Social Psychology

How new is fake news?

Is ‘fake news’ a feature of a contemporary ‘post truth’ society, or does it have a longer history? A new short film links the phenomenon back to the famous thinker Michel Foucault. In this week’s blog for Advancing social psychology (DD317), Professor Paul Stenner writes about the film, and about the influence of Foucault’s thinking… Continue reading How new is fake news?


World mental health day

For world mental health day here's an old post from Meg-John Barker reflecting what we can all learn from D240 - Counselling: Exploring Fear and Sadness about our mental health and how to deal with emotional struggles. D240 is currently being revised into D241: an updated module on counselling and psychotherapy. Watch this space...  … Continue reading World mental health day

Social Psychology

OU psychologist speaks at Labour fringe event

Dr. Lara Frumkin spoke at a Labour fringe event on 25th September on "is big tech turning a blind eye to extremism and radicalisation?"  She used psychological research to address whether big tech is doing enough to curb extremist material available on the web.  Her research on community attitudes towards extremism show that people are confused about… Continue reading OU psychologist speaks at Labour fringe event

Counselling, Psychology, Social Psychology

Bisexual Awareness – Problem Solved?

To celebrate Bisexual Visibility day, here's a piece that Helen Bowes-Catton and Sakura Byrne wrote for Palgrave about bisexuality. Research suggests that increasing numbers of young people are questioning received ideas about gender and sexual identity. A growing number of young people report identifying as transgender, non-binary or genderfluid. In response, social media giant Facebook now… Continue reading Bisexual Awareness – Problem Solved?

Psychology, Social Psychology

I read the news today… and watched tv

Over on the DD317 Advancing Social Psychology blog, Stephanie Taylor has posted about how social psychology can inform us on recent news stories, including the treatment of the Windrush generation, #MeToo, exam results, and the British Bake-Off. Check out the blog post here. These are just a few of the possible connections (a future blog… Continue reading I read the news today… and watched tv