Dr Fabio Fasoli

Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology
+44 (0)1483 682878
17 AC 05
Office Hours: Wednesday 10.00-12.00


Areas of specialism

Auditory gaydar; Dehumanization; Derogatory language; Sexual prejudice; Social communication; Sexism; Sexual objectification

University roles and responsibilities

  • Social Psychology MSc Programme Leader
  • Professional Training Year Visiting Tutor
  • Institue for Sustainability Fellow
  • Personal Tutor

    Affiliations and memberships

    Centre for Psychological Research and Social Intervention, ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute
    European Association of Social Psychology


    Research interests

    Research projects

    Research collaborations


    Postgraduate research supervision





    Fasoli, F., & Constantinou, D. (2024). Does body positivity work for men as it does for women? The impact of idealized body and body positive imagery on body satisfaction, drive for thinness, and drive for muscularity. Acta Psychologica, 243, 104126

    Fasoli, F., Frost, D. M., & Serdet, H. (2024). How voice transition and gender identity disclosure shape perceptions of trans men in the hiring process. Gender, Work & Organization, 31(1), 36-58.

    Bianchi, M., Carnaghi, A., Fasoli, F., Rusconi, P., & Fantoni, C. (2024). From self to ingroup reclaiming of homophobic epithets: A replication and extension of Galinsky et al.'s (2013) model of reappropriation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 111, 1-8.


    Hegarty, P., & Fasoli, F. (2023). Sounds Like There Was No Sexual Orientation Discrimination? Attributions to Discrimination on the Basis of Auditory Gaydar. Journal of Homosexuality. Advanced online publication.

    Graf, S., Rubin, M., Assilamehou‐Kunz, Y., Bianchi, M., Carnaghi, A., Fasoli, F., ... & Sczesny, S. (2023). Migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees: Different labels for immigrants influence attitudes through perceived benefits in nine countries. European Journal of Social Psychology. Advanced online publication.

    Frackowiak, M., Russell, P. S., Rusconi, P., Fasoli, F., & Cohen‐Chen, S. (2023). Political orientation, trust and discriminatory beliefs during the COVID‐19 pandemic: Longitudinal evidence from the United Kingdom. British Journal of Social Psychology. Advanced online publication.

    Sturaro, S., Suitner, C. & Fasoli, F. (2023). When is self-labeling seen as reclaiming? The role of user and observer’s sexual orientation in processing homophobic and category labels’ use. Journal of Language and Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/0261927X231173147 

    Fasoli, F., Ogden, J., & Johnson, S. (2023). Body Positivity or Humorous Parody? The Impact of Instagram Imagery on Body Image Concerns. Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied.https://doi.org/10.1080/00223980.2023.2198686

    Frackowiak, M., Russell, P. S., Rusconi, P., Fasoli, F., & Cohen‐Chen, S. (2023). Political orientation, trust and discriminatory beliefs during the COVID‐19 pandemic: Longitudinal evidence from the United Kingdom. British Journal of Social Psychology.Fasoli, F., Dragojevic, M., Rakić, T., & Johnson, S. (2023). Voice matters: Social categorization and stereotyping of speakers based on sexual orientation and nationality categories. Language & Communication90, 114-128. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.langcom.2023.02.001

    Fasoli, F., Dragojevic, M., & Rakic, T. (2023). When voice signals nationality and sexual orientation: Speakers’ self-perceptions and perceived stigmatisation. Psychology of Language and Communication. https://doi.org/10.58734/plc-2023-0004 

    Di Michele, D., Guizzo, F., Canale, N., Fasoli, F., Carotta, F., Pollini, A., & Cadinu, M. (2023). # SexyBodyPositive: When Sexualization Does Not Undermine Young Women’s Body Image. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health20(2), 991. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20020991 

    Russell, P. S., Frackowiak, M., Cohen-Chen, S., Rusconi, P., & Fasoli, F. (2023). Induced gratitude and hope, and experienced fear, but not experienced disgust, facilitate COVID-19 prevention. Cognition and Emotion37(2), 196-219. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2022.2157377

    Masi, M., Mattavelli, S., Fasoli, F. & Brambilla, M. (2022). When faces and voices come together: Face width-to-height ratio and voice pitch contribute independently to social perception. European Journal of Social Psychology, 53(2), 323-335. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2905 

    Fontanele, A. B., de Sousa, L., & Fasoli, F. (2023). Who does discriminate against gay-sounding speakers? The role of prejudice on voice-based hiring decisions in Brazil. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 42(1), 119-130.


