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2018

November 2018

I gave a talk as part of Potteries Museum and Art Gallery Friday Twilight on the psychology of conspiracy theories. As part of promotion for the event, a press release was issues; where I arrived on BBC Radio Stoke and in the local press.

I gave an invited talk to Police Communicators on fake news and conspiracy theories. Excellent connections were developed.

A Staying on Track event was run in Psychology, where we brought several support services together. This was my idea in order to support our students and improve the Student Experience.

October 2018

As part of the funds I wont from I’m a Scientist, More Than Minutes came to Staffordshire University campus. During the visit, two artists listened to me talk about my research and draw this. I will turn the drawing into an animation, alongside widely disseminating the final product. You can find it here.

I was interviewed on Staffordshire University campus for a documentary on conspiracy theories.

With Lynsey Mahmood (Co-I), I submitted my first large research grant to the ESRC.

The first Conspiracy Lab Group took place for this acadamic year.

Our British Academy grant begun, with Prof Karen Douglas (Kent) and Dr Yvonne Skipper (Keele). We are now recruiting for a Research Assistant to join the team.

Tanya Schrader started as a PhD student in the Conspiracy Lab; I am the first supervisor, with Sarah K as second. Tanya’s PhD will explore the darker side of conspiracy theories.

September 2018

Involved in a demostration as part of European Night event at the Potteries Museum; we are using VR to showcase the experiences of living in Space and how best to adjust to this environment psychologically.

Organized the Level 6 Welcome Week activities, as part of my role as Level Tutor.

Gave a conspiracy theory session to pupils from Bythe Bridge Sixth Form on campus.

Attended and gave an oral talk at the BPS Midlands Annual Conference in Birmingham on conspiracy theories and everyday crime.

Gave an invited talk on the psychology of conspiracy theories at Birmingham’s Psychologist in the Pub.

A funding application to the British Academy was sucessful as part of their Small Research Grants; this is a project with Karen Douglas (Kent) and Yvonne Skipper (Keele) for £9.5k. The project will begin in October 2018, where I am the PI.

AUGUST 2018

Attended the BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, which was held at Keele University.

Interviewed for a student for a PhD place at Staffordshire University, with Sarah K and Richard Jolley; the team would be myself (as principle) and Sarah K (as 2nd Sup.). The student was sucessful.

Discussed psychology of conspiracy theories and my research broadly with people from Youtube, who are based in the USA.

Acted as a contact as part of our Clearing Hotline.

July 2018

Attended a BPS Social Psychology Section Meeting, held in Coventry. I am the Hon. Sec. of the Section.

Accepted to give a talk at the BPS West Midlands conference, presenting on conspiracy theories and everyday crime (with Prof Karen Douglas, Dr Ana Leite and Tanya Scrader).

Unsucessful with ESRC Festival of Social Science funding.  Dr Sarah Rose and I are planning to run the Museum event without funding; however, the student focused one is not possible right now.

Attended the Staffordshire University Graduation held in Trentham Gardens.

Invited to give a talk in November on conspiracy theories and fake news at a policing communication conference.

June 2018

Took part in "I am a Scientist" in the Society Room.  It was a fantastic experience and to my honur, the students voted me the winner of the Room.  I will spend the prize money on further outreach work to promote conspiracy psychology.

Submitted two applications to the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences, with Dr Sarah Rose.  One event is geared towards school children and the second, running an event in the local Potteries Museum.

Attended a conference in Newcasltle called "Mind Wondering and Mindfulness", where I presented our work (with Dr Lynsey Mahmood, City) on mindfulness and conspiracy theories. 

Delivered a blogging session to postgraduate students at Staffordshire Univeristy.

Attended a "Border Crossing" event, which was a competitve progress bringing together acadamics and film makers to discuss the acadamic's research to date.  Lots of interest in conspiracy theories.

May 2018

Invited to be a Psychologist in the June's "I am a Scientist, get me out of here!".  I will be in the Society Room.

Submitted a BA Small Grants funding application with Prof Karen Douglas (Kent) and Dr Yvonne Skipper (Keele).

Attended my first Psychology Award Board as the Level 6 Tutor.

