Dr Ben Hine

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Personal profile

I am a third year PhD student looking at how gender influences prosoical (or 'good') behaviour. My working PhD thesis title is: "Investigating the relationship between Gender and Prosocial Behaviour: The Sugar and Spice myth". This research looks to explore how stereotypes and gender norms that are held about prosocial behavior change over the school years, and influence levels of prosocial behaviour. There is a particular focus on how boys are viewed with regards to prosocial behaviour, as prosocial beahviour can be traditionally thought of as a 'feminine' action, and therefore may carry different moral judgements for boys.

Research interests

I have conducted a number of studies that have explored:

  • How children and adolescents gender-type prosocial behaviour
  • How children and adolescents judge prosocial behaviour by boys and girls
  • What adolescents understand about the relationship between gender and prosocial behaviour
  • Whether adolescents characterize different prosocial behaviours as masculine or feminine
  • Whether parents and teachers implicitly and explicitly associate prosocial behaviour with boys or girls

I am also an active member of the Social Development Lab in the department of Psychology at Royal Holloway.


I have a real passion for teaching and in all 3 years of my PhD I have been fortunate enough to be able to undertake teaching both on a small and large scale. I have successfully taught 1st and second year tutorial groups (7/8 students) since 2010. This involves teaching fundamental essay skills that they will be using, hopefully, throughout their degree programme, as well as guiding them through specific topics and essay questions.

In 2010, I was invited to give a lecture at the end of March 2011 on a 3rd year undergraduate course "Gender and Psychology". The lecture was titled: "Gender differences in Aggressive Behaviour" and the lecture explored the different developmental trajectories for aggressive behaviour for each gender, as well as the explanatory models for these differences. Since them I have not only been invited to give this lecture in my 2nd and 3rd years, but also now give two other lectures. These are titled 'Gender, Language, and Power' and 'Gender and Prosocial Behaviour'. For 2 years now I have recieved extremely postiive feedback from students about the lecture content and style, and always seek to improve any areas which students highlight as issues.

Other work

Created online materials for 'Developmental Psychology (Leman, Bremner, Parke, Guvain, 2012)' - Oct - Dec 2011

Reviewer for Developmental Psychology - Dec 2011-Present


Royal Holloway, University of London - Social Development Lab 2010-Present

Arizona State University - CARE project 2012-Present

Educational background

Bachelor of Science, with Honours - Royal Holloway, University of London (2007-2010)

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