Mariela Bustos-Ortega


Mariela Bustos-Ortega is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Methodology for Behavioral Sciences at the University of Granada (Spain). Her PhD focuses on sexist attitudes against women gamers in online context, under the supervision of Dr. Hugo Carretero Dios and Dra. Mónica Romero Sánchez, in addition to the collaboration of Dr. Jesús López Megías. She has a predoctoral research fellowship for University Teacher Training (FPU, Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades, Spain) and she teaches in the Degree in Psychology. She is currently a member of the Infrastructure and Economy Commission of the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC). Nowadays, she also collaborates in other research projects focused on the study of humor, personality variables and trolling behaviors in online environments.

Main interests

  • Construction, adaptation and validation of assessment test
  • Sexist attitudes against women in video games
  • Discrimination and violence against women in different contexts
  • Toxic behaviors in online environments: Trolling and Cyber-violence
  • Gender Equality and Feminist Identity
  • Humor and Psychological variables
  • Psychological Distance (Construal Level Theory)


Training and professional career

2022 - 2023

NOFACEPS: NOise Filtering in social media According to Credibility, Expertise and PSychological patterns (PPJIB2021-04)

Programa de Proyectos de Investigación Precompetitivos para jóvenes investigadores. University of Granada.

2019 - At present

Predoctoral Research Fellowship for University Teacher Training (FPU)

Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades.

2019 - 2020

Research Initiation Scholarship for Official Master's Degree Students

Plan Propio de Investigación del Vicerrectorado de Investigación y Transferencia. University of Granada.

2018 - 2019

Official Master in Psychology of Social Intervention

University of Granada.

2017 - 2018

Collaboration Scholarship in University Departments

Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. Department of Methodology of Behavioral Sciences. University of Granada.

2014 - 2018

Degree in Psychology

University of Granada.


Torres-Marín, J., Navarro-Carrillo, G., Bustos-Ortega, M., Heintz, S., & Carretero-Dios, H. (2023). Competitive Latent Structures for the Comic Style Markers: Developing a Psychometrically Sound Short Version Using Spanish and US American Samples. Journal of Personality Assessment.

Bustos-Ortega, M., Carretero-Dios, H., Megías, J. L., & Romero-Sánchez, M. (2023). Sexist Attitudes in Online Video Gaming: Development and Validation of the Sexism Against Women Gamers Scale (SAWGS) in Spanish and English. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 47(3), 320–342.