    Masi, M. & Fasoli, F. (2022). When fluency matters: The interplay between categorisation fluency and gender atypicality on gaydar judgments. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 41(6),746-759.

    Fasoli, F., Ogden, J., & Johnson, S. (2022). The relationship between humour and women’s body image concerns and eating behaviours. Humor, 35(4), 531-552. https://doi.org/10.1515/humor-2022-0028 

    Galdi, S., Guizzo, F., & Fasoli, F. (2022). Media representation matters: The effects of exposure to counter-stereotypical gay male characters on heterosexual men’s expressions of discrimination. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Advanced online publication.

    Haji, R. & Fasoli, F. (2022). Predicting and changing attitudes toward same-gender parenting: Informational influence, parasocial contact, and religious fundamentalism. Journal of GLBT Family Studies., 18(2), 119-13.4

    Fasoli, F., Maass, A., & Berghella, L. (2023). Who has a better auditory gaydar? Sexual orientation categorization by heterosexual and lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Journal of Homosexuality, 70(5), 876-899.

    Carnaghi, A., Bianchi, M., Rusconi, P., Fasoli, F., Coladonato, R., & Hegarty, P. (2022). No country for old gay men: Age and sexuality category intersection renders older gay men invisible. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 25(4), 964-989. 


    Masi, M., Mattavelli, S., Fasoli, F., & Brambilla, M. (2021). Cross‐modal impression updating: Dynamic impression updating from face to voice and the other way around. British Journal of Social Psychology61(3), 808-825

    Painter, D., Fasoli, F., & Sulpizio, S. (2021). The impact of stimuli length and analytic method on auditory ‘gaydar’ research. Journal of Voice. Advanced online publication.

    Vacchini, S., Fasoli, F., & Volpato, C. (2021). You cannot get into my taxi! Perceptions of a COVID-19 based rejection episode reported in newspapers. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 40, 677-689.

    Guizzo, F., Canale, N., & Fasoli, F. (2021). Instagram Sexualization: When posts make you feel dissatisfied and wanting to change your body. Body Image, 39, 62-67

    Fasoli, F., Hegarty, P., & Frost, D. (2021). Stigmatisation of gay-sounding’ voices: The role of heterosexual, lesbian and gay Individuals’ essentialist beliefs. British Journal of Social Psychology. Advanced online publication.

    Gorczynski, P., & Fasoli, F. (2021). Loneliness in Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Individuals: A Comparative Meta-analysis. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health. Advanced online publication.

    Ronchetti, S., Fasoli, F., Rusconi, P., & Tumino, M. (Accepted for publication). I Feel Your Eyes On Me. How perceived control affects self-objectification and body consciousness in women. Psicologia Sociale.


    Gorczynski, P., & Fasoli, F. (2020). LGBTQ+ focused mental health research strategy in response to COVID-19. The Lancet. Psychiatry7(8), e56.

    Dragojevic, M., Fasoli, F., Cramer, J., & Rakić, T. (2020). Toward a Century of Language Attitudes Research: Looking Back and Moving Forward. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 40(1) 60–79.

    Daniele, M., Fasoli, F., Antonio, R., Sulpizio, S., & Maass, A. (2020). Gay voice: Stable marker of sexual orientation or flexible communication device?. Archives of Sexual Behavior49(7), 2585-2600.

    Daniele, M., Fasoli, F., & Johnson, S. (2020). Coming out as a factor of voice change: From sounding straight to sounding Gay. Psicologia Sociale, 15, 33-52.

