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55/56 Lincoln's Inn Fields,
London WC2A 3LJ

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We are a leading international centre dedicated to consolidating and expanding the contribution of social psychology to the understanding and knowledge of key social, economic, political and cultural issues.

How can the theory and practice of social psychology enhance individual, collective and organisational well-being and effectiveness in specific social settings?


Social Psychology article warns against incorrect use of Psychological terms Read more


Research by Corti & Gillespie featured in the BBC, Ars Technica, Discovery Magazine, FutureProof, and the Huffington Post.


Dr Ben Voyer’s work has recently been recognised by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) with the award of a fellowship. Since its foundation in 1754, the RSA aims at addressing some of society's greatest challenges by triggering original thinking and implementing novel solutions. Dr Voyer’s research in organisational psychology aims at improving teamwork by understanding the psychological consequences of power on the behaviours of leaders and followers.


Sandra Jovchelovitch delivers a keynote address to the 17th Brazilian congress of Sociology. Read more


Ten OSP alumni have just launched a new e-book called From Millennials With Love. Read more


HCD Doctoral candidate Apurv Chauhan has been selected to participate in a residential writing retreat organised by the Qualitative Health Research Writing Group Network. The retreat, scheduled on June 17th – 19th at Sheperds Den Retreat House in Northumberland will be facilitated by Professor Rosaline Barbour and is supported by The Wellcome Trust. Apurv’s doctoral thesis is supervised by Professor Catherine Campbell.

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This year we are celebrating all things LSE history because October 2015 marks the 120th anniversary of the very first students arriving at LSE. Read more


Mihoko Yotsui (HCD student, 2012-13) has published her MSc Thesis in the journal Ageing and Society, which focuses on the role of social participation by the elderly in disaster settings. Read more


Social Psychology blog got mentioned on the website of Time Magazine and Aspen Institute. How can the theory and practice of social psychology enhance individual, collective and organisational well-being and effectiveness in specific social settings? We discuss this and other issues on our social psychology blog

alexStoryLine Research by Corti & Gillespie replicating and extending Stanley Milgram’s research on cyranoids, recently published in the Journal of Social Psychology has been reported in Discovery Magazine and Wired Magazine. Read more


Can Power Change how we connect with others?

Ben Voyer in his research studies h ow power changes the way we see ourselves in relation to others. Read more


Dr Lucia Garcia was invited to attend as a judge and to submit 3 of our OSP research dissertations to the IndigoGold new research in workplace psychology awards, Sarah Latham (OSP Msc students dissertations) came second in the final shortlist. Read more

Climate Change is a topic of growing interest to Psychology@LSE. PhD graduate Sharon Jackson is both a climate change researcher and activist, and was recently involved in organising a march in Tanzania. Read more


Research published by Basso F., Robert-Demontrond Ph., Hayek-Lanthois M., Anton J.-L., Nazarian B., Roth M. & Oullier O. (2014), Why people drink shampoo? Food Imitating Products are fooling brains and endangering people for marketing purposes, PLoS ONE 9(9): e100368. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0100368. Read more

For all students and Alumni. Please click here to add your details to the students page. Read about our history blog

Department Welcome Week is available to view here. We are delighted to provide you with the LSE Welcome Guide 2015 here.

Undergraduates interested in taking the PS102 ‘Social Psychology’ option course can find out more in a 3 minute video here or on the course page here

15th October 2015 - 50th Anniversary Seminar. Reflections on the Politics of Gender and Sexuality in an Age of Extremism .6.30pm - 8pm. LSE Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House. Speaker: Professor Amina Mama. Read more

16th July 2015 -  Congratulations to Sharon Attia, Celine Righi and Sara Belton for their PhD graduation. Ceremony was held in the Peacock theatre. 

27th May 2015 - PUS Seminar. Guo-yan Wang, Research Associate (USTC) will be speaking about her research. Title: Beautiful Science: Cover Art of the Top Scientific JournalsRead more

15th May 2015 - Research Seminar. When the whole self gives less than the parts:Multiple identity configurations and prosocial behaviour. Speaker: Lakshmi Ramarajan. Read more

14th May 2015 - Public Seminar. The Moral Challenge of Robust Cultural Plagarism. Speaker: Richard Shweder. Read more

18th March 2015- PUS Seminar. From Star Child to Star Wars: American Science (fiction), Film, and Religion, 1967-1977. LSE Speaker: Amy Chambers. Read more

We investigate how social psychological processes shape political, economic, cultural and organisational life. We have a vibrant research culture which draws together different traditions of theory and research in social psychology. Read more

Mind in Society


Social Interaction

Cognition and Culture (Franks, Gillespie)

Embodied Cognition (Basso)

Social Artefacts and Technology (Bauer, Gaskell, Lahlou)

Social Identities (Campbell,Gleibs,Howarth)

Social Representations (Bauer, Howarth, Jovchelovitch, Lahlou)

Public Understanding of Science and Risk Perception(Bauer, Reader, Gaskell


Agency, Power and Inequality (Campbell, Howarth, Jovchelovitch)

Communication and Intersubjectivity (Franks, Gillespie, Reader)

Community Development (Campbell, Howarth,Jovchelovitch)

Intercultural Relations  (Howarth)

Group Processes (Garcia, Gleibs, Reader)


Organisational cultures


Interdisciplinary Research Groups

Economic life (Basso, Lahlou)

Installations and activity (Lahlou)

Knowledge processes (Garcia)

Leadership and change
(Bauer, Garcia, Gleibs, Reader)

Safety and risk cultures (Gillespie, Reader)



Health, Community and Development

Intercultural Research Group

International Cognition and Culture Institute

Inter-Personal and Organisational Communication (IPOC)

Mapping the Cultural Authority of Science (MACAS)

Organisational Research Group

Underground Sociabilities



At Psychology@LSE we offer three MSc programmes:

MSc Organisational and Social Psychology

MSc Social and Cultural Psychology

MSc Social and Public Communication

Read more about our course options.


The Psychology@LSE PhD programme is a vibrant research community, with about 30 PhD candidates working closely with Faculty on a range of topics.

Read more about our PhD studies


Social Psychology is both an exciting area of research within psychology and a perspective on the whole of the discipline.

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about our Undergraduate Courses.

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