The MSc in Social and Applied Psychology gives you the opportunity to sample a range of modules from our Developmental programmes as well as other modules related to social and applied psychology.
This programme considers how social psychology can be applied to a wide range of social problems and answer key questions such as: How are attitudes formed and developed, and how do they relate to behaviour? What are the key motives that affect people’s reactions to the social world? What social psychological processes are implicated in the form and content of language and communication?
You will gain a thorough grounding in research methods, and conduct a project in an area of social/applied psychology that interests you. The programme is taught by the School’s outstanding research group in social psychology.
Our teaching and research covers the psychology of intergroup behaviour, group decision and performance, attitudes and persuasion, organisational psychology, social cognition, children’s self-concept and social attitudes, and cross-cultural questions, relating social psychological research in these areas to social problems. Course tutors include academics and experts who work in the media, the health service and other applied settings.
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About the School of Psychology
As a student within the School of Psychology at Kent, you benefit from our supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning.
All of our taught Master’s (MSc) programmes have been recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the nationally recognised criteria for preparation training for PhD research.
Conducting both basic and applied research in several areas, Psychology at Kent is highly regarded as a leading European centre for postgraduate research. Our long-established international reputation in social psychology is complemented by our strengths in cognitive, developmental and forensic psychology. We attract excellent visiting scholars and postgraduate students from both within the UK and overseas.
Some of our PhD students are self-funded, and others are funded by grants or awards either from the School, UK or their countries of origin. Some are also paid to undertake part-time teaching within the School. We have a strong track record of attracting ESRC research studentship funding, which involves partnerships with external organisations such as Age UK and the Equality and Human Rights Commission and collaborative studentships with partners such as People United.
In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, research by the School of Psychology was ranked 11th in the UK for research intensity.
An impressive 95% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF and 97% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research.
The MSc in Social and Applied Psychology is composed of four compulsory modules and two optional modules. The compulsory modules are Statistics and Methodology (SP801), Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology 1: Theory (SP802), Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology 2: Applications (SP817), and a supervised empirical or theoretical dissertation (SP998).
View this year's timetable (PDF). Please note that timetabling and modules may change from year to year.
The modules below are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Advanced Topics in Intergroup Relations (SP813) is a recommended module for Social and Applied Psychology students, although you may be permitted to take others, at the discretion of the MSc Director and the specific module convenor.
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SP817 - Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology II: Applications
This module provides an understanding of current conceptual debates in Social Psychology together with an appreciation of how practitioners apply behavioural principles in their field of work. The module deals with the application of conceptual and methodological insights to significant real-world problems, and with the development of new theoretical approaches based on the lessons learned from applied research and practice.View full module details
SP801 - Statistics and Methodology
This module provides a postgraduate-level orientation to both basic and advanced contemporary statistical and methodological issues in psychology. The methodological issues considered include qualitative research methodologies; experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational research designs in the laboratory and field; and the fundamental issues in psychological measurement including reliability and validity. The statistical techniques taught include univariate and multivariate descriptive and inferential statistics; basic and advanced topics in ANOVA and ANCOVA; linear and logistic multiple regression; some scaling methods; classical test theory, factor analysis; fundamentals of structural equation modelling (path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, multiple-group analysis), and some item response theory.View full module details
SP802 - Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology Part 1
The aim of the Current Issues module is to provide an understanding of the current conceptual debates within Social Psychology together with an appreciation of how practitioners actually apply psychology in their field of work. Current Issues 1 (Theory) deals with major theoretical models and perspectives in social psychology including social cognition, stereotyping, group and interpersonal processes and intergroup relations.View full module details
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SP813 - Advanced Topics in Intergroup Relations
This module provides an opportunity to study at an advanced level the literature on intergroup relations. The module builds upon knowledge gathered in the undergraduate degree on social and personality psychology. It will stress how social-psychological and personality theories in combination can explain intergroup processes. Emphasis will be placed on applying theoretical models and empirical findings to the analysis of real-world problems. Topics that will be addressed include social identity and social categorization, social inequality, prejudice, intergroup conflict and innervations to improve intergroup relations. The module relies primarily on research in social and personality psychology, but we will also consider perspectives from other fields, such as political science and sociology. This module relies heavily on student presentation, participation and student discussion.View full module details