    Fasoli, F., & Hegarty, P. (2020). A Leader Doesn’t Sound Lesbian!: The Impact of Sexual Orientation Vocal Cues on Heterosexual Persons’ First Impression and Hiring Decision. Psychology of Women Quarterly44(2), 234-255.

    Fasoli, F., Maass, A., Karniol, R., Antonio, R., & Sulpizio, S. (2020). Voice Changes Meaning: The Role of Gay-Versus Straight-Sounding Voices in Sentence Interpretation. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 39 (5-6), 653-677

    Fasoli, F., & Maass, A. (2020). The Social Costs of Sounding Gay: Voice-Based Impressions of Adoption Applicants. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 39 (1), 112-131.

    Sulpizio, S., Fasoli, F., Antonio, R., Eyssel, F., Paladino, M. P., & Diehl, C. (2020). Auditory Gaydar: Perception of Sexual Orientation Based on Female Voice. Language and Speech.  63 (1), 184-206.

    Daniele, M., Fasoli, F., & Johnson, S. (2020). Coming out as a factor of voice change: From sounding straight to sounding gay. Psicologia sociale15(1), 33-52.

    Salvati, M., De Cristofaro, V., Fasoli, F., Paolini, D., & Zotti, D. (2020). Introduction to the Special Issue: Sexual prejudice and stereotyping in modern societies. Psicologia sociale15(1), 5-14.



    Fasoli, F., Hegarty, P., & Carnaghi, A. (2019). Sounding Gay, Speaking as a “Fag”: Auditory Gaydar and the Perception of Reclaimed Homophobic Language. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 38 (5-6), 798-808.



    Fasoli, F., Maass, A., Volpato, C., & Pacilli, M. G. (2018). The (female) graduate: Choice and consequences of women’s clothing. Frontiers in Psychology9, 2401.

    Fasoli, F., Hegarty, P., Maass, A., & Antonio, R. (2018). Who wants to sound straight? Sexual majority and minority stereotypes, beliefs and desires about auditory gaydar. Personality and Individual Differences, 130, 59-64.

    Rodrigues, D., Fasoli, F., Huic, A., & Lopes, D. (2018). Which partners are more human? Monogamy matters more than sexual orientation for dehumanization in three European countries. Sexuality Research and Social Policy15(4), 504-515.

    Fasoli, F., Maass, A., & Sulpizio, S. (2018). Stereotypical disease inferences from gay/lesbian versus heterosexual voices. Journal of homosexuality65(8), 990-1014.

    Shepherd, L., Fasoli, F., Pereira, A., & Branscombe, N. R. (2018). The role of threat, emotions, and prejudice in promoting collective action against immigrant groups. European Journal of Social Psychology48(4), 447-459.

    Fasoli, F., & Maass, A. (2018). Voice and prejudice: The social costs of auditory gaydar. Atlantic Journal of Communication26(2), 98-110.

    Fasoli, F., Cadinu, M., Carnaghi, A., Galdi, S., Guizzo, F., & Tassara, L. (2018). How do you self-categorize? Gender and sexual orientation self-categorization in homosexual/heterosexual men and women. Personality and Individual Differences123, 135-139.



    Fasoli, F., Maass, A., Paladino, M. P., & Sulpizio, S. (2017). Gay-and lesbian-sounding auditory cues elicit stereotyping and discrimination. Archives of sexual behavior46(5), 1261-1277.

    Bianchi, M., Piccoli, V., Lotti, D., Fasoli, F. & Caranghi, A. (2017). The impact of homophobic epithets on gay men's internalized homophobia and body image: The moderation role of coming-out. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 36, 356-367

    Fasoli, F., Mazzurega, M., & Sulpizio, S. (2017). When characters impact on dubbing: The role of sexual stereotypes on voice actor/actress' preferences. Media Psychology, 3, 450-476.

