attacco difesa perdonoThe goal of this project is to investigate whether political attacks and stereotypes influence the impression of women candidates and the support of the voters for them. Gender stereotypes often influence the assessment of women, who are believed to be weaker than men on some dimensions and stronger on others. Political attacks on one dimension rather than another can affect policies, influencing the assessment of them.


How expert witnesses’ counterfactuals influence causal and responsibility attributions of mock jurors and expert judges.
Catellani, P., Bertolotti, M., Vagni, M., & Pajardi, D. (2021). Applied Cognitive Psychology, 35, 3-17.   pdf

The effects of counterfactual attacks on the morality and leadership of different professionals.
Bertolotti, M. & Catellani, P. (2018). Social Psychology, 49, 154-167.  pdf

The effects of counterfactual defences on social judgements
Catellani, P. & Bertolotti, M. (2014). European Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 82-92. pdf

The effects of factual and counterfactual attacks on social judgments
Catellani, P. e Bertolotti, M. (2014). Social Psychology, 45, 371-381.pdf        

The “Big Two” in political communication: The effects of attacking and defending politicians’ leadership or morality
Bertolotti, M., Catellani, P., Douglas, K.M., & Sutton R.M. (2013). Social Psychology44, 117-128pdf



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
E-mail: patrizia.catellani@unicatt.it