SP844 - Groups, Teams and Organisations
This module provides an opportunity to study at an advanced level the literature on group processes and intergroup relations as it relates to teams and organisations. The module introduces theoretical and empirical background, and uses these to help students develop ideas for further research and practice. All topics will be related to groups and teams within organisations, and will include: social identity processes in organisations, leadership, organisational mergers, and equality. We will also consider how social-psychological and evolutionary theories in combination can explain group processes within teams and organisations. The module will emphasis small group and team research in social and evolutionary psychology, as it applies to organisations. It will also consider perspectives from other fields, such as economics and anthropology. This module relies heavily on student presentation, participation and student discussion.View full module details
SP851 - Advanced Topics in Cognitive Development
This module explores the typical development of key cognitive functions and the psychological methods employed to study these developments. The aim of the module is to explore these topics at an advanced level, allowing students to evaluate critically pieces of research in terms of their findings, conceptual underpinnings, and/or methodological approaches. Lecture topics may include: Research methods in developmental psychology; Critical periods and plasticity; Introduction to theories of word learning; The critical period for language learning; Social learning and imitation; Thinking about the minds of others; Understanding knowledge; Metacognition.View full module details
SP852 - Developmental Psychology in Professional Practice
The focus of this module is on developing students' understanding of how developmental psychology can be applied in professional settings. This module will provide students with an insight into how developmental psychology theory and methods are used in Professional settings e.g. education, healthcare, clinical.
Students will receive lectures from professionals working in Clinical psychology, Educational psychology and Speech and Language development. These contributors will explain, first-hand, current issues/problems in professional settings where developmental psychology is or could potentially provide insights/solutions the extent. The speakers will consider the role of developmental psychology in their professional settings, outline major theories that inform practice and critically evaluate the role of developmental psychology in their setting. Students will have an opportunity to hear about specific instances where theories and methods from developmental psychology can be applied to a particular problem or issue in a professional setting, referred to as 'Case Studies'.View full module details
SP853 - The Psychology of Eyewitness Testimony
This module will provide you with theoretical instruction about how the methods and techniques of cognitive psychology have been applied to the practical topic of evaluating eyewitness testimony. The study of cognitive processes involved in face recognition and face matching will feature highly.View full module details
SP854 - Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychopathology
This module investigates common forms of neurodevelopmental disorder. The goal of the module is to help students understand the behavioural manifestations of these disorders, as well as their possible psychological/cognitive, neurobiological, and/or etiological (genetic/environmental) causes. Moreover, the module will explore some characteristic approaches that clinicians take when attempting to support people with these disorders and remediate the difficulties that these people experience. Finally, students will learn to evaluate critically pieces of research on developmental psychopathology in terms of study findings, conceptual underpinnings, and/or methodological approachesView full module details
SP860 - Political Psychology
This module provides an opportunity to study the literature on political psychology at an advanced level. It stresses how psychology and political science, in combination, can serve to analyse and explain political processes. Emphasis is on applying theoretical models and empirical findings to analysing real-world problems. Topics include political ideology, social justice and inequality, political engagement and extremism, political leadership and perceptions of government and authority. The module relies heavily on student participation and discussion.View full module details
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SP998 - Advanced Research Project in Psychology
All students undertake a supervised empirical research project in an area of psychology relevant to their chosen MSc programme, and submit it as a typed dissertation of approximately 8,000 words. The aim of the dissertation is to test the student's ability to plan, execute, analyse, and report a piece of independent research in the relevant setting. The dissertation requires detailed theoretical knowledge of the discipline, an appreciation of the ways in which that knowledge has been applied in previous research and practice, and the methodological and statistical skills to set up a scientific investigation. Supervision is provided by the principal teaching staff and by other appropriate staff with research interests in a student's chosen area. Students are advised to read the School's Ethics pages for information on submitting applications for ethical approval to the School and to relevant outside bodies.View full module details
Teaching and Assessment
Assessment is mainly by coursework assignment (4-6,000-word essays), examination (for the Advanced Statistics and Methodology module only), plus the dissertation.
