The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Professor Dominic Abrams
Professor of Social Psychology
Director of the Centre for the Study of Group Processes
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.
Please see the Selected Publications tab for a substantive overview of my published work.
Abrams, D. (2012). Extremism is normal: The roles of deviance and uncertainty in shaping groups and society. In M.A. Hogg and D.L. Blaylock(Eds.). The Claremont Symposium. Extremism and the psychology of uncertainty. (pp. 36-54). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell
Abrams, D. (2011). Wherein lies children's intergroup bias? Egocentrism, social understanding and social projection. Child Development, 82, 1579-1593. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01617.x .
Abrams, D., & Grant, P.R.. (2011). A social identity –relative deprivation (SIRD) model of social change: The rise of Scottish Nationalism. British Journal of Social Psychology. DOI:10.1111/j.2044-8309.2011.02032.x
Abrams, D., Rutland, A., Pelletier, J. & Ferrell J. (2009). Group nous and social exclusion: The role of theory of social mind, multiple classification skill and social experience of peer relations within groups. Child Development, 80, 224-243. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01256.x