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 Anna Zinn

Anna Zinn

Postgraduate Research Student

 Washington Singer 


Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK


I'm a current EPSRC PhD student at the University of Exeter.

My research focuses on social identity switches and the questions of how much control we have over such switches and how effective they are. To answer those questions my research combines approaches of social and cognitive psychology and incorporates natural language processing.                                                                      

I am working under the supervision of Dr Miriam Koschate-Reis, Professor Aureliu Lavric and Professor Mark Levine.  

You can find out more about the research of the PSY ID lab here:


Research Keywords

  • Social Identity
  • Multiple Identities
  • Identity Switches
  • Control processes
  • Identity salience



Certificate in Advanced Study in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - University of Exeter, UK

MSc Psychological Research Methods - Distinction, University of Exeter, UK

BSc Psychology - Universität Ulm; including 8 week internship at the Department of Psychocardiology Kerckhoff Klinik (Bad Nauheim)



Following my BSc Psychology course in Germany at the University of Ulm, I moved to the UK for my MSc in Psychological Research Methods at the University of Exeter.

After completing my MSc, I worked for the NHS Continuing Healthcare Team for one year.

In 2018 I started my EPSRC funded PhD at the University of Exeter. 



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Research interests

While I have a wide variety of research interests derived from previous projects and internships, my current main interest lies in social identities and investigating the process of switching between different social identities. 

Research projects

My PhD project "Identity switching: Using natural language processing to understand social identity dynamics" is being supervised by Dr Miriam Koschate-Reis, Professor Aureliu Lavric and Professor Mark Levine.

Research networks

As part of a lab visit supported by the CLES International lab visiting fund, I was able to visit the Social Identity and Groups Network (SIGN) at the University of Queensland, Australia from March 2020 until July 2021.



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Publications by year


Zinn A (2022). Social identity switching: How effective is it and how much control do we have over social identity switches?.  Abstract.

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I have been working as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Exeter since the start of my PhD in 2018. I enjoy helping to plan and deliver tutorials and practicals in an engaging way. I also help with marking and providing feedback on essays and research reports. 

My teaching assistant work mainly covers Social Psychology modules but also modules including Cognition, Emotion and Development; Clinical Psychology, Statistics and Classic Studies in Psychology    

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