|Lecturer in Social Psychology, London South Bank University|
I'm interested in
Social Identity and health.
This relatively new line of
research investigates the role of social identity in helping people cope
better with lifes challenges - how do the groups we are part of buffer
stressful experiences? How can we maximise group identity to help people
recover from illness or addiction?
Interactions between group processes and alcohol / fatigue.
Alcohol is one of the most
widely used drugs in the world. Most research focuses upon the effect
of alcohol upon individuals. Abrams, Hopthrow and myself are developing
a model which explores how some of the effects of alcohol, such as decreased
vigilance and poorer decision making, can be ameliorated by group membership.
Psychosocial processes - particularly cardiac responses to situational stressors
By examining how peoples blood pressure, ventricular contractility and heart beat change in different situations, we can tell whether they feel challenged (able to approach situations) or threatened (leading to avoidance). We are in the process of applying this to the above research areas.
Reactions to ingroup deviance (a.k.a. Dealing with Rule Breakers).
The social groups we belong
to are an important part of our identity. When members of our groups break
the rules of the group it can damage how positively the group is viewed,
and in turn how we view ourselves. This line of my research examines how
we react to rule breakers - when we try to persuade them, when we punish
them and when we just plain avoid them!