Social Psychology

Psychology has long known that merely holding warm objects can increase individuals’ interpersonal warmth, inducing behaviour such as giving more positive judgment about others and being more likely to choose gifts for friends rather than for themselves.
It’s been a year of ups and downs in social psychology.
Like Zimbardo's prison study and Milgram's so-called "obedience experiments", the research that Solomon Asch conducted at Swarthmore College in the 1950s has acquired an almost mythical quality,
We are beginning to understand that single individuals can have a disproportionate impact on group performance.
A Society supported podcast titled ‘Broken windows’ discussing the positive and negative influence that surroundings can have on people’s behaviour is now available
From sworn witness accounts of alien visitations, to deep-rooted trust in quack medical treatments, the human trait that psychologists call "naive realism" has a lot to answer for.
A Society supported podcast discussing the dynamics of power is now available online.
Individuals from socially disadvantaged groups who define themselves as a part of that group are better prepared to deal with barriers encountered in their life suggests a paper published in the British Journal of Social Psychology.
Science suggests a funnier workplace should be a more effective one, encouraging positive mood and a playful, open approach. But much of the evidence to date rests on theoretical argument or lab experiments.
Receiving help can sting. Admitting that others can do what you can’t and feeling indebted to them can lead to a sense of dependence and incompetence, and even resentment towards the very person who helped you.
You watch with envy as your long-time colleague gets yet another performance bonus - something you've strived for but never obtained. Not long after, you see him trip over in the office in front of everyone.
Publicly tweeting about sexism could improve women’s wellbeing as it has the potential to let them express themselves in ways that feel like they can make a difference, says a study published in the British Journal of Social Psychology.
The first of a series of podcasts discussing different aspects of the history of social psychology funded by a 2014 public engagement grant from the British Psychological Society is now available online.
In 1961, with memories of Holocaust atrocities and the prosecution of Nazi officials at Nuremburg still fresh, psychologist Stanley Milgram undertook a series of now infamous experiments on obedience and reprehensible behaviour.
Having a strong identification with a social group, such as a choir or a sports club, can help protect you against mental illness.
People with social anxiety disorder could be unnecessarily worrying about how they are perceived by others, a new study has suggested.
Nostalgia seems like a distraction in a world that’s moving forward. But new research proposes a powerful function of the emotion: as a glue to bind members of social groups.
**Please note: This workshop is fully booked** Create and utilise mixed methods research designs in applied psychology. Timetable
** Please note: This event is now fully booked ** An introduction to positive psychology. Learn the difference between this paradigm and traditional psychology frameworks.  Timetable
Widening the perspective about aggression in adolescents with ASD. Timetable 09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee 10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch) 16:30 Workshop ends Details Aggression
A new perspective on conducting research in psychology. Timetable 09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee 10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch) 16:30 Workshop ends
This workshop will offer researchers who are more used to working within quantitative paradigms some ways, advantages and challenges of combining quantitative methods with qualitative methods to conduct mixed methods research. 
A person's enjoyment of a movie can be heavily influenced by their surroundings, according to a new
Sympathy towards the suffering is culture-dependent. People from "simpatico" cultures such as Brazil or Costa Rica are more likely to help people in need, as are people from economically poorer nations compared to wealthier counterparts.
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