Personale docente

Caterina Suitner

Professore associato confermato


Indirizzo: VIA VENEZIA, 8 - PADOVA . . .

Telefono: 0498276362


  • Il Lunedi' dalle 12:30 alle 14:30
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1. Wealth Inequality (WI): The wealth owned by the eight richest persons in the world is equivalent to the wealth owned by the poorest 50% of the world, and things are getting worse. The increasing WI is associated with important health and social problems such reduced life expectancy, enhanced criminality and mental health issues, reduced levels of trust happiness and life satisfaction (Wilkinson and Pickett, 2009).
Data consistently show that people underestimate inequality, yet wishing for more equal societies (Norton, 2011). This line of studies investigates the asymmetry between being ready to redistribute reducing taxation to the poor and being reluctant to enhance taxation for the top richest portion of the population. Antecedents, consequences, and communication strategies are investigated.

Wilkinson, R. G., & Pickett, K. E. (2017). The enemy between us: The psychological and social costs of inequality. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47(1), 11-24.

Hofmann, E., Hoelzl, E., & Kirchler, E. (2008). Preconditions of voluntary tax compliance: Knowledge and evaluation of taxation, norms, fairness, and motivation to cooperate. Zeitschrift für Psychologie/Journal of Psychology, 216(4), 209-217.

2. Fake news, Conspiracy theories, and trust in science
Skepticism toward science is emerging in recent movements questioning vaccination safety or climate change. Often the skepticism is associated with conspiracy beliefs that undermine the trust in institutions, suggesting simple and engaging explanations of complex events. This line of research addresses the cognitive and motivational underpinnings of such beliefs and the communication strategies (e.g, false balance phenomena) that may contribute to decision making.

Salvador Casara, B. G., Suitner, C., & Bettinsoli, M. L. (2019). Viral suspicions: Vaccine hesitancy in the Web 2.0. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 25(3), 354.

Douglas, K. M., Uscinski, J. E., Sutton, R. M., Cichocka, A., Nefes, T., Ang, C. S., & Deravi, F. (2019). Understanding conspiracy theories. Political Psychology, 40, 3-35.

3. Work issues

A first line of investigation concerns the work-life balance and specifically people’s attitudes towards voluntary childfree people, the role of economic and gender inequality.
A second issue relates to self-management organizational structure and its effects on wellbeing.
Lee, M. Y., & Edmondson, A. C. (2017). Self-managing organizations: Exploring the limits of less-hierarchical organizing. Research in organizational behavior, 37, 35-58.

Filippi, S., Suitner, C., Salvador Casara, B., Pirrone, D., & Yerkes, M. A. (2021, March 18). Balancing Identities: How Economic Inequality and Class Affect Work-life Balance. Retrieved from

Kalliath, T., & Brough, P. (2008). Work-life balance: A review of the meaning of the balance construct. Journal of management & organization, 14(3), 323-327.

Il ricevimento di mar 14 giugno è sospeso per motivi personali.

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Linee di Ricerca

- Wealth Inequality: communication strategies to promote support for redistribution
- Conspiracy beliefs & bullshit sensitivity
- Work-Life balance

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Nota per chi deve sostenere l'esame di Comunicazione e persuasione (L3).
I testi sono:

Rumiati, R. & Lotto, L. (2007). Introduzione alla psicologia della comunicazione. Bologna: il Mulino.

Cavazza, N. (2009) Comunicazione e persuasione. Bologna: il Mulino.

Arcuri, L. (2008) Crescere con la TV e Internet. Il Mulino, Bologna.


Nota per chi deve sostenere l'esame di Psicologia del lavoro

SOLO Per chi deve fare 4 crediti la bibliografia consiste nel preparare i capitoli 2-3-4-5-6-7 -11 del libro di Haslam.
Haslam, Alexander S.; Cortini, Michela; Pagliaro, Stefano, Psicologia delle organizzazioniS. Alexander Haslamedizione italiana a cura di Michela Cortini e Stefano Pagliaro. Santarcangelo di Romagna: Maggioli, 2015
La modalità di esame è sempre a risposta multipla.
Per chi deve fare 9 crediti--> vedi syllabus corrente (indipendentemente dall'anno di immatricolazione)

>>>>>MODALITA' di esame riportate sui Moodle sei singoli corsi (consultare la pagine del corso erogato nell'anno accademico corrente)