Social, Emotional and Evolutionary Psychology
The Social, Emotional and Evolutionary Psychology Research Group Co-ordinator is Dr Alex Schaefer.
The research interests of the group focus on emotions, interpersonal relationships, and communication. Specific topics include: group membership, stereotypes & identification; the social transmission of culture; the perception of emotional states; aggression, fear & impulsivity; face processing; the functions of the amygdala; emotional memory; decision-making and precursors and mechanisms of mate choice. A wide variety of behavioural, psychophysiological and neuroimaging (e.g. EEG/ERP, fMRI, TMS) techniques are employed, and many group members take an evolutionary stance on their research activity. Our research has been funded by many sources including the ESRC, BBSRC, AFOSR and Nuffield Foundation.