SPSSI-SASP Small Group Meeting

Many of the talks from the first inaugural SPSSI-SASP small group meeting , “Collective Harm-doing: Developing the Perspective of the Perpetrator” (a meeting co-convened by Winnifred R. Louis, Catherine E. Amiot, and Emma F. Thomas; 7-8 April 2015; Brisbane, QLD, Australia) are now online at the link below:

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Summer School 2016

Teachers and Streams

Stream 1: Social psychology for society: Working with social identity in clinical, organisational and educational settings

This stream explores how social-psychological theory – with a focus on the social identity approach – can be applied in real-world settings. For example, we will examine how social identity can be harnessed to enhance physical and mental health, motivation and leadership, and learning. This stream will also discuss how to design, implement, and assess social psychological interventions.   


The University of Queensland


Alex Haslam is Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology and Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the study of group and identity processes in organizational, social, and clinical contexts. Together with colleagues, Alex has written and edited 11 books and published over 180 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. His work with Michelle Ryan on the Glass Cliff was identified by the New York Times as one of the ‘Best 100 Ideas’ of 2008, and in 2013 his book The New Psychology of Leadership (co-authored with Steve Reicher and Michael Platow) won the International Leadership Association’s Outstanding Leadership Book Award. He is a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and Fellow of both the Association for Psychological Science and the Academy of Social Science.



The University of Queensland


Tegan Cruwys is a Lecturer at the University of Queensland and a practising Clinical Psychologist. Dr Cruwys completed her PhD at the Australian National University before moving to Brisbane in 2012 to take up a postdoctoral fellowship. Dr Cruwys’ research is at the intersection of social, health and clinical psychology, with a broad focus on how our social relationships shape our physical and mental health. For example, her previous research has included an examination of how social identification facilitates depression recovery and prevents relapse, and how social influence shapes disordered eating behaviour.


Stream 2: Making moral judgements: Exploring the who, the how, and the what

People make decisions on a daily basis, and many of these have moral implications. In this stream we will explore the basis on which people form moral judgments and the kinds of intuitions that may shape these judgments. We will then examine whether and how moral decision making operates beyond the domain of humans, examining its implications for reasoning about animals and our environment more broadly.  


University of New South Wales

Brock Bastian received his PhD in social psychology from The University of Melbourne in 2007. He was awarded a University of Queensland postdoctoral fellowship followed by an Australian Research Council postdoctoral fellowship for his work on dehumanization and morality. In 2014 Dr Bastian received ARC Future Fellowship and also joined the University of New South Wales. His research broadly focuses on pain, happiness, and morality.


University of Melbourne


Simon Laham is an experimental social psychologist who studies moral judgment and social influence. After receiving his PhD from UNSW, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Universities of Oxford and Melbourne. He is currently Senior lecturer in Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne and Director of the Melbourne Moral Psychology Lab.


Stream 3: The psychology of close relationships: Structure, functions and processes

Human beings have fundamental needs for love and security. People in supportive, loving relationships feel healthier and happier with their lives, and are less likely to suffer from mental or physical health problems. Indeed, most problems that individuals raise with mental health professionals, even family and friends, concern relationship issues such as loneliness, betrayal, jealousy, conflict, guilt, forgiveness, and loss. The aim of this stream is to examine empirical research on relationship issues, backed up by strong, evolutionary and social psychological theories, to better understand how relationships begin and are maintained, why they may fail, and how they might be repaired.


Macquarie University


Julie Fitness is an evolutionary-social psychologist who joined the Psychology Department at Macquarie University in 1991. Her research program has focused primarily on the features and functions of emotions within interpersonal contexts, and on betrayal, revenge, and forgiveness in personal relationships. Along with publishing widely on these topics, she has addressed many community groups on topics such as the emotionally intelligent marriage, and the causes and consequences of familial rejection. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and was an Associate Editor of Psychological Science between 2010 and 2012. She is currently Editor of the journal Personal Relationships.


