University of Padova

Sarah Furlan

Sarah Furlan

Sarah Furlan

University of Padova
Department of General Psychology
Via Venezia, 8
35131, Padova (Italy)

Research interests

– Parametric inferential statistical methods and non-parametric (or distribution free) models
– Measure of Effect Size and alternative representations of statistical effects
– Development of probabilistic reasoning and techniques to improve statistical reasoning
– Human-computer interaction and technologies used to improve quality of life, cooperation and communication
– Videogames and aspects connected to education and cognitive rehabilitation in developmental psychology


2006 Research Training at the University of Padova, Department of Developmental Psychology. Supervisor Prof. Agnoli Franca. Themes: effect size estimation in comparative studies, development of probabilistic reasoning, comprehension of probabilistic terms during childhood, misconceptions in probability and strategies to improve statistic reasoning and teaching.
2005 M.Sc. in Psychology, at University of Padova. Thesis: ‘Dalla significatività tatistica a quella pratica: dimensione dell’effetto come chiave di volta’ (‘From the statistical significance to the practical significance: the effect size is the keystone’) (Prof. Agnoli Franca).
2004 First-level degree in Criminology, at Universite Europeene Jean Monnet of Bruxelles. Thesis: ‘La mediazione penale in ambito minorile’.
1998 High School Diploma at the Scientific High School “Giorgione” of Castelfranco Veneto (Italy).


Agnoli, F., & Furlan, S. (2007). La differenza che fa la differenza: dalla significatività statistica a quella pratica. Psicologia Clinica dello Sviluppo. In press.


Agnoli F., Cortecchia M., & Furlan S. ‘La comprensione dei termini di probabilità nei bambini’, XXI Congresso Nazionale della Sezione di Psicologia dello Sviluppo, 20-22 Settembre 2007, Bergamo (Italy).


2007 CHItaly: Fifth Symposium on Human-Computer Interaction, Padova (Italy).

2007 Erasmus Intensive Program Seminar: ‘Mathematical and Computational Models of Attention, Decision, and Action’, at International University Bremen (IUB), Jacobs University Bremen as of spring 2007 Bremen (Germany).

2005 Involvement in 36th European Mathematical Psychology Group Meeting, Padova (Italy).

2002 ‘Erasmus Intensive Program Seminar: ‘Psychological Models of Response Time and Choice’, at University of Oldenburg (Germany).

Teaching lectures

April 2006 University of Padova, ‘Data analysis in Developmental Psychology’ course. Themes: analytic comparisons among means, contrasts and other analytical analyses in the two-factors mixed design, parametric effect size indexes.

May 2006 University of Padova, ‘Research techniques and data analysis’ course. Themes: effect size indexes, statistical significance Vs. practical significance, sample size estimate and power analysis.

April 2007 University of Padova, ‘Data analysis in Developmental Psychology’ course. Themes: parametric effect size indexes, alternative representations of effects, statistical power.

May 2007 University of Padova, ‘Research techniques and data analysis’ course. Themes: the concept of interaction, measures of association strength, confidence intervals, determining sample size.

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