Social Psychology

Why do we tip taxi drivers but not accountants? Why do we tip in some service contexts and not others? Is it simply due to a quirk of history or the result of broader psychological patterns?
The amount and type of laughter between two people can potentially tell us much more than that they are sharing a joke.
An exploration of Liberation Psychology: in its original context and applied to social problems of the UK today. Timetable
A powerful tool to take ownership of your life, be at your best, and to revitalise your personal and professional life. Timetable
We usually think of laughter as a sound of joy and mirth, but in certain contexts, such as when it accompanies an insult, it takes on a negative meaning, signaling contempt and derision, especially in a group situation.
The BPS Social Psychology Section (SPS) had a productive year in 2015.
Today, a substantial proportion of people believe that God does not exist – one in ten people around the world consider themselves "convinced atheists" according to a survey published last year.
Some pieces of music you can’t escape knowing, and for children in 1960s Britain, God Save the Queen would qualify, according to research published back then.
You might think that being true to yourself means ignoring social pressure and finding your own path. But one of the most in-depth investigations into feelings of authenticity has found the complete opposite appears to be true.
Most personality traits and other characteristics are 'normally distributed', meaning that a new person is more likely to be in the middle than on the extremes, whether we’re talking about extraversion, intelligence or enthusiasm for Mexican food.
Job interview structures have become more standardised over the years, but a new study suggests these developments aren’t enough to counter the effect of early rapport established (or not) in the near obligatory pre-interview chat.
Memory researchers have found that women elaborate more than men when talking about their autobiographical memories, going into more detail, mentioning more emotions and providing more interpretation.
This workshop will equip participants with greater knowledge how to help people who hear voices and learn from the dialogue they are engaged in.
A versatile approach to group self-discovery and behaviour change; working from practice back to theory
A hands-on, practitioner-focused workshop designed to help occupational psychologists, HR professionals and business coaches utilise a range of proven constructivist techniques in their daily practice
Unfortunately this workshop is cancelled.   Effectively identify the unspoken relevance of culture and diversity in recognition of suggestions within your practice
In a guest post on our Research Digest blog Laura Spinney looks at why some disasters are widely remembered and commemorated while others are forgotten.
Researchers  have previously shown that we’re more willing to break social standards, such as by cheating or breaking religious observance, when the opportunity is in the middle rather than the start or end of a sequence.
A paper published in the British Journal of Psychology has been chosen as one of the six most interesting psychology papers of 2015 by The New Yorker.
Join fellow pre and in-training peers, qualified clinicians and experts by experience at the 2016 DCP PQG Annual Conference.
Our achievements as a species owe a debt to our willingness to cooperate. But we all vary in how we solve the social dilemma – whether in any given situation we choose to favour self-interest or cooperation.
An interactive exploration of systemic social constructionist approaches, coordinated management of meaning (CMM), Narrative Therapy and reflecting processes. Timetable
A critical look at the dominant discourses surrounding refugee and asylum seeking people and their responses to adversity Timetable
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