This programme aims to:
- foster your intellectual development of postgraduate students by providing you with a specialised knowledge of a range of theoretical approaches to social and applied psychology and statistical and methodological expertise in order that you should be well equipped to make your own original contribution to psychological knowledge
- provide teaching that is informed by current research and scholarship and that requires you to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
- help you to develop research skills and transferable skills in preparation for entering academic or other careers as psychologists
- satisfy the academic requirements of the knowledge base specified by the British Psychological Society
- enable you to manage your own learning and to carry out independent research
- help you to develop general critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings.
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- a range of general, historical, theoretical and philosophical issues underlying the disciplines of social and applied psychology
- the major analytic techniques and research methodologies employed by cognitive psychologists and neuropsychologists
- specialist knowledge and systematic understanding of the key issues in social and applied psychology.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- the ability to critically reflect on key themes
- the ability to produce sustained work
- discussion skills
- written analysis and interpretation of relevant material
- a critical awareness of both cognitive and neuropsychological approaches to the nature of mind/body.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- how to identify, locate and use material available in the library and online resources
- the major analytic techniques employed by cognitive psychologists/neuropsychologists
- how to evaluate and select appropriate methods for researching questions in social and applied psychology.
You will gain the following transferable skills:
- numeracy: the ability to analyse data and make sense of statistical materials, integrate numerical and non-numerical information, understand the limits and potentialities of arguments based on quantitative information.
- communication: the ability to organise information clearly, write coherently and concisely about your chosen research area and other areas of social and applied psychology, and give oral presentations about your work.
- working with others: the ability to review the work of others, work co-operatively in groups, understand ethical principles and the procedures for gaining ethics approval for research
- improving your own learning: the ability to explore your personal strengths and weaknesses, develop the skills of time management, review the student-staff relationship, develop specialist learning skills, develop autonomy in learning
- information technology: use computers for data analysis, word processing, graphical display of data for analysis and presentation, bibliographical research, documentation and email
- problem-solving: the ability to identify and define problems, explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them
- teaching and learning: we will provide lecture workshops on computing, drop-in computing surgeries, training in making oral presentations of research material, lecture-seminars on writing critical reviews of literature, carrying out literature searches, lecture-workshops on career development, media training and training in the dissemination of research findings
- you will also sit computing tests and unseen examinations and write coursework essays.
Our postgraduate students commonly go into the fields of health, teaching or further education. For instance, many of our graduates take up roles as assistant psychologists in the NHS with a view to becoming a professional clinical or forensic psychologist. Upon completing our Master’s courses, graduates have also pursued doctoral study and academic careers at higher education institutions.
The programmes we offer help you to develop general critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings.
All of our taught Master’s (MSc) programmes have been recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the nationally recognised criteria for preparation training for PhD research.
