Meg-John Barker is in the US at the moment so they took some time out during this Halloween period to make this video about why we seem to be so drawn to horror movies and fiction. The recent film It is the top-grossing horror movie of all time and makes some intriguing links between real-life… Continue reading Happy Halloween: Why we love horror
Paul Stenner is giving a keynote talk this week on transforming emotions at the affective media studies conference in Potsdam, Germany. Here's more about it... The affective and emotional lives of people is increasingly targeted for manipulation and control by a whole range of new media and technologies. Our moods are tracked, our sentiments analysed… Continue reading Transforming the way we feel?
Lisa Lazard writes... Over the last year, the topic of sexual harassment seems rarely out of the news. The case of Harvey Weinstein is the most recent in a series of high profile sexual harassment cases that have been brought to public attention in 2017. In reverse order, the case against Ex Radio DJ, David… Continue reading Harvey Weinstein, Sexual Harassment and 21st Century Living – by Lisa Lazard
Over on the DD317 Advancing Social Psychology blog, Stephanie Taylor has written about PhD student Marie Paludan's award-winning research on how young women confront and manage all the current cultural ideas about who they are and who they should be, as well as living their lives as contemporary young women. Here's the abstract of Marie's thesis:… Continue reading Open University research on young women’s experience
OU Psychologists Gemma Briggs and Jim Turner have been in the news this week talking about their new research on the use of hands-free phones while driving. Gemma, Jim and colleagues examined the reaction times of drivers when they were using hands-free phones, and studied what they noticed and missed on the road. They found that when drivers… Continue reading New research shows distraction of hands-free phones