Attended COST Conspriacy Theory conference at Hotel de Bilderberg.  I presented on my plans for a book chapter with co-authors on the consequences of conspiracy theories.

Attended the BPS Research Board in London.

Attended the first BPS Early Career Networking meeting; more updates in due course.

Recorded an interview for BBC Radio on the conspiracy theories.  

Gave a talk at Birmingham City University on the Psychology of Conspiracy Theories.

aPRIL 2018

Filmed an interview segment on campus for a documentary on conspiracy theories.

Attended a "Conspiracy" conference at Edinburgh University, which brought together researchers examining conspiracy theories in different subject areas.  I presented our work on conspiracy theories and everyday crime.

Invited to give a talk at Birmingham City University in May 2018.

Recorded a podcast where I was interviewed on the psychology of conspiracy theories; will be live soon.

Attended a workshop in Manchester on Standing up for Science.

March 2018

Attended a session on communicating with the public at Staffordshire University.

Attended viva internal examiner training at Staffordshire University.

Lead the organization of the Annual Psychology Student Conference.

Lead the organization of the Dept's public engagement event, Psychology and the Brain.  Many months of work which lead to a successful event; thanks to all those who helped and attended. 

Apart of the team who represented the Dept during the Psychology Course Review.  Successful review.

February 2018

Attending viva chair training at Staffordshire University.

Organized the Level 6 options and Project Briefing talk - first time doing it as a "Supervisor Showcase". 

Attended a BPS Social Psychology Section Meeting as the Hon. Sec.

Attended a BPS Research Board Meeting as the ER Rep.

Gave a talk in Durham University for the Humanist Society on the psychology of conspiracy theories.

Completed my first Progress Review meeting, where I represented Level 6 to the Board.

Recorded a podcast on the psychology of conspiracy theories.

Submitted a paper on mindfulness and belief in conspiracy theories, with Dr Lynsey Mahmood and Tanya Scrader.

January 2018

"Conspiracy Lab Group" met to discuss research papers.

Alongside Child Dev Students at Staffordshire, attended a Steiner School in Derby.

Recorded and appeared on Adam Ruins Everything, the Podcast talking psychology of conspiracy theories.

Attended a session on writing 4* outputs at Staffordshire University.

Lead organization of Welcome Back events to UG Psychology students (e.g., Bake-Off).

 

2017

December 2017

Submitted a paper on everyday crime and conspiracy theories, with Prof Karen Douglas, Dr Ana Leite and Tanya Scrader; this was part of the funded BPS Research Assistantship project. 

Gave an Invited Speaker talk at Salford University on the psychology of conspiracy theories.

November 2017

Submitted a paper on conspiracy theories and prejudice with Dr Rose Meleady and Prof Karen Douglas.

Interviewed on a student radio station at Salford University.

With Dr Sarah Rose, we ran two ESRC funded Festival of Social Science events; one was geared towards A-level students and the second was FE Teachers.   Both events were a success. 

October 2017

Gave an Invited Speaker talk at Keele University on the psychology of conspiracy theories.

Invited on BBC Radio Scotland on why people believe in conspiracy theories.

Appeared on the U.S. TV Show, Adam Ruins Everything.  

Organised a Social Psychology Section meeting in my role as Hon. Sec; this was held at Staffordshire University.

Attended "Staffs Success" where the Psychology and Me team were nominated for the "Connected Communities" award.  We were unsuccessful but delighted to be nominated. 

Gave a Skeptics in the Pub talk in York on the psychology of conspiracy theories.

September 2017

A "conspiracy lab group" was formed, including my Level 6 students (Tanya, Aman, Charlotte and Hayley), alongside PhD student, Darel.

PhD student, Darel Cookson, joined the team.   Her PhD will be examining the psychology of conspiracy theories, with the supervisor team being myself, Rob Dempsey and Rachel Povey.

Attend BPS Psychology Presence in the Midlands.  I gave an oral presentation on conspiracy theories and generalized prejudice, where Dr Rose Meleady and Prof Karen Douglas are the co-authors.

August 2017

Attended the BPS Social Psychology Section conference.  I gave an oral presentation on conspiracy theories and generalized prejudice, with Dr Rose Meleady and Prof Karen Douglas.

Conducted PhD interviews as part of the funded conspiracy theories studentship.  A strong candidate was successful!

