Ivett interviewed Marina Andrielli this week! Marina is an intern at the University of Salford and she came all the way from Italy to work on one of Dr Sharon Coen’s projects with her. She obtained her Master Degree in Business Psychology at the University of “La Sapienza” in Rome.
1. How did you get into Psychology?
I read Freud when I was 12 years old. By studying it, I realized that this is my area of interest.
2. Who is your favourite Psychologist and why?
During my University Study I came across many psychologists who I either loved or not. But I met one Psychologist during my studies and I really loved him. He is Prof. Francesco Avallone. He was in charge of Work Psychology, Organizational Development, Organizational Culture, Organizational Effectiveness, Human Resource Development, Employee Training, and Employee Wellness. He has published many books about Business Psychology and in each of them, as in every lesson; there was a lesson in life. A practical and pragmatic connection between his subject and what in the world and of the world, we students would have to learn. Vice Rector, then Rector in “La Sapienza” Unibersity of Rome, in an opening speech of the year he said: “(…) My students are very diligent … ordered … too much ordered … too diligent ..and this order and all this diligence is due in part to the difficulty of thinking about the future. We must not stop thinking about the future. Depending on the future that we imagine we can really change our action today. ” You can see Prof Avallone’s profile here.
3. What psychological concept/topic/issue are you most passionate about?
I am very interested in Subliminal Persuasion in the media. Specifically, I conducted a literature search for my Master Thesis about subliminal audio messages. I believe there is more research to be done in this area. It is a very stimulating topic!
4. What makes Psychology Department at Salford unique?
I still do not know the Salford of University well but I can say I got used to a more formal university system in Italy. Surely I can say I got used to a more formal university system in Italy. Enhancement of sharing areas through specific structures, colours, passions and ideas … this is that comes to my mind when I think of the University of Salford.
5. If you could work anywhere, which University would you pick and why?
I would not change my university education. I think I would choose to enrol in “La Sapienza” and redo the path ( winding) that brought me here to make this experience.
6. What was the most fascinating research/project you were involved in/conducted?
The research on subliminal audio messages to which I referred in point 3. I would liked to explore this topic further in the future.
7. What are you working on at the moment?
I am Intern in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Salford. I am following one of Dr. Sharon Coen’s project: Member of Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre. It is a work in Progress!
8. If you could choose another Profession, what would it be?
I would choose to be a musician.
9. Do you have a favourite quote?
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S.Elliot
10. Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook. But I’m throwing on Twitter !
11. Which book is a must have for Psychology students?
I believe that there is one for each area of interest.
12. What advice would you give to SalfordPsych students?
Studying psychology can be a double edged sword. Maybe I advise them not to fall into the traps of the mind! No, It’s a joke……I don’t feel able to give advice to SalfordPsych students. I hope that they take as much as they can from their experience, because it is unique and unrepeatable.
13. What do you hope for Psychology in the future?
More and more Research!