How negative stereotyping affects older people

Analysis of research on the effect of negative stereotypes on older people’s abilities has concluded these stereotypes are a major problem for the demographic.

A research team at the School of Psychology carried out a review and meta-analysis of Aged-Based Stereotype Threat (ABST). They statistically analysed international evidence from 37 research studies, concluding that older men and women’s memory and cognitive performance is negatively affected in situations that signal or remind them of negative age stereotypes.

The research, funded by the Economic and Social Research council (ESRC), was carried out by Ruth Lamont, working with Dr Hannah Swift and Professor Dominic Abrams. It showed that even a hint that performance was being pre-judged because of age criteria was enough to affect older people’s performance.

Further information:

2015 National Student Survey open now

The National Student Survey is a independently administered survey of all final year undergraduates in the UK. The NSS

  • gives you the opportunity to tell prospective students what you think of your course
  • provides information to help us improve the quality of the student experience
  • feeds into our overall ranking as a School

If you are in your final year of studies make sure you complete the survey to let your opinion be heard, and claim a £10 Amazon voucher (by sending proof of completion to if you reply by Friday 20 February.

If you also send the confirmation of completion email to by 20 February, you will be entered in the School of Psychology prize draw too for a chance to win one of ten £10 Kent One card top-ups to spend wherever you would like on campus! You can still email and be entered in the prize draw if you have already completed the survey.

The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete.

ESRC 1+3 School of Psychology/People United CASE Studentship at the University of Kent

The Psychology of Social Unity: Building Good Relations Through Theory-Based Arts Interventions

Applications are invited for a 1+3 or +3 ESRC studentship in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent, under the supervision of:
Professor Dominic Abrams and Dr Lindsey Cameron. The studentship is in collaboration with People United.

For more details on eligibility and how to apply, go to:

The deadline for applications is February 25th 2015, and candidates will be interviewed either at the University of Kent or via Skype/video link within 2 weeks of this deadline.

EPS Study Visit Scheme Award

Congratulations to Benny Ogidan, who has been awarded £1,950 by the Experimental Psychology Society under the EPS Study Visit Scheme.  This will enable Benny to visit Dr Hayley Ness in Edinburgh.  Whilst there, he will be trained on how to use featurally-based facial composite systems.

Psychology at Kent among best in UK for Research Excellence

Rankings published in Times Higher Education show that research conducted by academic staff in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent is ranked 11th /82 in the UK. This is based on Research Intensity calculated in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Psychology at the University of Kent is placed between Cambridge and Oxford, and also above many Russell Group universities such as Warwick, York, Durham, Exeter, and Cardiff, and neighbouring universities such as Sussex, Surrey, and Essex. 100% of the School’s research impact was classified as having outstanding or very considerable reach and significance.

The research intensity ranking reflects the high levels of research activity as more than 95% of academic staff provided outputs that were evaluated, showing the School’s commitment to maintaining strongly integrated research and teaching, and to conducting research that has practical importance. The School’s diverse academic community members are supported to participate fully in teaching, research, enterprise, and engagement with external organizations and individuals. This gives our students a dynamic and vibrant experience in which they have the chance to be taught and supervised by international leaders in a range of areas of psychology.

Dr Georgina Randsley de Moura, Head of School, commented on the excellent REF research intensity ranking, saying that: “All members of the School are very proud of our collective achievements. The REF provides independent confirmation of our research excellence, and the high proportion of staff who contributed reflects the value we place on research and research-led teaching”.

Vacancy: Research and Enterprise Associate

An exciting new research opportunity is now open to applications within the School of Psychology!
The School of Psychology is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral research associate on a 2 year fixed term (full time) period to support research and enterprise-related activities, and to implement a research and enterprise strategy. A core aspect of this strategy is to maximise income generation, capitalising on research activities, infrastructure, and the expertise of academics in the School.