Deakin University

Gery Karantzas is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Director of the Relationship Science Lab at Deakin University. He is the past convenor of the APS Psychology of Relationships Interest Group. Gery’s research focuses on understanding the formation and maintenance of couple and family relationships. His research has been funded by the NHMRC, ARC, and beyondblue. Gery has received national honors from the APS and OLT for his research and teaching. He is on the editorial boards of Personal Relationships, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and is a guest editor for Current Opinion in Psychology.



Dates:   31 January - 5 February, 2016

Venue: Deakin University Warrnambool Campus, Victoria

Registration Cost:  A$350

Expression of Interest:

Expression of Interest Due date: 30 October, 2015

Organising Team: Ana-Maria Bliuc, Nick Haslam, Gery Karantzas, Peter Koval, Diane Sivasubramaniam, Art Stukas, Lucy Zinkiewicz, Anna Klas, and Alexa Hayley.

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31 March - 3 April 2016


View of Brisbane City from the river

You are warmly invited to attend the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP) 2016 Conference in Brisbane, Australia.




Our annual SASP conference typically attracts up to 200 delegates, including a significant number of postgraduate students. It is the most popular avenue for the dissemination of social psychological research within Australasia, and attracts local, national and international researchers. The 2016 conference will be jointly hosted and organised by The University of Queensland and Griffith University.

The main conference will be held from Thursday 31 March to Saturday 2 April 2016, with a social event planned for Sunday 3 April. A pre-conference will be held on Wednesday, 30 March (topic still to be confirmed). Conference proceedings will take place at the centrally located Rydges at South Bank, a former World Expo site.

We are pleased to announce that Alice Eagly (Northwestern University) will be our keynote speaker. There will also be a Presidential Address by Nick Haslam (University of Melbourne).

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Program Information



Preconference: Interpersonal forgiveness (Wednesday 30 March)

A small preconference workshop on the topic of “Interpersonal Forgiveness” will be held on Wednesday 30 March.  This meeting will be hosted by UQ Business School and held at the UQBS Executive Education venue in the CBD. For further details, please email Tyler Okimoto (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). You can access the full program from this PDF.

Postgraduate Workshop (9am-12pm, Thursday 31 March)

Every year, the SASP conference starts with a morning workshop for postgraduates. For 2016 we are planning a special series in three parts:

  1. First is a session on Taking your research to the world ­– where we examine whether getting a publication is always the end game.
  2. After morning tea, you’ll be treated to a mini-workshop from early career researchers with concrete tips and tricks for postgrads at all stages of candidature.
  3. Finally, we have a special Q&A session on the theme of The next big ideas in social psychology.

The overall aim is to launch postgrads into the SASP2016 conference with a feast of exciting ideas and discussion, all in an informal and welcoming environment.

You can access the full program in this PDF

Hope to see you there!

Social Program

(1) Welcome Cocktail Reception (6:30pm-8:30pm, Thursday 31 March)

Please join us for our welcome cocktail reception on the first evening of the conference. The reception will be held in the Rooftop Terrace at Rydges which has spectacular views overlooking Brisbane city and the river.



(2) Postgraduate Dinner (7pm to late, Friday 1 April)

A great opportunity to get to know other postgrads over a casual dinner and drinks. Don't be shy about attending; social psych postgrads are very friendly :)

Who: Current PhD students and those who have recently submitted. 

When: Friday, 1 April, from 7pm 

Where: The Burrow, West End 

Pre-drinks: Saccharomyces from end of conference until 7pm

Post-drinks: Venue to be announced on the night

Menu: An 'eat and mingle' cocktail affair, including generous offerings of pizza, salad, and dips. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. 

Cost: $25 per person, payable on the night (Note: you will also have to pay for your own drinks on the night). 

Please click here to register your attendance at the post-grad dinner and be sure to indicate whether you have any dietary requirements, including whether you're vegan or vegetarian. Registration closes March 10, 2016.


