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Dr Alison P Lenton PhD

Visiting Research Fellow

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Dr Alison P Lenton is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Self and Identity within Psychology at the University of Southampton.

My research interests in human psychology are diverse, ranging from studies investigating the factors that make people feel like their "real" self to studies looking at how situational features might change who you choose to date.

Dr Alison Lenton obtained her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002. Thereafter she worked as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Social Psychology at the University of Cambridge (2002-2004) and as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh (2004-2013).

Continuing her long-time research collaboration with Professor Constantine Sedikides, she is now a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Research on Self and Identity at the University of Southampton. Her current research focuses on authenticity, both its meaning and attainment.




Research interests

State authenticity: The newest line of research investigates a concept I call "state authenticity", which is one's momentary sense of feeling in alignment with one's "real self". My collaborators and I are investigating the causes of (precursors to) state authenticity, how people experience it, and what are some of the outcomes of this experience.

Social judgments and choice: With respect to this domain, I have investigated social projection in judgments of sexual intent and context effects – such as the number of potential options and the variability of those options – on mate choice strategies and satisfaction.

Prejudice and stereotyping: My interests in this domain have centered on the structure ('breadth') of gender stereotypes and on the effectiveness of automatic stereotype reduction techniques. Other research in this domain has focused on the influence of social category cues on the allocation of (life-saving or life-compensating) resources.

Research group

Centre for Research on Self and Identity (CRSI)

Research project(s)

S:elf - Dormant

Dr Alison P Lenton
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