Gave an invited talk at the Teeside Skeptics in the Pub on the psychology of conspiracy theories.

July 2017

Attended the COST conference on conspiracy theories in Germany.

Attended Graduation at Trentham Gardens, where I was part of the Platform Party.

Gave an invited Fringe session at PsyPAG 2017 with Dr Laura Longstaff and Berndette Roberson.  We talked about our post-PsyPAG journeys. 

Attended EASP in Granada, Spain and presented a Blitz on research examining conspiracy theories and mindfulness with Dr Lynsey Mahmood.

June 2017

Alongside Tanya, we appeared on Five Towns Radio, discussing conspiracy theories and our BPS project.

Tanya Scrader begun working on the BPS Research Assistantship funded project.

Gave an invited talk at the Stoke Skeptics in the Pub on the psychology of conspiracy theories.

Presented at Staffordshire University's Annual Teaching and Learning Conference.  I presented on my experiences of delivering an online session, whilst also discussing feedback received from the students who took part.

Recorded a podcast on conspiracy theories for a podcast on fake news.  Will be available online soon.

Successful in an application with Dr Sarah Rose to run two events at Staffordshire University as part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Sciences in November 2017.  Total awarded £1400.

Filmed discussing my research for the Staffordshire University corporate website.

Abstract on conspiracy theories and prejudice accepted at SPS Annual Conference, with Dr Rose Meleady and Dr Karen Douglas.

May 2017

Awarded a BPS Research Assistantship, to work with Tanya Schrader over the Summer.  First success of external funding!   Total awarded £1600.

Recorded an interview about a recent paper on the system-justifying function of conspiracy theories.  Will be on Youtube soon.

Invited to record a podcast for Fake News.  Will be recording in June.

Attended a programme meeting in Leicester for the SPS Annual Conference. 

As part of the Election Experts Panel, I wrote a blog post and recorded two YouTube clips: CT and the election and spotting fake news.

Submitted an external research bid on a novel area of conspiracy theories, with Dr Lynsey Mahmood.

Submitted two external bids to run events at Staffordshire University, with Dr Sarah Rose.

Presented as part of the Staffordshire Research Conference.

Submitted an abstract for the SPS Annual Conference.

Attended BPS Social Psychology Section Meeting.

Attended BPS Research Board in London, where I represented Early Career Researchers.

Submitted an application for a funded PhD studentship within our School, with Dr Rob Dempsey and Dr Rachel Povey.  Fingers crossed.

Invited and recorded a podcast for The Broken Brain Podcast on the psychology of conspiracy theories. 

Completed the PhD supervision course and can now act as a PhD supervisor.

Attended the BPS Annual Conference in Brighton; gave an invited talk on 'career in spotlight: research' as part of the student stream.

Gave a talk on the psychology of conspiracy theories at Brighton's Skeptics in the Café. 

April 2017

Invited to join the Staffordshire University Election Experts Panel.

Invited to work alongside Funzing and give a talk in Manchester on the psychology of conspiracy theories.  Dates tbc.

Submission to Staff's Teaching Conference on an online lecture was accepted. The conference is in June 2017.

Received a nomination for Staffs Union's Student Experience award.  Delighted.

Registered for EASP 2017 in Granada.

March 2017

Co-organised Psychology and Me, with Dr Nichola Street.  The event was a success; photos.

Guest tweeter for SPS (@socialpsychUK) for one week.

Paper examining an intervention to alleviate the impact of anti-vaccine conspiracy theories was accepted for publication with Prof Karen Douglas:

Jolley, D. & Douglas., K. M. (in press) Prevention is better than cure:  Addressing anti-vaccine conspiracy theories.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Invited (and agreed) to give a talk at Brighton's Skeptics in the Pub.  date tbc.

Helped organise the Level 6 Psychology Student Conference.

Submitted an application to the BPS Research Assistantship scheme with a current Level 5 student.

Wrote a blog post on my recently published paper, that appeared on InPsych and conspiracypsychology.com

February 2017

Attended a Social Psychology Section Committee Meeting.

Paper on the system-justifying function of conspiracy theories was published via Early View online in Political Psychology.

