Tobia Spampatti

Tobia Spampatti

Tobia joined the Consumer Decision and Sustainable Behavior Lab as a PhD candidate in February 2020. He is supervised by Prof. Tobias Brosch from the Consumer Decision and Sustainable Behavior Lab, Prof. Ulf Hahnel from the Center for Psychology of Sustainability and Behavior Change of the University of Basel, and Prof. Evelina Trutnevyte from the Renewable Energy Systems Group.

His current PhD research project aims at using insights from psychology and neuroscience to understand how, on the one hand, better inform Geneva citizens about geothermal energy and, on the other, how to fight climate disinformation. In particular, Tobia investigates the cognitive, social and affective psychological factors that influence how people process information and disinformation, and how they subsequently shape beliefs, emotions, and decisions. He conducts his research in various ways, from online to field studies to social media data, with a keen eye towards Open Science practices. The final aim of the project is identifying evidence-based strategies to improve public communication on climate change and renewable energies. He is the recipient of the 2022 Swiss Reproducibility Award, and his research has been featured in national and international news outlets.

Before, he was awarded his MSc at University College, London, in Social Cognition: Research and Applications. He also holds a BA in Psychological Science by the University of Padua, and he participated in an Erasmus+ semester at the University of Liverpool and three months at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior in Nijmegen, as an Erasmus+ research trainee on an fMRI project on bilingualism.

When not in the lab, you may find him in the park reading a book, or discovering the mountains around Geneva by hiking, skiing, and rock climbing.

You can access Tobia's up-to-date CV here.

Contact information
Tobia Spampatti

Consumer Decision and Sustainable Behavior Lab
Department of Psychology
University of Geneva
9, Chemin des Mines
1202 Geneva, Switzerland

Office: Campus Biotech