    Fasoli, F. (2017). Gay-straight communication. To appear in Nubassum J. & Giles, H. (Eds). Communication: Oxford Research Encyclopaedia.



    Fasoli, F., Sulpizio, S., & Maass, A. (2016). Communicating the “invisible”: The case of sexual orientation. To appear in Giles, H. & Maass, E. (Eds). Advances in Intergroup Communication, NY: Peter Lang Publications

    Fasoli, F., Paladino, M.P., & Sulpizio, S. (2016). Conosci uomini gay e donne lesbiche? Effetti del contatto sull'omofobia e sull'accettazione dell'omosessualità [I know some homosexuals: An exploratory research on the impact of contact on homophobic prejudice and support for LGBT rights in Italy]. Psicologia Sociale, 11, 263-286. doi: 10.1482/84665

    Fasoli, F., Paladino, M.P., Carnaghi, A., Jetten, J., Bastian, B., & Bain, P. (2016). Not just words: Exposure to homophobic epithets leads to dehumanizing and physically distancing homosexuals. European Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 237-248. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2148

    Hunt, C., Fasoli, F., Carnaghi, A., Cadinu, M. (2016). Masculine Self-Presentation and Distancing from Femininity in Gay Men: An Experimental Examination of the Role of Masculinity Threat. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 17, 108-112.



    Fasoli, F., Carnaghi, A., & Paladino, M. P. (2015). Social acceptability of sexist derogatory labels and sexist objectifying labels across contexts. Language Sciences, 52, 98-107. 10.1016/j.langsci.2015.03.003

    Sulpizio, S., Fasoli, F. Maass, A., Paladino, M.P., Vespignani, F., Eyssel, F. & Bentler, D. (2015). The sound of voice: Voice-based categorization of speakers' sexual orientation within and across languages. PlosOne 10(7), e0128882 (The first two authors share authorship).

    Fasoli, F., Maass, A. & Carnaghi, A. (2015). Labeling and discrimination: Do homophobic epithets foster intergroup bias? British Journal of Social Psychology, 54, 383-393.



    Fasoli, F., Paladino, M. P., & Carnaghi, A. (2013). Le conseguenze del linguaggio omofobo sui destinatari e ascoltatori dell'offesa. Psicologia Sociale, 2, 177-192.

    Paladino, M.P., Forer, D., Fasoli, F., & Mazzurega, M. (2013). Identità sociale e relazioni intergruppi in Provincia di Bolzano: Risultati della ricerca KOLIPSI. In C. Abel, & C. Vettori (eds), KOLIPSI: Un'analisi del ruolo dei fattori psicosociali nelle competenze linguistiche dei giovani altoatesini. EURAC.

    Paladino, M. P., Zaniboni, S., Fasoli, F., Vaes, J., & Volpato, C. (2013). Why did Italians protest against Berlusconi's sexism behavior? The role of sexist beliefs and emotional reactions in explaining women and men's pathway to protest. British Journal of Social Psychology. doi: 10.1111/bjso.12023

    Bastian, B., Jetten, J., Chen, H., Radke, H. R. M, Harding, J. F., & Fasoli, F. (2013). Losing our humanity: The self-dehumanizing consequences of social ostracism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 156-169. doi: 10.1177/0146167212471205



    Fasoli, F., Carnaghi, A., & Paladino, M. P. (2012). Gli effetti delle etichette denigratorie sugli spettatori: Il caso degli epiteti omofobi. [Effects of derogatory language: The case of homophobic epithets]. Sistemi Intelligenti, 291-302. DOI: 10.1422/37903



    Carnaghi, A., Maass, A., & Fasoli, F. (2011). Eenhancing masculinity by slandering homosexuals: The role of homophobic epithets in heterosexual gender identity, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 37, 1655-1665. doi: 10.1177/0146167211424167

    Bastian, B., Jetten, J., & Fasoli, F. (2011). Cleansing the soul by hurting the flesh: The guilt reducing effect of pain. Psychological Science, 22, 334-335. doi: 10.1177/0956797610397058