Gave a Psychology in the Pub in Stoke-on-Trent on the psychology of conspiracy theories.

Attended a Research Board meeting in London.

Grant Reviewer as part of a CREST Funding Call.

Data Blitz abstract accepted for EASP 2017 in July on mindfulness and conspiracy theories.

Invited (and accepted) to be an Action Editor for SageOpen.

Unsuccessful on an external funding bid with Dr Jo Lloyd on gambling conspiracy theories.  We will be re-working the ideas.

January 2017

Paper on blogging with Emma Davies and Fleur Michelle Coiffait published online. You can access the paper here.

Wrote a blog post for the BPS called "The Conspiracy Pub Crawl".  You can read the post here.

Completed 3 / 4 sessions on the PhD supervision course.  Hope to complete the fourth session soon. 

Received my certificate confirming that my HEA Fellowship. 

 

2016

December 2016

Gave a Psychologist in the Pub talk in Manchester on the psychology of conspiracy theories.

Paper accepted for publication on system-justifying function of conspiracy theories: Jolley, D., Douglas, K.M & Sutton, R. M (in press). Blaming a few bad apples to save a threatened barrel: The system-justifying function of conspiracy theories.  Political Psychology.

Conference presentation accepted at the BPS Annual Conference (in May) on mindfulness and belief in conspiracy theories.

Wrote a blog post on conspiracy theories in the workplark.

November 2016

Attended Seriously Suspicious held at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Attended a Social Psychology Section Committee Meeting.  First time taking the Minutes.

Sat on the BPS EPEB Public Engagement Grants 2016 Panel.

Paper accepted for publication on psychologists views of blogging: Davis, E., Jolley, D., Coiffait, F.M (in press).  Reflections and connections: Psychologists' views and experiences about blogging.  E-Learning and Digital Media.

October 2016

Submitted an abstract to EASP2017 on conspiracy theories and mindfulness with Lynsey Mahmood.

Submitted an external funding bid with Dr Joanne Lloyd on gambling conspiracy theories.

Invited to give a "Research Spotlight" talk at the BPS Annual Conference, as part of the Student Stream.

Attended a BPS Research Board meeting in London, representing Early Career Researchers.

Submitted an abstract to BPS Annual Conference on conspiracy theories and mindfulness with Lynsey Mahmood.

Interviewed for a show on Eastbourne Youth Radio on belief in conspiracy theories.

Won the Staffordshire University Rising Star Award. You can watch a video here of me accepting the award.

Invited to give a Psychologist in the Pub talk in Manchester on the psychology of conspiracy.  Date Tuesday 13th December.

September 2016

Gave a talk on my research at the Staffordshire University's Research Showcase event.

Gave a Psychology in the Pub talk in Sunderland on the psychology of conspiracy theories.

Gave an Expert Explains talk at Staffordshire University.  You can watch a video of the talk here.

Attended the BPS West Midland's Annual Conference in Birmingham.  I presented on belief in conspiracy theories, intergroup prejudice and contact.

One year since I started my first lecturing position at Staffordshire University.

Elected Hon. Secretary of the BPS Social Psychology Section Committee.  By joining the Executive Committee, I have stepped down as Web Officer.

Attended the BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference in Cardiff.  I presented on belief in conspiracy theories, intergroup prejudice and contact, and also gave a Postgraduate Workshop with Dr Jane Montague called Dissemination in the 21st Century.  You can access a blog on my attendance here.

Nominated for a Staffordshire University Rising Star Award.  Award ceremony is in October.

August 2016

Passed my PgCHPE teaching course, with a Distinction.  Award ceremony will be in October.

Submitted a paper with Drs Charles Seger and Rose Meleady on conspiracy theories.

Became a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol).

Wrote a blog post on the enduring impact of conspiracy theories over a two-week period on conspiracypsychology.com

Submitted a paper with Prof Karen Douglas on conspiracy theories.

July 2016

Agreed to give an Expert Explains talk at Staffordshire University in September (tbc).

Abstract accepted for BPS West Midland's Branch Annual Conference : Jolley, D. Seger, C., Meleady. R. (2016, September). "I'm not racist, but they did it": Conspiracy theories as a subtle form of bias. BPS West Midlands Branch Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK.

