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Member Spotlight

Dr. Tereza Capelos discusses Political Psychology

Dr. Tereza Capelos, who teaches at the University of Surrey in the U.K. and runs the ISPP Summer Academy, gave a talk on political psychology on the BBC Radio 4 program, 'The Human Zoo' on 3 February 2015:

Dr. Tereza Capelos is on BBC Radio 4 ‘The Human Zoo’ at 3:30 on February 3rd. exploring the hearts and minds of voters. How do citizens decide if and how to vote? Tereza offers a brief insight into political psychology models of political decision making that trace the processes that citizens follow as they reach their judgements. Is it their most salient considerations or their gut feelings that shape their decisions? What are the different mental pathways that voters follow as they decide? And what do we know about those undecided voters that often shape electoral outcomes? Find out about these questions and a lot more by listening in: . http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0510800

She is also giving an invited talk on the psychology of electioneering at the Lib Dem conference on March 14th at Liverpool.

Her presentation will highlight hot debates and present cutting edge research about how citizens make political choices during elections, such as political information processing, the role of cognition and emotions in decision making, the value of political reputations and their components, and identify the often undetected and overseen biases that shape the ways we choose our favourite parties and candidates.


Recognition for Ervin Staub in fields relating to genocide and mass violence

After winning ISPP's Alexander George Book Award in 2012 for Overcoming Evil: Genocide, Violent Conflict and Terrorism, Ervin Staub's book won the 2013 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award of the International Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association for significant and fundamental contributions to psychology as a global discipline.

 Ervin participated in some of the following recent professional events:

  • The Hugo Valentin Memorial Lecture at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, March 27, 2013
  • The opening keynote address at the Roots of Empathy Research Symposium. On “The roots of goodness: Inclusive caring, moral courage, and resistance to destructive influence” Toronto, Canada, May 8, 2013
  • Two lectures, one on the origins of genocide and other mass violence, and one on prevention and serving as a resource person at the workshop organized by the Holocaust Memorial Museum and West Point for the teaching staff of the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy Military Academies, held at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C. May 29-31, 2013

Social psychology academics play a key role in welfare reform in Queensland

Social psychology academics at the Australian National University, Canberra have played a key role in the evaluation of the Cape York Welfare Reform (CYWR).  The CYWR is a package of policy initiatives introduced in 2008 designed to address the deterioration of social and economic conditions in largely Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland Australia and re-build individual and social responsibility and capability. Associate Professor Kate Reynolds, Dr Emina Subasic and Ben Jones have authored a chapter in the 2012 Evaluation managed by the Australian Federal Department of Family Community Services, Housing and Indigenous Affairs (see Chapter 5: Authority, Leadership and Social Norms).  The chapter focuses on the role of social psychology and social identity processes (building and strengthening group goals and aspirations, cohesion, authority legitimacy, leadership) in understanding and investigating social norm change as part of the CYWR which involved 4 Queensland communities: Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge.  Survey responses from over 500 members of these communities many of them indigenous were the basis of the analyses. Investigating social and behavioural change dynamics in complex field settings is important for theory and research as well as policy development and practices.

Read the chapter!

Download the attachment Cape_York_Welfare_Reform_Evaluation_2012_Chapter_5.pdf