The BBC Prison Study: Improving our understanding of Group Dynamics, Power, and Tyranny
The BBC Prison Study is one of the largest field studies in social psychology of the last 30 years. It was carried out to re-examine conclusions from one of the best-known social psychological experiments of all time (the Stanford Prison Experiment, or SPE) and the understanding of group dynamics that it promoted. Conducted in 1971 by a team of researchers, the SPE has played a major role in shaping both psychological theory and public understanding of tyranny and oppression.
Discovering the Glass Cliff: Insights into addressing subtle gender discrimination in the workplace
Researchers in Psychology at the University of Exeter have uncovered a new phenomenon relating to gender discrimination in the workplace. Called the “glass cliff”, the research has identified that women tend to occupy more precarious leadership positions than their male counterparts.
Mood Disorders Centre – Improving Treatments for Depression
Depression is both a serious and common mental health problem. The World Health Organisation has highlighted that depression affects more people worldwide than any other mental disorder, at around 350 million people of all ages worldwide. As a long-term and relapsing condition, depression is expected to be the second largest cause of global disability by 2020. Furthermore, there are considerable economic costs brought about through health and welfare costs, as well as lost productivity – the total is estimated at £7.5 billion in the UK alone. The Mood Disorders Centre (MDC), a partnership between the University of Exeter and the NHS, is leading the way to address these challenges.