Social psychology

Social Psychology research at Edinburgh is concerned with the way in which the social world has an impact on people

The group focuses on this theme both at the individual level and by studying interactions at the inter-individual, intra-group, inter-group and socio-cultural levels. In keeping with this broad range of interests, the group employ a variety of methodologies, ranging from experimental studies to qualitative analyses of inter-individual communication. The group has a wide range of interdisciplinary and international research affiliations.

To learn more about opportunities for doctoral study at Edinburgh, feel free to contact any of the Staff below, all of whom have interests in social psychology.


Staff working in this area include:

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Research interests
Steve Loughnan Perception of animals (anthropomorphism), dehumanization, objectification
Helena Radke Prejudice, collective action, sexism

Sarah Stanton

Romantic relationships, affective processes, health and well-being
Anne Templeton Intra- and inter-group processes, crowd psychology, and antecedents to political behaviour
Sue Widdicombe Identity, the self, culture, qualitative methods

Recent/current PhD topics in this area

A selection of recent/current PhD topics in this area:

  • Constructing Parapsychology: a discourse analysis of the accounts of experimental parapsychologists (Supervisors: Pete Lamont).
  • Discursive practices used in political decision-making. (Supervisor: Sue Widdicombe).
  • Understanding power and need for power (Supervisors: Adam Moore & Steve Loughnan).
  • The psychology of objectifying women (Supervisor: Steve Loughnan).
  • Social support and norm formation in emergencies (Supervisors: Anne Templeton & Sarah Stanton).


For further information, contact the Programme Secretary, Katie Keltie

Katie Keltie

To discuss academic matters, contact the Programme Director, Rene Mottus.

Rene Mottus

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