Dr David Jones writes about the dynamics of shame, hatred and fear that have been repeatedly noted, yet still continue. The current global attention being brought to the problems of ‘race’ and criminal justice by the callous killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, prompts me to write as a white academic who has struggled to… Continue reading George Floyd: The Shameful Psychosocial Dynamics of ‘Race’, Violence and Hatred
Are all witnesses equal, or are some given more attention because of how they sound, and look? In new, highly topical research, Lara Frumkin and Anna Stone used mock witness statements and showed they are received differently depending on the witness's accent, age - and race. Is justice blind? Criminal trials should be based on… Continue reading Bias against witnesses?
The Culture and Social Psychology group met online last week to discuss new research by two of its members. Karen Hagan presented her ongoing work on the ways that people assert dominance in discourse, including the practices that are commonly labelled as bullying. To explore this further, the group looked at a piece of transcript… Continue reading With us or against us? New research directions
At the end of May, a new kind of academic event took place. The Psychology of Global Crises: State Surveillance, Solidarity and Everyday Life was a conference about events like the Covid-19 pandemic, organised to fit with the circumstances that the virus has imposed. Academics could not travel or meet in person, so they gathered online,… Continue reading The Psychology of Global Crises: A virtual conference
In a new online article, Dr Volker Patent from the School reflects on recent crowd events on British beaches and asks what psychology can tell us about what's been happening https://medium.com/@volkerpatent/the-covid19-beach-moment-reflections-on-the-psychologies-of-pandemic-crowd-control-c77ecbbbfd30 You can read about Volker Patent's work here http://www.open.ac.uk/people/vp2265