(3) Conference Dinner (Saturday 2 April)

“A night at the library”

The conference dinner will be held at the State Library. Three courses, and free flowing red and white wine, as well as champagne. Special diets can be catered for - please indicate your requirements when registering. 


(4) Lone Pine River Cruise (10am-3pm, Sunday 3 April)

A scenic cruise along the Brisbane River with Mirimar Cruises and including a 2.5 hour stop at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, one of the region’s famous zoo attractions. Leaving from the CBD, you’ll see many Australian native animals including a colony of fruit bats, koalas, and platypi, and you will also have the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos and cuddle a koala!

Ticket Prices (per person): Academic staff $58 / Students $50 / Children (3-13 years) $32.

Departure Point: Mirimar Cruises depart from the Cultural Centre pontoon on the boardwalk outside the Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA Cultural Precinct at Southbank (a map can be viewed here).

Cruise Timetable:

10:00am – Depart Cultural Centre pontoon (boarding begins from 9:30am)

11:15am – Arrive Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

1:45pm – Depart Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

3:00pm – Arrive back at the Cultural Centre pontoon


(5) BBQ in New Farm Park, starting at 3pm, Sunday April 3.

Come and join us in this relaxed riverside location (with easy access by City Cat).

BYO  food and drink, with more details to come. 

Please indicate when registering if you would like to attend this free event.


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*Registration is now open*

To register for the conference, you need to have an account on this website.

  • If you don't already have an accountplease follow these steps. Please note, creating an account is free. You do not have to join SASP to attend the conference (so you can skip that step if you want). If you do wish to join however, you are welcome to do so before registering to take advantage of the reduced registration rates and other benefits that members enjoy. 
  • If you already have an account on this website, please login via the link in the left menu. Once logged in, click on "User Profile" and select the conference registration options as appropriate. You must have a current SASP membership to see the reduced conference rates.
  • If you are having trouble logging in (i.e., you don't know your password), please use the password recovery link. If that doesn't work, you can email Blake at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Early Bird Registration Fees (register by February 29, 2016):

Please note: Registration prices increase by $50 after the early bird cutoff. There is an additional $50 fee for on-site registrations.

 Academic staff

  • $430 for SASP members
  • $530 for non-members


  • $320 for SASP members
  • $370 for non-members


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Rydges South Bank Brisbane is the conference venue for SASP 2016. We chose Rydges because of its combination of high class conference facilities and excellent location, being close to train, bus and ferry transport and with a range of cafes, bars and restaurants on its doorstep.

The conference hotel will offer discounted room rates for SASP conference delegates. The block of rooms were released for general booking on the 29th of February and are now subject to availability.

The following rates are inclusive of GST and complimentary Wi-Fi and are subject to availability. Rates are for the room only (breakfast not included), single or twin occupancy, non-commissionable. Extra guests are charged at $60 per night. Daily full buffet breakfast, including unlimited espresso coffee, is served in the hotel restaurant and is available at a discounted price of $25.00 per person (normally $39.00 pp).

BOOKING DETAILS – Rydges South Bank Brisbane, 9 Glenelg Street, South Brisbane


Queen Room: from $200.00 per night


Deluxe Queen with River View: from $230.00 per night


King Suite: from $260.00 per night

You can book over the phone or via email and be sure to quote the booking number


SASP Conference 2016

1603UQSCHO – Please quote this number when booking


Phone:+61 7 3364 0800


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Extra details about Rydges South Bank Brisbane can be found here.


Other Accommodation Options

There are a variety of accommodation options available to you in the popular South Bank precinct and within close proximity to the conference venue.

We have listed some of the specific hotels below but for more accommodation options you may also wish to visit or Airbnb.


Mantra South Bank

4.5 star hotel a few minutes’ walk from Rydges.

