I joined the Amsterdam Cooperation Lab (ACL) in November 1st as a Postdoc. I have a bachelor degree in Psychology (University of Palermo), a master degree in Mind Science (University of Torino), and a PhD in Psychological, Anthropological, and Education Science (University of Torino). I am interested in social psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and in the study of trust and cooperation. During my PhD, I focused on the role of institutions in shaping trust and cooperation with strangers. In the next years, I will contribute to the development of the Databank project. Moreover, I will work on a cross-cultural meta-analysis on cooperation in social dilemmas.


Releasing Prisoners of the Paradigm: Understanding Cooperation Across Contexts and in the Lab and Field

I am involved in the creation of a multi-disciplinary open access database that aims to capture the entire history of research on human cooperation from all over the world. Moreover, I am in charge of training and coordinating the group of researchers who recently joined the lab to contribute to the development of this institution.

Cooperation Across the Globe

Together with Daniel Balliet, I will examine how levels of cooperation vary across the globe. To do so, we will apply meta-analysis methods to analyze decades of research on human cooperation in economic game settings. Some questions we address will be: Do countries present similar level of cooperation? Can cultural differences explain this variability, if any?

Institutions and Trust

I am also interested in investigating the effects of institutional settings on trust and cooperation. To do so, I used methods from behavioral economics, social psychology and political science. In collaboration with Katharina Gangl, Cristina Mosso, Paul van Lange, and Jan-Willem van Prooijen, we conducted several studies aiming to investigate whether and how untrustworthy and corrupt institutions promote or undermine trust and cooperation among strangers.


Spadaro, G., d’Elia, S. R. G., & Mosso, C. O. (2017). Menstrual knowledge and Taboo TV Commercials: Effects on Self-Objectification among Italian and Swedish Women. Sex Roles. doi: 10.1007/s11199-017-0825-0

Spadaro, G., Romano, A., & Mosso, C. O. (2017). Contributo alla validazione italiana del CIASS [A contribution to the Italian validation of the CIASS]. Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia, 39, 49-55. ISSN: 1592-7830.

Romano, A., Merlone, U., Mosso, C. O., & Spadaro, G. (2016). On the role of group size in social dilemmas. Psicologia Sociale, 1, 3-18. doi: 10.1482/82878

Scaffidi Abbate, C., Boca, S., Spadaro, G. & Romano, A. (2014). Priming Effects on Commitment to Help and on Real Helping Behavior. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 4(36), 347-355. doi: 10.1080/01973533.2014.922089