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Dr Miriam Koschate-Reis

Dr Miriam Koschate-Reis

Senior Lecturer in Social and Organisational Psychology

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 Washington Singer 113

 

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

 Office hours:

Tuesdays, 3.30-4.30pm

Thursdays, 9.30-10.30am

Overview

My research interests centre on intra- and intergroup processes in social and organisational contexts.

1) Social identity markers: Working with computer scientists at the Univeristy of Exeter, UCL and Imperial, I examine how the way we communicate - our linguistic style - provides clues to our identities in online texts.

2) Intergroup Contact: My work examines social interactions between members of different groups (e.g. work groups, disciplines, human-robot interactions) and effects on cooperation and helping behaviour.

3) Social influence: I have also examined the transmission of behavioural change in social groups by studying the effects of group salience on the perseverance of a newly acquired behaviour.

Qualifications

Dr. phil. (PhD), University of Koblenz-Landau, Landau, Germany (2008)

Career

Senior Lecturer Social and Organiational Psychology, University of Exeter (2018 - )

Lecturer Social and Organiational Psychology, University of Exeter (2013-2018)

Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter (2012 – 2013)

Research Fellow, University of St Andrews (2008 – 2012)

Teaching and Research Fellow, University of Koblenz-Landau (2005-2008)

Research group links

Research

Research interests

I am currently an EPSRC Innovation Fellow (2018-2021). I am also a Co-Investigator on the cross-disciplinary EPSRC-funded platform grant SAUSE: Secure, Adaptive, Usable Software Engineering (2018-2023).

Psychological Identity in a Digital World:

Boundaries between digital technologies and ourselves become blurred as technology is integrated into our work, home, even our bodies. Interdisciplinary research is needed to understand how our sense of self - our psychological identity - affects and is affected by technology use. I will extend current research on privacy by considering how our different psychological identities shape what we find acceptable to reveal in different situations. I will also continue to develop the capacity to detect psychological identities from naturally occurring digital data (e.g., forum posts, blogs, e-mails). This research will allow us to understand which psychological identity (e.g., parent, addict, criminal network identity) is relevant while a person is communicating. Building on the identity detection work, I will examine how individuals develop new psychological identities (e.g., transitioning into parenthood) and leave identities behind (e.g., addict), and the consequences of such transitions for mental health (e.g., post-natal depression, addiction recovery) and security (e.g., drugs trade). This work will be underpinned by a programme of collaboration with industry partners in the fields of security and healthcare to explore applications in data analytics, diagnostic and monitoring support, and software engineering.

NPIF-EPSRC Studentship (2017-2021): Ms Alicia Cork (Industry partner: National Crime Agency)

EPSRC Studentship (2018-2021): Ms Anna Zinn

Additional research interests:

1) Social influence: I have also done work on the dynamics of synchronisation. Synchronisation often happens spontaneously, both in the animal kingdom and among humans. Synchrony has also been proposed (and shown) to lead to social cohesion and prosocial interactions. Our research looks at the conditions under which changes in bodily rhythm are maintained over longer periods of time using both social psychological theory and a cultural transmission framework. 

2) Intergroup Contact: Most of my work examines social interactions between members of different groups (e.g. work groups, disciplines, inter-generational) and effects on cooperation and helping behaviour. In particular, I have looked at the conditions under which intergroup contact predicts cooperation and positive attitudes (Koschate & van Dick, 2011) as well as different types of contact and their relationship with intergroup helping behaviour (Koschate, Oethinger, Kuchenbrandt, & van Dick, 2012). I am currently investigating which types of intergroup contact predict positive intergroup relations by using GPS tracking of real intergroup contact events (with Tina Keil, EPSRC doctoral student).

3) Human-Robot-Interaction: As part of a recent EPSRC grant, I conducted studies on human-robot interaction, specifically the 'uncanny valley'. We have found that the sense of eeriness or uncanniness stemming from highly humanlike robots can be successfully reduced by introducing emotional expressions (e.g. facial displays) (Koschate, Potter, Bremner, & Levine, 2016). As part of this work, we have collaborated with the @Bristol Science Museum to engage with the public (e.g., Mini Maker Fair).

Research projects

2018-2022: EPSRC Innovation Fellowship - Psychological Identity in a Digital World: Detecting and Understanding Digital Traces of our Psychological Self (£667,224)

2018-2023: EPSRC Platform Grant - SAUSE: Secure, Adaptive, Usable Software Engineering (as Co-I); PI: Bashar Nuseibeh (Open University) (£1,330,879) 

2013-2016: EPSRC Digital Personhood Research Grant - Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Spaces (as Co-I); PI: Mark Levine (University of Exeter) (£2,044,337)

Research networks

Research collaborations

University of Exeter:

Dr Jon Cinnamon - CLES, Human Geography

Prof Richard Everson - CEMPS, Computer Science

Prof Mark Levine - CLES, Psychology, SEORG

Dr Heather O'Mahen - CLES, Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Dr Avelie Stuart - CLES, Psychology, SEORG

National:

Dr Paul Bremner - UWE, Robotics

Dr Luke Dickens - UCL, Computer Science

Dr Hatice Gunes - Cambridge, Engineering and Computer Science

Prof Alessandra Russo - Imperial College, Computer Science

Dr Laurissa Tokarchuk - QMUL, Computer Science

Dr Zena Wood - University of Greenwich

International:

Dr Tegan Cruwys - University of Queensland, Australia

Prof Rolf van Dick - Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe Universitaet, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Dr Anja Eller - UNAM, Mexico

Prof Catherine Haslam - University of Queensland, Australia

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Books

Koschate M (2008). United We Stand - an Analysis of Attitudes and Prosocial Behavior between Workgroups from a Social Identity and Intergroup Contact Perspective. Landau, OPUS. Abstract.

