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Quantitative Social Psychology

A research group of the Department of Psychology.

Members of the Quantitative Social Psychology (QSP) research group study the reciprocal relationship between the social world and mental processes.

We adopt different levels of analysis and study physiological and brain processes, interpersonal processes, and cultural processes to uncover the foundations of human judgement and behaviour. We also seek to translate basic science into solutions to tackle organisational and societal challenges.

Topics of study include performance and behaviour in groups and teams; leadership, status, and power; the social transmission of culture; the perception of emotional states; motivation and reward; aggression, fear and impulsivity; mechanisms of mate choice; body image; arts and kindness; inequality and health behaviour; nudging; and free will and moral judgement. 

Our work benefits from state-of-the art research facilities and we frequently draw on behavioural, psychophysiological and neuroimaging (e.g. EEG/ERP, fMRI, TMS) techniques. Our research has been funded by many sources including the UK Research Councils (ESRC, EPSRC, BBSRC), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), Leverhulme Trust, AFOSR and Nuffield Foundation.


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