Professor Nick Haslam
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Our Laboratory investigates topics that bridge social and personality psychology. Our social psychological work explores interpersonal and intergroup phenomena including dehumanization, objectification, the stigma of mental illness, and essentialist thinking. Our personality research focuses on whether personality traits and mental disorders are best conceptualized as continuous dimensions or discrete categories.
Our primary focus in the last six years has been on ‘concept creep’, the semantic inflation harm-related concepts such as bullying, trauma, mental illness, and prejudice. We are carrying out research on how concept meanings are changing within psychology and the wider culture, using methods from computational linguistics applied to large text corpora, and exploring the causes and consequences of holding expansive concepts of harm.
Ekaterina Vylomova (postdoctoral fellow)
Morgan Weaving (PhD student)
Jesse Tse (PhD student)
Naomi Baes (associated researcher)
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Edinburgh
University of Leuven
University of Nagoya
The research is currently supported by an ARC Discovery Project grant
For a full, regularly updated list of publications, see Google Scholar.
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Faculty Research Themes
School Research Themes
Cognitive Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience, Social and Personality Psychology
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Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
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