Maurice Waddle
Associate Lecturer

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Profile

Biography

  • The Open University (2009 - 2010)
  • BSc Psychology, University of York (2010 - 2013)
  • PhD Psychology, University of York (2013 - 2018)

Career

  • 2018 – present: Associate Lecturer, The Open University
  • 2016 – 2017: Visiting Lecturer, York St John University
  • 2013 – 2018: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of York

University roles

  • Tutor (‘Abnormal Psychology’), Centre for Lifelong Learning

Research

Overview

The interpersonal communication behaviour of politicians: including investigations into how politicians deal with challenging questions and the consequences of evasive responses.

Projects

I use qualitative and quantitative methods to study political discourse, and have a particular interest in personalised exchanges (“playing the man, not the ball”), for example, personalised evasive responses to interviewers’ questions and personal attacks at Prime Minister’s Questions. The focus of my research includes the factors associated with such personalisation, its function and its effectiveness.

Collaborators

  • Professor Peter Bull (University of York)
  • Dr Jan Boehnke (University of Dundee)

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Social Psychology
  • Microanalysis of Communication

Publications

Selected publications

  • Waddle, M., & Bull, P. (2016). Playing the man, not the ball: Personalisation in political interviews. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 35(4), 412-434. DOI: 10.1177/0261927X15592443
  • Waddle, M., Bull, P., & Böhnke, J. R. (2018). “He is just the nowhere man of British politics”: Personal attacks in Prime Minister’s Questions. Journal of Language and Social Psychology. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1177/0261927X18767472

Conference Presentations

  • Waddle, M., Bull, P., & Böhnke, J. R. (2017, May). “He is just the nowhere man of British politics: Personal attacks in PMQs. Oral presentation at the Psychology of Democracy Conference, Salford, England.
  • Waddle, M., & Bull, P. (2016, September). Playing the man, not the ball: Personalisation in political interviews. Poster presentation at the BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, Wales.
  • Waddle, M., & Bull, P. (2015, July). Playing the man, not the ball: Personalisation in political interviews. Poster presentation at the White Rose DTC Psychology Pathway Conference, Leeds, England.
  • Waddle, M., & Bull, P. (2014, July). Playing the man, not the ball: Personalization in the British political arena. Oral presentation at the 37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Rome, Italy.

Contact details

Mr Maurice Waddle
Associate Lecturer
Department of Psychology
University of York
PS/B207

Tel: 01904 323167

External activities

Memberships

  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP)
  • Political Studies Association (PSA)
  • European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)