Dr Francesca Guizzo

Lecturer in Social Psychology
BSc, MSc, PhD
+44 (0)1483 689582
15 AC 05
Office hours: Tue 3-5pm - Personal tutoring: Tue 5-6pm


Areas of specialism

Sexual objectification; Sexism; Dehumanization; Media; Sexual harassment; Gender; Stereotyping

My qualifications

BSc in Psychological Sciences of Personality and Interpersonal Relations
University of Padova, Italy.
MSc in Clinical Dynamic Psychology
University of Padova, Italy
Ph.D in Psychological Sciences, Cognitive program
University of Padova, Italy


Research interests




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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2021.06.005

Bosson, J. K., Jurek, P., Vandello, J. A., [...] Guizzo, F., […] & Van Laar, C. (2021). Psychometric properties and correlates of precarious manhood beliefs in 62 nations. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022022121997997

Galdi, S., & Guizzo, F. (2021). Media-induced Sexual Harassment: The routes from sexually objectifying media to sexual harassment. Sex Roles, 84, 645–669. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-020-01196-0

Gramazio, S., Cadinu, M., Guizzo, F., & Carnaghi, A. (2021). Does sex really sell? Paradoxical effects of sexualization in advertising on product attractiveness and purchasing intention. Sex Roles, 84, 701-719. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-020-01190-6

Guizzo, F., & Cadinu, M. (2020). Women, not objects: testing a sensitizing web campaign against female sexual objectification to temper sexual harassment and hostile sexism. Media Psychology. Advance online pubblication. https://doi.org/10.1080/15213269.2020.1756338

Cadinu, M., Carnaghi, A., & Guizzo, F. (2020). Group meaningfulness and the causal direction of influence between the ingroup and the self or another individual: Evidence from the Induction-Deduction Paradigm. PloS one, 15(3), e0229321. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0229321

Guizzo, F., Moè, A., Cadinu, M., & Bertolli, C. (2019). The role of implicit gender spatial stereotyping in mental rotation performance. Acta Psychologica, 194, 63-68. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2019.01.013

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2017.11.011

Guizzo, F., Cadinu, M., Galdi, S., Maass, A., & Latrofa, M. (2017). Objecting to Objectification: Women's Collective Action Against Sexual Objectification on Television. Sex Roles, 77, 352-365. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-016-0725-8

Guizzo, F., & Cadinu, M. (2017). Effects of Objectifying Gaze on Women’s Cognitive Performance: the Role of Flow Experience and Internalization of Beauty Ideals. British Journal of Social Psychology, 56, 281-292. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12170

FRANCESCA GUIZZO, Natale Canale, FABIO FASOLI (2021)Instagram Sexualization: When posts make you feel dissatisfied and wanting to change your body, In: Body image39pp. 62-67 Elsevier
Silvia Galdi, Francesca Guizzo, Fabio Fasoli (2022)Media representation matters: The effects of exposure to counter-stereotypical gay male characters on heterosexual men's expressions of discrimination, In: Group processes & intergroup relations Sage

Presence of gay men in mainstream media may have a positive impact on viewers' attitude change. However, gay male characters are often stereotypically portrayed as feminine, and no research has yet explored audiences' reactions to counter-stereotypical gay characters. Heterosexual Italian men (N = 158) were exposed to a clip portraying (i) a stereotypical feminine gay male character, (ii) a counter-stereotypical masculine gay male character, or (iii) a nature documentary. Compared to the other conditions, exposure to the counter-stereotypical gay character increased discrimination toward gay men, in the form of anti-gay jokes, the higher the level of participants' prejudice against gay men. Results further demonstrated that this effect was explained by reduced perceived stereotypicality of the character. Findings are in line with the social identity theory prediction that when gay men (outgroup) are perceived as too similar, and potentially threaten the group identity, heterosexual men would attempt to restore ingroup distinctiveness.