BSc PhD CPsychol CSci FBPsS FRSM FRSA
See also http://www.geoffbeattie.com/
|Research||Qualifications / Honours / Awards|
|1. Human multi-modal communication and cognition.
2. The relationship between iconic gesture and speech in human communication.
3. The psychology of climate change.
4. Implicit cognition and sustainable behaviour.
5. Behaviour change.
6. Implicit racial prejudice.
7. Cognitive biases.
8. The analysis of political discourse.
9. Ethnographic approaches to social life.
|BSc. Psychology, University of Birmingham
Ph.D. Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Chartered Psychologist, the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)
Chartered Scientist, the Science Council and the British Psychological Society (CSci)
Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
President of the Psychology Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (B.A.), 2006.
Spearman Medal, awarded by the British Psychological Society for ‘published psychological research of outstanding merit’.
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.
Shortlisted for the Ewart-Biggs Literary Prize (twice).
Winner of the Mouton d’Or, 2010.
|PSY1109: Essential Skills in Psychology
PSY1117: Real World Psychology
PSY2117: Applying Psychology (Module Leader)
PSY3136: Reflections and Future Directions (Module Leader)
|Professor Geoff Beattie
Department of Psychology
Edge Hill University
Phone: +44 (0)1695 584068
Email: Geoff Beattie
Office: LP 2.55
Geoff Beattie is Professor of Psychology at EHU and a Masters supervisor on the Sustainability Leadership programme at the University of Cambridge (2013-14). His research focusses primarily on embodied cognition/multi-modal communication and applied social psychology. The research on multi-modal communication offers a major reconceptualization of bodily communication, by focussing on the close connections between gestures, speech and thinking in linguistic generation (‘Visible Thought’, 2003; ‘Rethinking Body Language’, 2016). The applied social psychological research focusses primarily on implicit cognition, especially implicit attitudes and their effects on behaviour, in the context of the environment (‘Why Aren’t We Saving the Planet: A Psychologist’s Perspective’, 2010) and race (‘Our Racist Heart: An Exploration of Unconscious Prejudice in Everyday Life’, 2013). In the past few years, he has presented his research on why we need to target implicit, automatic associations in the fight against climate change at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, in July 2015, and acted as an external contributor to Unilever’s Leadership Vanguard. He has also given a number of keynote addresses on implicit racial bias at various high profile conferences throughout the U.K.
He was Professor of Psychology at the University of Manchester (UoM) from 1994 to 2012 and Head of Department then Head of the School of Psychological Sciences from 2000 until 2011. He was Research Group Leader of the ‘Language and Communication Research Group’ (2004-2011), and a Professorial Research Fellow in the Sustainable Consumption Institute at UoM from 2008-2012. He was also Visiting Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2012. He has published 24 books on a range of topics (including one semi-autobiographical novel ‘The Corner Boys‘, Victor Gollancz, 1998) many of which have either won or been shortlisted for major national or international prizes. His books have been translated into Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Portuguese, Italian, Finnish and German. He has also published over one hundred academic articles in journals including Nature, Nature Climate Change and Semiotica.
He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and was awarded the Spearman Medal by the BPS for ‘published psychological research of outstanding merit’ for his work on nonverbal communication. In 2010, with a number of colleagues he was awarded the internationally acclaimed Mouton d’Or for the best paper in the leading international journal Semiotica for research on the effects of deception on gesture production. Professor Geoff Beattie became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in 2016 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2018. His research has been funded from a range of sources, including research councils (ESRC; British Academy), the EU FP7, charities (Leverhulme Trust; Nuffield Foundation; Equality Challenge Unit) and from commercial sources like Tesco and Unilever.
He has always been keen to show the relevance of psychology to society in general and in 2005-2006 he was President of the Psychology Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. He is well known for bringing analyses of behaviour, and particularly nonverbal communication, to a more general audience by appearing as the on-screen psychologist on eleven series of Big Brother in the U.K. and for explaining how psychology can be used by people in their everyday lives, for example, in the international bestseller ‘Get the Edge: How Simple Changes Will Transform Your Life’ (Headline).
He has presented a number of television series including ‘Life’s Too Short’ (BBC1), ‘Family SOS’ (BBC1), ‘The Farm of Fussy Eaters’ (UKTV Style) and ‘Dump Your Mates in Four Days’ (Channel 4). He has also appeared as an expert commentator on BBC News, Russia Today, ITV News, CNN, Sky News, BBC News 24, BBC World Service, News Asia, GMTV, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, BBC Breakfast, Good Morning America, Tonight with Trevor McDonald etc. His radio interviews include the Today Programme, Woman’s Hour, Science Now, All in the Mind, Word of Mouth, Freewheeling and Midweek (all Radio 4), Nightwaves (Radio 3), Parkinson on Sunday (Radio 2), BBC World Service ‘World of Books’ programme, ‘This Week’ (RTE), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and many local radio stations. In addition, he has carried out media work on behalf of a range of organizations, including ITV, Universal Pictures, Department for Work and Pensions, NHS, Nivea, Royal Mail, Disney and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
He has given numerous keynote addresses to both academic and non-academic audiences including Unilever, P&G, ITV, HSBC, Tesco, Marketing Forum, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Annual Conference of High and Supreme Court Judges in Ireland, Marketing Society, Equality Challenge Unit, Malaysian Olympic Association, British Council, Samaritans and the Central Office of Information, and written extensively for the Guardian, the Observer, the Observer Magazine, the Independent, the Independent on Sunday and The New Statesman, as well as contributing to Granta magazine, over a number of years.
Recent national and international distinctions
2020: ‘Trophy Hunting: A Psychological Perspective’ was shortlisted for a 2019 Taylor & Francis Outstanding Book and Digital Product Award in the Outstanding Professional Category (it was a shortlist of three).
