Seminar Series

EHU Psychology Department Research Seminar Series 2021 – 2022

The Department of Psychology hosts a research seminar series in which we invite colleagues to share their research. These seminars typically run on a Wednesday at 12pm (UK time) in the Law and Psychology Building in room LP 2.49. This is denoted as building 7 on the campus map. This building is accessible and has a lift to all floors. If you have any specific accessibility requirements, please let us know when you register for any given seminar. All talks will last for around 45 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for questions, and 30 minutes for refreshments and socialising with the speaker.

If you’re a student, member of staff or a visitor to Edge Hill, you are very welcome to attend. To attend these, please ensure you register your attendance to any given seminar with our seminar coordinator Dr Gray Atherton at least 24 hours prior to the event.

Developing an Instagram intervention for male body image issues

 Dr. Chris Stiff, Senior Lecturer at Keele University
 Wednesday 2 March 2022
Law & Psychology, LP 2.49

Social media sites such as Instagram are intended as an enjoyable way to share images and videos. However, there has been concern recently about their impact on body image, with the suggestion that using sites can lead to lower dissatisfaction with oneself. Instagram may offer an unrealistic exemplar for social comparison leading to negative psychology affect. In this research, a possible intervention to this is examined, to see whether these deleterious effects can be attenuated. Moreover, we aim the intervention specifically at males.

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The majority of research in this field has focused on females, but a growing of research has shown men also suffer considerably from body esteem issues. Interventions for females cannot necessarily be transferred over, as males tend to focus on muscularity and leanness as well as thinness.

Two experiments were carried out. In the first, participants were asked to browse their Instagram feed, and body esteem measures were taken before and after presentation of our intervention materials. Body esteem appeared to increase after exposure.  In the second, participants were shown images of male models, and body esteem measures were taken. In the intervention condition, participants viewed our materials at the beginning the session, but did not in the control condition. Body esteem was higher in the intervention condition. In both experiments, the effects seemed to be mediated by perceived realism of the images viewed.

These findings, and the upcoming longitudinal study are discussed.

Money, Media and the British monarchy: who are the Family Firm?

 Dr. Laura Clancy, Lancaster University
 Wednesday 6 April 2022
Law & Psychology, LP 2.49

In recent decades, the global wealth of the rich has soared to leave huge chasms of wealth inequality. Yet the British monarchy is usually ignored in studies on ‘the elites’, positioned as an archaic institution, an anachronism to global corporate forms of wealth and power, and therefore irrelevant.

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Dr Laura Clancy is a Lecturer in Media at Lancaster University, and author of Running the Family Firm: how the monarchy manages its image and our money (2021, Manchester University Press). Her work on monarchy, media, and inequality has been published in journals such as The Sociological ReviewCultural Studies and The European Journal of Cultural Studies. You can follow her on Twitter: @Laura__Clancy.

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Drawing on research from her new book, Running the Family Firm: how the monarchy manages its image and our money, Dr Laura Clancy argues how the British monarchy can be understood as a corporation – the Firm – committed to accumulating wealth and reproducing power, alongside other corporate giants like Amazon and Apple. Meanwhile, in media culture we see representations seeking to obscure institutional and corporate power – the Cambridges as an ‘ordinary, middle-class family’, for example, or the Queen as an elderly (great-)grandmother. Dr Laura Clancy argues that these representations of the royal family are a prism; a central ideological project designed to distance the monarchy from capitalist vulgarity and aristocratic debauchery, and reproduce monarchical power by ‘producing consent’ (Hall et al., 1978) for the monarchy in the public imaginary.

Looking for the internal clock in the eye and the ear

 Dr Andrea Piovesan, Research Project Co-ordinator at Department of Psychology
 Wednesday 1 June 2022
Law & Psychology, LP 2.49

Time permeates any human activity. Whether it is for talking to others, playing an instrument, or performing an action, a correct processing of the time domain is fundamental. Nevertheless, how humans perceive time is still largely unknown and under debate.

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The most popular model of time perception, the Scalar Expectancy Theory, suggests that humans possess an internal clock that generates pulses that allow them to estimate durations. However, the SET is a pure cognitive model that explains timing behaviours well but is not grounded on any neurological evidence. In fact, a neural network behaving like an internal clock has not been found after 40 years of search, leading to the development of alternative, more neurologically plausible, models. But what if the internal clock has not been found in the brain because it is not there? What if the activity of the sensory system that encodes the stimulus (i.e., the eye or the ear) is used as a clock to determine its duration? During this talk, I will present the study that I am conducting at EHU to test this possibility showing some promising pilot data.

Talk Title and Abstract TBC

 Professor Victoria Simms, Professor at Ulster University
 Thursday 9 June 2022
Law & Psychology, LP 2.49

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