Department of Social Psychology

Apps like Tinder commodify the intangible

“One of the most basic processes in higher brains is the ability to carry out perceptual categorization – to ‘make sense’ of the world,” stated neuroscientist Gerald Edelman, in his neuroscientific analysis of consciousness. So what happens when the world becomes too noisy to make sense of?

As part of a small-scale MSc research project, I investigated young adults’ conceptualisations […]

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    Developing a tool to understand corporate culture from the outside

Developing a tool to understand corporate culture from the outside

Since May 2016, we have led an academic research project to develop a new approach to measuring corporate culture. This research has produced the Unobtrusive Corporate Culture Analysis Tool (UCCAT).

UCCAT is a theoretically based and scientifically tested methodology for analysing and benchmarking corporate culture. Uniquely, rather than gathering employee interviews and questionnaires to assess culture, UCCAT analyses publicly available […]

Employers may discriminate against autism without realising

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people connect and relate to others and also how they experience the world around them.

Most non-autistic people are not aware of the complex ways in which autistic people* experience the world and are not adequately prepared for interacting or working with autistic people. Autism is a ‘hidden’ disability, with no […]

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    Luxury brand forums set the scene for status competition between consumers

Luxury brand forums set the scene for status competition between consumers

Beauty, by Rachel Hinman, under a CC-BY-2.0 licence
We live in a world where we spend increasingly more time online. In fact, online activities are intertwined with many different aspects of our lives, from checking our Facebook profile in the morning over breakfast, to posting photos of our gym achievements on Instagram.

Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies have been seizing the […]

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    Untied to economic fluctuations, insurers are less likely to generate systemic risks

Untied to economic fluctuations, insurers are less likely to generate systemic risks

In a nutshell, macroprudential regulation is made up of two building blocks: surveillance and supervision. Surveillance is concerned with identifying, assessing and monitoring the build-up of systemic risks, i.e., those regarding the financial stability of a country or region. Supervision is aimed at preventing, mitigating and managing systemic risks.

A key lesson from the recent global financial crisis is that […]

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    Innovations are rarely (if ever) the product of a single individual

Innovations are rarely (if ever) the product of a single individual

We grow up learning about great inventions and scientific discoveries in history. Chances are, it won’t take you more than a few seconds to name the discoverer of penicillin, the formulator of the theory of evolution by natural selection, or the inventor of the telephone. These “lone geniuses” changed history through their individual brilliance, creativity, and tenacity. Right?

Not exactly. For […]

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    A new tool uses the observations of patients to assess the culture of hospitals

A new tool uses the observations of patients to assess the culture of hospitals

Organisational culture feeds into every aspect of organisational performance: for example the innovation of new products, competitiveness, and customer service. Yet, assessing the culture of an organisation remains a methodological challenge.

Typically, researchers have relied on employee self-report measures (interviews, surveys), yet responses to such methods are often a product of the culture itself. For example, research indicates that ‘risk-taking’ […]

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    Good leaders adapt their leadership style to the organisation’s social context

Good leaders adapt their leadership style to the organisation’s social context

“I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation.”
— Malcolm X
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder […]

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    Discrimination leads some minority professionals to become entrepreneurs

Discrimination leads some minority professionals to become entrepreneurs

When Bimpe Nkontchou, a successful Nigerian lawyer, moved to the UK she came to a disturbing realisation: “I soon realized that the opportunities in the legal services sector in the UK for an ethnic minority female were severely restricted and that my career would stagnate even if I was able to find a job in a prestigious English law firm.”

Her […]

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    Something is missing in the idea of entrepreneurs as young and empowered

Something is missing in the idea of entrepreneurs as young and empowered

The UK is facing an increasingly ageing population that brings big economic burdens in pension and medical provisions while tax contributions diminish. This situation has become worse since the start of the 2008 global financial crisis as almost one million people aged 50-64 have become ‘involuntarily jobless’ during this period. A growing number of public institutions are promoting entrepreneurial […]