Awareness of mortality can be bad for our health

People with low self-esteem use a variety of escape mechanisms to avoid thinking about their own mortality, new Kent research reveals.

Researchers led by Dr Arnaud Wisman, of the University’s School of Psychology, found evidence in five studies that people with low self-esteem respond to reminders of their own mortality by directing their focus away from the ‘self’.

The research found an empirical and causal link between people with low self-esteem having unconscious concerns about their own mortality and then employing a variety of ways to escape from self-awareness. The study demonstrated this link both inside and outside the laboratory.

For more details, please see the full press release.

Attention Stage 3 Students 2015/16

To students going into stage 3:

Dear all,
Our peer mentoring scheme is running this year as part of the Student Success Project, aiming at fostering engagement and belonging, and ultimately boosting academic achievement. You have by now garnered significant experience, so we would like to invite you to become a mentor for stage 2 students. Here is why you’d like to join:

• You will be offered full training by SLAS (Student Learning Advisory Service).
• You will build towards your Kent Student Certificate for Volunteering (KSCV) and towards the Employability Points Scheme (EPS).
• You’ll have the opportunity to enhance your interpersonal skills and upgrade your CV, through buddying mentees during meetings you set yourselves (frequency and length up to you!).
• You’ll share your experience of academic achievement with your mentees, and depending on their needs, signpost them to relevant support.
• You’ll find working with mentees very rewarding – you’ll be making real- life impact on student belonging!

In my role as Student Success Officer, I will be there to guide you at every step of the way.

To sign up contact me at:

Looking forward to having you on board


Adjustment and Clearing Open Now

Psychology at Kent has limited Adjustment and Clearing vacancies for excellent students in 2015.

Our entry requirements are ABB+ at A level (or equivalent) plus grade C in GCSE Maths for C800 ‘Psychology’, C822 ‘Psychology with Clinical Psychology’, C881 ‘Psychology with Studies in Europe’ and C882 ‘Social Psychology’.

For C823 ‘Applied Psychology with Clinical Psychology’ and C850 ‘Applied Psychology’, we require AAB+ at A level (or equivalent) plus grade C in GCSE Maths.

To make your application now, go to the Adjustment and Clearing vacancies page. You can call us on 01227 824775.

For overall student satisfaction, Kent was 14th in the UK for Psychology in the 2015 Guardian University Guide. In the 2015 Complete University Guide, Psychology at Kent was ranked 4th under the graduate prospects heading. There are at least ten reasons to choose Psychology at Kent.

Meet the School of Psychology Admissions Team who are considering applications in Adjustment and Clearing.

admissions team1st row l-r: Carly Turnham (Recruitment, Admissions and Marketing Officer); Dr Caoilte Ó Ciardha (Admissions Team Lead and Lecturer in Forensic Psychology); Dr Aleksandra Cichocka (Lecturer in Social Psychology); Dr Kristof Dhont (Lecturer in Psychology).

2nd row l-r: Dr Tim Hopthrow (Senior Lecturer in Psychology); Dr David Kelly (Lecturer in Psychology); Dr Eduardo Vasquez (Lecturer in Forensic Psychology).

Kenneth Lindsay Scholarship for Rotem Perach

Congratulations to Rotem Perach, who has been awarded £1,000 by the Kenneth Lindsay Scholarship Trust – an educational trust fund of the Anglo Israel Association. It provides scholarships for Israeli students to study in the UK.

The Association’s primary purpose is to promote wider and better understanding of Israel in the UK; to encourage exchanges between both countries at every level and generally to support activities which foster good will between British and Israeli citizens.

Congratulations to John Allen and Frank Gasking

Congratulations to John Allen and Frank Gasking, who have received funding from Learning and Development to attend PyCon 2015 – the community-organised conference for the Python programming language – in September. Python is a powerful general-purpose language that can be used with many of our systems including the SR Research and Tobii eye trackers, our EEG equipment and in the creation of immersive environments for our virtual reality suite. Python is also the programming language behind the stimulus presentation and data collection software PsychoPy.