Social Psychology

Humans are social beings and influence each other whether those ‘others’ are physically present or not. Social psychology is the scientific study of the effects of social and cognitive processes on the way individuals perceive, influence, understand and relate to others. The interactions between the individual and his or her environment, and the cyclical influences between them are of key importance.

The Social Psychology Group uses many different research techniques (from laboratory experimental to critical/discourse) to understand the relationship between the individual and his or her environment. Research areas include:

  • person perception & group perception (stereotypes)
  • causal attributions - folk psychology
  • risk judgments
  • social identity & intergroup relations
  • attitude structure and function
  • environmental psychology and conservation behaviour
  • personality and social values
  • political and feminist psychology
  • gender and language
  • subjective well-being and positive psychology
  • social interaction
  • the self
  • judgment & decision-making
  • the social psychology of language and discourse
  • social cognitive and affective neuroscience


The following staff work in this research area:


The following Labs are associated with this research area: