Prof. Antonio Aiello Ph.D; Ordinario di Psicologia Sociale  (SSD M-PSI/05)

Full professor of Social Psychology.

Presidente del Consiglio aggregato del Corso Magistrale interclasse in “Sociologia e Management dei Servizi Sociali” e del Corso di Studio triennale in “Scienze del Servizio Sociale” (a.a 2022/23).

Presidente del Consiglio aggregato del Corso Magistrale in “Gestione e Innovazione dei Servizi Sociali, Imprenditorialità Sociale e Management del Terzo Settore” e del Corso di Studio triennale in “Scienze del Servizio Sociale” (a.a 2023/24).

Fellow ISPP – International Society of Political Psychology (2001- onward).

Commissario ASN 2021-2023/(marzo 2024) SC 11/E3- Psicologia Sociale, del Lavoro e delle Organizzazioni.

Director of the Master Program in “Sociology and Management of Social Services”

Director of the incoming Master Program in “Social Service Management, and Innovation, Social Entrepreneureship and Thir Sector Mangement” (a.a 2023/24)
Director of the Bachelor Program in “Social Work Services Science”

Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche

Via Serafini, No. 3;  56126 Pisa, Italy

e-mail antonio.aiello@unipi.it

Psicologia Politica e Intergroup Relations

Discursive social psychology

Psicologia del Lavoro, delle Risorse Umane e delle Organizzazioni.

Psicologia Sociale delle nuove tecnologie.

Social, Political and Work/Organizational Human Resources Psychology.

Social and Political Psychology Unit Lab

Orario di ricevimento – Office Hour (accesso rapido – link)

Didattica (accesso rapido) a.a 2023/24

Sintesi dal Curriculum Prof. A. Aiello

Per le linee principali di ricerca, il curriculum e una selezione di pubblicazioni si possono consultare le apposite sezioni.

Per i laboratori: come esempio consultare “Intergroup Relations in Political Psychology”.

Progetto Horizon 2020 “UMI-Sci-Ed” (per saperne subito un po’ di più … clicca qui!)

Progetto Europeo “Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme/CoSpIRom

International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP)

Selezione di alcune pubblicazioni recenti (WOS /SCOPUS ) dell’Unità di Ricerca in Psicologia Sociale e Politica coordinata dal Dott. Alessio Tesi (per informazioni alessio.tesi@unipi.it  “University of Pisa Social and Political Psychology Research Unit”)

Componenti per il Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche: Prof. A. Aiello, Dott.ssa D. Di Santo, Dott. A. Tesi.


  1. Contu, F*., Tesi, A.*, Aiello, A. (2023). Intergroup Contact Is Associated with Less Negative Attitude toward Women Managers: The Bolstering Effect of Social Dominance Orientation. Behavioral Science, 13; 973. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs13120973 *Shared first authorship
  2. Aiello A., Tesi A. (2023). Does This Setting Really Fit With Me?”: How Support for Group-Based Social Hierarchies Predicts a Higher Perceived Misfit in Hierarchy-Attenuating Settings. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/jasp.12949
  3. Tesi A, Di Santo D, Aiello A. (2023). The Pathway between Social Dominance Orientation and Drop out from Hierarchy-Attenuating Contexts: The Role of Moral Foundations and Person-Environment Misfit. Behavioral Sciences. 13(9), 712. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs13090712
  4. Contu, F.*, Di Santo, D.*, Baldner, C., Pierro, A. (2023). Examining the Interaction between Perceived Cultural Tightness and Prevention Regulatory Focus on Life Satisfaction in Italy. Sustainability. https://doi.org/10.3390/su15031865 *Shared first authorship


