Anne Maass

Born in Germany but having lived most of my life in Italy, I have received my MS in Psychology from the University of Heidelberg and my Ph.D. from Florida State University. I has been employed at the University of Kiel (Germany) and subsequently at Padova University (Italy), but I have also taught and/or conducted research at other universities including Arizona State University, University of Heidelberg, UC at Davis, Griffith University, University of Mannheim, the New School for Social Research, NYC. I have been Editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology and Associate Editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. I have received the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize (together with Carnaghi et al.) in 2007 and the Henri Tajfel Award in 2011.

I am currently professor of social psychology at the Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialization at Padova University.

My current research focuses mainly on the intersection between language and social cognition. From a social-psychological perspective I am investigating how different aspects of language (such as gender marking, script direction, or pronunciation) affect the way we think about individuals and groups. I am also interested in the effects of objectifying media portrayal of women and in the effects of gender stereotypes on performance.

I have been teaching different courses in social psychology (including Stereotyping and intergroup relations, The psychology of mass communication, Social  Cognition, Prejudice, Social Psychology of Health and Language and Social Cognition). I am also teaching skills-courses at the doctoral level (including How to publish in international journals and Reviewing for international journals).


  • Maass, A., Suitner, C. & Nadhmi, F. (2014).  What drives the spatial agency bias? An Italian-Malagasy-Arabic comparison study. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 991-996. [doi: 10.1037/a0034989];
  • Karasawa, M., Maass, A., Rakic, T. & Kato, A. (2014). The Emergent Nature of Culturally-Based Age Categorization: A Japanese-Italian Comparison Study. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45, 431-451 [doi: 10.1177/0022022113509882];
  • Carnaghi, A., Maass, A. Gresta, S., Bianchi, M., Cadinu, M., & Arcuri, L., (2008). Nomina sunt omina: On the inductive potential of nouns and adjectives in person perception. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 839-859;
  • Maass, A., D’Ettole, C., & Cadinu, M. (2008). Check mate? The role of gender stereotypes in the ultimate intellectual sport. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 231-245;
  • Maass, A, Karasawa, M., Politi, F., Sayaka, S. (2006). Do verbs and adjectives play different roles in different cultures? A cross-linguistic analysis of person perception. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 734-750.