Room 0G.439, David Keir Building
School of Psychology
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK
+44 (0)28 9097 4352
I am a social psychologist with a specific focus on intergroup relations, prejudice, and prejudice-reduction. I got my first degree in Psychology from Cardiff University in 2000, before receiving a Masters in Social and Applied Psychology from the University of Kent in 2002. I was awarded a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 2006, before taking up an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Birmingham. I was appointed as a Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Leeds in February 2007, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010. I took up the post of Chair in Social Psychology here at Queen’s University Belfast in September 2012. I am a past recipient of the BPS Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology (2007), the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Robert B. Cialdini Award for excellence in field research (2008), and the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize (2011). I am currently an associate editor of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
MSc Level - I contribute to PSY 7054 Theoretical Perspectives and Focal Issues in Political Psychology
BSc Level - I contribute to PSY1001 - Introductory Psychology 1 and PSY2060 Social Psychology and Individual Differences
My research looks at which forms of intergroup contact best reduce prejudice, how and why they do so, and what consequences they have for intergroup relations. Specifically, I have studied the effect of several different forms of intergroup contact in reducing prejudice, including cross-group friendship (Turner & Feddes, 2011), extended contact (Turner, Hewstone, Voci, & Vonofakou, 2008), and imagined contact (Crisp & Turner, 2012; Turner & West, 2012). I am also interested in the impact of social identity (Turner & Crisp, 2010) and multiple categorization (Crisp & Turner, 2011) on intergroup relations. My research also extends into applying research on nostalgia to the study of intergroup relations (Turner, Wildschut, & Sedikides, 2011). I have held research grants from the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, and the British Academy.
Crisp, R. J. & Turner, R. N. (2010). Essential Social Psychology: 2nd Edition. London: Sage (also published in Italian)
Crisp, R. J., & Turner, R. N. (2007). Essential Social Psychology. London: Sage (also published in Simplified Chinese, Complex Chinese, Polish and Portuguese).
Turner, R. N., Dhont, K., Hewstone, M., Prestwich, A., & Vonofakou, C. (in press). The role of personality factors in the reduction of intergroup anxiety and amelioration of outgroup attitudes via intergroup contact. European Journal of Personality.
West, K. & Turner, R. N. (in press). Using extended contact to improve physiological responses and behavior toward people with schizophrenia. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Stathi, S., Crisp, R. J., Turner, R. N., West, K., & Birtel, M., & (in press). Using mental imagery to promote positive intergroup relations. In D. W. Russell (Ed.) The psychology of prejudice.?
Turner, R. N., Wildschut, T., Sedikides, C., & Gheorghiu, M. (2013). Combating the mental health stigma with nostalgia. European Journal of Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.1952
Hutter, R., Wood, C., & Turner, R. N. (2013). Individuation moderates impressions of conflicting categories for slower processors. Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000108
Turner, R. N., Tam, T., Hewstone, M., Kenworthy, J., & Cairns, E. (2013). Contact between Catholic and Protestant schoolchildren in Northern Ireland. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/jasp.12018
Turner, R. N., West, K., & Christie, Z. (2013). Outgroup trust, intergroup anxiety, and outgroup attitude as mediators of the effect of imagined intergroup contact on intergroup behavioural tendencies. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/jasp.12019
Crisp, R. J., & Turner, R. N. (2012). The imagined intergroup contact hypothesis. In M. P. Zanna & J. Olson (Eds.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (vol. 46, pp. 125-182). Burlington: Academic Press.
Crisp, R. J., & Turner, R. N. (2012). Imagined intergroup contact.In G. Hodson & M. Hewstone (Eds.), Advances in Intergroup Contact (pp. 135-151). Hove: Psychology Press (Taylor & Francis)
Turner, R. N., & West, K. (2012). Behavioural consequences of imagining intergroup contact with stigmatized outgroups. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 15, 193-202.
Turner, R. N., Wildschut, T., & Sedikides, C. (2011). Dropping the weight stigma: Nostalgia improves attitudes toward persons who are overweight. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 130-137.
Cameron, L., Rutland, A., Turner, R. N., Blake, B., Holman-Nicolas, R., & Powell, C. (2011). Changing attitudes with a little imagination: Imagined contact effects on young children's implicit attitudes. Anale de Psicologia, 27, 708-717.
Crisp, R.J., & Turner, R. N. (2011). Cognitive adaptation to the experience of social and cultural diversity. Psychological Bulletin, 137, 242-266.
Hewstone, M., Crisp, R. J., & Turner, R. N. (2011). Perceptions of gender group variability in majority and minority contexts: Two field studies with nurses and police officers. Social Psychology, 42, 135-143
Swart, H., Turner, R. N., Hewstone, M., & Voci, A. (2011). Achieving outgroup forgiveness and outgroup trust: The importance of cross-group friendships, self-disclosure, and empathy. In L.R. Tropp & R. Mallett (Eds.), Beyond Prejudice Reduction: Pathways to Positive Intergroup Relations (pp. 181-200). Oxford University Press.
Turner, R. N., & Feddes, A. (2011). How intergroup friendship works: A longitudinal study of friendship effects on outgroup attitudes. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 914-923.
Cameron, L., & Turner, R. N. (2010). The application of diversity-based interventions to policy and practice. In R. J. Crisp. (Ed.), The Psychology of Social and Cultural Diversity (pp. 322-352). Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Crisp, R.J., Husnu, S., Meleady, R., Stathi, S., & Turner, R. N. (2010). From imagery to intention: A dual route model of imagined contact effects. European Review of Social Psychology, 21, 188-236.
Crisp, R. J., & Turner, R. N. (2010). Have confidence in contact. American Psychologist, 65, 133-134.
Crisp, R. J., Turner, R. N., & Hewstone, M. (2010). Common ingroups and complex identities: Routes to reducing bias in multiple category contexts. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 14, 32-46
Turner, R. N. (2010). Imagining harmonious intergroup relations [Doctoral Award Article]. The Psychologist, 23, 298-301.
Turner, R. N., & Crisp, R. J. (2010). Imagining intergroup contact reduces implicit prejudice. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 129-142
Turner, R. N., & Crisp, R. J. (2010). Explaining threats from common ingroups: A self-regulation theory analysis. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 13, 251-261.
Turner, R. N., & Hewstone, M. (2010). Attribution biases. In J. Levine, & M. Hogg (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Turner, R. N., & Hewstone, M. (2010). Mutual intergroup differentiation model. In J. Levine, & M. Hogg (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Turner, R. N., & Hewstone, M. (2010). Intergroup contact. N. Young (Ed.). The international encyclopedia of peace, Volume 2 (pp. 426-30). New York, NY and Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Turner, R. N., & Hewstone, M. (2010). Threat and fear. N. Young (Ed.). The international encyclopedia of peace, Volume 4 (pp. 160-163). New York, NY and Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Turner, R. N., & Hewstone, M. (2010). The social psychology of prejudice. In A. Pelinka, K. Bischof, & K. Stögner (Eds.). The handbook of prejudice (pp. 303-344). Amherst, NY: Cambria Press (now also published in German, 2011, by de Gruyter)
Turner, R. N., Hewstone, M., Swart, H., Tam, T., Myers, E., & Tausch, N. (2010). Promoting intergroup trust among adolescents and young adults. InK. Rotenberg (Ed.), Trust and Trustworthiness during Childhood and Adolescence pp. 295-321). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Crisp, R. J., & Turner, R. N. (2009). Can imagined interactions produce positive perceptions? Reducing prejudice through simulated social contact. American Psychologist, 64, 231-240.