CUSP, Psychology, Social Psychology

Is psychology a science?

Is psychology a science? This question is less straightforward than it might first seem. It has been discussed by numerous theorists. This month, the question was the focus of a seminar for CuSP, the Culture and Social Psychology research group. As part of his contribution to the seminar, Prof. Paul Stenner writes about some of… Continue reading Is psychology a science?

CUSP, Psychology, Research in the School

The psychology of possibilities and potentials?

A new encyclopedia presents writing from psychologists and social scientists on ‘the Possible’. Prof. Paul Stenner from the School has written an entry with Prof. Tania Zittoun (University of Neuchatel, Switzerland), about the British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott. The entry discusses Winnicott’s notion of a ‘potential space’. Here, Prof. Stenner introduces the entry. The idea of… Continue reading The psychology of possibilities and potentials?

CUSP, Research in the School

Affective transformations: changing the world by changing feelings?

Professor Paul Stenner’s work features as the lead chapter in a newly published international volume called ‘Affective transformations: politics, algorithms, media’. Edited by Bernd Bösel and Serjoscha Wiemer, the book is published by meson press and is freely available online.  The volume addresses two recent developments which at first appear contradictory but have deeper shared… Continue reading Affective transformations: changing the world by changing feelings?

CUSP, Psychology, Psychology in the world

Time for change?

Paul Stenner considers recent events in Bristol and calls for more psychological research into time, and its political significance. Time – as a psychological experience - has always been political, but in recent weeks it has become political in a way that almost nobody can ignore. Bristol is well known to have been built to… Continue reading Time for change?

CUSP, Psychology, Psychology in the world

The Psychology of Global Crises: A virtual conference

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