The School has excellent facilities for both laboratory and field research, including advanced laboratory and teaching facilities. Resources include:
- three fully equipped colour video laboratories for face-to-face group research, together with ten satellite laboratories connected via remote-control CCTV and two-way audio links
- 58 research laboratories, all containing networked computers
- a further 80 PCs available exclusively to Psychology students, including a designated MSc computer-networked room providing full email and internet access
- shared offices and a personal, networked computer for research students
- a full range of computer-based experiment generators and productivity software installed on all the School’s systems
- an upgraded laboratory suite with equipment for digital sound and vision recording
- 4 Brain Vision EEG labs (including one for simultaneous TMS & EEG, and one portable EEG system)
- 2 Trans-cranial direct current electrical stimulators (GVS, Magstim)
- Neuroconn tDCS/tACS electrical stimulator with facilities for simultaneous EEG
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) PowerMAG Research 100 High Frequency Stimulator
- 2 Tobii eye-trackers (Tobii X120 & Tobii T60 XL portable)
- 1 Arrington eye-tracker
- a suite equipped with Bio-Pac recorders to allow for a range of physiological measures to be taken during stressful and other tasks
- specialist laboratories equipped for face processing and vision research
- CRS ColorCal II Colorimeter/Photometer
- CRS Audiofile for synchronized audio-visual presentation
- numerous PC and Mac labs to run behavioural experiments
- Mirror Stereoscopes for dichoptic presentation and stereo vision research
- immersive virtual reality lab (including integrated eye-tracker)
- a social cognition laboratory
- creation in 2010 of the Kent Child Development Unit and research team focusing on how children learn about their world, about other people and about the language they hear around them.
Dynamic publishing culture
Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; Child Development; Clinical Psychology Review. Details of recently published books can be found within the staff research interests.
Global Skills Award
All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.
A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with:
a. Adequate level of academic achievement
A final degree classification (grade average) of at least a 2.1 or Merit in the UK system (the second highest classification after First/Distinction). Results from institutions in other countries will be assessed individually according to this standard.
Applicants with undergraduate degrees in psychology are preferred and those with related social sciences or science degrees are considered on a case by case basis. If the undergraduate degree is in a different subject, or if it is not accredited by the British Psychological Society, please ask your academic referee to complete the Pro-forma for Social and Applied Psychology and email it to email@example.com.
b. Statistics and research methods training in the social sciences
This programme includes a one-year statistics sequence which you must normally pass in order to receive your award. The teaching assumes that you are familiar with the following topics:
- Means and standard deviations
- Distributions, hypothesis testing and statistical significance
- Correlation coefficients
- Variables and measurement
Therefore, your existing degree transcript should note that you have taken and passed a minimum of one term each in statistics and social science research methods courses (or two terms of a joint statistics and research methods course).
All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account.
Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country. Please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
English language entry requirements
The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.
For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.
Need help with English?
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.
The School of Psychology is highly regarded as a leading European centre for postgraduate research, with an international reputation for excellence in social psychology (including group processes and intergroup relations); cognition and neuroscience; developmental psychology; and forensic psychology. We have staff who can supervise research degrees in all of these areas. The research environment is designed to sustain a strong, vibrant research culture, encourage collaboration, and unite staff and students with shared research interests. Our themes ensure critical mass and create a highly energetic and stimulating intellectual climate.
Research activity is supported by:
- centrally co-ordinated provision and use of laboratories and technical support
- selection of speakers for our weekly departmental research colloquia
- weekly research meetings within each theme
- to develop, report and analyse research, and host our many visiting scholars
- several monthly small meeting series on specific areas of cross-cutting research (such as forensic, social development, emotion, social cognition and health).
Much of our social psychology research is co-ordinated through the Centre for the Study of Group Processes (CSGP), the largest research group in this area in Europe. The Centre attracts a stream of major international social psychology researchers, who regularly visit to work with our staff and are officially affiliated to the Centre. The Social Psychology group also includes the co-editor of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (Abrams).
Social psychology research at Kent is funded by a variety of British and international sources, currently and recently including ESRC, British Academy, Leverhulme, Age Concern, European Commission, European Science Foundation, Home Office, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Nuffield, and Joseph Rowntree Foundation, as well as government departments such as the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions.
The Social Psychology group includes the following themes:
Prejudice, intergroup contact and social categorisation
This research is carried out in our social psychology laboratories, at schools and in business organisations. For example, research within this topic focuses on questions such as: how contact between members of different social groups is represented psychologically, how intergroup contact affects prejudice, when outgroups are seen as less human, when and why children show prejudice, and why organisational mergers sometimes fail.
