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Brief general description

Mioara Cristea finished a PhD thesis in Social Psychology at the University Alexandru Ioan Cuza (Iasi, Romania) in February 2011. She worked as a Postdoctoral fellow in Applied Social Pyshology within the Mobility and Behavior Psychology Lab at the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR, France) for three years.
She has joined the Department of Psychology, within the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in August 2015. Her responsibilities include coordinating two courses for the UG Programmes (1st and 3rd year students), mentoring 20 UG students as well as supervising 14 UG students’ research projects. In addition, she is coordinating one course within the PG Business Programme.

Research interests include social representations and communication, social norms, attitudes and risk taking, behavioural change and environment as well social emotions and social influence.


Buschini, F. & Cristea, M. (under review). La délimitation des groupes sociaux dans l'étude des représentations sociales [Social groups delimitations in the study of social representations]. Bulletin de Psychologie.
Cristea, M., Valencia, J., & Curelaru, M. (accepted with revisions). Qualitative and quantitative centrality of a social representation's core elements: the use of the basic cognitive schemes model. Spanish Journal of Psychology.
Cristea, M. & Gheorghiu, A. (accepted with minor revisions). Attitudes, perceived behavioral control, and intention to adopt risky behaviors. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour.
Cristea, M. & Delhomme, P. (2016). The effects of co-presence on risk perception and intention to engage in risky behaviours. Journal of Safety Research, 56, 97-103. doi:
Cristea, M. & Delhomme, P. (2015). Factors influencing drivers' reading and comprehension of on-board traffic messages. European Review of Applied Psychology, 65(5), 211-219. doi:
Onici, O. Cristea, M. & Nastas, D. (2015). The impact of pet-ownership on everyday self-reported emotions, lay and scientific categorization of emotions. Psihologia sociala, 36, 65-74.
Cristea, M. & Delhomme, P. (2014). Comprehension and acceptability of on-board traffic information: beliefs and driving behaviour. Accident, Analysis, and Prevention 65, 123-130; doi:
Delhomme, P., Cristea, M. & Paran, F. (2014). Implementation of Automatic Speed Enforcement: Covariation with Young Drivers’ Speeding Behaviour and Motivations. European Review of Applied Psychology 64, 131-139. doi:
Cristea, M., Paran, F. & Delhomme, P. (2013). Extending the theory of planned behavior: the role of behavioral options and additional factors in predicting speed behaviour. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior 21, 122-132. doi :
Curelaru, M., Neculau, A. & Cristea, M. (2012). What people think about cloning: social representations of this technique and its associated emotions? Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 11, 3-30 (
Cristea, M. (2011). Romania’s European integration and its media representations. Psihologia sociala 27, 40-49, Iasi: Editura Polirom.
Negură, I., Curelaru, M., Cristea, M. (2011). Relatia dintre contextul social si reprezentarile sociale ale Uniunii Europene in Republica Moldova si Romania [The relationship between social context and social representations of the European Union in Republic of Moldavia and Romania]. Psihologie. Pedagogie speciala. Asistenta sociala 1, 79-86, Chisinau: Editura Universitatii Pedagogie de Stat Ion Creanga.
Curelaru, M., Cristea, M., & Negura, I. (2010). Ideological context and social representations of the European Union. Annals of the University Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Psychology Series XIX, 37-50, Iasi: Editura Universitatii Alexandru Ioan Cuza.

Conference proceedings

Cristea, M., Paran, F., Delhomme, P. (2012). The role of motivations for eco-driving and social norms on behavioural intentions regarding speed limits and time headway. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 66, 1212-1217.
Nastas, D., Onici, O., & Cristea, M. (2010). Systematic and comprehensive investigation of situational antecedents of embarrassment and other socio-moral emotions. Bulgarian Journal of Psychology 1-4, 123-137. Sofia: Bulgarian Psychology Society.
Neculau, A., Cristea, M., Nastas, D. & Onici, O. (2008). Analiza psihosociala a Procesului Bologna [Psychosocial analysis of the Bologna Process]. Proceedings of the 5th National Conference, 72–77, Timisoara: Editura Universitatii de Vest.
Cristea, M. (2007) – Professors’ resistance to change regarding the implementation of Bologna academic principles at the University Alexandru Ioan Cuza of Iasi. Proceedings of the Centenary of Psychology in Romania, 287–293, Bucharest: Editura Universitatii Bucuresti.

Book chapters

Cristea, M. (2015). Dezgustul: aspectele teoretice ale dezgustului moral [Disgust: theoretical aspects of the moral disgust]. In S. Boncu & Nastas, D. (Eds.). Emotiile complexe [Complexe emotions] (pp. 151–160). Iasi: Editura Polirom.
Cristea, M. (2014). Forme ale violentei scolare [The types of school bullying]. In M. Curelaru (Ed.). Violenta in scoala. Repere pentru analiza si interventie [School bullying: analysis and intervention] (pp. 71–88). Iasi: Editura Universitatii Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iasi.

Invited talks

Cristea, M. (April 2016). The theory of planned behaviour: application to road contexts. 3rd Conference “Diaspora in cercetarea stiintifica si invatamantul superior in Romania” [Diaspora in the Scientific Research and the Higher Education in Romania], Timisoara (Romania).

Oral presentations/posters to international conferences

Lansdown, T. & Cristea, M. (accepted, August 2016). Student Drivers’ Propensity to Engage with Distractions. International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology, Brisbane (Australia).
Cristea, M. (July 2015). National vs. European identity and social representations of Europe among Romanian young people. 14th European Congress of Psychology, Milan (Italy).
Ernst-Vintila, A. & Cristea, M. (September 2014). Contextes politiques et représentations sociales. Les représentations de l’injustice en contexte totalitaire et post-totalitaire [Political contexts and social representations. The social representation of injustice in totalitarian versus post-totalitarian contexts]. 10th International Conference of Social Psychology in French, Paris (France).
Nastas, D., Pascal, E., & Cristea, M. (July 2014). Embarrassment, emphatic embarrassment and susceptibility to social influence: a comparison between two experiments. 17th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology, Amsterdam (Netherlands).
Cristea, M., Paran, F. & Delhomme, P. (June 2012). The role of motivations for eco-driving and social norms on behavioral intentions regarding speed limits and time headway. VIII International Conference on Applied Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Paris (France).
Pascal, E., Cristea, M. & Nastas, D. (July 2011). Embarrassment and susceptibility to influence. 16th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology, Stockholm (Sweden).
Cristea, M. & Neculau, A. (July 2011). Central or peripheral in the social representation of the European integration? A centrality check. 12th European Congress of Psychology, Istanbul (Turkey).
Curelaru, M., Negură, I. & Cristea, M. (July 2010). The influence of the ideological – global context on social representations of the European Union. 10th International Congress on Social Representations, Gammarth (Tunisia).
Nastas, D., Onici, O. & Cristea, M. (November 2009). Systematic and comprehensive investigation of situational antecedents of embarrassment and other socio-moral emotions. Southeast European Regional Conference of Psychology, Sofia (Bulgaria).
Nastas, D., Onici, O. & Cristea, M. (October 2009). When asking for a flower people bring another one or a bouquet: Accounting emotions’ interference and co-occurrence in narratives of embarrassment. Conference on „Changing emotions”, Brussels (Belgium).
Cristea, M. (July 2009). Romanians and the Process of European Integration: A Psychosocial Analysis. 11thEuropean Congress of Psychology, Oslo (Norway).



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