Dr Luke McGuire
Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK
I am a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Exeter. My research examines social and moral development between childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. Some of my specific research interests include:
Resources are not distributed equitably around the globe. I am interested in understanding how children and adolescents distribute resources in inter-group contexts. How do social processes influence these decisions? How can we use our understanding of social development to challenge resource inequality?
Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Expression Prejudice
Prejudice and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity expression emerges in childhood and adolescence. How do children evaluate their LGBTQ+ peers? How do social group expectations inform this process? Again - how can we use our understanding of social development to challenge SOGIE prejudice?
Speciesism & Animal Welfare
Many people love their pets, and abhor those who harm animals - and yet, most people eat animal products. How do children resolve this fundamental conflict between their moral concern for the welfare of living beings and the societal convention for eating meat?
STEM Inclusion & Equity
The world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is dominated by men and people from majority ethnic backgrounds. Evidence suggests that this inequality emerges in childhood and adolescence. How can we understand and challenge the psychological processes underlying this?
PhD - Psychology; Goldsmiths, University of London (2017)
MSc - Social Science Research Methods; Cardiff University (2014)
BSc - Psychology; Cardiff University (2013)
Research group links
I conduct research that is broadly focused on moral development and intergroup processes. This includes but is not limited to; resource allocation, intergroup attitudes, social exclusion, bystander intentions, gender identity prejudice and human-animal relationships.
- STEM Teens (Wellcome Trust/ESRC/NSF)
- Bystander reactions to the intergroup exclusion of immigrants among British children and adolescents (ESRC)
- 2020 British Academy Small Grants
Adherence to COVID-19 public health practices in adolescence