I completed my degree in psychology from University of Southampton in 2000 and stayed on to do a PhD which I completed in 2004. I joined the School of Psychology at Keele University in 2009 as a lecturer. Prior to this, I have been employed at University of Nottingham as a post-doctoral research fellow and the University of Bristol as a research assistant. I have also spent a year out of academia teaching English in Japan.
Research and scholarship
My current research interests centre on cyberpsychology. My main areas of study are:
- Video games, and how gaming can be used to promote pro-social behaviour in players. My work has demonstrated that playing games with people in other groups (outgroup members) can reduce feelings of prejudice and animosity towards that group as a whole. I have also begun to examine how Virtual Reality (VR) interactions can help increase feelings of cohesion amongst group members who are geographically dispersed.
- Social media. I investigate how people use Facebook to strategically keep track of what others are up to (Facebook surveillance) and what personality traits (such as the Dark Triad – narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy) might this tendency. I am also interested in how hiding information on one’s Facebook profile might influence impressions others have of you.
- “Fake news”. In this strand, I examine how the labelling of media outlets as unreliable by high status individuals may attenuate (or enhance) the influence of those outlets
- Cybercrime. I am keen to investigate how individual differences may moderate the likelihood of being a cybercrime victim.
I am open to any PhD applications in these areas. I am coordinator for the Virtual Reality Laboratory in the department, so can be contacted with any questions about this equipment.
I teach across all three years of undergraduate study, and also at masters level. My topics are in the areas of social psychology, and cyberpsychology. I also teach quantitative research methods, focusing mainly on survey methodology.
- Module Leader PSY-20043 Qualitative & Survey Research Design
- Module Leader PSY-20048 CyberPsychology
- Module Leader PSY-30126 Psychology of Developmentaliance
- Module Team Member PSY-10034 Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
- Module Team Member PSY-20034 Social Psychology in the Modern World
- Module Team Member PSY-40039 Advanced Research Skills and Design
Full Publications Listshow
Watch what you write: How errors in feedback influence reputations, spending behaviour, and trust towards buyers and sellers on eCommerce websites. Journal of Internet Commerce, 41-67, vol. 11. doi>2012.
Ego-depletion and the strength-energy model of self control: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 496-525, vol. 136. doi>2010.
Self-regulation and self-control in exercise: The strength-energy model. International Review of Sports and Exercise Psychology, 62-86, vol. 3. doi>2010.
Are they bothered? How the opportunity to damage a partner’s reputation influences giving behavior in a trust game. Journal of Social Psychology, 609-630, vol. 148(5). doi>2008.
Seeing but not thinking: Limiting spontaneous trait transference II. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 840-847, vol. 44(3). doi>2008.
The power of reputations: The role of third-party information in the admission of new group members. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 155-166, vol. 12(2). doi>2008.
Interfering with inferential, but not associative, processes underlying spontaneous trait inference. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 677-690, vol. 33. doi>2007.
Limiting the spread of spontaneous trait transference. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 466-472, vol. 43. doi>2007.
Shame: A self-determination perspective. In The Psychology of Shame. Nova Science Publishers.2010.
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