Introducing the Lab

The University of Newcastle's Social Psychology Laboratory focuses on the social psychological processes that influence how people relate and respond to social groups and their members. Key research topics in our lab include stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.

The Lab is based in the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. The 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia assessment rated the School’s research as “above world standard” in the area of “psychology and cognitive science” and “well above world standard” in the specific area of “cognitive science.” The University is ranked among the top 250 universities in the world and in the top 10 in Australia in terms of its research income (QS World University Rankings, 2016; Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17; Higher Education Research Data Collection 2014).

Our staff are located at the Callaghan campus near Newcastle, about two hours drive north of Sydney, and at the Ourimbah campus, about one hour north of Sydney. We have our own fully equipped suite of four research rooms at Callaghan and two rooms at Ourimbah. We carry out dyadic and small group studies as well as computer-based and psychophysiological recordings. We also conduct studies in the field and using web-based survey software. We have access to over 500 research participants via the School of Psychology's Psychology Research Participant Pool and Participant Volunteer Register.

We run weekly research lab group meetings. We also host visits from overseas and domestic researchers and offer hands-on research experience to several research volunteers.

To find out more about our staff, students, and research, please click on the links in the left-hand menu.