Social inequality and cohesion
Research on this topic combines theory-driven research and engagement with policy. It is conducted in real-life settings such as the workplace, and involves national and international surveys. For example, the research focuses on the well-being of elderly people in Britain, work participation and motherhood, and discrimination against different groups in society.
Group dynamics and social influence
Laboratory studies and community-based research are conducted on this topic. For example, research focuses on co-operation in small groups, group decision-making, perception and influence of leaders, social communication and language, subjective group dynamics in adults and children, the dynamics of prison gang activity, and the impact of alcohol on group processes.
Personality and social motivation
Much of this research is carried out in laboratories, through surveys and in clinical or other applied settings. For example, research has examined aggression, the adaptive functions of perfectionism, and consequences of mortality salience.
Cognition and Neuroscience
Research under this theme has an international reputation in the topic areas of Visual Cognition, Attention and Memory, and Language and Communication. Some of this research activity occurs in the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems, a strategic partnership between the Schools of Psychology and Computing.
Visual cognition, attention and memory
Research on this topic focuses primarily on the role of vision and visual perception in human performance. The fundamental aim of this work is to identify the cognitive processes and neurological mechanisms underlying various visual tasks. Studies involving neurologically healthy volunteers examine issues such as face recognition and identification, eyewitness testimony, person detection, emotion processing, episodic memory and pattern and motion recognition.
Language and communication
Research in this group examines various aspects of semantic, pragmatic and syntactic understanding. Research questions on healthy populations include the role of executive functions in successful language use and communication, how language influences attentional processes and perspective taking, anomaly detection, and the effect of interruptions on reading. Work on developmental populations examines issues such as how children learn to understand and produce sentences in their own language, and how they learn conversational conventions and self-repair. Research also examines developmental disorders of communication, including autism spectrum disorders and dyslexia. This research group has links with researchers in the School of European Culture and Languages, as part of the Centre for Language and Linguistic Studies.
Forensic Psychology research at Kent and all forensic-related teaching operates through our newly constituted Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP). Current research is focused on bullying in prisons, prison gang behaviour, jury decision-making, child sexual offending, rape, rape proclivity, female sexual offending, theories of offender rehabilitation, firesetting, sexual harassment, violence, aggression and alcohol, and the infrahumanisation of offenders. Other areas of research include social cognition, social and moral emotion, and group process theory, all of which are applied to the study of offending behaviour or court process issues.
Forensic psychology research at Kent is funded by various national and international sources, which include: The British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council, Home Office, Leverhulme, Ministry of Justice and the Nuffield Foundation.
Research may be carried out with staff or offenders/ex-offenders in a variety of settings, including prisons, youth offender institutions, secure mental health units and probation offices. Alternatively, research may take place with students or members of the community in our newly equipped laboratories.
Much of the research conducted by members of the Developmental Psychology group is conducted with neurotypical infants, children, and adolescents. However, we also take a lifespan approach to the study of development and conduct research with older adults. Moreover, a key focus of our research is on neuro-developmental disorders. Central research topics include:
Developmental group members are particularly interested in the expression and control of ethnic and gender prejudice, social ostracism and inclusion, conversational norms and group identity in children. We also conduct research on social aspects of older adulthood, in particular self-stereotyping and prejudice against elderly people.
Cognitive development is a major focus of many of our developmental psychologists. In particular, members of the Developmental Psychology group actively research topics such as the development of social cognition and theory of mind, language, information and sensory processing, and conversation and pragmatic skills.
Our developmental research also focuses on adolescence, as well as infancy, childhood and older adulthood. In particular, we are interested in the emergence of gang activity and antisocial behaviour during this period of development.
We also conduct cutting-edge research into neuro-developmental disorders, such as autism and language impairment, with a view to understanding the nature and basis of, and best ways to treat, these disorders.
The School of Psychology currently includes three formally constituted research centres, representing areas of concentration and excellence in research.
