CUSP, Psychology, Social Psychology

Launching CUSP!

On 15 June we will launch an exciting new research centre at the School of Psychology: Culture and Social Psychology (CUSP). CUSP has been formed as a much enhanced successor of the Social Psychology Group (SPRG) formation and will built on the School's long0standing and unique tradition of (critical) social psychology. Please see the invite… Continue reading Launching CUSP!

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Counselling, Forensic Psychology, Psychology

Free course: Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings

The new free OU Psychology OpenLearn course, Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings, introduces the key ideas and practices of mindfulness, describes how it is helping counselling clients and prisoners, and also looks at some of the criticisms mindfulness has received in recent years. Our Meg-John Barker and Troy Cooper put together this course… Continue reading Free course: Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings

Psychology, Social Psychology

New Book: Mediated Intimacy – Sex Advice in Media Culture

Last month Meg-John Barker launched a new academic book with Prof Rosalind Gill and Dr Laura Harvey. The book, Mediated Intimacy, is a study of sex advice across all kinds of media including blogs, zines, sex manuals, reality TV, apps, and problem pages. Get your copy of the book here. For more information, here is the… Continue reading New Book: Mediated Intimacy – Sex Advice in Media Culture

Psychology, Social Psychology

Listening Network: Cultures of Listening in Research and Practice

In recent years the idea/concept of listening has begun to feature prominently at the intersection of social sciences, arts and humanities based research. At the same time theorising has remained disparate and exciting synergies between work in different disciplines, and its relevance to for example political- social-, legal- and research practice, have not been explored… Continue reading Listening Network: Cultures of Listening in Research and Practice

Counselling, Psychology, Social Psychology

Children’s language brokering across places and spaces

By Sarah Crafter, first published as part of the Year of #Mygration OU series. "Samir was 13 years old when I first met him. He had arrived in the UK from Afghanistan some years earlier. He was reluctant to talk in class about his home language, as some of the other pupils would call him a… Continue reading Children’s language brokering across places and spaces