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Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00 Psico1, Via Venezia 8, secondo piano Il ricevimento del 21.1. viene spostato a Mercoledi 22.1. (ore 10-11)

Il ricevimento sara' sospeso dal 4 al 25 di Febbraio e riprendera' normalmente dal 3 di Marzo. Durante il mese di Febbraio sono disponibile per incontri via skype, su richiesta fatta via email (
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Proposals for thesis

TEMA 1: La disuguaglianza economica: come influenza le persone e come le persone reagiscono ad essa

Orario: da stabilire
Tutor: Anne Maass e Carmen Cervone

Secondo statistiche recenti, il 20% più ricco della popolazione italiana possiede il 68% dell’intera ricchezza del nostro paese, mentre il 20% della popolazione più povera solo lo 0,6 %. I dati a disposizione suggeriscono inoltre che la disuguaglianza economica in Italia è destinata ad aumentare nei prossimi anni. Questo laboratorio si propone di indagare la percezione che gli italiani hanno dei livelli di disuguaglianza economica nel paese e di studiare i possibili differenti effetti negativi della disuguaglianza sulla popolazione più privilegiata, i più poveri e la classe intermedia.

Mani,A., Mullainathan, S., Shafir, E., & Zhao, J. (2014). Poverty impedes cognitive function. Science, 341, 976-980.

Norton, M., Ariely, D. (2011). Building a better America-One wealth quintile at a time. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6, 9-12.

Jetten, J., Mols, F., Postmes, T. (2015). Relative deprivation and relative wealth enhances antiimmigrant sentiments:TheV-curve re-examined. PLoSONE, 10:e0139156.doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0139156.

Wilkinson, R. (2011). Come la disparità economica danneggia la società. Filmato.


ATTENZIONE: a causa dell'esame di stato i laboratori di tesi quest'anno non potranno iniziare prima di Dicembre 2019.

Curriculum Vitae
Anne Maass is professor of social psychology at the University of Padova. She received her MS at the University of Heidelberg and her Ph.D. at Florida State University. She has been visiting professor at Arizona State University, UC Davis, University of Kiel, Griffith University, University of Heidelberg, Nagoya University, University of Mannheim, and the New School for Social Research (2013/14 and, as Heuss Professor, 2017/18). She has been Associate Editor the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology. She has received the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize (together with Carnaghi et al.) in 2007 and the Henri Tajfel Award in 2011 and is member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) since 2014.

Lecturer's Curriculum (PDF): F01ED8AAF1AE23530A22C445D211053B.pdf

Research areas
My current research interests focus mainly on two issues:

1) The interaction between language and social cognition. Through experimental work and archive analyses I am investigating how different features of language (such grammatical gender, word order, metaphors, writing direction) affect how we perceive individuals and groups and how we interpret their actions. I am also interested in how listeners are affected by gay/lesbian- (vs. heterosexual-) sounding voices.

2) The psychological consequences of and reactions to economic inequality. Through both correlational and experimental approaches I am investigating how people perceive economic inequality and how they react to strategies (such as progressive taxation) aimed at redistibuting income and wealth.

Selected publications:


Maass, A., Suitner, C. & Deconchy, J.-P. (2014). Living in an asymmetrical world: How writing direction affects thought and action, Routledge Monographs in Behavioural Science ISBN 13: 9780415521987 ISBN 10: 041552198X


Merkel, E., Maass, A., Faralli, M., & Cacciari, C. (2017). It only needs one man – or can mixed groups be described by feminine generics? Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics. 17, 45-59.

Fasoli, F., Maass, A. & Sulpizio S. (2017). Stereotypical disease inferences from gay/lesbian vs. heterosexual voice, Journal of Homosexuality, 64, 1-25.

Formanowicz, M., Roessel, J., Maass, A., & Suitner, C. (2017). Verbs as Linguistic Markers of Agency: The Social Side of Grammar. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 566-579.

Galdi, S., Maass, A., & Cadinu, M. (2017, in press). Defending the Victim of Sexual Harassment: The Influence of Civil Courage and Media Exposure. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 41(3), 338-351.

Fasoli, F., Maass, A., Paladino, M. & Sulpizio, S. (2017). Gay- and Lesbian-Sounding Vocal Cues Elicit Stereotyping and Discrimination, Archives of Sexual Behavior 46, 1-17 doi:10.1007/s10508-017-0962-0

Timeo, S., Farroni, T. & Maass, A. (2017). Race and Color: Two Sides of One Story? Development of Biases in Categorical Perception. Child Development, 88, 83-102.

Guizzo, F., Cadinu, M., Galdi, S., Maass, A., & Latrofa, M. (2017). Objecting to Objectification: Women’s Collective Action against Sexual Objectification on Television. Sex Roles, 77, 352-365.

Suitner, C., Maass, A., & Ronconi, L. (2017). From Spatial to Social Asymmetry: Spontaneous and Conditioned Associations of Gender and Space. Psychology of Women Quarterly.41, 46-64. 0361684316676045.

Suitner, C., Maass, A., Bettinsoli, M. L., Carraro, L., & Kumar, S. (2017). Left-handers’ struggle in a rightward wor (l) d: The relation between horizontal spatial bias and effort in directed movements. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 1-30. ISSN: 1357-650X, doi: 10.1080/1357650X.2015.1118112

Suitner, C., & Maass, A. (2016). Spatial Agency Bias: Representing People in Space. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 53, 245-301.

Moè, A., Cadinu, M., & Maass, A. (2015). Women drive better if not stereotyped. Accident Analysis & Prevention. 85, 199-206 [DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2015.09.021]

Bettinsoli, M. L., Maass, A., Suitner, C., & Kashima. Y. (2015). Word-Order and Causal Inference: The Temporal Attribution Bias. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 60, 144-149.

Lecturer's Publications (PDF): F01ED8AAF1AE23530A22C445D211053B.pdf

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
PS2381 COMMON PSP8083160 6 1st Year (2019/20) Second
PS2295 COMMON PSN1029555 9 1st Year (2019/20) First