Address: 161 Grey Street, South Bank, Brisbane QLD 4101

Reservations Phone: 13 15 17 (AU); 0800 448 891 (NZ); +61 7 5665 4450 (International)

Property Reception Phone: (07) 3305 2500

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Riverside Hotel South Bank

4 star hotel about a 10-15 minute walk from Rydges and around the corner from the State Library, the venue for the conference dinner.

Address: 20 Montague Road, South Bank, Brisbane QLD 4101

Reservations Phone: Free call 1800 301 101 (AU only); +61 7 3846 0577 (International)

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Central Hillcrest Apartments

4 star hotel about a 15 minute walk from Rydges, with a variety of room options at competitive prices.

Address: 311 Vulture Street, South Brisbane, Brisbane QLD 4101

Reservations Phone: (07) 3118 9558 (AU); +61 7 3118 9558 (International)

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Abstract Submissions 

Abstract submissions for the SASP Annual Conference 2016 are now closed.

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SASP Postgraduate Students

This is a reminder to all postgraduate students who aim to submit an application for the Outstanding Postgraduate Research Award (OPRA) at this year's SASP conference in Brisbane. The application deadline to present your research in the OPRA plenary session is fast approaching - applications are due 7 February! Eligibility for the OPRA include your (a) enrolment in a postgraduate programme (at the time of your proposal submission), (b) current student membership in SASP, and (c) ability to present your research at the SASP conference. Instructions on the application process, as well as the selection procedure, can be found on the SASP website ( We look forward to receiving your application! 

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Expressions of Interest: Professional Childcare Services

In order to offer parents the opportunity to travel as a family, the SASP2016 organising committee invite expressions of interest from attendees who would like to use childcare services during the conference.  All caregivers hired will have recognised suitable qualifications, and all mandated protocols regarding carer-child ratios, child safety, and insurance will be strictly adhered to.

If you intend to travel with your children, and would like to utilise childcare services during the SASP 2016 Conference, please submit an expression of interest to Magen Seymour-Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 20 December 2015. Please include the following information:

1. Your name

2. Number of children requiring care

3. Gender of child(ren)

4. Age of child(ren) as of 31st March 2016

5. How much per day would be an acceptable amount you would be willing to pay for professional childcare services during the duration of the SASP conference.

6. Would you be happy to have childcare offered off-site? (yes/no)

7. Are there any other specific conditions that would be required in order for you to be satisfied with the childcare arrangement? 

Once expressions of interest have been collated, we will be able to provide more information on any potential costs. We are aiming to keep costs to a minimal amount, but this will depend on the numbers and ages of children we need to cater for. You will then receive an email with additional information and the opportunity to book the childcare services if required.

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For more information, feel free to contact the organising team,

Fiona Barlow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Jolanda Jetten (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Winnifred Louis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Tyler Okimoto (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

SASP members' recent publications (January 2016 - December 2016)

SASP members' recent publications (January 2016 - December 2016)

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Please note: This list is based on the membership list as of 01/03/2017.

2016 Publications Jan - Jun



 SASP members' recent publications (July 2015 - December 2015)

2015 Publications Jul - Dec



SASP members' recent publications (January 2015 - June 2015)

2015 Publications Jan - Jun

International Society for Research on Aggression 2016 World Meeting

Wayne Warburton and Tom Denson are pleased to announce that the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA) World Meeting will be held in Sydney, Australia July 19-23, 2016.


ISRA is a truly interdisciplinary society consisting of psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, criminologists, geneticists, historians, neuroscientists, animal researchers, and public health researchers. The meeting usually attracts about 200-300 participants, so it’s small enough to really get to know people and have meaningful discussions.


You can watch a humorous promotional video about the upcoming conference here:   


For more information, visit the ISRA 2016 webpages here  or email Tom Denson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Wayne Warburton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Abstracts for proposed symposia, talks and posters can be sent to Tom or Wayne – submission details and deadlines are on the website.


Come to ISRA 2016. The conference is going to be great. Register now at