SSST Professors


Prof. Emanuele Castano


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Research Interests

  • Cultural Products and Social Cognition
  • Theory of Mind and Theory of Society
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Morality
  • Empathy
  • Social Justice
  • Conflict Resolution and Management
  • Mediation and Negotiation
  • International Relations
  • Existential Motives of Social Behaviour
  • Organizational behavior
  • International Humanitarian Law

Representative Publications

  • Fiction and Social Cognition
    • Kidd D. C. & Castano, E. (2018a). Reading Literary Fiction and Theory of Mind: Three Pre-registered Replications and Extensions of Kidd and Castano. Social Psychological and Personality Science. doi:10.1177/1948550618775410
    • Kidd D. C. & Castano, E. (2017a). Different Stories: How Levels of Familiarity with Literary and Genre Fiction Relate to Mentalizing. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 11(4), 474-486. doi: 10.1037/aca0000069
    • Kidd, D.M., & Castano, E. (2013). Reading literary fiction improves theory of mind. Science, 342(6156), 377-380. doi: 10.1126/science.1239918.
  • Intergroup Relations, Conflict, Morality
    • Leidner, B, *Kardos, P., Castano, E. (2018). The Effects of Moral and Pragmatic Arguments Against Torture on Demands for Judicial Reform. Political Psychology (39), 143-162. doi:10.1111/pops.12386
    • Coman, A., Stone, C., Castano, E., & Hirst, W. (2014). Justifying atrocities: The effect of moral disengagement strategies on the socially shared retrieval induced forgetting of justifications. Psychological Science, 25(6), 1281-1285. doi: 10.1177/0956797614531024
    • Leidner, B., Castano, E., & Ginges, J. (2013). Dehumanization, retributive and restorative justice, and aggressive versus diplomatic intergroup conflict resolution strategies. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39(2), 181-192. doi: 10.1177/0146167212472208
    • Castano, E., & Giner-Sorolla, R. (2006). Not quite human: Infra-humanization as a response to collective responsibility for intergroup killing. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90(5), 804-818. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.90.5.804
  • Existential Psychology
    • Castano, E., *Leidner, B., *Bonacossa, A., *Nikkah, J., *Perrulli, R., *Spencer, B. & Humphrey, N. (2011). Ideology, fear of death and death anxiety. Political Psychology, 32(4), 601-621. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9221.2011.00822.x
    • Castano, E., & Dechesne, M. (2005). On defeating death: Group reification and social identification as strategies for transcendence. In W., Stroebe & M., Hewstone (Eds.), European Review of Social Psychology (pp. 221-255). Chichester, UK: Wiley. doi:10.1080/10463280500436024
    • Castano, E., Yzerbyt, V. Y., Paladino, M. P., & Sacchi, S. (2002). I belong therefore I exist: Ingroup identification, ingroup entitativity, and ingroup bias. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28(2), 135-143. doi: 10.1177/0146167202282001
  • International Relations and Law
    • DiLellio, A., & Castano, E. (2015). The danger of “new norms” and the continuing relevance of IHL in the post- 9/11 era. International Review of the Red Cross, 97 (900), 1277–1293. doi:10.1017/S1816383116000138
    • Castano, E., Sacchi, S., & Gries, P. H. (2003). The perception of “the other” in international relations: Evidence for the polarizing effect of entitativity. Political Psychology, 24(3), 449-468. doi: 10.1111/0162-895X.00336
    • Castano, E. (2004). European identity: A social psychological perspective. In, R.H. Herrmann, T. Risse, & M.B. Brewer (Eds.), Transnational identities: Becoming european in the EU (pp. 40-58). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield

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