2020: ‘The Psychology of Climate Change’ is to be published in Portuguese for Brazil by Editora Blucher. The Chinese rights have already been acquired by the Shanghai Education Publishing House for Mainland China. Both books should be published in 2021. There has also been interest in acquiring the Turkish, German, Korean, Arabic, Romanian, Serbian, Italian and French language rights.
2020: ‘The Psychology of Climate Change’ was selected by the Booksellers Association as one of their top 10 ‘essential environment reads’ for their March 2020 Academic Book Week event. The book was in very distinguished company with classics like ‘Silent Spring’ and ‘Gaia’ also included.
2019: The Chinese right for my last three books for Routledge have now all been sold. ‘Rethinking Body Language’ has been licensed by Post & Telecom Press, ‘The Conflicted Mind’ by China Renmin University Press and ‘The Psychology of Climate Change’ (with Laura McGuire) by Shanghai Education Publishing House, to be translated into Chinese for Mainland China.
2019: I’ve had a number of important speaking invitations:
I’ve been invited to speak at the Oxford Union in 2020 to discuss ‘The Lonely Generation: Mental Health in the 21st Century’. I’m reminded that the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Winston Churchill, Malcolm X, Desmond Tutu and Bill Clinton have all previously spoken at the Oxford Union.
2019: Another speaking invitation from the British Academy (my third speaking engagement for the B.A. in just over a year) to discuss ‘Taking responsibility for climate change’ at the Buxton International Festival in July 2020.
2019: Invited to speak at the National Geographic Science Festival in Rome in April 2020 on ‘Optimism and climate change’ alongside Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot.
2019: Chair of the internal Mouton d’Or Panel for the best paper in semiotics in 2019.
2019: I gave the keynote lecture on the connection between iconic gesture and speech at the launch of the new International Multimodal Communication Centre at Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA), University of Oxford, on the 16th of October 2019.
2019, Invited to be a member of the steering committee for the new Interdisciplinary and Intergovernmental Panel on Behavioral Change (in the context of climate change). The first meeting hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme at UNESCO in Paris in October 2019. Its brief ‘to bring together the best specialists in the relevant domains to propose concrete measures for civil society to facilitate behavioral change for more sustainable, equitable, and desirable development.’
2019, Invited to join the Advisory Board for the Taylor and Francis Sustainable Development Goals Online (SDGO) collection: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/sdgo/ launched to help support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
2019, Gave a lecture and took part in a panel discussion at the Museum of London on behalf of Gresham College (providing free public talks since 1597) on ‘How to avert a climate catastrophe’ with Professors McGlade (Chair) Pope and Short (Gresham College/ Met Office/UCL).
2018, Gave a Gresham College lecture on ‘How spontaneous gestures connect to thinking’ at the Museum of London.
2018, Elected as a counselor on the Executive Board of the International Interdisciplinary Environmental Association.
2018, Invited onto the International Advisory Board of the Japanese research organization and think-tank ‘The International Academic Forum’.
2018, Invited to be a member of the three-person panel for the international Mouton d’Or prize.
2018, Invited to present my research on ‘Optimism bias and climate change’ at the British Academy Summer Showcase which highlights ‘the best new Humanities and Social Sciences research’ to a wide public audience.
Beattie, G. (2019). Trophy Hunting: A Psychological Perspective. Routledge: London.
Beattie, G. & McGuire, L. (2018) The Psychology of Climate Change. Routledge: London.
Beattie, G. (2018) The Body’s Little Secrets: a Novel. Gibson Square: London.
Beattie, G. (2018) The Conflicted Mind. And Why Psychology Has Failed to Deal With It. Routledge: London.
Beattie, G. & Ellis, A. (2017) The Psychology of Language and Communication. (Classic edition, with new introduction). Psychology Press & Routledge Classic Editions: London.
Beattie, G. (2016). Rethinking Body Language: How Hand Movements Reveal Hidden Thoughts. Routledge: London.
Beattie, G. (2014). Toda Mudanca Comeca Em Voce. Editora Fundamento: Curitiba, Brazil.
Beattie, G. and Beattie, B. (2013). Vieni A Correre Con Me. Log edizioni: Milan, Italy.
Beattie, G. (2013). Our Racist Heart? An Exploration of Unconscious Prejudice in Everyday Life. Routledge: London.
Beattie, G. and Beattie, B. (2012). Chasing Lost Times. A Father and Son Reconciled through Running. Mainstream: Edinburgh.
Beattie, G. (2011). Get the Edge: How Simple Changes Will Transform Your Life. Headline: London.
Beattie, G. (2010). Why Aren’t We Saving the Planet? A Psychologist’s Perspective. Routledge: London.
Beattie, G. (2004). Protestant Boy. Granta: London .
Beattie, G. (2003). Visible Thought: The New Psychology of Body Language. Routledge: London.
Beattie, G. (2002). The Shadows of Boxing: Prince Naseem and those he left behind. Orion: London.
Beattie, G. (1998). The Corner Boys. Victor Gollancz: London.
Beattie, G. (1998). Head-to-Head: Uncovering the Psychology of Sporting Success. Gollancz: London.
Beattie, G. (1998). Hard Lines: Voices from Deep within a Recession. Manchester University Press: Manchester.
Beattie, G. (1996). On the Ropes: Boxing as a Way of Life. Victor Gollancz: London.
Beattie, G. (1992). We Are the People. Journeys through the Heart of Protestant Ulster. Heinemann: London.
Beattie, G. (1990). England after Dark. Weidenfeld & Nicolson: London.
Beattie, G. (1989). All Talk: Why it’s important to watch your words and everything else you say. Weidenfeld & Nicolson: London.
Beattie, G. (1988). Beachwatching. Rambletree Press: Hove.
Beattie, G. (1987). Making It: The Reality of Today’s Entrepreneurs. Weidenfeld & Nicolson: London.
Beattie, G. (1986). Survivors of Steel City. Chatto & Windus: London.
