I have two main research interests:
(1) Counterfactual thinking. Research addresses: (a) the influence of social and contextual norms in the generation of counterfactual alternatives; and (b) the effects of counterfactual communication on impression formation.
(2) Social psychology of politics. Research is focused on: (a) political communication and its effects on voters; (b) the perception of political candidates; and (c) the explanation processes regarding political issues/events and their links with voting intention.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Causal Attribution
- Communication, Language
- Intergroup Relations
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Law and Public Policy
- Political Psychology
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
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- Mandel, D., Hilton, D., & Catellani, P. (Eds.). (2005). The psychology of counterfactual thinking. London: Routledge.
- Bertolotti, M., Catellani, P., Douglas, K.M., & Sutton R.M. (2013). The “Big Two” in political communication: The effects of attacking and defending politicians’ leadership or morality. Social Psychology, 44, 117-128.
- Catellani, P., & Alberici, A.I. (2012). Does the candidate matter? Comparing the voting choice of early and late deciders. Political Psychology, 33, 619-634.
- Catellani, P., Alberici, I., & Milesi, P. (2004). Counterfactual thinking and stereotypes: The nonconformity effect. European Journal of Social Psychology, 34, 421-436.
- Catellani, P., & Bertolotti, M. (2013). The effects of counterfactual defences on social judgements. European Journal of Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.1995
- Catellani, P. & Covelli, P. (2013). The strategic use of counterfactual communication in politics. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 32, 495-504.
- Catellani, P., & Milesi, P. (2001). Counterfactuals and roles: Mock victims' and perpetrators' accounts of judicial cases. European Journal of Social Psychology, 31, 247-264.
- Catellani, P., Milesi, P., & Alberici, A.I. (2013). Counterfactuals, the national economy, and voting choice. Current Psychology. DOI: 10.1007/s12144-013-9196-z
- Flecker, J., De Witte, H., Hentges, G., Catellani, P., De Weerdt, Y., & Milesi, P. (2005). Experiences in working life and the attraction of the extreme right. Empirical findings of a European study. Ethical Perspectives, 12, 141-170.
- Milesi, P., & Catellani, P. (2011). The day after an electoral defeat: Counterfactuals and collective action. British Journal of Social Psychology, 50, 690-706.
- Catellani, P. (2011). Counterfactuals in the social context: The case of political interviews and their effects. In D. Birke, M. Butter, & T. Koeppe (Eds.), Counterfactual thinking-Counterfactual writing (pp. 81-94). De Gruyter: Berlin/Boston.
- Catellani, P. (2004). Political psychology, Overview. In C. Spielberger (Ed.), Encyclopaedia of applied psychology (pp. 51-65). London: Elesevier.
- Catellani, P., & Bertolotti, M. (2013). Political communication, social cognitive processes, and voters’ judgments. In: J. Forgas, O. Vincze, & J. Laszlo (Eds.), Social cognition and communication. New York: Psychology Press, pp. 283-296.
- Catellani, P., Bertolotti, M., & Covelli, V. (2013). Counterfactual communication in politics: Features and effects on voters. In I. Poggi, F. D'Errico, L. Vincze, & A. Vinciarelli (Eds.), Multimodal communication in political speech. Shaping minds and social actions, Berlin, Springer Verlag, pp. 75-85.
- Catellani, P., & Milesi, P. (2007). Two psychological routes to right-wing extremism: How Italian workers cope with change. In J. Flecker (Ed.), Changes in working life and the appeal of the extreme right (pp. 105-121). Ashgate, London.
- Catellani, P., & Milesi, P. (2006). Juries in Italy: Legal and extra-legal norms in sentencing. In M. Kaplan & A. Martin Rodriguez (Eds.), Understanding world jury systems through social psychological research. New York: Psychology Press.
- Catellani, P., & Milesi, P. (2005). When the context is the case: Counterfactuals in the courtroom. In D. Mandel, D. Hilton, & P. Catellani (Eds.), The psychology of counterfactual thinking (pp. 183-198). London: Routledge.
- Catellani, P., Milesi, P., & Crescentini, A. (2006). One root, different branches: Identity, injustice, and schism. In B. Klandermans & N. Mayer (Eds.), Right wing extremists in Europe. Through the magnifying glass. London: Routledge, pp. 204-223.
- De Weerdt, Y., Catellani, P., De Witte, H., & Milesi, P. (2007). Perceived socio-economic change and right-wing extremism: A survey among European workers. In J. Flecker (Ed.), Changes in Working Life and the Appeal of the Extreme Right. London: Ashgate.
- Milesi, P., Chirumbolo, A., & Catellani, P. (2006). Italy: The offspring of fascism. In B. Klandermans & N. Mayer (Eds.), Extreme right activists in Europe. Through the magnifying glass. London: Routledge, pp. 67-92.
- Psychology of Communication
- Social Psychology of Politics
Department of Psychology
Catholic University of Milan
Largo Gemelli, 1
- Phone: +39 02-72342906
- Fax: +39 02-72342280