SUPIR Lab director Fiona White recently traveled to the University of Western Australia to presented on E-contact as a tool for reducing intergroup bias to the School of Psychological Science.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Congratulations to SUPIR Lab member Dr. Amanda Arcieri on attaining a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. Amanda’s research focused on ways to reduce stigma against feminists.
We are so proud of you, Amanda!
The SUPIR Lab congratulates members Shayne McIntyre and May-Zin Khine on their graduation with a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in psychology! Their theses explored perspective-taking as a means of reducing prejudice against asylum seekers and the elderly.
We wish them all the best in their future endeavours!
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/
The SUPIR Lab has arrived in Wellington for the annual conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists! Stefano and Rachel will be presenting their research in the first session on Friday, Room 4.
The new SUPIR Lab website is here! Thank you to Jarin Yarbrough for all the work you put into designing and creating this site for us. We love it!