Ellis, A. and Beattie, G. (1986). The Psychology of Language and Communication. Lawrence Erlbaum: London.
Beattie, G. (1983). Talk: An Analysis of Speech and Non-Verbal Behaviour in Conversation. Open University Press: Milton Keynes.
Selected book reviews (from 2003)
Beattie, G. (2019). Trophy Hunting: A Psychological Perspective. Routledge: London.
‘What goes on in the mind of trophy hunters? What drives them to spend huge sums of money in the pursuit of increasingly rare animals so they can kill them and take parts of their bodies home? Are trophy hunters pre-disposed to kill? Why do they feel the need to possess? Why are they lauded by some and reviled by many? Are they a mutated throwback to the psychology of our hunting ancestors or are they simply out of step with today’s evolving, ethical perceptions of wildlife and its values? Professor Geoff Beattie brings his intellect, considerable experience and detailed analysis to bear on an issue that divides humanity. Trophy Hunting: A Psychological Perspective is required reading.’ – Will Travers OBE, President and Co-Founder, Born Free Foundation
Beattie, G. (2018). The Body’s Little Secrets; a novel. Gibson Square: London.
‘With his latest novel, Dr. Geoffrey Beattie can now be projected onto the same international platform as the late Umberto Eco, who became famous for integrating semiotic theory with fiction, starting with his bestseller, The Name of the Rose….There is little doubt, in my estimation at least, that Geoffrey Beattie is Umberto Eco’s successor, displaying an uncanny and ingenious ability to blend his insightful work on nonverbal semiotics with an exceptional sense for narrative in this outstanding roman-a-clef…The theorist and writer crystallize seamlessly in this absolutely wonderful page-turner.’ Marcel Danesi, Professor of Semiotics and Linguistic Anthropology, University of Toronto.
Beattie, G. (2018). The Conflicted Mind. Why We Say One Thing and Do Another. Routledge: London.
‘Geoff Beattie’s book ‘The Conflicted Mind’ is fascinating and beautifully written. Bold and original, it adds a new dimension to a conception of mind being developed across psychology…Most fascinating are the rich, nuanced discussions of the six 20th century social psychology giants, he has chosen, each with his own chapter, who touched the conflicted mind but never full grasped it.’ David McNeill, Professor of Psychology and Linguistics, University of Chicago.
This is a brilliant book and highly recommended for everyone – psychologists and general public alike.’ Marcel Danesi, Professor of Semiotics and Linguistic Anthropology, University of Toronto.
Beattie, G. and Ellis, A. (2017). The Psychology of Language and Communication. Classic Edition. Routledge: London.
‘The non-specialist reader will find this the most accessible of the texts and the one which has the most relevance to concerns beyond psycholinguistics.’ Times Higher Educational Supplement.
‘….covers a wide field in a lively and amazingly concise manner. A first-rate text that combines illustrations with hard data most impressively, it is difficult to imagine a better broad text.’ Professor Peter Robinson.
Beattie, G. (2016). Rethinking Body Language: How Hand Movements Reveal Hidden Thoughts. Routledge: London.
‘The scientific study of body language and what it tells us about human nature is absolutely fascinating and especially relevant in an age of digital communication, where communication is being taken out of the body more and more and inserted into virtual spaces. Geoff Beattie’s book is an in-depth and thorough investigation into the many modalities of communication, emotion, and cognition involved in body language. It is brilliant and a must read for anyone who is interested in the mind-body-culture nexus that makes humans unique.’ Marcel Danesi, Professor of Semiotics and Linguistic Anthropology, University of Toronto.
‘This superbly written eye-opening book ends the myth that the body has its own language. Gestures and speech unify, and Beattie provides new understanding of exactly how. A rich array of examples show that gestures reveal a speaker’s beliefs and presuppositions as they speak, even when unwittingly they contradict what is being said.’ David McNeill, Professor of Psychology and Linguistics, University of Chicago
Beattie, G. (2012). Our Racist Heart? An Exploration of Unconscious Prejudice in Everyday Life. Routledge: London.
‘Geoffrey Beattie has written a remarkable book. He tells the story of his early life in Belfast, as he presents his new research into prejudice’s unconscious aspects. This combination of the autobiographical and the academic results in a work that is always fascinating, deeply felt and beautifully written.’ Michael Billig, Professor of Social Sciences, Loughborough University.
‘Beattie skillfully weaves together personal narratives with stringent assessments of discriminatory behaviour. This is a book for anyone interested in issues of diversity and the impact of prejudice. Summing up: Highly recommended.’ American Psychological Association’s review journal Choice. Selected as one of the editor’s highlights.
‘An up-to-date, revealing, provocative and (in several places) personal book – it is timely, important and elegantly stated. The writing is appealing, clear, direct, sometimes poetic, definitely approachable, and hard to put down.’ David McNeill, Professor of Psychology and Linguistics, University of Chicago.
Beattie, G. and Beattie, B. (2012). Chasing Lost Times. A Father and Son Reconciled through Running. Mainstream: Edinburgh. Published in Italian by Guerini e Associati in 2013.
‘this visionary book…is a book about relationships, acceptance of mistakes and the power of forgiveness and is about dreams of the future rather than visions of the past. It confirms the indisputable bond between father and son, as ironically it is the father who ends up learning from the son. Beautifully written, it is a compelling read with a feel-good factor.’ The Psychologist, 2012.
‘their tale is fascinating’…[the book] ‘has received rave reviews so far and Athletics Weekly would also recommend it.’ Athletics Weekly, 2013.
Beattie, G. (2011). Get the Edge: How Simple Changes can Transform Your Life. Headline: London.
Taiwanese edition published by As If Publishing (2012)
Chinese edition published by CS-Booky (2013)
Portuguese edition (for Brazil) published by Editora Fundamento (2013).
‘Get the Edge provides wonderful advice based on the wisdom of a lifetime combined with lessons firmly rooted in psychological research. This book is not only profoundly informative, but also a pleasure to read.’ Aaron T. Beck, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania.
