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Research project: S:elf - Dormant - Dormant

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S:ELF, a collaborative effort between psychological scientists at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Southampton.

Established in October 2010 with funding from the ESRC, Project S:ELF seeks to understand how and when people experience the 'true self' (i.e., authenticity).

For example, our studies address questions such as:

  • Does the self need to be expressed to other people in order to feel 'real'? (SELF: Expression)
  • Do situations that cause people to think about themselves facilitate OR inhibit the true self? (SELF: Logic)
  • How do people feel when being true OR, conversely, when being false? (SELF: Feelings)

We have collected a great deal of data addressing these (and other) issues over the last few years.

Related research groups

Centre for Research on Self and Identity (CRSI)
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