Psychology @ Kent Day 2017

Applying to one of our Psychology programmes for entry in September 2018?

Book a place the Psychology @ Kent Day today on our website. The event takes place on Saturday 11th November from 9.30am to 3.30pm in Keynes College. A full programme is made available during the booking process.

Support for populist ideologies linked to feelings of disadvantage and national narcissism

People who perceive they are part of a disadvantaged group are more likely to have an unrealistic belief in the greatness of their nation and support populist ideologies.

A team of psychologists and political scientists from the universities of Kent (UK), Warsaw (Poland) and Maryland (USA) found in three studies that national collective narcissism was linked to support for populism. In the UK, collective narcissism predicted support for Brexit, in the US it predicted support for Donald Trump, and in Poland it predicted support for the populist Law and Justice party.

The study found that collective narcissism, i.e. an unrealistic belief in the greatness of the nation, increased in response to group feelings of being disadvantaged, especially when this was long lasting.

The researchers suggest that the narrative of relative disadvantage, fuelled by populist leaders, might reinforce a ‘defensive and destructive’ national perspective. Narcissistic beliefs about the in-group greatness are a way to compensate for feelings of being worse off than other groups.

Kent Psychologist, Dr Aleksandra Cichocka, said that the results might partially explain why populism is often linked to prejudicial attitudes and behaviours.

Read the full news story at the Kent News Centre. The full article is published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Postgraduate Taster Course

Applying Psychology in the 21st Century Workplace – and Beyond

When and where?
Four sessions of two hours each will be offered either over four Fridays 3, 10, 17 and 24 November 10.30am-12.30pm or over two Saturdays 4 and 18 November 10am-3pm

University Centre Tonbridge, Avebury Avenue, TN9 1TG
Course fee: £175

For more details, please see the Psychology course page.

Heather Rolfe wins best talk prize at PhD Conference

Thanks to all who participated in our annual Psychology PhD Conference on 27 September.

Each year, the School awards prizes to the best oral and poster presentations.

Best talk prize (for 3rd year research students)

This year the runaway winner for the oral presentation was Heather Rolfe. Her research on the novel topic of moral aspects of music preferences showed a clear, logical progression between studies and was presented with great verve and enthusiasm.

Special mentions go to the runners-up in both staff and popular ratings, Courtney Allen and Emma Garcia. Their talks were clear and engaging, and both did a great job of communicating their programmatic work on topics of applied interest.

Best poster prizes (for 2nd year research students)

For the posters, Fadi Ifram and Hannah Tummon walked away with joint first prize.  Fadi’s was a very professional, attractive, and uncluttered presentation of novel work on the effects of exercise on long-term memory. Hannah’s poster was quite different in that it conveyed a lot of detail about a multi-study programme of work on face matching, which simulates airports in VR.

Well done to all presenters in both formats, for showcasing your work and making it an intellectually rich and stimulating day.