Centre for the Study of Group Processes
The Centre for the Study of Group Processes (CSGP) was set up in 1990 to consolidate the School’s excellent international reputation for social psychological research into group processes and intergroup relations. CSGP is now a thriving international research community, including 15 full-time academic staff and a large number of research fellows and PhD students. The Centre also attracts a stream of major international group researchers who are officially affiliated to it and regularly visit to work with our staff. The Centre also edits an international journal, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.
Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems
The objective of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems (CCNCS) is to harness the potential for cross-disciplinary research at the junction of cognitive psychology and the computational sciences. The Centre focuses on how behavioural and neuro-physiological experimentation needs to inform and be informed by the construction of computational models. Furthermore, the results of such studies should inform the construction of artificial systems, such as forensic imaging, human-computer interfaces and robotic systems.
Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology
The main aim of the Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology is to conduct high-impact psychological research to further understand key forensic issues of social significance, and to lead to cutting-edge teaching and research opportunities for postgraduate students. Forensic psychology is an extremely popular and rapidly developing branch of psychology that seeks to understand the psychological processes underlying offending behaviour (including group processes), the reduction and supervision of offending behaviour (ie rehabilitation, treatment and management of community risk), victim responses to offending, the mechanisms underlying the criminal justice system more generally (ie jury decision-making and the courts), and attitudes to offenders and offender reintegration in society.
Staff research interests
Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website.
Dr Kirsten Abbot-Smith: Senior Lecturer in Psychology
The development of verbal communication in typical children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Use of a range of cognitive-experimental techniques with a current focus particularly on pragmatic language development.View Profile
Professor Dominic Abrams: Professor of Social Psychology
Social identity and intergroup relations; prejudice; sexism; deviance; social identity in organisational contexts; group consensus processes; the self-concept and self-regulation of behaviour.View Profile
Dr Emma Alleyne: Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
Socio-cognitive and group processes that underlie group offending e.g. what differentiates gang youth and non-gang youth with similar social/environmental backgrounds; multiple-perpetrator rape (MPR) and psychological factors that distinguish MPR from lone perpetrators; firesetting behaviour and clinical treatment of firesetters.View Profile
Dr Zara Bergstrom: Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology
The neurocognitive mechanisms of episodic memory; control processes and long-term memory retrieval; cognitive neuroscience techniques; applied memory research; memory in old age.View Profile
Dr Markus Bindemann: Reader in Psychology
Face and person perception; detection of people in natural settings; person memory and eyewitness identification; perception of eye-gaze and emotion from faces and other aspects of social cognition.View Profile
Dr Anna Brown: Senior Lecturer in Psychological Methods and Statistics
Quantitative modelling of psychological date; modelling response processes to cognitive and non-cognitive assessments using Item Response Theory (IRT).View Profile
Dr Lindsey Cameron: Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Social developmental psychology: development and reduction of intergroup prejudice in children; direct intergroup contact and extended intergroup contact; development of ethnic and national identity in children and adolescents; acculturation in childhood; experience of prejudice and discrimination, and its consequences for social development.View Profile
Dr Aleksandra Cichocka: Senior Lecturer in Political Psychology
Links between the self and various social and political realities; how self-concept and group image relate to intergroup attitudes, political ideology and support for status-quo.View Profile
Dr Kristof Dhont: Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Dispositional and situational determinants of explicit and implicit racism: the role of intergroup contact and ideology; political psychology: ideology, political extremism, political cognition; speciesism and animal exploitation; the parallels between prejudicial human intergroup relations and human-animal relations.View Profile
Professor Karen Douglas: Professor of Social Psychology
