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Samuel Fairlamb

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I completed my PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London investigating how Islamophobic prejudice in the UK could be understood from integrating insights from multiple socio-psychological perspectives. 

My research interests broadly are interested in understanding the psychological function of the symbolic self, and how it may protect against deep-rooted anxieties concerning the inevitable demise of the physical self. I am particularly interested in how this need for symbolic systems of self-worth and immortality may be used to explain a diverse array of human phenomena, including why human beings struggle to peacefully co-exist. 


UG Modules - PS3240: The Psychology of Love, Death and Meaning (module coordinator); PS1030: Understanding Individuals and Groups (module coordinator); PS2030: Social Psychology; PS1010: Introduction to Psychological Research; PS2010: Psychological Research Methods & Analysis

MSc Modules - PS5201: Psychology in Applied Settings; PS5303: Cognitive, Soccial and Neuroscience Approaches to Forensic Investigations

I also supervise both UG and PG student projects. I have received two commendations for excellence in teaching by the college.

I also run a YouTube channel called The Psychology Debrief that is aimed at students who are studying Psychology in Higher Education. You can suggest content for this channel by tweeting me @thepsychdebrief or emailing me at


I am a member of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, as well as a member of the Social Identity and Representations Lab (


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