Social Action Laboratory

Research Overview

Social Action Laboratory is primarily concerned with the antecedents and consequences of meaningful human social action. As we engage in meaningful everyday activities, we are influenced by our social and cultural landscape, while simultaneously participating in its construction. Our focal point of interest is cultural dynamics, namely, the stability and change of culture over time, and how our everyday activities (e.g., language use, storytelling, interpersonal interactions) contribute to the formation, maintenance, and transformation of culture. The current focus of the Laboratory's research activities are on culture and sustainability. Broadly conceived, that is, how culture intersects with sustainable lifestyles, and how we can transform our own cultures so that we can meet our needs without compromising future generations' ability to meet their needs. We conduct theoretical and empirical investigations about how social and cultural processes can be harnessed for sustainable living.


Dr Daniel B. Shank
Melissa Anne Wheeler

Research Projects

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Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cognitive Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience, Social and Personality Psychology

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Laboratory Director Professor Yoshihisa Kashima

Department / Centre

Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

Unit / Centre

Social Action Laboratory

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