My research mainly focuses on the study of humanness as a fundamental dimension of social judgment. People tend to scale their fellow human beings on the human dimension giving full humanness to some, while seeing others as lesser human beings.
I study this dimension in different contexts like intergroup relations (i.e., processes of infrahumanization and dehumanization), in the realm of female sexual objectification, and in the relationship between health care workers and patients.
In my work, the aim is to understand both the cognitive and motivational processes that underlie processes of dehumanization and its consequences.
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Gender Psychology
- Group Processes
- Intergroup Relations
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
Research Group or Laboratory:
- Bain, G. P., Vaes, J., & Leyens, J. Ph. (2014). Humanness and dehumanization. New York: Psychology Press.
- Bain, P., Vaes, J., Kashima, Y., Haslam, N., Guan, Y. (2012). Folk conceptions of humanness: Beliefs about distinctive and core human characteristics in Australia, Italy, and China. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43, 53-58.
- Latrofa, M., Vaes, J., Cadinu, M. R., & Carnaghi, A. (2010). The cognitive representation of self-stereotyping. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 911-922.
- Leyens, J-P., Demoulin, S., Vaes, J., Gaunt, R., & Paladino, M. P. (2007). Infra-humanization: The wall of group differences. Social Issues and Policy Review, 1, 139-172.
- Leyens, J-P., Paladino, M. P., Rodriguez, R. T., Vaes, J., Demoulin, S., Rodriguez, A. P., & Gaunt, R. (2000). The emotional side of prejudice: The attribution of secondary emotions to ingroups and outgroups. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 4, 186-197.
- Loughnan, S., Haslam, N., Murnane, T., Vaes, J., Reynolds, C., & Suitner, C. (2010). Objectification leads to depersonalization: The denial of mind and moral concern to objectified others. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 709-717.
- Paladino, M. P., & Vaes, J. (2009). Ours is human: On the pervasiveness of infra-humanisation in intergroup relations. British Journal of Social Psychology, 48, 237-251.
- Vaes, J., Heflick, N., & Goldenberg, J. L. (2010). “We are people”: Ingroup humanization as an existential defense. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 750-760.
- Vaes, J., Leyens, J. Ph., Paladino, M. P., Miranda, M. P. (2012). We are human, they are not: Driving forces behind outgroup dehumanization and the humanization of the ingroup. European Review of Social Psychology, 23, 64-106.
- Vaes, J., & Paladino, M. P. (2010). The uniquely human content of stereotypes. Group Processes and Intergroup relations, 13, 23-39.
- Vaes, J., Paladino, M. P., Castelli, L., Leyens, J-P., & Giovanazzi, A. (2003). On the behavioral consequences of infrahumanization: The implicit role of uniquely human emotions in intergroup relations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 1016-1034.
- Vaes, J., Paladino, M. P., & Leyens, J-P. (2002). The lost e-mail: Prosocial reactions induced by uniquely human emotions. British Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 521-534.
- Vaes, J., Paladino, M. P., & Leyens, J-Ph. (2006). Priming uniquely human emotions and the in-group (but not the out-group) activates humanity concepts. European Journal of Social Psychology, 36, 169-181.
- Vaes, J. Paladino, M.P., Puvia, E., (2011). Are sexualized women complete human beings? Why males and females dehumanize sexually objectified women. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 774-785.
- Social Effects of Mass Media
- Social Psychology of Health
Department of Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
University of Trento
- Phone: +39 0464 808639