Dr Steve Loughnan is a Reader in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He is primarily interested in examining meat-eating and the suite of social, cognitive, and behavioural processes which support harming animals. His focus is on everyday harm and has recently expanded to include dairy and non-meat related harms.

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=sVhdoRwAAAAJ&hl=en

Email: steve.loughnan@ed.ac.uk

Key Publications

  • Loughnan, S., & Davies, T. (2020). The meat paradox. In K. Dhont and G. Hodson, Why people love and exploit animals: Bridging insights from academia and advocacy (pp. 171-187). Abingdon, UK: Routledge
  • Dhont, K., Hodson, G., Loughnan. S., & Amiot., C.E.  (2019). Rethinking human-animal relations: The critical role of social psychology. Group Processes Intergroup Relations, 22(6), 796-784.
  • Bastian, B., & Loughnan, S. (2017). Resolving the meat-paradox: A motivational account of morally troublesome behaviour and its maintenance. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 21(3), 278-299.
  • Piazza, J., Ruby, M. B., Loughnan, S., Luong, M., Kulik, J., Watkins, H. M., & Seigerman, M. (2015). Rationalizing meat consumption. The 4Ns. Appetite, 91, 114-128.
  • Loughnan, S., Bastian, B., & Hasalam, N. (2014). The Psychology of Eating Animals. Current Direction in Psychological Science, 1-5.
  • Bastian, B., Loughnan, S., Haslam, N., & Radke, H. (2012). Don’t mind meat? The denial of mind to animals used for human consumption. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 247–256.
  • Bastian, B., Costello, K., Loughnan, S., & Hodson, G. (2012). When closing the Human-Animal divide expands moral concern: The importance of framing. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3(4), 421–429.
  • Bratanova, B., Loughnan, S., and Bastian, B. (2011). The effect of categorization as food on the perceived moral standing of animals. Appetite, 57, 193–196.
  • Loughnan, S., Haslam, N., & Bastian, B. (2010). The role of meat consumption in the denial of moral status and mind to meat animals. Appetite, 55, 156– 159.
  • Haslam, N., Kashima, Y., Loughnan, S., Shi, J., & Suitner, C. (2008). Subhuman, inhuman, and superhuman: Contrasting humans with nonhumans in three cultures. Social Cognition, 26, 248-258.