Social and Personality Psychology

Social and Personality psychology is concerned with the social context of human behaviour. Areas include: Attitudes, group processes, cultural differences, prejudice, conflict resolution and personality.

  • Which popular myths about male and female differences are unfounded?
  • Why do extravert's tend to be happier than introverts?
  • Does willingness to communicate in a second language assist with cross-cultural adaptation?
  • Why do we make short-sighted financial decisions?
  • What motivates us to engage in pro-social behaviours?
Groups / Projects Research Lead Dept / Centre
Social/Personality Laboratory Director Professor Nick Haslam
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Functions of Emotions in Everyday Life (FEEL) Research Lab Head of Lab Dr Peter Koval
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Social Networks Laboratory (MELNET) Director Professor Garry Robins
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Moral Psychology Laboratory Laboratory Director Dr Simon Laham
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Negotiation and Interactive Behaviour Laboratory Laboratory Director Professor Philip L Smith
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Objectification and Gender Lab Lab Director Dr Elise Holland
Dr Elise Holland
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Personality Processes Laboratory Laboratory Director Dr Luke D Smillie
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Physical Appearance Research Team (PART) Team leader Scott Griffiths
Team leader Isabel Krug
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Social Action Laboratory Laboratory Director Professor Yoshihisa Kashima
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

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