The Social Cognition group studies various areas of social psychology including
- perception of social properties of faces
- emotion and personality
- person perception
- construal and understanding
- attachment styles
- evolutionary perspective (links with biology and anthropology)
- social cognitive neuroscience
Recent research highlights of the group include the following:
- Used cross-cultural methods and epidemiological data sets to challenge axiomatic assumptions of evolutionary psychology
- Examined biases in social cognition in mental health contexts and developed interventions for mood disorders based on cognitive interventions
- Simple techniques designed to enhance a sense of attachment security can lower depression and anxiety in clinical and non-clinical populations.
- Attachment insecurity predicts aberrant eating patterns and BMI in healthy young adults and bariatric patients, suggesting that security enhancing techniques might inform the development of interventions for obesity.
- Culture affects how we process other people's faces
- Social robots are less eerie when they are considered useful
- Witnessing other people's interactions prompts rapid impressions about their social relations and obligations