pascalis V., Bányai E.I, Rominger C., Vuilleumier P., Faymonville M.E., Terhune D.B. (2017). New Directions in Hypnosis Research: Strategies for Advancing the Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience of Hypnosis. Neuroscience of Consciousness. In press