Lab Members

Professor Adam Rutland  – DIP Lab Director

Adam’s research focuses generally on social-cognitive development. His areas of expertise in a developmental context are: Prejudice, intergroup processes and relationships, social reasoning and morality; Peer exclusion, rejection, group dynamics and victimization; Cross-group friendships, intergroup attitudes, psychological well being; Interventions to reduce prejudice, intergroup contact; Children’s acculturation, ethnic and national identification.


Eirini Ketzitzidou Argyri – DIP Lab Manager

Eirini manages the activities and administration of the lab. She is also the Graduate Research Assistant on the lab’s ESRC-funded Bystander project, looking at children’s and adolescents’ bystander reactions to, and evaluations of, the social exclusion of immigrant peers, investigating the development of norms across childhood and adolescence. Eirini is interested in understanding the cognitive and emotional mechanisms behind prejudice, perspective change and open-mindedness. Her philosophical psychological novel ‘To Pithano’, is an exploration of the subjective nature of our perceived reality, presenting memory and dreams as storytellers, and was published in Greece in 2014. She holds a MSc in Psychology of Education from UCL and a Degree in Philosophy, Education & Psychology, from the University of Ioannina, Greece.


Dr Seçil Gönültaş – Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Seçil completed her Ph.D. at the Lifespan Developmental Psychology Program at North Carolina State University in the USA. She holds a Master’s in Developmental Psychology (Koç University, Turkey) and a Bachelor’s Degree from Boğaziçi University (Turkey). Her research interest centers on investigating group processes (e.g., prejudice, discrimination, and threat perception) and social cognition (e.g., Theory of Mind) in relation to adolescents’ and children’s attitudes and behaviors in intergroup contexts. She is broadening her focus on Theory of Mind and intergroup processes within social development across childhood and adolescence. She is also interested in bullying and bystander interventions in intergroup contexts. Through her research, she hopes to translate this research agenda into policy-focused intervention programs aimed at fostering equity and social justice, especially in school settings.


Dr Luke McGuire  Lecturer

Luke’s research explores social and moral development in middle childhood and adolescence. His areas of expertise include how resource allocation is influenced by social norms and group processes; STEM learning and gender stereotyping; peer inclusion and exclusion based on gender identity, as well as children’s attitudes to environmental and animal rights as moral issues.



Amy Robbins  Research Assistant


Amy is a third year placement student from Cardiff University working as a research assistant in Professor Rutland’s lab. She has particular interest in developmental and social psychology, specifically adolescents’ intergroup relations and social identity.


Steph Gibb – Final year PhD Student

Steph’s research looks at children’s social moral development during intergroup competitive contexts. Her current doctoral work looks at hypercompetitiveness as both a group norm and individual difference factor when children are making social moral decisions. Further doctoral studies of hers, explore children’s understanding of outgroup threat during an inter-schools tug of war competition. She is also interested in children’s social moral development during changing political contexts and would love to study this after the completion of the PhD.



Ayşe Şule Yüksel – Final year PhD Student

Ayse’s research focuses on children and adolescents’ behavioural and hypothetical reactions as bystanders to the exclusion of immigrants in interpersonal and intergroup contexts. She examines how intergroup factors such as group membership, group norms, stereotypes and social-moral reasoning influence young people’s evaluations of and actual bystander reactions to the social exclusion of immigrants. Ayse holds a Masters in Education (Psychology) from UCL, Institute of Education and a Masters in Psychology of Religion from the University of Istanbul.



Fidelia Law – 3rd year PhD Student

Fidelia’s research explores children’s engagement at informal science learning sites (science centres and museums), motivation in learning and peer group influence on attitude towards science. She is a second year PhD student on the Wellcome Trust funded Science+ project. She holds an MA in International Development and Education from Newcastle University and has conducted research exploring the educational and occupational aspirations of children living in poverty at Accra, Ghana. Her current research employs an interdisciplinary approach to understanding STEM learning from a psychological and educational research perspective.


Aqsa Farooq – 2nd year PhD Student

Aqsa’s research focuses on children and adolescent’s moral decision making in intergroup contexts, specifically when outgroup and ingroup members spread misinformation. She is interested in investigating if the group membership of the individual spreading misinformation influences children and adolescent’s moral evaluations. She is also exploring whether norms that induce a mindset of thinking critically about information can influence children and adolescents’ support of group members who spread misinformation and group members who support misinformers. Aqsa is a second year PhD student and holds a Masters in Applied Social Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London.

 Project Students

Emma Lynch  UG Project Student

Emma’s final year project research is based on the social exclusion of immigrants by British adolescents. Emma looks at the different ratings of acceptability between Polish and Australian immigrants and whether it is influenced by who is doing the excluding, a friend or a peer. Her interests expand on how parental psychiatric disorders affect child development and mental health alongside social exclusion.

Csenge Maro  UG Project Student
Maro’s final year project looks at children’s and adolescents’ evaluations of the exclusion of a same-language or different-language immigrant student by either a peer or a friend. Maro is particularly interested in the psychology of children’s social moral development and hopes to be able to explore this area of research post-graduation too.