Dr Leach is interested in how intraindividual processes (e.g., motivation, cognition) shape social (e.g., self-knowledge) and affective (e.g., happiness) outcomes. For example, his doctoral research investigated differences in how powerful and powerless people experience and express positive and negative affect. Currently, Dr Leach is interested in the possibility that people may strategically forget information that is incongruent with their behaviour or world-view, and how such processes may shape human-animal relations (e.g., beliefs regarding animal sentience).
- Leach, S., Sutton, R., Douglas, K., & Dhont, K. (2021). The ‘me’ in meat: Does affirming the self make eating animals seem more morally wrong? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 95. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2021.104135
- Leach, S., Sutton, R. M., Dhont, K., & Douglas, K. M. (2021). When is it wrong to eat animals? The relevance of different animal traits and behaviours. European Journal of Social Psychology, 51, 113-123. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2718
- Leach, S., & Weick, M. (2018). From grumpy to cheerful (and back): How power impacts mood in and across different contexts. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 79, 107-114. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2018.05.004
- Leach, S., & Weick, M. (2017). Can people judge the veracity of their intuitions?. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 9, 40-49. doi: 10.1177/1948550617706732
- Leach, S., Weick, M., & Lammers, J. (2017). Does social power beget personal power?. Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology, 1, 5-14. doi: 10.1002/jts5.5