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Aino Petterson

Postgraduate Researcher
Associate Lecturer

About

Aino Petterson is a Postgraduate Researcher and Associate Lecturer in the School of Psychology.

Research interests

  • Gender, sexism and discrimination
  • Political ideology
  • Moral judgments
  • Gene-editing and genetic technologies

Aino's research interests are mainly in the field of social psychology, specifically, political ideology, intergroup relations and moral judgments. She is especially interested in different factors that influence people's attitudes towards gene-editing and other genetic technologies. 

She is currently examining psychological predictors of moral judgments about gene-editing in humans and animals.

Thesis Title

Attitudes to gene editing and reproductive medicine

Teaching

  • Associate lecturer SP582 Psychology Project
  • Associate lecturer SP619/SP620 (Social Seminars)
  • Lecturer Liberal Arts Module SE312 Roots of Transformation
  • Lecturer Liberal Arts Module SE311 Understanding the Contemporary

Supervision

  • Professor Robbie Sutton (1st supervisor)
  • Professor Ellie Lee (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research)
  • Professor Darren Griffin (School of Biosciences)

Professional

Funding

(2016) Graduate Teaching Scholarship (GTA), School of Psychology, University of Kent

Awards

  • Best Research Talk Prize (Staff Vote), School of Psychology PhD Conference (2019)
  • Best Research Poster Prize, School of Psychology PhD Conference (2018)
  • Else Frenkel-Brunswik Prize (2017) for the highest mark in the Political Psychology MSc
  • Janet Miele Prize (2016) for the best undergraduate final year project in Psychology
  • Social Sciences Faculty Prize (2016) for best results in the Faculty of Social Sciences

Publications

  • Petterson, A., & Sutton, R. M. (2018). Sexist Ideology and Endorsement of Men’s Control Over Women’s Decisions in Reproductive Health. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 42(2), 235-247.
  • Sutton, R. M., Petterson, A., Rutjens, B. T., & Brandt, M. J. (2018). Post-truth, anti-truth, and can’t-handle-the-truth: How responses to science are shaped by concerns about its impact. Chapter in Belief Systems and the Perception of Reality (pp. 164-178). Routledge. 

Conference Presentations

  • Petterson, A. (2019) Hostile Takeover Bid: Hostile Sexism Predicts Endorsement of Men’s Control Over Women’s Reproductive Health Decisions. Presentation at the International Society of Political Psychology, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Petterson, A. (2019) Hostile Sexism and the Endorsement of Men’s Control Over Women’s Reproductive Health Decisions. Presentation at Political Psychology Lab conference: What Now? The Future of Gender Relations After #MeToo 

Conference Posters

  • Petterson, A. (2019) Hostile Takeover Bid: Hostile Sexism Predicts Endorsement of Men’s Control Over Women’s Reproductive Health Decisions. Presentation at the International Association for Psychological Science, Paris, France. 

Media Coverage

Experience 

  • 2015-2017: Research Assistant at the School of Psychology, University of Kent
  • 2014-2016: Board Member, Landsforeningen for Barnevernsbarn (Norwegian organisation for children in care)
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