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Dr Mario Weick

Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Director of Education
MSc Programme Director for Organisational Psychology


Research interests

I study how differences in power and social class create differences in people’s feelings, perceptions and actions. I am fascinated by this topic for a number of reasons, one of which is that the work, although rooted in social psychology, is very diverse and branches into areas such as organisational psychology, cognitive psychology, psychophysiology, and more. I also like the seamless transition between basic and applied/translational science as the impact of power and social class is profound and extends from the individual to the population level. As a post-doctoral researcher, I was fortunate enough to work with Jim Blascovich at UCSB, who spurred my enthusiasm for virtual reality and related technologies to study behaviour. Data science is important to me and I try and stay up to date with developments on this front. Finally, and in part motived by my doctoral research on behavioural biases and heuristics, I am also engaged in translational work on managing risks, such as those arising from natural disasters.

If you are interested to learn more about my work or opportunities to work or study with me, please do get in touch.

Key publications

  • Weick, M., McCall, C., & Blascovich, J. (2017). Power moves beyond complementarity: A staring look elicits avoidance in low power perceivers and approach in high power perceivers. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 1188-1201.
  • Weick, M., Allen, J., Vasiljevic, M., & Yao, B. (2016). Walking blindfolded unveils unique contributions of behavioural approach and inhibition to lateral spatial bias. Cognition, 147, 106-112.
  • Weick, M., & Guinote, A. (2010). How long will it take? Power biases time predictions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 595-604.
  • Weick, M., & Guinote, A. (2008). When subjective experiences matter: Power increases reliance on the Ease of Retrieval. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 956-970.





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