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A Functional Account of Social Exclusion Seminar

Time:
16:00 - 17:00
Date:
22 May 2014
Venue:
Psychology Department Room 3095, Building 44 (Shackleton) Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Allyson Marchi on 02380 599645 or email A.Marchi@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

Human beings are social animals - we spend a great deal of our time either pursuing or maintaining social relationships. Why, then, do we sometimes choose to actively exclude, reject, or ostracise others?

 

Human beings are social animals - we spend a great deal of our time either pursuing or maintaining social relationships. Why, then, do we sometimes choose to actively exclude, reject, or ostracise others?

In this seminar, I will review evidence that social exclusion serves the important function of enhancing existing or emerging relationships. I will also consider the hypothesis that underlying this function is a basic categorisation process which results in representations of self and included others becoming assimilated to each other whilst those of self and excluded others are contrasted from each other.

Speaker information

Dr Natalie Wyer, University of Plymouth. Dr Wyer's research interests cover the areas of social categorization, stereotyping, automatic processes, event memory, social exclusion, and cultural influences on information processing.

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