Social Psychology

Commemoration and memory

The OU is celebrating its 50th birthday! This is of course a big event for everyone involved with the university. As the official message puts it, 'In our anniversary year, we will tell our story and create moments that inspire pride, unity and involvement.' This kind of commemoration is also of interest to psychologists, and especially social psychologists,… Continue reading Commemoration and memory

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CUSP, Social Psychology

The lie of the future?

A current exhibition at Milton Keynes Gallery looks at the founding of the city in which the OU is located. Some of the issues raised by the exhibition, about past visions of the future, link to novelty and the classic concept of 'emergence', the focus of a seminar organised by the Culture and Social Psychology… Continue reading The lie of the future?

Psychology, Social Psychology

Andrea Levy at the Open University

Stephanie Taylor reflects on the life of Andrea Levy on the DD317 blog. Andrea Levy who died last month, has been deservedly celebrated in a number of articles and obituaries. She is probably best known as the author of the prize-winning novel 'Small Island'. Open University students may also be aware that she received an… Continue reading Andrea Levy at the Open University

Forensic Psychology, Psychology

Do techniques for generating suspects contaminate procedures for identifying perpetrators?

First published on the Harm & Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) website by Graham Pike and Jim Turner, The Open University. There is considerable evidence that mistaken identification by an eyewitness is the leading cause of miscarriages of justice. For example, research done by The Innocence Project, has found that eyewitness misidentification plays a role in more than 70% of overturned convictions… Continue reading Do techniques for generating suspects contaminate procedures for identifying perpetrators?