‘Get the Edge is packed with useful advice that brilliantly illustrates the power of rapid change’ Professor Richard Wiseman, University of Hertfordshire
Beattie, G. (2010). Why Aren’t We Saving the Planet? A Psychologist’s Perspective. Routledge: London.
‘The planet is in peril on account of human activity. Politicians, philosophers, and various pundits have been proposing ways to reverse the destructive thrust of this activity. Nothing has worked. The reason is that the activity has never been examined in itself as a product of cultural forces. This brilliant book does exactly that and thus provides an enlightened way towards changing the course of human history. By focusing on the signifying cultural roots of destructive human activity, it has opened up a veritable practical path to solving the crises facing the planet. This is required reading for everyone who is interested in our survival.’ Professor Marcel Danesi, University of Toronto, Editor of Semiotica.
‘Many people see consumers as pivotal to helping solve climate change issues. But getting them on board may be a very complex process. Geoffrey Beattie’s book represents exactly the type of visionary thinking that is now needed to improve the efficacy of communication in this critical area. His work demonstrates a real milestone in the ability to unravel, understand and change the attitudes of the public and more importantly, their behaviour.’ Fran Cassidy, Director, The Marketing Society.
Beattie, G. (2004). Protestant Boy. Granta: London.
‘An eloquently-written, finely-observed, unflinchingly honest account.’ Belfast Telegraph.
‘In this honest, insightful memoir Geoffrey Beattie revisits the North Belfast area in which he grew up, the notorious “murder triangle” where more than 600 people were killed during the Troubles. Beattie’s enlightening memoir becomes our own window into the hearts and minds of a community drenched in blood.’ Newsweek.
‘In this book Geoffrey Beattie goes to the heart of his personal experience and recreates the world of his childhood – both as it was and as it is now – in a manner that will give any Ulster-born reader a series of small, agonizing shocks of recognition.’ Times Literary Supplement.
Beattie, G. (2003). Visible Thought: The New Psychology of Body Language. Routledge: London.
‘Geoffrey Beattie breathes new life into a thousand tired old clichés about body language. This is a fascinating book on two levels. The first is a serious scientific one arguing for new ideas about nonverbal communication. The second level is perhaps a shade less Nature and a dash more Heat or Hello. As Big Brother psychologist, Beattie is able to offer insights into such aspects of contemporary culture as Stuart’s wink and Kate’s eye contact. It’s an excellent, provocative read.’ David Cohen.
‘For those wanting an academic text on non-verbal communication this is a thoughtful, up-to-date book.’ The Times Higher Educational Supplement.
Beattie, G. (2016). How Donald Trump bullies with his body language. In D. Lilleker, E. Thorsen, D. Jackson& A. Veneti (Eds.), US Election Analysis 2016: Media, Voters and the Campaign. Bournemouth: CSJCC.
Beattie, G. (2015) Introduction to The Inner Game of Tennis: The ultimate guide to the mental side of peak performance by W. Timothy Gallwey. Pan: London
Beattie, G & McGuire, L. (2014). The psychology of consumption: or why we don’t do what we say. In Ulph, A. and Southerton, D. Sustainable Consumption: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Oxford University Press: London.
Beattie, G. & Sale, L. (2011). Psychology. In D. Southerton (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture. Sage: London.
Beattie, G. (2008). What we know about how the human brain works. In Lannon, J. (ed.). How Public Service Advertising Works. World Advertising Research Center: UK.
Beattie, G. & Shovelton, H. (2007). The role of iconic gesture in semantic communication and its theoretical and practical implications. In Duncan, S., Cassell, J. & Levy, E. (eds.) Gesture and the Dynamic Dimension of Language. John Benjamins: Philadelphia.
Beattie, G. (2004). Protestant Boy. In I. Jack (Ed). Hidden Histories. Granta: London.
Beattie, G., & Shovelton, H. (2004). Body Language. In R. Gregory (Ed). Oxford Companion to the Mind. Oxford University Press: Oxford.
Beattie, G., & Shovelton, H. (2003). Making thought visible: The new psychology of body language. Proceedings of the ATR Conference on Ubiquitous Experience. ATR: Japan.
Beattie, G. & Shovelton. H. (2001) How gesture viewpoint influences what information decoders receive from iconic gestures. In Cave, C; Guaitella, I. & Santi, S (Eds.) Oralite et Gestualite: Interactions et comportements multimodaux dans la communication. L’Harmattan: Paris.
Beattie, G. & Shovelton, H. (1998). The communicational significance of the iconic hand gestures which accompany spontaneous speech: An experimental and critical appraisal. In Santi, S., Guaitella, I., Cave, C. & Konopczynski, G. (Eds.), Oralite et gestualite communication in multimodale interaction. L’Harmattan: Paris.
Beattie, G. (1996). For God and Ulster – a personal perspective. In Thomson, A. (Ed.) Faith in Ulster. ECONI: Belfast.
Anderson, I. & Beattie, G.W. (1995). Gender differences in reasoning about rape during actual conversation. In Clark, N.K. and Stephenson, G.M. (Eds.) Criminal Behaviour: Perceptions, Attributions and Rationality. British Psychological Society: Leicester.
Beattie, G. (1995). Men as chickens. In Jack, I. Food: The Vital Stuff. Granta: London.
Beattie, G. (1989). Meet the burglar. In Soars, J. & Soars, L. Headway. Oxford University Press: Oxford.
Beattie, G. (1988). Making Conversation. In Marsh, P. Eye to Eye: How People Interact. Andromeda: Oxford. .
Beattie, G. (1988). So to speak. In Sussel, A. et al. Work Out. Hachette: Paris.
Beattie, G.W., & Zangwill, O.L. (1987). Body language: New research challenges some old claims. In R. Gregory (ed). Oxford Companion to the Mind. Oxford University Press: Oxford.
