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Maria Grazia Rossi (PhD in Cognitive Science, 2012) works as assistant professor and postdoc researcher at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, NOVA University of Lisbon. Her current research focuses on the role of 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 coming from the fields of pragmatics, cognitive science, psychology, argumentation, 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 a 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).
She is currently part of the Advisory Committee of the International Association for Communication in Healthcare and Deputy National Representative for Portugal within the same association. She organizes the annual conference “Caring discourse”, with the aim of promoting diverse national and international collaborations on topics related to communication in healthcare within academia and beyond.

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