Social psychology

Covering the intrapersonal (self, identity), interpersonal (relationships), and intergroup (prejudice, discrimination) areas of human social thought, feeling, and behaviour

The Social Psychology Research Group is comprised of academic staff and research students interested in how other people shape our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Our focus is broad, covering all of the levels of social psychology.

Additionally, we employ a diversity of methods ranging from genetics, EEG , cognitive tasks, qualitative and discursive approaches, experimental designs, questionnaire and surveys, and field studies.


Staff working in this area include:

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Research interests
Kasia Banas Social identity, healthy eating, healthy behaviour, identity-based motivation
Steve Loughnan Dehumanization, objectification, perception of animals (anthropomorphism), moral psychology, psychological consequences of economic inequality

Sarah Stanton

Cognitive and affective aspects of romantic relationships, relationship dynamics, relationship effects on behaviour, physiology, and health and well-being. 
Sue Widdicombe Identity, the self, culture, qualitative methods

Postgraduate study

PhD and MSc by research programmes

Meetings and events

Social psychology journal club