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Silvia Moscatelli

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

Academic discipline: M-PSI/05 Social Psychology

Research

Keywords: Morality in social judgment Behavioral synchrony and mimicry Intergroup discrimination Linguistic abstraction

1) Morality in social judgment.

This line of research focuses on the role of the fundamental dimensions of social judgment – morality, competence and sociability – in different contexts.

First, we examine how these evaluative dimensions are implied in personnel selection, with particular attention on their relevance in the evaluation of male and female applicants. We also investigate how the perception of others’ faces along the dimensions of morality and competence influence selection decisions.

Second, we examine the consequences of perceived morality in other individuals: as we have already demonstrated, people tend to consider moral (rather than competent or sociable) others as higher in humanity, and to behave in a more prosocial manner towards them.

Third, we examine how the perception of one’s own group along morality, competence and sociability contribute to the maintenance of a positive social identity in different comparative contexts.

Finally, we examine how social judgment is communicated and transmitted through insults.

2) Behavioral synchrony and mimicry.

This line of research examines the influence of specific information about other individuals – and in particular about their morality/lack of morality – on the tendency to mimic spontaneously others’ behavior and to show synchrony during social interaction.

3) Integroup discrimination

This line of research aims to shed light on the conditions which generate and/or enhance intergroup discrimination. Specifically, we examine the consequences of asymmetries in intergroup relations relative to socio-structural factors such as group status, group size, or group power. Particular attention is devoted to the effects of relative deprivation and relative gratification on discrimination and prejudice.

4) Linguistic abstraction

This line of research analyzes the role of linguistic abstraction in transmitting ingroup favoritism and outgroup derogation. We also investigate the consequences of intergroup contact on the linguistic abstraction employed in outgroup description. Si indaga il ruolo dell'astrazione di verbi e aggettivi utilizzati nel linguaggio quotidiano nella comunicazione di favoritismo per l'ingroup e discriminazione dell'outgroup. Si indagano inoltre le conseguenze del contatto con gruppi diversi dal proprio (ad es., gli immigrati) sull'astrazione linguistica utilizzata per parlare dell'outgroup.