Beattie, G.W. (1981). Sequential temporal patterns of speech and gaze in dialogue. In Kendon, A. (ed). Nonverbal Communication, Interaction and Gesture. Mouton: The Hague.
Beattie, G.W. (1980). Encoding units in spontaneous speech: Some implications for the dynamics of conversation. In Dechert, H.W. and Raupach, M. (eds). Temporal Variables in Speech: Studies in Honour of Frieda Goldman-Eisler. Mouton: The Hague.
Beattie, G.W. (1980). The skilled art of conversational interaction: verbal and non-verbal signals in its regulation and management. In Singleton, W.T., Spurgeon, P. and Stammers, R.B. (eds). Social Skills. Plenum: New York.
Beattie, G.W. (1980). An exploration of the role of language production processes in the organisation of behaviour in face-to-face interaction. In Butterworth, B. (ed). Language Production, Vol.1, Speech and Talk. Academic Press: London.
Beattie, G.W. (1979). The modifiability of the temporal structure of spontaneous speech. In Siegman, A.W. and Feldstein, S. (eds). Of Speech and Time: Temporal Speech Patterns in Interpersonal Contexts. Lawrence Erlbaum: New York.
Butterworth, B.L. & Beattie, G.W. (1978). Gesture and Silence as indicators of planning in speech. In Smith, P.T. and Campbell, R. (eds). Recent Advances in the Psychology of Language: Formal and Experimental Approaches. Plenum: New York.
Academic journal articles:
Full-text links of these publications available on the Edge Hill University Research Information Repository
Yamaguchi, M., & Beattie, G. (2020). The role of explicit categorization in the Implicit Association Test. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 149(5), 809–827.
Beattie, G., & McGuire, L. (2020). The Modifiability of Implicit Attitudes to Carbon Footprint and Its Implications for Carbon Choice. Environment and Behavior, 52 (5), 467 – 494.
Beattie, G. (2018). Optimism bias and climate change. The British Academy Review, 33, 12 – 15
McGuire, L. & Beattie, G. (2018) Talking green and acting green are two different things: An experimental investigation of low carbon choices. Semiotica.
Beattie, G., Marselle, M., McGuire, L., & Litchfield, D. (2017). Staying over-optimistic about the future: Uncovering attentional biases to climate change messages. Semiotica, 218, 22-64.
Power, N., Beattie, G. & McGuire, L. (2017) Mapping our underlying cognitions and emotions about good environmental behaviour. Why we fail to act despite the best of intentions. Semiotica, 215, 195-234.
McGuire, L. & Beattie, G. (2016). Consumers and climate change. Can the presence of others promote more sustainable consumer choice? The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability, 12, 33-56.
Beattie, G. & McGuire, L. (2016). Consumption and climate change. Why we say one thing but do another in the face of our greatest threat. Semiotica, 213, 493-538.
Beattie, G. & McGuire, L. (2015). Harnessing the unconscious mind of the consumer: How implicit attitudes predict pre-conscious visual attention to carbon footprint information on products. Semiotica, 204, 253-290.
Beattie, G., Webster, K. A., & Ross, J. A. D (2014). Do speakers really unconsciously and imagistically gesture about what is important when they are telling a story? Semiotica, 202, 41-79.
Beattie, G., Cohen, D. L., & McGuire, L. (2013). An exploration of possible unconscious ethnic biases in higher education: The role of implicit attitudes on selection for university posts. Semiotica, 197, 217-247.
Beattie, G. (2012). How effective is carbon labelling for the consumer? Nature Climate Change, 2, 214-217.
Beattie, G., & McGuire, L. (2012). See no evil? Only implicit attitudes predict unconscious eye movements towards images of climate change. Semiotica, 192, 315-339.
Beattie, G., & Sale, L. (2012). Do metaphoric gestures influence how a message is perceived? The effects of metaphoric gesture-speech matches and mismatches on semantic communication and social judgment. Semiotica, 192, 77-98.
Beattie, G. (2011). Making an action film. Do films such as Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth really make any difference to how we think and feel about climate change? Nature Climate Change, 1, 372-374.
Beattie, G., & Sale, L. (2011). Shopping to save the planet? Implicit rather than explicit attitudes predict low carbon footprint consumer choice. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 7, 211-232.
Beattie, G., & McGuire, L. (2011). Are we too optimistic to bother saving the planet? The relationship between optimism, eye gaze and negative images of climate change. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 7, 241-256.
Beattie, G., & Johnson P. (2011). Unconscious Bias in Recruitment and Promotion and the Need to Promote Equality. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 16, 7-13.
Cohen, D., Beattie, G., & Shovelton, H. (2011). Tracking the distribution of individual semantic features in gesture across spoken discourse: New perspectives in multi-modal interaction. Semiotica, 185, 147-188.
Beattie, G., & Shovelton, H. (2011). An exploration of the other side of semantic communication: How the spontaneous movements of the human hand add crucial meaning to narrative. Semiotica, 184, 33-51.
Beattie, G., Sale, L., & McGuire, L. (2011). An Inconvenient Truth? Can extracts of film really affect our psychological mood and our motivation to act against climate change? Semiotica, 187, 105-126.
Cohen, D., Beattie, G., & Shovelton, H. (2010). Nonverbal indicators of deception: How iconic gestures reveal thoughts that cannot be suppressed. Semiotica, 182, 133-174 (***winner of the Mouton d’Or***).
Beattie, G., McGuire, L., & Sale, L. (2010). Do we actually look at the carbon footprint of a product in the initial few seconds? An experimental analysis of unconscious eye movements. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, 6, 47-65.
Beattie, G., Webster, K., & Ross, J. (2010). The fixation and processing of the iconic gestures that accompany talk. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 29, 194-213.
Beattie, G. & Sale, L. (2009). Explicit and implicit attitudes to low and high carbon footprint products. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, 5, 191-206.
