LiSP Institutions



Top row: the three universities involved in LiSP; Bottom row: the five instutions involved in LiSP.
LiSP involves the collaboration of five institutions from three universities:

The five institutions involved have a long history of collaboration in training young researchers in Social Psychology. Together they present optimal conditions to host a high quality PhD program offering accumulated knowledge and expertise in Social Psychology as well as excellent infrastructural and research facilities.

Social psychology is a scientific discipline known for its diversity of theoretical approaches and for its strong and vibrant empirical tradition, focusing on both fundamental and applied topics. By bringing together three different programs, LiSP reflects the diversity and vitality of the discipline and constitutes a unique opportunity to combine strong and diverse research lines, methodological approaches and epistemological foci in a rare training opportunity.

Together these institutions perform and promote excellent research on the following topics:

  • Prejudice and social inequalities in diverse societies: Cognitive, motivational, structural and legitimizing dimensions;
  • Social and political attitudes and behaviors: Socio-psychosocial processes and national and cultural comparative contexts;
  • Judgment and decision-making: Psychological processes and social consequences;
  • Social memory and impression formation: Collaborative person and group memory, judgments of personality and spontaneous trait inferences;
  • Social interaction processes and health: Behavioral change and well-being, participation and equality of the minorities in health-care processes;
  • Community, education and development: Socio-psychosocial adjustment of children, adolescents and families to opportunities and risks in diverse contexts;
  • Human emotion, cognition and behavior in physical and social contexts; Regulatory function of feelings in cognition;
  • Social communication and the multiple media (symbolic, acoustic, olfactory, haptic, visual, etc.) involved in communication processes;
  • Language and cognition: How concepts are grounded (representational and modality based);
  • People-environment relations: Socio-psychological processes shaping the relation between people and the built and natural environment, and how to promote more sustainable communities, organizations and places;
  • Gender, sexualities and intersectionality: The role of gender in structuring social inequalities, how sexualities are constructed in a specific gender order, and the meaning and consequences of multiple social belongings;
  • Discourse and communication: How meanings are constructed and transformed in discourse and communication and its relations with social change.