Gian Vittorio Caprara

Scientific committee - President

1967 Laurea Degree in Political Sciences, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano;
1971 Specialization Degree in Psychology, Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano,
Director of the Inter-University Center for the Research on the Origin of Prosocial and Antisocial Motivations.

Full professor of Personality Psychology, Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome Director of the Inter-University Center for the Research on the Origin of Prosocial and Antisocial Motivations.

Personality; Self-efficacy beliefs; Aggression, Prosociality;  Positivity; Personal determinants of political preferences and choice.

Academic activity
Course and seminars on: Emotions, Motivations and Personality Psychology at  Faculty of Medicine and psychology,  Sapienza University of Rome.


  • Caprara G.V. & Cervone D. (2000). Personality. Determinants, Dynamics, and Potentials. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press;
  • Caprara, G.V ,Barbaranelli, C. & Zimbardo (1997)Politician’s uniquely simple personalirties, Nature, 385, 493;
  • Caprara, G.V. Barbaranelli, C., Pastorelli, C. Bandura,A. & Zimbardo, P.(2000) Prosocial foundation of children’s academic achievement. Psychological Science, 11, 3012-305;
  • Caprara,G.V., Schwartz,S.H., Capanna, C.,Vecchione,M. &  Barbaranelli, C.(2006) Personality and Politics: Values, traits and political choice. .Political Psychology, 28,609-632;
  • Caprara,G.V. Fagnani, C.,Alessandri, G.,Steca,P., Gigantesco, A., Cavalli Sforza, L & Stazi, A.(2009) Human optimal functioning. The genetics of positive orientation towards self, life and future. Behaviour Genetics, 39, 277-284;
  • Caprara, G.V., Alessandri, G. Tromsdorff, G.Heikamp,T.,Yamaguchi, S. & Suzuki,(2012) Positive orientation across three cultures. Journal of crosscultural Psychology, 43, 77-83;
  • Caprara G.V., Alessandri G., Eisenberg N., Kupfer A.,  Steca P., Caprara M., Yamaguchi S., Fukusawa A. & Abela J. (2012) “The Positivity Scale”, Psychological Assessment, Vol. 24, pp. 701-712;
  • Caprara G.V. Alessandri G. & Eisenberg N. (2012) “Prosociality: The contribution of traits values and self efficacy beliefs”, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 102, pp. 1289-1303;
  • Caprara, G.V.,Tisak,J.,Alessandri,G.Fontaine, R.G.,Fida,R & Paciello,M. (2014) The contribution of moral disengagement in mediating individual tendencies toward aggression and violence. Developmental Psychology, 5071-85.