Holler, J., Shovelton, H., & Beattie, G. (2009). Do iconic gestures really contribute to the communication of semantic information in a face-to-face context. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 33, 73-88.
Holler, J., & Beattie, G. (2007). Gesture use in social interaction: how speakers’ gestures can reflect listeners’ thinking. Proceedings of the 2nd Conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies.
Beattie, G., & Shovelton, H. (2006). A critical appraisal of the relationship between speech and gesture and its implications for the treatment of aphasia. Advances in Speech-Language Pathology, 8, 134-139.
Beattie, G., & Shovelton, H. (2006). When size really matters: How a single semantic feature is represented in the speech and gesture modalities. Gesture, 6, 63-84.
Beattie, G., & Shovelton, H. (2005). Why the spontaneous images created by the hands during talk can help make TV advertisements more effective. British Journal of Psychology, 96, 21-37.
Lee, D. A., Randall, F., Beattie, G., & Bentall, R. P. (2004). Delusional discourse: An investigation comparing the spontaneous causal attributions of paranoid and non-paranoid individuals. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 77, 525-540.
Holler, J., & Beattie, G. (2003). Pragmatic aspects of representational gestures: Do speakers use them to clarify verbal ambiguity for the listener? Gesture, 3:2, 127-154.
Jordan, R., & Beattie, G. (2003). Understanding male interpersonal violence: A discourse analytic approach to accounts of violence ‘on the door.’ Semiotica, 144, 101-141.
Holler, J. & Beattie, G., (2003). How iconic gestures and speech interact in the representation of meaning: are both aspects really integral to the process? Semiotica, 146, 81-116.
Holler, J., & Beattie, G. (2002). A micro-analytic investigation of how iconic gestures and speech represent core semantic features in talk. Semiotica, 142, 31-69.
Beattie, G., & Shovelton, H. (2002). Blue-eyed boys? A winning smile? An experimental investigation of some core facial stimuli that may affect interpersonal perception. Semiotica, 139, 1-21.
Beattie, G., & Shovelton, H. (2002). What properties of talk are associated with the generation of spontaneous iconic hand gestures? British Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 403-417.
Beattie, G., & Shovelton, H. (2002). An experimental investigation of some properties of individual iconic gestures that affect their communicative power. British Journal of Psychology, 93, 179-192.
Beattie, G., & Shovelton, H. (2002). Lexical access in talk: a critical consideration of transitional probability and word frequency as possible determinants of pauses in spontaneous speech. Semiotica, 141, 49-71.
Anderson, I., Beattie, G., & Spencer, C. (2001). Can blaming victims of rape be logical? Attribution theory and discourse analytic perspectives. Human Relations, 54, 445-467.
Beattie, G., & Shovelton, H. (2001). An experimental investigation of the role of different types of iconic gesture in communication: a semantic feature approach. Gesture, 1:2, 129-149.
Anderson, I., & Beattie, G. (2001). Depicted rapes: how similar are vignette and newspaper accounts of rape? Semiotica, 132, 1-21.
Lee, V., & Beattie, G. (2000). Why talking about negative emotional experiences is good for your health: A micro analytic perspective. Semiotica, 130, 1-81.
Beattie, G., & Shovelton, H. (2000). Iconic hand gestures and the predictability of words in context in spontaneous speech. British Journal of Psychology, 91, 473-492.
Beattie, G., & Shovelton, H. (1999). Mapping the range of information contained in the iconic hand gestures that accompany spontaneous speech. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 18, 438-462.
Beattie, G., & Shovelton, H. (1999). Do iconic hand gestures really contribute anything to the semantic information conveyed by speech? An experimental investigation. Semiotica, 123, 1-30.
Beattie, G., & Coughlan, J. (1999). An experimental investigation of the role of iconic gestures in lexical access using the tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon. British Journal of Psychology, 90, 35-56.
Lee, V., & Beattie, G. (1998). The rhetorical organisation of verbal and nonverbal behavior in emotion talk. Semiotica, 120, 39-92.
Beattie, G., & Coughlan, J. (1998). Do iconic gestures have a functional role in lexical access? An experimental study of the effects of repeating a verbal message on gesture production. Semiotica, 119, 221-249.
Aboudan, R., & Beattie, G. (1996). Cross-cultural similarities in gestures: The deep relationship between gestures and speech which transcends language barriers. Semiotica, 111, 269-294.
Anderson, I., & Beattie, G. (1996). How important is Kelley’s model of the attribution process when men and women discuss rape in conversation. Semiotica, 110, 1-21.
Beattie, G. W., & Anderson, I. (1995). Questioning Attribution Theory: What role do Kelley’s dimensions really play? Semiotica, 103, 277-290
Beattie, G. W., & Doherty, K. (1995). “I saw what really happened”: The discursive construction of victims and perpetrators in first-hand accounts of paramilitary violence in Northern Ireland. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 14, 408-433.
Beattie, G. W., & Aboudan, R. (1994). Gestures, pauses and speech – an experimental investigation of the effects of changing social context on their precise temporal relationships. Semiotica, 99, 1-40.
Beattie, G. W. (1989). Interruptions in political interviews – the debate ends? Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 8, 345-348.
Beattie, G. W. (1989). Interruptions in political interviews – a reply to Bull and Mayer. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 8, 327-339.
Beattie, G. W. (1989). Discourse analysis – a review. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 8, 69-75.
Beattie, G. W., & Hughes, M. (1987). Planning spontaneous speech and concurrent visual monitoring of a televised face: Is there interference? Semiotica, 65, 97-105.
Stephens, J., & Beattie, G. W. (1986). Turn-taking on the telephone: textual features which distinguish turn-final and turn-medial utterances. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 5, 211-222.
Stephens, J., & Beattie, G. W. (1986). On judging the ends of speaker turns in conversation. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 5, 119-134.
