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Cyber and Interpersonal Behaviour Research (CIBR)

The School of Psychology is actively involved in research exploring human behaviour, emotions and experiences in relation to technology and the impact of technology on individuals both online and offline. In addition, we examine offline social processes, emotions, mental resilience and interpersonal and intergroup relations across the lifespan. Examining both cyber and real-world behaviour, this dynamic research hub draws together different strands within Psychology, including Cyberpsychology, Social Psychology and the study of Group Behaviour. We currently have wide-ranging active research projects and welcome expressions of interest by potential collaborators or postgraduate applicants. Our current research includes:

  • Cyberbullying, cyberaggression and other online risks
  • Parental and school mediation strategies in relation to online safety
  • Motivations and social effects of gaming, including Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
  • Media consumption and influence on attitudes and beliefs
  • Individual differences in online expression and self-presentation
  • Bystander behaviour, prosocial behaviour and social identities
  • Individuals moving in time together and the associated effects on liking, cooperation, compliance and group dynamics
  • The role of imagination on social cognition
  • Emotion regulation and mental toughness

Much of our research in this area also focuses on intervention and prevention efforts, including an active project aimed at addressing cyberbullying among children and adolescents (Dr. Popovac), work with local sports teams assessing the links between sport performance and well-being (Dr. Martin) as well as strategies to reduce outgroup bias and prejudice (Dr. Cross) and improving our understanding of prosocial behaviours (Dr. Manning). We currently collaborate with a number of universities in the UK and abroad as well as local sports teams, schools and organisations.

For more information visit our staff pages

You could also take a look at our Cyberbullying and Online Risks research here or contact us via the web form here.