Conference

Society of Australasian Social Psychologists Conference: Sydney, 2019

This year’s Society of Australasian Social Psychologists‘ annual conference was held in Sydney, Australia. SUPIR Lab Manager Professor Fiona White will be presenting her research at the conference, along with SUPIR Lab members Stefano Verrelli, Ruth Kuntzman, and Rachel Maunder.

Register now to attend!

The SASP annual conference will be followed by a joint SASP-SPSSI small group meeting on intergroup contact, which will be held in Newcastle, Australia.

Media

New research reveals how the marriage equality debate damaged LGBT Australians’ mental health

Although Australia has now achieved marriage equality, the topics of sexuality and gender identity continue to spark heated – and often discriminatory – public debates.

Most recently, the issues of religious freedoms and anti-discrimination laws, the Safe Schools program, and gay conversion therapy have dominated public and political discourse.

New research has suggested that such divisive debates have the potential to harm the mental health of LGBT people. These findings come from our nationwide study conducted during the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey in 2017.

Read more here.

Awards

SUPIR Lab members are awarded First Class Honours in Psychology

Congratulations to SUPIR Lab members Elise and Peta on submitting their empirical honours theses. Both Peta and Elise received High Distinctions for their research, and Peta was awarded the Dick Thompson Prize for the Best Honours’ Empirical Thesis in the area of Social Psychology for 2018. Lab members Rachel and Stefano are past recipients of this prestigious award. Great work!

Media

How research is helping to reduce prejudice between people online

The internet often gets a bad rap, and for good reason. Social media use can contribute to poorer mental health in teens. It can also be used to manipulate users’ emotions, and to disseminate misinformation and click bait to sway public opinion.

Despite this, research demonstrates that, when used appropriately, the internet can be a powerful source for social good. When individuals from different groups interact positively and cooperatively online, society may change for the better.

Read more here.

Research

SUPIR partners with the Newcastle-Oxford Research Centre for Conflict and Cohesion (NORCCC)

We’re proud to announce that we are partnering with The Newcastle-Oxford Research Centre for Conflict and Cohesion (NORCCC).

The NORCCC brings together a team of internationally-renowned researchers who study ways to reduce prejudice and discrimination in society and increase a sense of belonging and wellness, with a focus on people who are members of disadvantaged groups.

For more information see https://www.norccc.org/