Beattie, G. W. (1985). The threads of discourse and the web of interpersonal involvement – Spearman Medal lecture. Bulletin of the British Psychological Society, 38, 169-175.
Beattie, G. W. (1984). Are there cognitive rhythms in speech – a reply to Power. Language and Speech, 27, 193-195.
Beattie, G. W., Cutler, A., & Pearson, M. (1982). Why is Mrs Thatcher interrupted so often? Nature, 300, 744-747.
Beattie, G. W. (1982). Black English. Linguistics, 20, 354-359.
Beattie, G. W., Agahi, C., & Spencer, C. (1982). Social stereotypes held by different occupational groups in post-revolutionary Iran. European Journal of Social Psychology, 12, 75-87.
Beattie, G. W. (1982). Turn-taking and interruption in political interviews: Margaret Thatcher and Jim Callaghan compared and contrasted. Semiotica, 39, 93-114.
Beattie, G.W., & Bogle, G. (1982). The reliability and validity of different video-recording techniques for analysing gaze in dyadic interaction. British Journal of Social Psychology, 21, 31-34.
Beattie, G. W. (1982). The dynamics of university tutorial groups. Bulletin of the British Psychological Society, 35, 147-150.
Beattie, G. W. (1981). Language and nonverbal communication – the essential synthesis? Linguistics, 19, 1165-1183.
Beattie, G. W. (1981). Studies of familial communication and psychopathology – a review. Linguistics, 19, 357-363.
Beattie, G. W. (1981). A further investigation of the cognitive interference hypothesis of gaze patterns during conversation. British Journal of Social Psychology, 20, 243-248.
Beattie, G. W. (1981). Interruption in conversational interaction, and its relation to the sex and status of the interactants. Linguistics, 19, 15-35.
Beattie, G. W., & Beattie, C. A. (1981). Postural congruence in a naturalistic setting. Semiotica, 35, 41-55.
Beattie, G. W. (1981). The regulation of speaker-turns in face-to-face conversation: Some implications for conversation in sound-only communication channels. Semiotica, 34, 55-70.
Beattie, G. W. (1981). The convergence of cognitive psychology and conversational analysis in an applied setting – the work of Timmermann’s Copenhagen group on user-librarian negotiations and information search procedures in public libraries. Social Science Information Studies, 1, 121-127.
Beattie, G. W. (1980). Person-to-person: Ways of communicating – a review. Linguistics, 18, 369-373.
Beattie, G. W., & Barnard, P. J. (1979). The temporal structure of natural telephone conversations (Directory Enquiry calls). Linguistics, 17, 213-229.
Beattie, G. W. (1979). Planning units in spontaneous speech: Some evidence from hesitation in speech and speaker gaze direction in conversation. Linguistics, 17, 61-78..
Beattie, G. W. (1979). Reflections on ‘Reflections on Language’ by Noam Chomsky. Linguistics, 17, 907-923.
Beattie, G. W., & Butterworth, B. L. (1979). Contextual probability and word frequency as determinants of pauses and errors in spontaneous speech. Language and Speech, 22, 201-211.
Beattie, G. W. (1979). Contextual constraints on the floor-apportionment function of speaker-gaze. British Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 18, 391-392.
Beattie, G. W., & Bradbury, R. J. (1979). An experimental investigation of the modifiability of the temporal structure of spontaneous speech. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 8, 225-248.
Beattie, G. W. (1979). The ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland. Bulletin of the British Psychological Society, 32, 249-252.
Beattie, G. W. (1978). Sequential temporal patterns of speech and gaze in dialogue. Semiotica, 23, 29-52.
Beattie, G. W. (1978). Floor apportionment and gaze in conversational dyads. British Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 17, 7-15.
Beattie, G. W. (1977). The dynamics of interruption and the filled pause. British Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 16, 283-284.
Beattie, G. (2017) ‘Wear red, get noticed’ – and other subtle psychological ways colour affects us. The Conversation. September 25th.
Beattie, G. (2017) The psychology behind Trump’s awkward handshake … and how to beat him at his own game. The Conversation. February 20th.
Beattie, G. (2016) How Donald Trump bullies with his body language. The Conversation. October 14th.
Beattie, G. (2016) Donald Trump: The Body Language of a Bully. The candidate is increasingly resorting to the psychological tricks of the pugilistic. Newsweek 17/10/2016
Beattie, G. (2004). It’s not what Les says that counts (verbal and nonverbal communication in the Big Brother house). The Times Higher Educational Supplement, 30/01/04, p.20-21.
Beattie, G. (2000). Growing into silk boxer shorts. New Statesman, 18/9/00, p.31-32.
Beattie, G. (2000). Unquenchable, except by death. New Statesman, 17/7/00, p.9-10.
Beattie, G. (2000). Sex and Viagra and rock ’n’ roll. New Statesman, 26/6/00, p.32-33.
Beattie, G. (2000). In cold, driving rain, a brief burst of sunshine (a new initiative for the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland). New Statesman, 22/5/00, p.32-33.
Beattie, G. (2000). Working flat out for £20 and a Kit Kat. New Statesman, 17/1/00, p.32-33.
Beattie, G. (1999). My night with Mad Frankie Fraser. New Statesman, 6/12/99, p.32-33.
Beattie, G. & Downes, R. (1994). From a view to a kill: UK perceptions of the Troubles in Northern Ireland (a discourse analytic approach) Fortnight, 330, 32-34.
Beattie, G. (1993). To PC or not to PC (a psychological analysis of politically correct language). Counselling News, 12, 12-13.
Beattie, G. (1992). Poetic injustice. New Statesman and Society, 5, 186, 14.
Beattie, G. (1992). Brimstone in Belfast. New Statesman and Society, 5, 221, 34-35.
Beattie, G. (1991). From inside to outside and back. New Statesman and Society, 4, 176, 24-25.
Beattie, G. (1991). Bare knuckles in the park. New Statesman and Society, 4, 173, 24-25.
