psychology

1710, 2016

‘The Circus of Horrors’ – A Criminologist’s thoughts on the “Killer Clown Epidemic”

By |October 17th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on ‘The Circus of Horrors’ – A Criminologist’s thoughts on the “Killer Clown Epidemic”

by Dr Adam Lynes, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The 2016 clown sightings, which have commonly been referred to by names such as “panic”, “uprising”, “epidemic”, and “invasion” , are a series of “evil” or “killer” clown sightings reported in the United States and to a lesser extent other Western countries since August 2016.

This […]

2707, 2016

Narcissism is key in understanding the Munich Massacre

By |July 27th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Narcissism is key in understanding the Munich Massacre

Professor Craig Jackson, Head of Psychology, Birmingham City University, who specialises in spree killings, reflects on the Munich mass shooting tragedy. He suggests Ali Sonboly’s on-camera behaviour gives us a unique insight into the Narcissistic Hypothesis of spree killers, and the methods used by him represent a new level of forward planning by such perpetrators. […]

2906, 2016

Clothing retailers shouldn’t be removing mirrors, but working with customers the old-fashioned way

By |June 29th, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on Clothing retailers shouldn’t be removing mirrors, but working with customers the old-fashioned way

News this week revealed that a number of Hammerson-owned shopping centres, including Birmingham’s Bullring, have started covering changing room mirrors in their stores in a trial aiming to increase customer’s self-confidence when shopping.

Alison Rapsey, Course Director of BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion at Birmingham City University, shares her views…

If you have ever worked in […]

1305, 2016

Marcella and Female Detectives in TV Crime Drama – Mad Women and Bad Men

By |May 13th, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on Marcella and Female Detectives in TV Crime Drama – Mad Women and Bad Men

by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

The ITV crime drama series Marcella draws to a close this week. Anna Friel plays Marcella Backland, a detective who returned to work at the deep end among a team of detectives on the trail of […]

2311, 2015

Do we care what we buy on Black Friday or do we just want to beat other shoppers to a ‘bargain’?

By |November 23rd, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Do we care what we buy on Black Friday or do we just want to beat other shoppers to a ‘bargain’?

Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

November 27th sees the return of yet another US phenomenon which has been adopted by the UK – ‘Black Friday’. The day after Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday of November) when retailers slash their prices of their stock (online and in stores) to kick-start Christmas […]

1311, 2015

‘Playboy’ A-lister? Let’s spare a thought for the millions of others fighting HIV, says Psychologist

By |November 13th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on ‘Playboy’ A-lister? Let’s spare a thought for the millions of others fighting HIV, says Psychologist

Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

Standing in the coffee queue awaiting my time with the barista I overheard some of our students discussing what was clearly a topic of great speculation…Fabulous, I thought to myself….clearly the topic of today’s lecture must have been exciting and stimulating…then I heard one […]

611, 2015

Social psychologist applauds John Lewis Christmas ad

By |November 6th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Social psychologist applauds John Lewis Christmas ad

(Image courtesy of John Lewis)
Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University.

So, this morning saw the release of the John Lewis Christmas advert and once again social media is alive with people’s emotional responses to it.

Comments such as “…emosh or what?” and “Thanks John Lewis for making me cry first thing […]

710, 2015

Will Doctor Foster feel better for taking revenge on her cheating husband?

By |October 7th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Will Doctor Foster feel better for taking revenge on her cheating husband?

by Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

I have, for the past weeks, watched Dr Foster with varying emotional reactions ranging from disbelief and horror that so called ‘friends’ can betray someone without remorse (until they got found out) to screaming at the TV in anger and frustration that Dr […]

1908, 2015

Why won’t women talk vaginas?

By |August 19th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Why won’t women talk vaginas?

by Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

A recent survey has confirmed that 66% of 1000 18-24 year old British female participants reported that talking about their vagina or other gynaecological issues is deeply embarrassing, and 48% report that they are afraid of being intimately examined. Sadly, this has profound […]

106, 2015

Five years on from the Cumbrian mass shooting – what more do we know about such killers?

By |June 1st, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Five years on from the Cumbrian mass shooting – what more do we know about such killers?

Professor  Craig Jackson reflects on the Cumbrian Shooting tragedy in 2010. He suggests that mass shootings committed by single perpetrators against strangers are still increasing in frequency, but that the psycholopathogy of such perpetrators is slowly being understood more fully. Depression and suicidal tendencies are not predictors of mass shooters – but personality flaws may […]