It is now online the final published version of the Article “The Key Role of Empathy in the Relationship between Age and Social Support” by Paola Guariglia, Massimiliano Palmiero, Anna Maria Giannini, and Laura Piccardi published in Healthcare. In the present study, the change in the perceived social support across the lifespan as a function …
It is now online the final published version of the Article “Neural networks underlying visual illusions: An activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis” by Alessandro von Gal, Maddalena Boccia, Raffaella Nori, Paola Verde, Anna Maria Giannini, and Laura Piccardi published in NeuroImage. In the present study, we conducted an Activation Likelihood Estimation (ALE) meta-analysis and meta-analytic connectivity …
It is now online the final published version of the Article “Exploring the relationship between perceived loneliness and subjective cognitive decline in older individuals.” by Anna Pecchinenda, Alla Yankouskaya, Maddalena Boccia, Laura Piccardi, Cecilia Guariglia, and Anna Maria Giannini published in Aging & Mental Health. In the present study we conducted a cluster analysis and …
It is now online the final published version of the Article “A cross-sectional study of gender role adherence, moral disengagement mechanisms and online vulnerability in adolescents.” by Laura Piccardi, Jessica Burrai, Massimiliano Palmiero, Alessandro Quaglieri, Giulia Lausi, Pierluigi Cordellieri, Angelo Fraschetti, Anna Maria Giannini and Emanuela Mari published in Heliyon. In the present study we …
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It is now online the final published version of the Article “Environmental cognitive load and spatial anxiety: What matters in navigation?” by Raffaella Nori, Micaela Maria Zucchelli, Massimiliano Palmiero and Laura Piccardi published in Journal of Environmental Psychology. In the present study we explored the mediating role of anxiety (spatial, trait and state) in the …
It is now online the published version of the Article “Preschoolers’ Perceptual Analogical Reasoning and Map Reading: A Preliminary Study on the Mediating Effect of Spatial Language” by Marco Giancola, Maria Chiara Pino, Valentina Riccio, Laura Piccardi and Simonetta D’Amico published in Children. In the present study 56 typically developing 4- to 6-year-old children performed perceptual …
It is now online the published version of the Article “Examining cognitive determinants of planning future routine events: a pilot study in school-age Italian children (Análisis de los determinantes cognitivos de la planificación de eventos de rutina futuros: un estudio piloto con niños italianos en edad e” by Marco Giancola, Alessia Bocchi, Massimiliano Palmiero, Ilaria …
It is now online the Article “Adaptations of the Walking Corsi Test (WalCT) for 2- and 3-year- old preterm and term-born toddlers: A preliminary study. ” by Nuria Martín-Pozuelo, Verónica Robles-García, Laura Piccardi, Alejandro Quintela del Rio, Javier Cudeiro, Isabel De las Cuevas-Terán, published in Frontiers in Pediatrics. In the present study are preliminary reported data …
It is now online the final published version of the Article “The effect of Sadness on Visual Artistic Creativity in Non-Artists” by Massimiliano Palmero, Laura Piccardi, Marco Giancola, Raffaella Nori and Paola Guariglia published in Brain Sciences.In the…
It is now online the final published version of the Article “Working Memory in Navigational and Reaching Spaces in Typically Developing Children at IncreasingSchool Stages” by Åsa Bartonek, Cecilia Guariglia and Laura Piccardi published in Children.It is …
It is now online the final published version of the Article “Where Am I? Searching for the Tangle in the Developmental Topographical Disorientation” by Laura Piccardi, Vincenza Cofini, Massimiliano Palmiero, Paola Verde, Maddalena Boccia, Liana Palermo, …
It is now online the Article Giant chess game enhances spatial navigational skills in 6-years-old children: preliminary findings by Alessia Bocchi, Massimiliano Palmiero, Filippo Persichetti, Maurizio Matteoli, Cecilia Guariglia and Laura Piccardi publish…
It is now available and online the Chapter Predictive role of estradiol levels on spatial orientation skills in women taking oral contraceptivesby Filippo Bianchini, Paola Verde, Maddalena Boccia, Stefano Colangeli, Francesco Piccolo, Felice Strollo, Anit…
It is now online the final published version of the Article “Divergent thinking in Italian elementary school children: the key role of probabilistic reasoning style” by Marco Giancola, Massimiliano Palmiero, Alessia Bocchi, Laura Piccardi, Raffaella Nori …
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September 21, 2023
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This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
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Screen-reader and keyboard navigation
Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.
These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
Disability profiles supported in our website
Epilepsy Safe Mode: this profile enables people with epilepsy to use the website safely by eliminating the risk of seizures that result from flashing or blinking animations and risky color combinations.
Visually Impaired Mode: this mode adjusts the website for the convenience of users with visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma, and others.
Cognitive Disability Mode: this mode provides different assistive options to help users with cognitive impairments such as Dyslexia, Autism, CVA, and others, to focus on the essential elements of the website more easily.
ADHD Friendly Mode: this mode helps users with ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders to read, browse, and focus on the main website elements more easily while significantly reducing distractions.
Blindness Mode: this mode configures the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is software for blind users that is installed on a computer and smartphone, and websites must be compatible with it.
Keyboard Navigation Profile (Motor-Impaired): this profile enables motor-impaired persons to operate the website using the keyboard Tab, Shift+Tab, and the Enter keys. Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
Additional UI, design, and readability adjustments
Font adjustments – users, can increase and decrease its size, change its family (type), adjust the spacing, alignment, line height, and more.
Color adjustments – users can select various color contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome. Additionally, users can swap color schemes of titles, texts, and backgrounds, with over 7 different coloring options.
Animations – epileptic users can stop all running animations with the click of a button. Animations controlled by the interface include videos, GIFs, and CSS flashing transitions.
Content highlighting – users can choose to emphasize important elements such as links and titles. They can also choose to highlight focused or hovered elements only.
Audio muting – users with hearing devices may experience headaches or other issues due to automatic audio playing. This option lets users mute the entire website instantly.
Cognitive disorders – we utilize a search engine that is linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary, allowing people with cognitive disorders to decipher meanings of phrases, initials, slang, and others.
Additional functions – we provide users the option to change cursor color and size, use a printing mode, enable a virtual keyboard, and many other functions.
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We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
Notes, comments, and feedback
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