Sensales Gilda

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From 2003 she is Associate Professor in the disciplinary sector M-PSI/05 (Social Psychology) and she teachs a course on Political Psychology and a course on Social Pscyhology. She is full member of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology and member of the “Social Psychology” section of the AIP (Associazione Italiana di Psicologia - Italian Association of Psychology). Moreover, she belongs to the International network on Social representation and to the International Network of Critical Psychology. She has been establishing since 2000 a close-knit network of collaborations with several Italian and foreign scholars, made visible by the publication of several miscellaneous works and monographs of national (“Rassegna di Psicologia”) and international (“Critical Psychology”) journals, always edited by Prof. Sensales. Until 2013 she was in the editorial advisory board of Italian journal "Rassegna di Psicologia".From 2007 to 2012 she partecipated to International editorial advisory board of "Subjectivity. International Journal of Critical Psychology". From 2012 to 2014 she was Associated Director of the French journal "Cahiers Internationaux de Psychologie Sociale". 

Activities and researches

Professor Sensales’ scientific activity has started from historical-theoretical interests, which have been recently taken up again with reference, on the one hand, to the historiographical and theoretical-critical debate concerning our discipline, and, on the other, to the emergence of Social Psychology. In this regard, she has carried out historical surveys able to single out both some forerunners scholars of Social Psychology in Italy, and the evolution of some key-concepts in the international scientific communication. Moreover, the study and the research have largely expanded into Social Psychology, starting from the theoretical-critical perspective of the social representations (Moscovici, 1961/1976, 1983; Doise 1982). She has examined, in this perspective, the representations of computer-information-technology, Marxism, environment, politics, political elections, gender-differences in language and politics, the 2005 French riots, both through interviews to naïve subjects and through the analysis of the mass media.

Selected publications : 

Sensales G., Areni A., & Dal Secco A. (2011). Building the boundaries of a science: First representations of Italian social psychology between 1875 and 1954. History of Psychology, 14(4), 383-404.

Sensales, G., & Dal Secco, A. (2014). The rise of a science in the early twentieth century: The forgotten voice of Gualtiero Sarfatti and the first “Social psychology” volumes in Italy. History of Psychology, 17(1), 36-49.

Sensales G., Areni A., Boyatzi L., Dal Secco A., & Kruglanski A. (2014). Perceived impact of terrorism and the role of the media: representations by Italian citizens differing in political orientations and need for closure. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 6(1), 41-57.

Sensales G., & Dal Secco A. (2014). Political psychology. In T. Teo (Ed), Encyclopedia of critical psychology (pp. 1419-1425). New York: Springer-Verlag.

Sensales, G., Areni, A., & Dal Secco, A. (2016a). Linguistic sexism in the news coverage of women ministers from four Italian governments. An analysis from a social-psychological perspective. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 35(4), 458-466.

Sensales, G., Areni, A., & Dal Secco, A. (2016b). Italian political communication and gender bias: press representations of men/women presidents of the houses of parliament (1979, 1994, and 2013). International Journal of Society, Culture & Language, 4(2), 22-38.


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