Identity and Social Relationships

Development and Social Behaviour Research Group

This group includes a team of developmental, social, and evolutionary psychologists. Our research examines (1) the development of motor, behavioural and cognitive processes, and (2) the social psychological processes affecting interpersonal, intergroup and interspecies attitudes, cognition, emotion, and behaviour. We conduct research with children and adults, as well as non-human primates, dogs and other animals.

What are we doing? 

We specialise in developmental and social psychological research. Our areas of expertise include child safety, language development, decision-making, attention and memory, human-animal interaction, perspective-taking, handedness, identity, emerging adulthood, parenting, citizenship, justice and morality, wellbeing, dehumanization, emotion, prejudice, prosocial behaviour, and neurodevelopmental disorders such attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism.

We focus on a range of species, including humans (from pregnancy and new-born infants to older adults), dogs, non-human primates and fish. We have excellent facilities and equipment for our research including the Lincoln infant and child development lab, motor lab, and field sites for primate research. Our methods include intermodal preferential looking, eye-tracking, adult EEG, motion analysis, safety education training, elicitation methods, interviews, and response time measures. 

Our work is funded by a variety of prestigious funding bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, European Commission, US National Institute of Health, Templeton Religion Trust, and Arts Council England.

Why is it important? 

As well as directly contributing to developmental and social psychology theory and knowledge, our research has significant and wide impacts on real world issues, and therefore on policy and practice. Our research group actively engage in consultancy work for government departments, businesses, and third-sector organisations (e.g.  World Health Organization, People United, Department for Work and Pensions, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education).

How are we different? 

We are an interdisciplinary research group with a comprehensive and open-minded approach to psychology. We believe there is clear scientific value in crossing boundaries between psychology and traditionally distinct scientific disciplines like anthropology, economics, linguistics, (veterinary) medicine, and physiology. We foster a large community of postgraduate students and have established collaborations within our University, with other national and international Universities, and with charities and businesses. We organise and take part in public events, conferences and workshops, such as the Summer Scientists week, the Primate Society of Great Britain Conference, and workshops for safe interaction of children, adults and dogs (e.g. in Austria and Scotland). Via the path of interdisciplinarity, our research continues to produce significant real-life impact for society.

 


ACADEMIC STAFF:

 

 

Dr Lesley Allinson

 

Senior Lecturer

Dr Stefano Belli

 

Lecturer

Dr Roger Bretherton

 

Principal Lecturer

Dr Rachel Bromnick

 

Principal Lecturer

Dr Susan Chipchase

 

Senior Lecturer

Dr Ruth Gaunt

 

Reader

Dr Paul Goddard

 

Senior Lecturer

Dr Nathan Heflick

 

Senior Lecturer

Dr Ava Horowitz

 

Senior Lecturer

Dr Patrick Hylton

 

Senior Lecturer

Dr Niko Kargas

 

Senior Lecturer

Dr Bonaventura Majolo

 

Reader

Dr Laëtitia Maréchal

 

Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Kirsten McKenzie Fender

 

Senior Lecturer

Prof Kerstin Meints

 

Professor in Developmental Psychology

 

Dr Kirsty Miller

 

Principal Lecturer

Dr Michael Mireku

 

Lecturer

Dr Karen Pfeffer

 

Senior Lecturer

Prof Alina Rodriguez

 

Professor in Psychology

Dr Julie Van de Vyver

 

Lecturer

Dr Emile van der Zee

 

Principal Lecturer

Dr Fenja Ziegler

 

Principal Lecturer


RESEARCH STUDENTS:

 

 

Aisha Ahmadi

 

 

Huda Alqahtani

 

Ibrahim Alyami

 

Amal Baswail

 

 

Victoria Brelsford

 

 

Charlotte Cartledge

 

 

Catia Correia Caeiro

 

 

Ravi Dave

 

 

Mirena Dimolareva

 

 

Pengzhen Huang

 

 

Janine Just

 

 

Greta Kerulo

 

 

Greta Kerulo

 

 

Mariana Lobo Pinho

 

 

Laura Martinez Inigo

 

 

Rebecca Park

 

 

Lynn Pickerell

 

 

Heather Shaw

 

 

Ksenia Trischel 

 

 

School of Psychology, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln. LN6 7TS