Social Psychology

Social Psychology at USW incorporates several strands of research; predominantly around communication processes and social identities. Our focus is on applying social psychology to real-world problems and we have completed work on identity processes and elective group identification, online and offline communication and deception.

Specific research projects include:

  • Identity processes in older adults and adults with disabilities
  • Identity threats, commitment and in group identification in elective groups (sports and music fans)
  • The relationship between social identity and psychological well-being
  • Online persuasion and social influence
  • Online and offline relationships – including work on dating scams
  • Beliefs about the cues to deception
  • Deception across the lifespan
  • Online disinhibition and disclosure

Recent research

Dating scams