Personale docente

Caterina Suitner

Professore associato confermato


Indirizzo: VIA VENEZIA, 8 - PADOVA . . .

Telefono: 0498276362


  • Il Lunedi' dalle 15:30 alle 17:30
    presso via Venezia 12_ secondo piano studio 21

1. Embodiment and its boundary conditions

According to the embodied cognition approach, the body, its perceptions and motoric experiences are critical for both concomitant (online) and postponed (offline) higher cognitive processes (Barsalou, 1993, 2008;Wilson, 2002). This research line aims to individuate the boundary conditions of grounded cognition, investigating moderators such as construal level (Liberman, Trope, 1998; GLOMO SYSTEM, Forster, 2012), mortality salience (Terror Management Theory, Solomon, Greenberg e Pyszczynski, 1991), and mindfulness (Bishop e colleghi, 2009).

Barsalou, L. W. (1999). Perceptual symbol systems. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 22, 577–660.
Wilson, M. (2002). Six views of embodied cognition. Psychonomic bulletin & review, 9(4), 625-636.
Förster, J. (2012). GLOMOsys The How and Why of Global and Local Processing. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 21(1), 15-19.¬¬
Greenberg, J., Solomon, S., & Pyszczynski, T. (1997). Terror management theory of self-esteem and cultural worldviews: Empirical assessments and conceptual refinements. Advances in experimental social psychology, 29, 61-139.
Bishop, S.R., Lau, M., Shapiro, S., Carlson, L., et al. (2004). "Mindfulness: A Proposed Operational Definition", Clin Psychol Sci Prac 11:230–241.

2. Language and cognition: politically correct

This research line aims to investigate the role articles, metaphors, connectors and abstraction level in the field of social cognition.

Chiu, C. Y., Leung, A. K., & Kwan, L. (2007). Language, cognition, and culture: Beyond the Whorfian hypothesis.
Lakoff, G. (1993). The contemporary theory of metaphor. Metaphor and thought, 2, 202-251.

3. Objectification: which object for which person?

This research line aims to investigate the content of objectification (Frederickson & Roberts, 1997) of men and women, according to sexual orientation. The difference between aesthetic and instrumental objectifications is specifically investigated (Bartky, 1990,Fitzsimons e Shah, 2009).

Fredrickson, B. L., & Roberts, T. A. (1997). Objectification theory. Psychology of Women quarterly, 21(2), 173-206.
Bartky, S. L. (1990). Femininity and domination: Studies in the phenomenology of oppression. Psychology Press.
Fitzsimons, G. M., & Shah, J. Y. (2009). Confusing one instrumental other for another: Goal effects on social categorization. Psychological Science, 20(12), 1468-1472.

Il ricevimento studenti del 14 ottobre sarà dalle ore 12 alle ore 14

Office hours: 14 october: 11am-1pm

Research lines, with some of the specific issues proposed for PhD students:
- Language and Social Cognition
- Persuasive vs. informative communication
- Spatial Cognition: spatial bias and their relation to social cognition
- Perception and Social Cognition, which relation, which moderators
-conspiracy beliefs & bullshit sensitivity

Nota per chi deve sostenere l'esame di Persuasione e Influenza Sociale:
Link alla dispensa su come si scrive un progetto:


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 informatica: si rivolga al suo docente di riferiemnto.
Questa è la distribuzione corrente:

PS1082 (L1)
2016 Grassi (solo per la sessione invernale)
2017 Campana

PS1085 (L3)
2017 Bobbio

PS1842 (L5)
2017 Robusto

PS1083 (L4 v.o. + L2)
2016 Pettarin

PS2295 (L4 n.o)
2017 Pettarin