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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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

Social Psychology

Culture, art and a social psychological issue

A new BBC series on the arts of Oceania is a useful reminder of issues around culture and, perhaps less obviously, different theories about the nature of people. The Level 3 module Advancing social psychology (DD317) discusses culture, including the sometimes problematic assumptions that derive from classic psychological studies of 'other' people that were conducted… Continue reading Culture, art and a social psychological issue

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?

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