Social and Affective Processes

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

Group profile

The Social and Affective Processes (SAP) research group employs 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: neurocognitive principles governing the sense of agency and body-ownership; the perception of social and emotional information in faces, including in clinical populations; social and emotional development in childhood and adolescence; motivational goals and personal values; intergroup relations and helping; prejudice and stereotyping; delusions and deception; deception detection and credibility assessment; mental health in forensic contexts; the impact of promotional communication; and enhancing resilience.

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 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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