School of Psychology

Experience Excellence Studying People

Professor Dominic Abrams

Professor of Social Psychology and
Director of the Centre for the Study of Group Processes

Professor Dominic Abrams


Research interests

My main areas of current research are in the broad area of group processes and intergroup relations. Themes and topics include: (1) Social exclusion and prejudice, (2) Intergroup contact, collective action protest, (3) Deviance (particularly the subjective group dynamics model), (4) Development of understanding about groups and group processes in middle childhood and adolescence, (5) Ageism and age stereotypes, including stereotype threat, (6) Social identity in organisational contexts. I would welcome applications from potential doctoral students in these areas.

Key publications

Please see the Selected Publications tab for a substantive overview of my published work.

  • Abrams, D. (2011). Wherein lies children’s intergroup bias? Egocentrism, social understanding and social projection. Child Development, 82, 1579-1593
  • Pinto, I., Marques, J., Levine, J.M., & Abrams, D. (2010). Membership status and subjective group dynamics: Who triggers the Black Sheep Effect? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 107-119.
  • Abrams, D., Rutland, A., Pelletier, J., & Ferrell J. (2009). Children’s group nous: Understanding and applying peer exclusion within and between groups. Child Development, 80, 224-243.
  • Abrams, D., Rutland, A., Ferrell, J., & Pelletier, J. (2008). Children’s judgments of disloyal and immoral peer behaviour: Subjective group dynamics in minimal intergroup contexts. Child Development, 79, 444-46.


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