Understanding beliefs in conspiracy theories, language and stereotyping, sexist language, lay theories of persuasion, social psychology of the internet, interpersonal and intergroup communication.View Profile
Professor Heather Ferguson: Professor of Psychology
Language and communication; perspective taking; comprehension of counterfactuals and negation; mental representations involved in language understanding; time-course and brain processes involved in various cognitive functions; autism spectrum disorder; the role of social abilities in cognitive functioning; the influence of reading fiction on social and cognitive capacities.View Profile
Dr Michael Forrester: Reader in Psychology
Children’s conversational skills; discourse and conversation analysis; psychoanalytic developmental psychology; the development of singing and musicality.View Profile
Dr Matt Fysh: Lecturer in Psychology
Cognitive processes and biases surrounding the identification of unfamiliar faces and the theory behind these biases; forensic face matching.View Profile
Professor Theresa Gannon: Professor of Forensic Psychology
The cognition of child molesters, rapists and violent offenders; detecting fake-good responses in prison populations; the rehabilitation and treatment of sexual offenders; applied cognitive-experimental psychology; the characteristics and treatment of female sexual offenders and firesetters.View Profile
Professor Roger Giner-Sorolla: Professor of Social Psychology
The role of emotions in prejudice and self-control; moral judgements and emotion (anger, disgust, guilt and shame); cross-cultural differences in moral beliefs; intergroup emotions; judgments of moral deviance; legal decision making; eating and dieting; intergroup apologies.View Profile
Lazaros Gonidis: Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience (Teaching and Scholarship)
The effects of attention, arousal and memory load in how non-substance addictions (specifically Facebook, the Internet, computer games and gambling) affect time perception; virtual reality and its effect on decision-making and perceptions of time and reality.View Profile
Aife Hopkins-Doyle: Lecturer in Social and Organisational Psychology
Social-cognitive and ideological factors influencing person perception; hostile and benevolent sexism; feminist identity; stereotypes of feminism; women’s engagement in collective actions; beliefs in sexual exchange and its implications for intimate relationships and sexual health.View Profile
Dr Tim Hopthrow: Reader in Psychology
Small group performance and decision-making especially in the context of co-operative behaviour in social dilemmas; the effects of alcohol consumption on group performance.View Profile
Dr Amir-Homayoun Javadi: Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience
Refining and improving non-pharmacological approaches to the enhancement of memory, learning and decision making, using a variety of methods (eg, physical exercise, electrical and magnetic brain stimulation and sleep); imaging methods including eye-tracking and EEG.View Profile
Christiana Iordanou: Lecturer in Developmental Psychology
Forensic developmental psychology; non-verbal interview methods and children’s eyewitness accounts; children’s drawings as a source of forensically relevant information; if drawings facilitate adults’ and children’s memories of past events.View Profile
Dr Lydia Kearney: Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology
Social anxiety and experience of mental imagery; how anxious self-imagery reflects cognitive biases in attention and interpretation; imagery and rumination; imagery and emotion; cognitive and behavioural precursors of depression and anxiety.View Profile
Dr David Kelly: Lecturer in Developmental Psychology
Visual and cognitive development; cross-cultural differences in perception and eye-movements; face recognition in children and adults; multisensory processing in infancy.View Profile
Dr Erika Nurmsoo: Lecturer in Psychology
Language acquisition, focusing on word learning; theory of mind development; source monitoring and use of testimony in preschoolers; children’s comprehension of partial and ambiguous input; understanding and use of symbols, drawing, and pretence.View Profile
Dr Caoilte O Ciardha: Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
Treatment needs of offenders; causal factors in offending with a particular emphasis on the role of cognition; research methods that offer potential in tapping into cognitive constructs in an indirect way, such as looking at people’s response patterns to sexually salient stimuli and how that relates to problematic sexual interest, for example paedophilia; sexual offending and firesetting.View Profile
Dr Afroditi Pina: Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Sexual violence, gender equality and victimisation, in particular rape and the myths that surround it; sexual harassment, its impact on its victims, women’s coping strategies, and the link between sexual harassment and the emotions of anger and fear; self and sexual objectification and its effects on women’s self esteem; victim blaming; coping strategies.View Profile