Journal articles

Eller A, Abrams D, Koschate M (2017). Can stateways change folkways? Longitudinal tests of the interactive effects of intergroup contact and categorization on prejudice. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 72, 21-31. Abstract.  Full text.
Kuchenbrandt D, van Dick R, Koschate M, Ullrich J, Bornewasser M (2014). More than music! a longitudinal test of German-Polish music encounters. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 40, 167-174. Abstract.  Full text.
Koschate M, Oethinger S, Kuchenbrandt D, van Dick R (2012). Is an outgroup member in need a friend indeed? Personal and task-oriented contact as predictors of intergroup prosocial behavior. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42(6), 717-728. Abstract.
Koschate M, Hofmann W, Schmitt M (2012). When East meets West: a longitudinal examination of the relationship between group relative deprivation and intergroup contact in reunified Germany. British Journal of Social Psychology, 51(2), 290-311. Abstract.
Koschate M, van Dick R (2011). A multilevel test of Allport's contact conditions. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 14(6), 769-787. Abstract.
Eller A, Koschate M, Gilson KM (2011). Embarrassment: the ingroup-outgroup audience effect in faux pas situations. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41(4), 489-500. Abstract.

Conferences

Bremner P, Koschate M, Levine M (2016). Humanoid robot avatars: an 'in the wild' usability study.  Abstract.
Koschate M, Potter R, Bremner P, Levine M (2016). Overcoming the uncanny valley: Displays of emotions reduce the uncanniness of humanlike robots.  Abstract.  Full text.
Koschate M, van Dick R (2008). The floor between us: a context-specific model of contact between workgroups.  Author URL.

Reports

Buettner C, Koschate M (2003). Westliche Psychologie gegen Jugendgewalt weltweit: Plädoyer für eine kultursensitive Anwendung. Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit,  Frankfurt/Main, Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung. Abstract.

Publications by year


2017

Eller A, Abrams D, Koschate M (2017). Can stateways change folkways? Longitudinal tests of the interactive effects of intergroup contact and categorization on prejudice. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 72, 21-31. Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Bremner P, Koschate M, Levine M (2016). Humanoid robot avatars: an 'in the wild' usability study.  Abstract.
Koschate M, Potter R, Bremner P, Levine M (2016). Overcoming the uncanny valley: Displays of emotions reduce the uncanniness of humanlike robots.  Abstract.  Full text.

2014

Kuchenbrandt D, van Dick R, Koschate M, Ullrich J, Bornewasser M (2014). More than music! a longitudinal test of German-Polish music encounters. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 40, 167-174. Abstract.  Full text.

2012

Koschate M, Oethinger S, Kuchenbrandt D, van Dick R (2012). Is an outgroup member in need a friend indeed? Personal and task-oriented contact as predictors of intergroup prosocial behavior. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42(6), 717-728. Abstract.
Koschate M, Hofmann W, Schmitt M (2012). When East meets West: a longitudinal examination of the relationship between group relative deprivation and intergroup contact in reunified Germany. British Journal of Social Psychology, 51(2), 290-311. Abstract.

2011

Koschate M, van Dick R (2011). A multilevel test of Allport's contact conditions. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 14(6), 769-787. Abstract.
Eller A, Koschate M, Gilson KM (2011). Embarrassment: the ingroup-outgroup audience effect in faux pas situations. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41(4), 489-500. Abstract.

2008

Koschate M, van Dick R (2008). The floor between us: a context-specific model of contact between workgroups.  Author URL.
Koschate M (2008). United We Stand - an Analysis of Attitudes and Prosocial Behavior between Workgroups from a Social Identity and Intergroup Contact Perspective. Landau, OPUS. Abstract.

2003

Buettner C, Koschate M (2003). Westliche Psychologie gegen Jugendgewalt weltweit: Plädoyer für eine kultursensitive Anwendung. Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit,  Frankfurt/Main, Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung. Abstract.

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Teaching

Current courses (2018/19):

Undergradute

Postgraduate

  • Research Apprenticeship Supervision (PSYM210)

Previous courses

  • 2013-15: Advanced Statistics (PSYM201)

Modules

2019/20


Supervision / Group

Postdoctoral researchers

  • Huseyin Cakal (EPSRC HARPS)
  • Elahe Naserianhanzaei

Postgraduate researchers

Alumni

  • Richard Philpot

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