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Dr Isabelle Goncalves-Portelinha

I completed both my undergraduate and postgraduate studies in social psychology at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre, France. I also had the chance to `intervene as a teaching fellow in psychology for a few years at this university.

In terms of research, my PhD explored the effect of contextual factors on terror management and examined whether individuals espousing a religious belief system differ from non-believers at the time of coping with death reminders. The conclusions of my doctoral research constituted an invaluable incentive to further develop my understanding of social representations theory, to study psychological phenomena in real-life context, and to address current social issues.

My current research focuses on the role of people's beliefs as to what other members of their community think in the shaping of voting behaviour favourable to far-right parties. This project has been developed in collaboration with researchers from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and from the University of St Andrews, UK.

My other research interests include multiculturalism, religious beliefs, the relationship between science and religion, the development of knowledge, intersubjectivity, social communication, perspective-taking, collective memory, decision making, and mixed methods research.

Arciszewski, T., Verlhiac, J.-F., Goncalves, I., & Kruglanski, A. (2009). From psychology of terrorists to psychology of terrorism. International Review of Social Psychology, 22, 5-34.

Goncalves Portelinha, I., Verlhiac, J.-F., Meyer, T. & Hutchison, P. (accepted). Terror management & biculturalism: When the salience of cultural duality affects worldview defense in the face of death. European Psychologist.

Goncalves Portelinha, I., Verlhiac, J.-F., & Meyer, T. (2011). Terror management & biculturalism: When cultural duality affects worldview defense in the face of death. Oral communication presented at the 16th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology, Stockholm, 12th -16th July 2011.

Goncalves Portelinha, I., Verlhiac, J.-F., & Meyer, T. (2010). Terror Management & recategorisation: The effects of shared humanity reminders on worldview defence following mortality salience. Oral communication presented at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society's Social Psychology Section, Winchester, 7th -9th September 2010.

Goncalves Portelinha, I., Verlhiac, J.-F., & Meyer, T. (2009). Terror management & religion: Impact of religiosity on the effects of mortality salience. Oral communication presented at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society's Social Psychology Section, Sheffield, 15th -17th September 2009.

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Isabelle
Dr Isabelle Goncalves-Portelinha

I am a social psychologist broadly interested in those processes which, by shaping people's beliefs and behaviours, contribute either to the maintenance of or to the resistance to discrimination, social inequalities, and conflicts. This interest has been profoundly moulded through my growing up in multicultural Paris, and through experiences gained abroad.