Social Psychology

Mums and dads shouldn't strive to be the perfect parents they believe society expects them to be.
Feeling as though we belong is important for our mental and physical wellbeing. Social exclusion hurts and it darkens our mood.
It appears the old adage 'it's better to give than to receive' holds some scientific weight.
Consumers who perceive themselves to be of a lower socio-economic status will often choose larger food portions in a bid to show they are of a higher standing, new research has suggested.
Both personal and societal factors play a role in a person's binge drinking habits, new research has suggested.
Fear-inducing road safety advertisements showing horrific car crashes may be unlikely to reduce the likelihood of speeding, drink-driving or other risky driving for some road users according to research led by Rachel Carey.
Student unrest in London last November and December was not caused by the police using less confrontational tactics but by a failure to implement those tactics thoroughly.
Problematic video gaming could be disruptive for work performance, increasing the likelihood that gamers miss work or classes and reducing their effort if they do turn up.
Receiving frequent messages on Facebook could help students who are about to begin university in the next few weeks and feeling in need of support. During the first term at university, Facebook users who receive more messages and comments from fellow users feel less stressed, and have greater self-esteem and feelings of well-being, than those receiving fewer messages and comments.
Around 180 psychologists are taking part in the Annual Conference of the Society’s Social Psychology Section at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, next week.
Gossip might be the social glue that binds us, but prolific proponents of tittle-tattle should beware - gossipers are perceived not just as unlikeable but also as lacking social influence.
A person's religious beliefs can have a bearing on how much they worry about certain situations, new research has suggested.
The way young adults view relationships has altered considerably in the last 50 years, new findings have suggested.
The next time you're in an audience, turn to the person sat next to you and take a good look. That's what you look like, that is. Scary eh?
Prompts in the environment make their way beneath your conscious radar and into your mind, affecting your mood and behaviour.
A new report shows how academic research has made dramatic and effective changes the way crime and offenders are tackled.
Music festivals, like Glastonbury, have become important social experiences for young people where they can experience a sense of collectiveness and belonging.
The wide gap between the richest and poorest people in society is serving to make individuals unhappy, new research has shown.
People with a diagnosis of social anxiety disorder find social situations nerve wracking, from mixing with friends to speaking in public.
The kind of negative tittle-tattle that appears daily in the tabloids seems to bear little merit.
Richard Dawkins called it "the curse of the discontinuous mind" - our tendency to lump things into discrete categories. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our perception of ethnic races, which we tend to see as reflecting absolute dividing lines in the human population. Do mistaken folk beliefs about genetics play a role in this? A new study by Jason Plaks and his team suggests so. What's more, their findings have interesting implications for an anti-prejudice intervention based around genetics lessons.
People who break the basic rules of social behaviour appear to others to be more powerful than those who do not, a new study has shown.
Happiness can have a dark side, new research has suggested.
Two psychologists are to share the 2010 Outstanding Doctoral Research award, presented by the British Psychological Society's Research Board.
What does your handshake say about you? We all have our prejudices when reading personality into other people's handshake style - especially at the knuckle-crunching and limp extremes.
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