Beattie, G. (1991). Is dyslexia a general learning deficiency? New Scientist, 129, 33.
Beattie, G. (1991). Warning Shots. New Statesman and Society, 4, 20-21.
Beattie, G. (1989). Nonverbal Communication. Counselling News for Managers, 6, 3, 10-14.
Beattie, G. (1989). To hell and back. New Statesman and Society, 2, 10-11.
Beattie, G. (1989). On the beach. New Statesman and Society, 2, 12-13.
Beattie, G. (1988). The mirror cracked. The Listener, 120, 24-26.
Beattie, G. (1987). The big fight as metaphor. New Society, 82, 18-19.
Beattie, G. (1987). The chattering class. New Society, 82, 14-16.
Beattie, G. (1987). Naughty but necessary. New Society, 79, 8-9.
Beattie, G. (1987). Good old Ken. New Society, 79, 12-15.
Beattie, G. (1986). Just another Friday night. New Society, 77, 14-16.
Beattie, G. (1986). The body in question, Part b. New Society, 75, 309-310.
Beattie, G. (1986). The body in question, Part a. New Society, 75, 269-270.
Beattie, G. (1985). A Santa exclusive. New Society, 74, 495-496.
Beattie, G. (1985). Trevor’s back. New Society, 73, 329-330.
Beattie, G. (1985). Mission impossible. New Society, 63, 5-6.
Beattie, G. (1985). The shoplifters. New Society, 73, 113-114.
Beattie, G. (1983). Remembering Rosanne. New Society, 68, 305-306.
Beattie, G. & Speakman, L. (1983). The metaphorical straight-jackets of political language. The Guardian, Agenda Page, 7.3.83.
Beattie, G. (1982). Behaviour in the psychological laboratory. New Scientist, 96, 181.
Beattie, G. (1982). Look, just don’t interrupt. New Scientist, 95, 859-860.
Beattie, G. (1982). A drink with your own kind in Belfast. New Society, 61, 413-414.
Beattie, G. (1982). Editorial: Fighting talk. New Society, 61, 207.
Beattie, G. (1981). Truth and lies in body language. New Scientist, 92, 230-232.
Beattie, G. (1981). They ring and I obey: The psychology of telephone calls. New Society, 58, 448-449.
Beattie, G. (1981). The squash junkies. New Society, 57, 505-506.
Beattie, G. (1981). Mirror, mirror on the beach. New Society, 57, 198-200 (reprinted in New Society Leisure Studies Reader, 1985).
Beattie, G. (1981). Tonite’s the nite. New Society, 57, 173-174.
Beattie, G. (1981). The Wild West of Belfast. New Society, 56, 108.
Beattie, G. (1981). Who was that lady? New Society, 55, 50-51.
Beattie, G. (1980). Why are politicians so charismatic but why can’t they converse normally? New Scientist, 88, 35-36.
Beattie, G. (1980). Separating the men from the boys (gender related reference in English). Bulletin of the British Psychological Society, 33, 51-53.
Beattie, G. (1980). Body language from the beginning. New Scientist, 85, 920-921.
Beattie, G. (1979). On becoming an artificial arm user. New Society, 48, 510-511.
Beattie, G. (1979). On becoming an artificial arm user: The psychological effects of prosthesis. Action, autumn, 22-25.
Beattie, G. (1979). “That’s no way to treat a lady”, (on referring to men and women in natural language). Bulletin of the British Psychological Society, 32, 97-99.
Beattie, G. (1978). Language production processes and the organization of nonverbal behaviour in conversational interaction. Sociolinguistics Newsletter, 9, 2, 31-33.
Research Grants (since 2007)
Beattie, G.W. (2019 – 2021). ‘Closing the value-action gap in sustainability: An interdisciplinary approach to the modification of implicit attitudes to low carbon choice’. Research Institute Thematic Award (RITA), Edge Hill University (P.I.). Co-PI: Dr. Laura McGuire, Faculty of Education. (£18,000).
Beattie, G.W. (2016-17). ‘An experimental investgation of the modifibaility of implicit racial bias.’ Edge Hill University RIF Fund (Co-P.I. with Dr. Motonori Yamaguchi) (£15,000).
Beattie, G. W. (2015-17). ‘Optimism bias and the processing of climate change messages.’ British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants Scheme (P.I.) (£10,000).
Beattie, G. W. (2014-15). ‘A comparative study of dissociation in implicit and explicit attitudes to carbon footprint in China, India, the U.S. and Brazil.’ Unilever (P.I.) (£21,000).
Beattie, G. W. (2011-2012), ‘MOTivational strength of ecosystem services and alternative ways to express the value of Biodiversity”, with a range of European partners including Radboud University Nijmegen, Université Catholique de Louvain, Universität Greifswald, Belgium, University of Eastern Finland, ZRC SAZU, Slovenia, CIRPA-La Sapienza, Italy and Leiden, European Union FP7 (Co-PI Manchester, Psychology lead) (3.2M Euros in total).
Beattie, G. W. (2010-2011). ‘Implicit attitudes to ethnicity and their effects on the outcome of selection interviews’ Equality and Diversity, UoM, and the Equality Challenge Unit (P.I) (£60,000).
Beattie, G. W. (2009-2012). ‘Flagship programme on ‘Sustainable Consumer Behaviours and Lifestyles’, Tesco, through the Sustainable Consumption Institute (Co-PI) (approx. £1M).
Beattie, G. W. (2009). ‘The relationship between implicit attitudes and consumer behaviour’ Tesco, through the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester (P.I) (£100,000).
Beattie, G. W. (2008). ‘Consumer response to carbon labeling – a new approach using implicit measures’ Tesco, through the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester (P.I) (£100,000).
Beattie, G. W. (2007-2008). ‘How spontaneous hand gestures contribute to the communication of semantic information in narratives’; final report, November 2008, judged to be ‘outstanding’, ESRC (P.I) (£100,000).