Dr. Chris Stiff

Title: Lecturer
Phone: +44 (0)1782 733667
Email: c.stiff@keele.ac.uk
Location: Dorothy Hodgkin building 1.89
Role: Deputy assessment officer
Study Abroad Coordinator
Module leader: PSY10020, PSY20013, PSY30103
Contacting me: By phone or Email

I joined the School of Psychology 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 I completed my degree in psychology from University of Southampton in 2000 and stayed on to do a PhD which I completed in 2004

My current research interests centre on cyberpsychology.  I examine how social networking sites such as Facebook influence our behaviour and how we perceive others.  This also overlaps with issues of cyberbullying, and how this can be reduced.

A second strand of cyberpsychology I examine is the effect of restrictions on digital goods on consumer attitudes and behaviour.  I look at the effectiveness of Digital Rights Management (DRM) and how this can impinge on customers' repeat business.

I am also interested in group processes.  These concern the acquisition of new members to groups , what groups look for in new members, and how individuals within a group cooperate. 

  • Fox C. L., Jones S. E., Stiff C., & Sayers J. (submitted).  Does the gender of the bullying/victim dyad and the type of bullying influence children’s responses to a bullying incident? Aggressive Behaviour.
  • Stiff, C. (2012).  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, 11, 41-67. 
  • Hagger, M., Stiff, C., & Wood, C. W. (2010).  Ego-depletion and the strength-energy model of self control: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin.
  • Hagger, M., Wood, C., Stiff, C., & Chatzisarantis, N. (2010).  The strength model of self-regulation failure and health-related behaviour.  Health Psychology Review
  • Hagger, M., Wood, C., Stiff, C., & Chatzisarantis, N. (2010). Self-regulation and self-control in exercise: The strength-energy model.  International Review of Sports and Exercise Psychology
  • McLachlan, S., Keatley, D., Stiff, C., & Hagger, M. (2010).  Shame: A self-determination perspective.  In F. Columbus (Ed.), The Psychology of Shame.  Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Stiff, C. (2008).  Are they bothered?  How the opportunity to damage a partner’s reputation influences giving behaviour in a trust game.  Journal of Social Psychology, 148, 609-630.
  • Stiff, C. & Van Vugt, M. (2008).  The power of reputations: The role of third-party information in the admission of new group members.  Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 12, 155-166.
  • Crawford, M. T., Skowronski, J. J., Stiff, C., & Leonards, U. (2008). Seeing but not thinking: Limiting spontaneous trait transference II. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 840-847.
  • Crawford, M. T., Skowronski, J. J., & Stiff, C. (2007). Limiting the spread of spontaneous trait transference. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 466-472.
  • Crawford, M. T., Skowronski, J. J., Stiff, C., & Scherer, C. R. (2007). Interfering with inferential, but not associative, processes underlying spontaneous trait inference. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 677-690.

Selected Publications

  • Stiff C and Bowen T. 2016. Two-Player Game: Playing Casual Video Games with Outgroup Members Reduces Levels of Prejudice Toward That Outgroup. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION, vol. 32(12), 912-920. link> doi>
  • Stiff C. 2017. Is Religiosity in a Prospective Partner Always Desirable? The Moderating Roles of Shared Social Identity and Medium of Communication when Choosing Interaction Partners. Curr Psychol, vol. 36(3), 494-503. link> doi>
  • Fox CL, Jones SE, Stiff CE, Sayers J. 2014. Does the gender of the bully/victim dyad and the type of bullying influence children's responses to a bullying incident?. Aggress Behav, vol. 40(4), 359-368. link> doi>
  • Stiff C. 2012. 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, vol. 11, 41-67. doi>
  • Hagger MS, Wood C, Stiff C, Chatzisarantis N. 2010. Ego-depletion and the strength-energy model of self control: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, vol. 136, 496-525. doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Stiff C and Bowen T. 2016. Two-Player Game: Playing Casual Video Games with Outgroup Members Reduces Levels of Prejudice Toward That Outgroup. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION, vol. 32(12), 912-920. link> doi>
  • Stiff C. 2017. Is Religiosity in a Prospective Partner Always Desirable? The Moderating Roles of Shared Social Identity and Medium of Communication when Choosing Interaction Partners. Curr Psychol, vol. 36(3), 494-503. link> doi>
  • Fox CL, Jones SE, Stiff CE, Sayers J. 2014. Does the gender of the bully/victim dyad and the type of bullying influence children's responses to a bullying incident?. Aggress Behav, vol. 40(4), 359-368. link> doi>
  • Stiff C. 2012. 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, vol. 11, 41-67. doi>
  • Hagger MS, Wood C, Stiff C, Chatzisarantis N. 2010. Ego-depletion and the strength-energy model of self control: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, vol. 136, 496-525. doi>
  • Hagger MS, Wood C, Stiff C, Chatzisarantis N. 2010. Self-regulation and self-control in exercise: The strength-energy model. International Review of Sports and Exercise Psychology, vol. 3, 62-86. doi>
  • Hagger MS, Wood C, Stiff C, Chatzisarantis NLD. 2009. The strength model of self-regulation failure and health-related behaviour. HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY REVIEW, vol. 3(2), 208-238. link> doi>
  • Stiff C. 2008. Are they bothered? How the opportunity to damage a partner’s reputation influences giving behavior in a trust game. Journal of Social Psychology, vol. 148(5), 609-630. doi>
  • Crawford MT, Skowronski JJ, Stiff C, Leonards U. 2008. Seeing but not thinking: Limiting spontaneous trait transference II. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, vol. 44(3), 840-847. doi>
  • Stiff CE and Van Vugt M. 2008. The power of reputations: The role of third-party information in the admission of new group members. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, vol. 12(2), 155-166. doi>
  • Crawford MT, Skowronski JJ, Stiff C, Scherer CR. 2007. Interfering with inferential, but not associative, processes underlying spontaneous trait inference. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 33, 677-690. doi>
  • Crawford MT, Skowronski JJ, Stiff C. 2007. Limiting the spread of spontaneous trait transference. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, vol. 43, 466-472. doi>

Chapters

  • Stiff CE. 2010. Shame: A self-determination perspective. In The Psychology of Shame. Nova Science Publishers.

Year 1

  • 1k20 - Natural, unnatural, and supernatural: the psychology of unusual phenomena

Year 2 

  • 2k12 – Developmental and Social Psychology
  • 2k13 – Survey and Qualitative Methods

Year 3

  • 3k61 – Final Year Project
  • 3k103 - Experimental games