  1. Tesi A., Aiello A., Pratto F. (2022). How people higher on social dominance orientation deal with hierarchy-attenuating institutions: the person-environment (mis)fit perspective in the grammar of hierarchies.  Current Psychology –  Springer Natures12144-022-03627-5 (accesso aperto)
  2. Prati, F. Pratto, F., Bou Zeineddine, F., Sweetman, J., Aiello, A., Petrovic, N., Rubini, M. (2022). From Social Dominance to Political Engagement: The Role of Political Beliefs and Group Status. Political Psychology, vol. 1, p. 1-23, https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12745
  3. Di Santo, D., Pierro, A., Ellenberg, M., Baldner, C., & Kruglanski, A. W. (2022) By all means necessary: Closed mindedness, ingroup morality, and weapon ownership. European Journal of Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2857
  4. Di Santo, D., Gelfand, M. J., Baldner, C., & Pierro, A. (2022). The Moral Foundations of Desired Cultural Tightness. Frontiers in psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.739579
  5. Baldner, C., Di Santo, D., Viola, M., Pierro, A. (2022). Perceived COVID-19 Threat and Reactions to Noncompliant Health-Protective Behaviors: The Mediating Role of Desired Cultural Tightness and the Moderating Role of Age. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19042364
  6. Mula, S., Di Santo, D., Resta, E., Bakhtiari, F., Baldner, C., Molinario, E., Pierro, A., Gelfand, M. J., et al. (2022). Concern with COVID-19 Pandemic Threat and Attitudes Towards Immigrants: The Mediating Effect of the Desire for Tightness. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cresp.2021.100028
  7. Baldner, C., Pierro, A., Di Santo, D., & Cabras, C. (2022). How the mere desire for certainty can lead to a preference for men in authority (particularly among political liberals). Journal of Applied Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12830
  8. Baldner, C., Pierro, A., Di Santo, D., & Kruglanski, A. W. (2022). Men and women who want epistemic certainty are at-risk for hostility towards women leaders. The Journal of Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224545.2021.1933371
  9. Resta, E., Mula, S., Baldner, C., Di Santo, D., Agostini, M., Bélanger, J. J., Gützkow, B., Kreienkamp, J., Abakoumkin, G., et al. (2022). ‘We are all in the same boat’: How societal discontent affects intention to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2572
  10. Keng, S.-L., Stanton, M.V., Haskins, L., Almenara, C.A., Ickovics, J., Jones, A. Grigsby-Toussaint, D., Agostini, M., Bélanger, J. J., Gützkow, B., […] Di Santo, D., […] Leander, N. P. (2022). COVID-19 Stressors and Health Behaviors: A Multilevel Longitudinal Study across 86 Countries. Preventive Medicine Reports. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2022.101764
  11. Enea, V., Eisenbeck, N., Carreño, D. F., Douglas, K. M., Sutton, R. M., Agostini, M., Bélanger, J. J., Gützkow, B., Kreienkamp, J., Abakoumkin, G. […] Di Santo, D., […] Leander, N. P. (2022). Intentions to be Vaccinated Against COVID-19: The Role of Prosociality and Conspiracy Beliefs across 20 Countries. Health Communication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2021.2018179
  12. Schumpe, B. M., Van Lissa, C. J., Bélanger, J. J., Ruggeri, K., Mierau, J., Nisa, C. F., Molinario, E., Gelfand, M.J., Stroebe, W., Agostini, M. […] Di Santo, D., […] Leander, N. P. (2022). Predictors of Adherence to Public Health Behaviors for Fighting COVID-19 Derived from Longitudinal Data. Scientific Reports. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-04703-9
  13. van Breen, J. A., Kutlaca, M., Koç, Y., Jeronimus, B. F., Reitsema, A. M., Jovanovic, V., Agostini, M., Bélanger, J. J., Gützkow, B., Kreienkamp, J., […] Di Santo, D., […] Leander, N. P. (2022). Lockdown Lives: A Longitudinal Study of Inter-Relationships Among Feelings of Loneliness, Social Contacts, and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Lockdown in Early 2020. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1177/01461672211036602
  14. van Lissa, C. J., Stroebe, W., vanDellen, M. R., Leander, N. P., Agostini, M., Draws, T., Grygoryshyn, A., Gützgow, B., Kreienkamp, J., Vetter, C. S., […] Di Santo, D., […] Bélanger, J. J. (2022). Using Machine Learning to Identify Important Predictors of COVID-19 Infection Prevention Behaviors During the Early Phase of the Pandemic. Patterns. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.patter.2022.100482


