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  • FROOD - Framing food

    FROOD - Framing food

    This research project focuses on how to make food communication more effective, to promote choices in harmony with health, well-being and the environment.
  • Framing and the Environment

    Framing and the Environment

    In this research project the effects of communication aimed at promoting public policies of mitigation and adaptation to climate change are studied.
  • Attacks, Defences, Forgiving

    Attacks, Defences, Forgiving

    This research project examines the effects of attacks and defenses on people's reputation, ad dell as forgiveness.
  • The Psychology of Vote

    The Psychology of Vote

    In this research project the role of cognitive and psychosocial factors in the formation of political attitudes and in vote choice is analyzed.

Comunicazione politica online: un percorso a due velocità

Catellani, P. (2019). Echo. Rivista interdisciplinare di comunicazione, 1, 20-27. 

Applying psychology of persuasion to conversational agents through reinforcement learning: An exploratory study

Di Massimo, F., Carfora, V., Catellani, P., & Piastra, M. (2019). CEUR – Workshop Proceedings, 2481, 27.  

La nuova partecipazione politica: tra pensieri veloci e pensieri lenti.

Catellani, P. (2019). In Allegretti, G., Fasano L., Sorice, M. (a cura di), Politica oltre la politica. Civismo vs autoritarismo, Milano, Fondazione Feltrinelli, pp. 90-113.

Regulatory focus and the effect of nutritional messages on health and well-being: The case of red meat intake.

Bertolotti, M., Carfora, V. & Catellani, P. (2019). Applied Psychology: Health and Wellbeing, in press.

Informational and emotional daily messages to reduce red and processed meat consumption.

Carfora, V., Bertolotti, M., & Catellani, P. (2019). Appetite, 141,  

How to reduce red and processed meat consumption by daily text messages targeting environment or health benefits. 

Carfora, V., Catellani, P., Caso, D., & Conner, M. (2019). Journal of Environmental Psychology, 65, 

Il senno di poi degli elettori: illusioni, delusioni, sorprese.

Bertolotti, M. e Catellani, P. (2018). In ITANES (a cura di), Vox populi. Il voto ad alta voce del 2018, Il Mulino, Bologna, pp. 225-238. 

Prevedibilità, nessi causali e attribuzione di responsabilità: le inconsce difficoltà del giudicare col “senno di poi”.

Catellani, P. (2018). In S. Azzali, U. Morera e G. Rojas Elgueta, (a cura di) Errori cognitivi e arbitrato, Il Mulino, Bologna, pp. 227-248. 

Different frames to reduce red meat intake: The moderating role of self-efficacy.

Bertolotti, M., Carfora, V. & Catellani, P. (2019). Health Communication. 


Fondazione Feltrinelli – 29 gennaio 2020

We The Media/Manipolazione e consenso  

60 Minuti – RSI – 4 novembre 2019

Perché in politica piace l'uomo forte?, Programma condotto da Reto Ceschi, 4 novembre 2019  

Radio Radicale - 9 settembre 2019

Presentazione del libro di Antonio Funiciello "Il metodo Machiavelli"  


Milano - dicembre 2019: Analisi del risultato elettorale e ragionamento controfattuale nella comunicazione politica online

Bertolotti, M., Pupi, V. e Catellani, P. Relazione presentata al Convegno annuale dell’Associazione Italiana di Comunicazione Politica Milano, 12-14 dicembre

Bari - November 2019: Applying psychology of persuasion via artificial intelligence to conversational agents: An exploratory study

Di Massimo, F., Carfora, V., Catellani, P. & Piastra, M.  Paper presented at the CLiC-it 2019 – Sesta Conferenza Italiana di Linguistica Computazionale  Bari, 13-15 Novembre

Roma - novembre 2019: Effetti della comunicazione controfattuale sulle attribuzioni causali e di responsabilità di giudici esperti e simulati

Catellani P., Bertolotti, M., Pajardi, D. e Vagni, M.  Relazione presentata al IV Convegno Nazionale di Psicologia Giuridica Roma, 7-9 novembre



The monographic paper in the ComPol journal is online with several in-depth analysis on the media emloyed in 2013 political campaign and on the related effects.
Inside the journal the paper with my contribution: Barisione, M., Catellani, P. & Garzia, D. (2014). Between Facebook and TV news. Media Exposure and Leader Perception in the 2013 Election Campaign in Italy. Comunicazione Politica6, 185-207.
Read the abstract ...

Between Facebook and TV News. Media Exposure and Leader Perception in the 2013 Election Campaign in Italy


In the increasingly diversified environment of political communication, leaders’ popularity may rest not only on the voters’ main sources of political information, but also on the degree of congruence between leader and media communication styles and requirements. Using ITANES Rolling Cross Section (RCS) CAWI survey, conducted on a sample of 8.700 Italian voters throughout the forty days preceding the 2013 election, we have analyzed Silvio Berlusconi (‘People of Freedom’ party), Pierluigi Bersani (Democratic Party), Mario Monti (Center Coalition), and Beppe Grillo’s (Five Star Movement) popularity dynamics, with particular regard to the relationships between voters’ leader evaluations and their patterns of media exposure. Our results show persisting patterns of media partisanship and ideological polarization in Italy, especially regarding Mediaset TV channels and left-wing newspapers. Voters using the Internet as a main source of political information appear to be their party’s leader strongest supporters, whereas high levels of Internet activism are associated with more interest in politics and, hence, generally higher leader approval ratings. Despite being relatively politicized, those receiving campaign-related information even via Facebook are, on the contrary, more negative towards all political leaders. Finally, regular viewers of TV entertainment shows continue to present clear pro-Berlusconi attitudes. In conclusion, we argue that political preferences are clearly structured along lines of media exposure, but their dynamics over the election campaign are quite homogeneous across the different media. A final focus on the case of Beppe Grillo provides further evidence of the ‘hybrid’ and interconnected nature of contemporary media systems, whereby a political actor can be successful even in those arenas where he/she plays no direct role (i.e. Grillo in TV). 


Patrizia Catellani

Professore ordinario
di Psicologia Sociale
Dipartimento di Psicologia
Università Cattolica di Milano
Largo Gemelli, 1
I-20123 Milano
Tel: 02-72342906
Cell.: 3356741468
Fax: 02-72342280