Broadly, my research has been in the area of social cognitive neuroscience and focused on the behavioural and neural mechanisms that underpin social significance. For example, using both behavioural measures and fMRI, I have examined attentional biases for the self and social ingroups compared to others and social outgroups.
I am currently working with Dr. Harriet Over on an ERC-funded project, ‘MindtoMind’, which investigates the cultural transmission of intergroup biases both in adults and in children. This project aims to understand how intergroup biases can be transmitted by social learning and how they can be best reduced through intervention. We are interested in examining social psychological mechanisms that underpin the formation of intergroup attitudes, including outgroup derogation, and the place of ‘dehumanisation’ within these processes.
MINDTOMIND: Investigating the cultural transmission of intergroup bias
I am working with Dr. Harriet Over on a project which aims to investigate how intergroup biases are transmitted through social learning in both adults and children. The project aims to examine intergroup bias effects in the way that we attribute characteristics, mental states and emotions to members of ingroups (social groups to which we belong) and outgroups (social groups to which we do not belong). As a part of this work, we seek to test claims made in previous work that we make attributions that are more human in nature to ourselves and our ingroups compared to others and outgroups (known as the dehumanisation hypothesis). We aim to use a range of methods including social psychological surveys and cognitive tasks to examine these social psychological questions.
Enock, F., Sui, J., Hewstone, M., & Humphreys, G. W. (2018). Self and team prioritisation effects in perceptual matching: Evidence for a shared representation. Acta Psychologica, 182, 107-118.