Maria Grazia Rossi

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- Health Controversies in Public Discourse
- Managing Doubts in Healthcare
- Analysis of misunderstandings in Healthcare Communication
- Analysis of metaphors in Healthcare Communication
- Framing strategies in Medical Argumentation
- Ethics of medical decisions

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Maria Grazia Rossi (PhD in Cognitive Science, 2012) is an assistant researcher at the NOVA Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA) and assistant professor at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, NOVA University of Lisbon. Her current research project is based on a co-creative research design and aims to analyse framing strategies in the context of a broader community-centred approach to healthcare discourse. Such an approach helps to explore the interconnection between patient-provider interactions and public health discourse. She is specifically interested in understanding how frames are used to express doubt and how healthcare providers and experts manage doubt. She analyses framing strategies (e.g., metaphors, emotive words, etc.) as argumentative tools fostering shared understanding and decision-making in healthcare communication. She promotes multidisciplinary through a cross-thematic approach integrating expertise from argumentation, philosophy and theory of language, pragmatics, communication, cognitive science, psychology, and corpus linguistics.

Since her Ph.D., she has been interested in building a theoretical framework based on a pragmatic approach to language and human interaction. However, more than a philosophical approach per se, she has been interested in understanding how a theoretical approach to social interaction and communication could be used to address issues with strong social and ethical relevance. She addressed theoretical issues related to the role played by emotions (in moral and political reasoning) and metaphors (in daily reasoning and decision-making).

Research interests

Strategies and ethics of health communication: a community-centered approach to health persuasion. Grant number: 2022.00977.CEECIND. Research position funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), awarded for six years and based at the Nova Institute of Philosophy, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal. PI: Maria Grazia Rossi (Contracted Assistant Researcher).

Education/Academic qualification

Cognitive Science , Doctorate, Linguaggio, Apprendimento e Adattamento Prospettive sulla genesi della grammatica, University of Messina

Award Date: 13 Apr 2012


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