CUSP, Events, Open Psychology Research Centre

Opening Psychology Launch highlights 3 – Critical Social Psychology presentations

As part of the launch programme for the School’s new research centre, we feature online research presentations from Dr Karen Hagan, on bullying, and Dr David Kaposi, on Milgram and implicit violence. Hold these dates!

Attend the whole launch programme or select the events that interest you. Full details of the programme can be found here

Registration is free and now open on this link

Open Psychology Research Centre website: 

Tuesday 29th June

9.40 a.m. 

Dr Karen Hagan

Critical and discursive psychological approaches to bullying

Bullying is a broad concept describing a spectrum of abuses of power that function to harm individuals and groups.  Much bullying is initiated, conducted and permitted through discourse, so psychological researchis shifting to take greater account of the role of language.  Wetherell’s Critical Discursive Psychology integrates ‘macro-level’ social discourses and ‘micro-level’ interactions. Illustrating this approach with a number of examples (e.g. from the Openlearn Resource Join the Resistance), this talk will address the importance of how acts of bullying are understood and  some implications for the design of interventions.  

9.50 a.m.

Dr David Kaposi   

Beyond Milgram: Towards a theory of implicit violence

Why did they do it?!  Stanley Milgram infamous obedience experiments left us with a monstrous puzzle. Starting with Milgram himself, psychologists and social scientists have for 60 years engaged in a largely frustrating search to adequately understand the conduct of the experiment’s obedient participants. Why did ordinary citizens keep administering electric shocks against a victim’s will and painful cries, on the simple say-so of a grey-coated experimenter?! Reporting an empirical analysis of 140 experimental sessions, this presentation will review Milgram’s standardised repertoire and reveal an unlikely candidate accounting for his successfully keeping participants obedient. The finding will then be expanded towards a theory of implicit violence – a framework to potentially help us understand not only Milgram’s violence, but beyond.

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