School of Psychology

Experience Excellence Studying People


Julie Van de Vyver

Postgraduate Researcher

Research

Research interests

  • Interventions for fostering social action/prosocial behaviours
  • Moral emotions as catalysts for social action
  • Arts participation as a catalyst for social action
  • Attitudes towards equality and human rights
  • Intergroup relations and social cohesion
  • Community engagement
  • Gender equality

I am particularly interested in the social psychological underpinnings of when and why people help others and how people can be encouraged to help those less fortunate than themselves. My current research examines the potential for moral emotions (moral elevation, moral outrage, guilt, and sympathy) to instigate a range of prosocial behaviours. It integrates the literature on (each of the) moral emotions, on social identity, and on prosociality.

Thesis title

Prosocial behaviour: Exploring the role of moral outrage and moral elevation

Supervisor

Grants and funding

  • 2015: Researcher development award (with Kiran Purewal) to organise a knowledge exchange workshop funded by the Graduate School at the University of Kent (£1500)
  • 2014: Graduate student travel award funded by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues ($500)
  • 2014: Internship at the Department for Communities and Local Government funded by the Economic and Social Research Council  (tuition fees, maintenance, & travel)
  • 2013: Early career researcher bursary for conference attendance funded by the National Centre for Research Methods (accommodation, meal, & travel)
  • 2012: Arts and kindness experiment (with People United, Michelle Gregson, and Professor Dominic Abrams) from Prosper (funding by Arts Council England, £2500)
  • 2012: CASE PhD Studentship in collaboration with People United funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (tuition fees and maintenance)

Publications

  • Van de Vyver, J., Travaglino, G., Vasiljevic, M., & Abrams, D. (in press). The Group and Cultural Context of Restorative Justice: A Social Psychological Perspective. In T. Gavrielides (Ed.), The Psychology of Restorative Justice. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing.
  • Abrams, D., Van de Vyver, J., Pelletier, J., Cameron, L., & Lee, S (in press). Children’s prosocial behavioral intentions toward outgroup members. British Journal of Developmental Psychology.
  • Abrams, D., Powell, C., Palmer, S., & Van de Vyver, J. (in press). Toward a Contextualized Social Developmental Account of Children’s Group Dynamics: The Developmental Model of Subjective Group Dynamics. In A. Rutland, D. Nesdale, & C. Spears Brown (Eds,), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Group Processes in Children and Adolescents.
  • Van de Vyver, J., & Abrams, D. (2015). Testing the prosocial effectiveness of the prototypical moral emotions: Elevation increases benevolent and outrage increase justice behaviors. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 58, 23-33. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2014.12.005
  • Abrams, D., Houston, D., Van de Vyver, J., & Vasiljevic, M. (2015). Equality hypocrisy? Equality is a universal human right that we apply unequally. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.
  • Abrams, D., Palmer, S., Rutland, A., Cameron, L., & Van de Vyver, J. (2014). Evaluations of and reasoning about normative and deviant ingroup and outgroup members: Development of the black sheep effect. Developmental Psychology, 50, 258-270. doi:10.1037/a0032461
  • Broadwood, J., Bunting, C., Andrews, T., Abrams, D., & Van de Vyver, J. (2012). Arts and kindness. People United Publishing.  

Conference presentations

  • Van de Vyver, J., & Abrams, D. (2014, July). Testing the prosocial effects of moral elevation and moral outrage. Paper session presented at the European Association of Social Psychology General Meeting, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Van de Vyver, J., & Abrams, D. (2014, June). Elevation and Outrage as Tools to Increase (Distinct) Prosocial Actions. Paper session presented at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Biennial Conference, Portland, Oregon, US.
  • Houston, D., Van de Vyver, J., Abrams, D., & Vasiljevic, M. (2014, June). Equality is a universal human right that we apply unequally. Poster presented at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Biennial Conference, Portland, Oregon, US.
  • Van de Vyver, J., & Abrams, D. (2013, September). Moral elevation and moral outrage: Opposites but compatible? Poster presented at the Postgraduate Research Symposium, the University of Kent, UK.
  • Van de Vyver, J., & Abrams, D. (2013, June). Kindness is contagious. Paper session presented at the South East DTC Annual Conference, the University of Kent, UK. 
  • Van de Vyver, J., & Abrams, D. (2013, March). The potential for moral emotions to overcome apathy and instigate a desire to help others. Paper session presented at the Social Relations and Human Security Conference, Coventry University, UK.
  • Van de Vyver, J., & Abrams, D. (2012, October). Can moral emotions promote prosocial motivation? Mobilising bystanders.Conference Paper session presented at the Theory, Action and Impact of Social Protest Conference, the University of Kent, UK.
  • Van de Vyver, J., & Abrams, D. (2012, July). Promoting Prosocial Behaviour through Moral Emotions. Poster presented at the South East DTC Annual Conference, the University of Surrey, UK.
  • Van de Vyver, J. (2011, May). Africa Day: The Role of Women in Africa. Presentation for Africa Day, presented at the Institute for Democracy in Africa (IDASA), Africa Unite, Cape Town, South Africa.

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