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.





Dr Lesley Allinson


Senior Lecturer

Dr Stefano Belli



Dr Roger Bretherton


Principal Lecturer

Dr Rachel Bromnick


Principal Lecturer

Dr Susan Chipchase


Senior Lecturer

Dr Ruth Gaunt



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



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



Dr Karen Pfeffer


Senior Lecturer

Prof Alina Rodriguez


Professor in Psychology

Dr Julie Van de Vyver



Dr Emile van der Zee


Principal Lecturer

Dr Fenja Ziegler


Principal Lecturer




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