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Laura Marciano


Laura Marciano is attending the Doctoral Program at the Faculty of Communication Sciences at USI - Università della Svizzera italiana. At the Institute of Public Health (IPH), she collaborates in the SNF project MEDIATICINO2.0.

She did her graduate studies at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (Milan, Italy), where, in 2014, she obtained a Bachelor degree in Psychology and, in 2016, a Master degree in Cognitive Neuroscience with Laude et Menzione ad Honorem. In October 2021, she will defend her PhD thesis in Health Communication at USI Lugano, in which she investigated the link between digital media use and personality. Starting from January 2022, she holds an FNS Postdoctoral Fellowship position at Harvard University, USA, where she studies the link between digital media use and happiness in young people. She is the main investigator of the HappyB project.


Laura Marciano's research focuses on two areas:

1. New media and well-being among youth

MEDIATICINO2.0 is a longitudinal study on the impact of new media use on the well-being of adolescents in Canton Ticino; financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

Digital Lives is an experimental study on the perceptions of smartphone-mediated communication among young adults in Canton Ticino; financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

- Are you connected? Towards a smart use of the smartphone among children and adolescents. This AGORA project aims at underlining the importance of a responsible use of the smartphone, especially among children and adolescents. The project is based on the results of the study MEDIATICINO2.0, and it is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation. It will propose three activities to promote a conscious smartphone use, in collaboration with L'ideatorio, and several meetings where researchers will enter into dialogue with citizens, in collaboration with Lugano Living Lab.

-HappyB: Being, Body, and Brain. The goal of this study is to investigate how the use of new technologies, smartphones and social media in particular, is linked to adolescent well-being conceptualized in a positive way and over time. The project, funded by the Swiss National Research Fund (SNF), will start in January 2022 and will last 24 months. The collected data will be analyzed at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Boston, USA)

2. Health promotion and prevention

#iorestoacasa ai tempi del Coronavirus is a study on the impact of the obligation to stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic on habits and the psycho-physical health of adolescents and young adults in Italy and Canton Ticino; financed by Ethica Data.