Social and Affective Processes

Organization profile

Group profile

The Social and Affective Processes (SAP) research group is a dynamic group of internationally renowned researchers employing a variety of behavioural, developmental and neuroscientific techniques to investigate social and affective processes. Our state-of-the-art facilities enable us to study typical and atypical populations using behavioural techniques, eye-tracking and EEG, functional and structural neuroimaging, and computational modelling.


Members' interests and expertise

Our interests are diverse and multidisciplinary, and include: neural and behavioural aspects of human vocal communication; neurocognitive principles governing the sense of agency and body-ownership; brain mechanisms underpinning the perception of social and emotional information in faces; social and emotional development in childhood and adolescence, particularly with regard to social identities, peer relations, and self-presentation use; motivational goals and personal values, in particular value change; intergroup relations, social psychology of European integration, social identity (especially national or ethnic identity), acculturation, prejudice, stereotyping, and intergroup helping; Cognitive processes underlying self-report in emotional disorders; delusions, deception, self-deception, deception detection, and credibility assessment; mental health of offenders in hospitals and prisons and forensic mental health service delivery.

Sources of research funding include Bial Foundation, British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council, European Union, Experimental Psychology Society, John Templeton Foundation, Laureus Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation, Royal Society, VolkswagenStiftung, and Wellcome Trust.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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