CUSP, Psychology in the world

The importance of art and film for psychology

A new publication from the School of Psychology and Counselling challenges psychologists to take art and film seriously, especially during times of crisis when people go through 'liminal experiences'. The article is the result of a collaboration between Professor Paul Stennerfrom the Open University and Professor Tania Zittounfrom the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. The online first version has just appeared in… Continue reading The importance of art and film for psychology

Psychology, Social Psychology

Viral language? The emerging discourses of COVID-19

In this blog, Professor Stephanie Taylor considers the language of COVID-19 and its wider implications. In 1978, the critical theorist Susan Sontag wrote about the metaphors of cancer. She argued that the language used to discuss cancer, which at the time was considered an almost untreatable disease, echoed that of the so-called war against communism,… Continue reading Viral language? The emerging discourses of COVID-19

CUSP, Events

The 2020 CuSP Annual Lecture, by Professor Ivana Markova

The Culture and Social Psychology research collaboration, CuSP, will host its Annual Lecture on Friday 5th June 2020 at the Open University, Milton Keynes. CuSP is very pleased to announce that the lecture will be given by Professor Ivana Markova. THE ABSTRACT FOR THE LECTURE: Studies of the dialogical mind have progressed considerably in focusing… Continue reading The 2020 CuSP Annual Lecture, by Professor Ivana Markova

A PhD in Psychology, CUSP, Psychology

Families, WhatsApp and ‘investment citizens’: Innovative data analyses in PhD research

Some of the School’s PhD students presented their work in progress at a recent CuSP session. Their projects indicate innovative data possibilities for psychology research. Ayca Gunaydin Kaymakcioglu is analysing an education programmethat is rather like an OU module, except that it comes from the Turkish government. Part of the government’s policy is to encourage… Continue reading Families, WhatsApp and ‘investment citizens’: Innovative data analyses in PhD research

CUSP, Psychology, Research in the School

New research in the School: problems of listening, hearing and voice

One function of the School’s research groups is to offer a forum in which academics can receive feedback on work in progress. A recent meeting of the Culture and Social Psychology group discussed two new pieces of writing, each of which centres, in rather different ways, on problems connected to listening, hearing and voice. Dr… Continue reading New research in the School: problems of listening, hearing and voice