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The interplay between emotion and social cognition, and implications for broader socio-political issues (RovenporDU20PSY)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This research examines how emotion shapes thinking, why people might be motivated to feel negative emotions, and the broader implications these processes may have for socio-political issues (e.g., politics, intergroup conflict, social justice). The PhD will have flexibility to focus on one or more of these areas, and investigate questions such as: How do emotions shape attitudes and social cognition? When and why might people be motivated to feel negative emotions such as anger or guilt? How might intergroup conflict provide individuals with a sense of meaning in life? Why might believing that personal successes are the result of hard work and self-reliance pose barriers to social justice and efforts to reduce economic inequality?

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This is a PhD programme.

The mode of study is full-time/part-time. The length of studentship is 3 years for full-time students and 6 years for part-time students.

Funding Notes

Funding Notes:

This PhD project is in a School of Psychology competition for funded studentships. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise of home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009.

Entry requirements:

Acceptable first degree in Psychology or relevant other discipline.

The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1.

Masters or equivalent experience


i) Rovenpor, D. R., O’Brien, T., Roblain A., De Guissmé, L., Chekroun P., & Leidner, B. (2019). Intergroup conflict self-perpetuates via meaning: Exposure to intergroup conflict increases meaning and fuels a desire for further conflict. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 116(1), 119-140.

ii) Rovenpor, D. R. & Isbell, L. M. (2018). Do emotional control beliefs lead people to approach positive or negative situations? Two competing effects of control beliefs on emotional situation selection. Emotion, 18(3), 313-331.

iii) Isbell, L. M., Lair, E. C., & Rovenpor, D. R. (2013). Affect-as-Information about processing styles: A cognitive malleability approach. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 93-114.

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