  1. Minou Ella Mebane, Antonio Aiello, Donata Francescato (2021). Political Gender Gap and Social Dominance Orientation. In Psycho-Social Aspects of Human Sexuality and Ethics, Edited by D. S. Sheriff. pp. 15. InthecOpen London: UK. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.92222 ISBN 978-1-83962-441-4
  2. Tesi, A,, Aiello, A. 2021). Uncertainty” beyond Perceived Employability among Dropouts of the Educational System: The Role of Big Five Personality Traits, Need for Closure and System Justification Beliefs.  Psicologia Sociale (2) http://dx.doi.org/10.1482/100096
  3. Tesi, A., Aiello, A. (2021). La valutazione del benessere organizzativo: lo “Strumento Integrato per la Valutazione del Benessere Organizzativo (SIVBO)” nel framework teorico del modello “Job Demands-Resources”. The assessment of organizational well-being: the “Integrated tool of organizational well-being (SIVBO)” into the framework of the “Job Demands-Resources” model.  Psicologia della Salute.
  4. Tesi, A. (2021). A Dual Path Model of Work-Related Well-Being in Healthcare and Social Work Settings: The Interweaving Between Trait Emotional Intelligence, End-User Job Demands, Coworkers Related Job Resources, Burnout, and Work Engagement.Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.660035
  5. Tesi, A. (2021). Moving Forward to Social Workers’ Work Engagement: Framing the Regulatory Modes and the Job Demands-Resources Model. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health. doi: 10.1080/15555240.2021.1931260
  6. Di Santo, D., Baldner, C., Aiello, A., Kruglanski, A. W., & Pierro, A. (2021). The hopeful dimension of locomotion orientation: Implications for psychological well-being. The Journal of Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224545.2020.1803786


  1. Di Santo, D., Tesi, A.,Aiello, A., Pierro, A. (2020) The Relationship Between Need for Closure and Compliance to Harsh Power Tactics in High Demanding Jobs: A Study Conducted among Firefighters and Social Workers. DOI:10.1111/jasp.12698. In JOURNAL OF APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY – ISSN:0021-9029
  2. Tesi, A., Pratto, F., Pierro, A., & Aiello, A. (2020). Group dominance in hierarchy-attenuating and hierarchy-enhancing organizations: The role of social dominance orientation, need for cognitive closure, and power tactics in a person–environment (mis)fit perspective. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1037/gdn0000117
  3. Aiello, A., Passini, S., Tesi, A., Morselli, D., & Pratto, F. (2019). Measuring support for intergroup hierarchies: Assessing the psychometric proprieties of the Social Dominance Orientationscale. Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology. 26 (3), 373-383.
  4. Tesi, A., Aiello, A., Morselli, D., Giannetti, E., Pierro, A., & Pratto, F. (2019). Which people are willing to maintain their subordinated position? Social dominance orientation as antecedent to compliance to harsh power tactics in a higher education setting. Personality and Individual Differences. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2019.04.045
  5. Tesi, A., Aiello, A., & Giannetti, E. (2019). The Work-Related Well-Being of Social Workers: Framing Job Demands, Psychological Well-Being and Work Engagement. Journal of Social Work. DOI: 10.1177/1468017318757397
  6. Tesi, A.,Aiello, A., Pratto, F., & Pierro, A. (2019). The Spiral of Oppression in work organizations: Framing social dominance theory and the interpersonal power interaction model. Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology. 26 (3), 363-372.  DOI: 10.4473/TPM26.3.
  7. Aiello, A., Tesi, A., Pierro, A., Pratto, F. (2018). Social dominance and interpersonal power: Asymmetrical relationships within Hierarchy-enhancing and Hierarchy-attenuating work environments. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 48 (1), 35-45. DOI: 10.1111/jasp.12488
  8.  Tesi, A. (2018). Social media addiction and individual differencs: The role of Big-Five Personality Traits, Behavioral Inhibition/Activation Systems and Loneliness. Psychological Bullettin BPA. DOI: 10.26387/bpa.282.3
  9. Aiello, A., & Nardella, C. (2018). The study of psycho-social well being in the educational contexts toward the va.rp tool: A study case. [Il benessere psicosociale nei contesti scolastici: Analisi di un caso di studio attraverso lo strumento Va.RP] Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia, 40(2), 83-89
  10. Aiello, A., Tesi, A. (2017a). Psychological Well-Being and Work Engagement among Italian Social Workers: Examining the Mediational Role of Job Resources. Social Work Research, 41(2), 73-84. DOI: 1093/swr/svx005
  11. Aiello, A., Tesi, A. (2017b). Emotional job demands within helping professions: psychometric properties of a version of the Emotional Job Demands Scale. Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, 24, 167-183. DOI: 10.4473/TPM24.2.2
  12. Aiello A., Bonaiuto M. (2017). Rhetorical Approach and Discursive Psychology: The Study of Environmental Discourse. In Bonnes M., Lee T., Bonaiuto M. (a cura di) Psychological Theories for Environmental Issues. New York – NY – Routledge. (pp. 235-270).  https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315245720

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