Social butterflies and busy bees: Your child’s social psychology

Congratulations to Dr Lindsey Cameron, Dr Kirsten Abbot-Smith and Dr Erika Nurmsoo, who have been awarded £620 by the ESRC for a project entitled “Social butterflies and busy bees: Your child’s social psychology”. This is a public engagement award secured on behalf of the Kent Child Development Unit to hold an event in Universities Week as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2014.

Alcohol-related language can increase aggression

New psychology research shows that exposing people to alcohol-related words can influence aggressive behaviour in ways similar to actually consuming alcohol.

Researchers found however that this aggressive behaviour occurred when people were subjected to provocation in a way that was not a clear-cut insult.

Although it has been long known that drinking alcohol can increase aggression, a team of five psychologists, including Dr Eduardo Vasquez of the University of Kent School of Psychology and others from two US universities, demonstrated in two experiments that participants exhibited aggression following exposure to alcohol-related words – known as alcohol priming. This effect was demonstrated in situations when they were provoked in a way that was ambiguous or not obvious.

These findings will have implications for understanding the way people behave in situations where alcohol is present, including bars sporting events and parties.

For more information, see the full press release.

Researching Social Exclusion: Relevance for Public Policy and Practice, University of Kent, 6 June 2014

An event hosted by the University of Kent will bring together psychology researchers, practitioners and voluntary organisations working on social exclusion and its consequences.

Organised by Dr Ayse Uskul and Dr Lindsey Cameron from the University’s School of Psychology, the one-day workshop on 6 June will showcase the impact research by psychologists into social exclusion is having on public policy and practice.

Among the presentations at the Canterbury campus event will be Dr Hannah Swift, of the School of Psychology, who will talk about ageism as a form of social exclusion, looking at its causes, consequences and solutions. Emily Georghious, of Age UK, will provide a commentary on this session. Prof Dominic Abrams, also of the School of Psychology, will join the panel discussion in the afternoon.

For further details see the event web page.

2nd Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, University of Kent, 24 June, 9am – 7pm

Weight Stigma is pervasive in society and has implications for healthcare, education, employment and everyday quality of life. Despite rising levels of anti-fat prejudice in all areas of daily life, discrimination on the basis of weight is generally not covered by anti-discrimination legislation. Moreover, intersectionality has emerged as a critical lens for recognising the overlap of various forms of exclusion and discrimination. Although still often treated as mutually exclusive, the intersections of race, gender, class, sexual identity, age, ability, religion, and nationality represent complex identities that must be factored into how we approach weight stigma. The more we can do to understand weight stigma, the more we can undo in terms of the negative consequences that result from it.

The Weight Stigma Conference brings together scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines (e.g., psychology, medicine, public health, allied health professions, education, sports and exercise science, social sciences, media studies, business, public policy, law) to consider research, policy, rhetoric, and practice around the issue of weight stigma.

We aim to address a number of issues, such as weight stigma across social identities, weight stigma among health professionals, public policy implications, and interventions to reduce weight stigma.

This year’s exciting line-up of speakers span the US and Europe and include Drs. Deb Burgard, Robert Carels, Sarah Riley, Lee Monaghan, Emma Rich, and Noorjte van Amsterdam.

For further details see the event web page.