Social cognition

The Social Cognition group studies various areas of social psychology including

  • perception of social properties of faces
  • emotion and personality
  • person perception
  • construal and understanding
  • attachment styles
  • evolutionary perspective (links with biology and anthropology)
  • social cognitive neuroscience

Recent research highlights of the group include the following:

  • Used cross-cultural methods and epidemiological data sets to challenge axiomatic assumptions of evolutionary psychology
  • Examined biases in social cognition in mental health contexts and developed interventions for mood disorders based on cognitive interventions
  • Simple techniques designed to enhance a sense of attachment security can lower depression and anxiety in clinical and non-clinical populations.
  • Attachment insecurity predicts aberrant eating patterns and BMI in healthy young adults and bariatric patients, suggesting that security enhancing techniques might inform the development of interventions for obesity.
  • Culture affects how we process other people's faces
  • Social robots are less eerie when they are considered useful
  • Witnessing other people's interactions prompts rapid impressions about their social relations and obligations
Edit this page