Dr Marta Ponari: Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology
Interaction between cognition and emotion; embodied semantics, especially the role of sensory-motor and emotional information in how we acquire and represent meaning; facial expression recognition; emotional processing in ageing.View Profile
Professor Georgina Randsley de Moura: Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology
Intra and intergroup dynamics and social psychology in organisations, especially leadership, innovation and what happens when group members break rules or norms.View Profile
Dr Andy Russ: Lecturer in Psychology
Improving eyewitness practices; assessing eyewitness accuracy.View Profile
Dr John Sabo: Lecturer in Social and Organisational Psychology T&S
Moral emotions and moral judgement, and how these can inform our understanding of people who enjoy engaging with fiction that encourages its user to imagine immoral behaviour.View Profile
Dr Dinkar Sharma: Reader in Psychology
Cognition and emotion; selective attention; priming; cognitive approaches to addiction.View Profile
Professor Joachim Stoeber: Professor of Psychology
Perfectionism, well-being and performance; coping; personal goals in adolescence; stress and health in the workplace; motivation; personality and individual differences.View Profile
Professor Robbie Sutton: Professor of Social Psychology
Just-world beliefs and system-justification; social norms and communication processes especially as they relate to prejudice, stereotyping and the perpetuation of injustice and inequality; conspiracy beliefs; the inner logic of apparently irrational behaviours such as mutually destructive conflicts and environmental despoliation; implications of these processes for gender (sexism, fear of crime and views of rape complainants) and global warming (climate change).View Profile
Dr Hannah Swift: Eastern ARC Research Fellow
Ageism; attitudes to age across Europe; consequences of age-stereotypes; age-based stereotype threat and stereotype priming; social identity and the social construction of age; loneliness in later life and the factors that contribute to healthy, active ageing.View Profile
Dr Miriam Tresh: Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience
Embodied social cognition and its relation to cognitive function; how language comprehension and communication are facilitated through the construction of simulations in individuals with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder.View Profile
Dr Nichola Tyler: Lecturer in Psychology (Clinical Focused)
The mental health needs of those in contact with the criminal justice system; the role of mental health in the offence process and rehabilitation pathway; assessment and intervention for those who in engage in adult perpetrated deliberate firesetting/arson.View Profile
Professor Ayse Uskul: Professor of Social Psychology
Cultural conceptions of honour and roots of honour-related aggression; ecocultural influences on cognitive and social psychological (eg, social exclusion, honour) processes; social, cultural, and religious correlates of attitudes toward inter-ethnic and inter-faith intimate relationships; the role of self-regulatory mechanisms in social cognition (eg, processing of health messages); social interaction (eg, aggression); well-being (eg, depression).View Profile
Dr Eduardo Vasquez: Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
Aggression and displaced aggression; anger, rumination, and aggression and violent behaviours; inter-group relations; personalisation, self-disclosure and liking; inter-group conflict and aggression; intergang violence; alcohol and social behaviours: alcohol and aggression, alcohol and inter-group anxiety; applications to criminal behaviour.View Profile
Professor David Wilkinson: Head of School
Visual cognition; perceptual and attentional performance in healthy and brain-damaged individuals; the use of sensory stimulation to rehabilitate stroke patients and enhance certain aspects of cognition.View Profile
Professor David Williams: Professor of Developmental Psychology
Various forms of developmental psychopathology, including autism spectrum disorder and specific language impairment; the nature and neurocognitive bases of developmental disorders, as well as what these disorders tell us about typical development; use of cognitive-experimental techniques among typical and atypical populations.View Profile
Dr Arnaud Wisman: Lecturer in Psychology
Coping mortality salience; terror management theory; the self-concept, self-esteem and self-regulation; groups, automatic social behaviour, conformism and cultural worldviews; evolutionary social psychology, attraction, scent and sexuality.View Profile
Professor Jane Wood: Professor of Forensic Psychology
Street and prison gang formation and activity; public attitudes to crime and punishment, bullying in prison and schools; resettlement and rehabilitation of ex-offenders and the role of emotions in judging offenders.View Profile
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