SPSSI Distinguished Service Award for Dominic Abrams

We are delighted to announce that Professor Dominic Abrams has been awarded the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). The award is given as recognition of Dominic’s enthusiastic, dedicated, and enduring commitment to SPSSI, particularly in making the Society more visible and high profile. Dominic was the first UK based president of SPSSI in 2013-14. In addition, he has recently established SPSSI–UK and is Chair of a SPSSI-UK Steering Committee to raise the profile and reach of the impact of psychology on social issues in the UK.

Many congratulations, Dominic!

Psychology could prove vital in war on terror

Social psychology can provide vital insights for policy-makers in the fight against terrorism according to psychologists from the universities of Kent and Oxford.

Writing in the US magazine Scientific American Mind, Professor Dominic Abrams, of the University’s School of Psychology, and co-author Dr Kevin Dutton, of the University of Oxford, suggest policy-makers should consider placing social psychology in the ‘centre ground’ of the war on terror.

The authors identify seven pieces of psychology research – including one led by Professor Abrams – that would provide policy-makers with valuable insights into the minds of those carrying out terrorist attacks.

For more details, please go to the University of Kent’s News Centre.

Pregnancy assumptions based on risk distortion

Public assumptions that drinking any alcohol during pregnancy is harmful for the child are the result of distorted communication of risk, rather than actual research, according to a University psychologist.

New research from Professor Robbie Sutton, of the School of Psychology, highlights what he describes as the ‘confirmation bias’ that influences the way scientists present findings on the effects of low to moderate drinking on child development.

Professor Sutton will tell a London conference entitled Policing Pregnancy: A one-day conference on maternal autonomy, risk and responsibility that the assumption that any drinking is harmful dominates perceptions, even where this is not indicated by evidence.

For more details, please go to the Kent News Centre.