Dr Fabio Fasoli

Lecturer in Social Psychology
+44 (0)1483 682878
17 AC 05
Office Hours: Wednesday 11.00-1.00 PM


Areas of specialism

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

University roles and responsibilities

  • Social Psychology MSc Programme Leader
  • Personal Tutor
  • Professional Training Year Visiting Tutor

    Affiliations and memberships

    Associazione Italiana di Psicologia (AIP)
    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





    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. Advanced online publication.

    Fontanele, A. B., de Sousa, L., & Fasoli, F. (2022). Who does discriminate against gay-sounding speakers? The role of prejudice on voice-based hiring decisions in Brazil. Journal of Language and Social Psychology

    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.

    Masi, M., Mattavelli, S., Fasoli, F. & Brambilla, M. (In press). When faces and voices come together: Face width-to-height ratio and voice pitch contribute independently to social perception. European Journal of Social Psychology. 

    Fasoli, F., Ogden, J., & Johnson, S. (In press). he relationship between humour and women’s body image concerns and eating behaviours. Humor

    Fasoli, F., Dragojevic, M., & Rakic, T. (In press). When voice signals nationality and sexual orientation: Speakers’ self-perceptions and perceived stigmatisation. Psychology of Language and Communication. 


    Haji, R. & Fasoli, F. (In press). Predicting and changing attitudes toward same-gender parenting: Informational influence, parasocial contact, and religious fundamentalism. Journal of GLBT Family Studies. Advanced online publication.

    Fasoli, F., Maass, A., & Berghella, L. (In press). Who has a better auditory gaydar? Sexual orientation categorization by heterosexual and lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Journal of Homosexuality. Advanced online publication.

    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.

    Carnaghi, A., Bianchi, M., Rusconi, P., Fasoli, F., Coladonato, R., & Hegarty, P. (2021). No country for old gay men: Age and sexuality category intersection renders older gay men invisible. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. 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