Submitted a paper with Prof Karen Douglas and Prof Robbie Sutton on conspiracy theories.

Attended my first Staffordshire University Graduation as an academic within the 'Platform Party'.  See photo.

Submitted an abstract to Staffordshire Universities Research Conference on conspiracy theories as a subtle form of bias, with Drs Charles Seger and Rose Meleady (UEA). 

Visited the University of Kent on a research visit to discuss on-going work with Prof Karen Douglas.

June 2016

Brexit conspiracy theories research with Prof Karen Douglas and Dr Aleksandra Cichocka appeared in the media, such as the Financial Times

Letter with Prof Karen Douglas and Dr Aleksandra Cichocka on Brexit conspiracy theories was published online in The Psychologist.

Attended Staffordshire University's Teaching Conference: Digital Capability – Transforming our Learning and Teaching 

Abstract accepted for BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference : Jolley, D. Seger, C., Meleady. R. (2016, September). "I'm not racist, but they did it": Conspiracy theories as a subtle form of bias. BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK.

My Birmingham's Psychologist in the Pub was reviewed in June's The Psychologist: Conspiracy in the pub.

May 2016

Gave an invited Psychologist in the Pub talk in Lancaster on the psychology of conspiracy theories. 

Attended a conference programme meeting in Leicester for the BPS Social Psychology Section 2016 Annual Conference.

Submitted an abstract to the BPS West Midland's Annual Conference on conspiracy theories as a subtle form of bias, with Drs Charles Seger and Rose Meleady (UEA).

Gave an invited Psychologist in the Pub talk in Oxford on the psychology of conspiracy theories. 

Wrote a blog post on our 'psychology of conspiracy theories' blog: Stress and belief in conspiracy theories.

Submitted a paper with Prof. Karen Douglas on addressing anti-vaccine conspiracy theories.

Submitted my first external research grant application, with Dr Joanne LLoyd on gambling conspiracy theories.

Wrote a StaffsPsych blog post with Dr Nikki Street reflecting on the different presentation styles at the BPS Annual Conference.

Submitted an abstract to the BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference on conspiracy theories as a subtle form of bias, with Drs Charles Seger and Rose Meleady (UEA).

Invited to give a talk at BPS North East of England Branch Psychology in the Pub.  Date tbc, venue in Sunderland.

April 2016

Attend the BPS Annual Conference where I presented a poster on addressing anti-vaccine conspiracy theories.

Visited the University of East Anglia (UEA) to meet with collaborators and gave a talk on the psychology of conspiracy theories to the Social Cognition research group.

Gave an invited talk to a critical thinking research group at the University of Cambridge on the psychology of conspiracy theories.

Gave my first invited Psychologist in the Pub talk in Birmingham on the psychology of conspiracy theories.

David Spence (Research Assistant) joined the team where he will be working on a conspiracy theories funded project, with Dr Rose Meleady (UEA) and Prof Karen Douglas (Kent).

March 2016

Invited to give a talk at BPS North West of England Branch Psychology in the Pub.  Date tbc, venue in Lancaster.

Employed a Research Assistant to work on a funded-project exploring the psychology of conspiracy theories. 

First authored piece in the Psychologist published on blogging:  Jolley, D., Coiffait, F-M., & Davies, E. L. (2016).  Welcome to ‘blogademia’. The Psychologist, 29, 284 - 297. You can access the piece here.

Gave an invited speaker talk at Goldsmith's, University of London, APRU Speaker Series on the psychology of conspiracy theories.

February 2016

Gave my first invited speaker talk at the University of Derby on the psychology of conspiracy theories.  Link to a photo.

Poster accepted (with Prof Karen Douglas) for the BPS Annual Conference 2016 in Nottingham, called "Prevention is better than cure: Testing interventions to address anti-vaccine conspiracy theories". 

Attend a BPS Research Board meeting in London as part of my early career representative role.

January 2016

Interviewed live on BBC Radio Scotland talking about the psychology of conspiracy theories.  Link to the recording here (from 01hr 52mins)

Visited the University of Kent to celebrate Profs. Karen Douglas and Robbie Sutton's inaugurations. 

 

2015

December 2015

Presented a talk at Staff Psychology 'Weird and Wonderful' event on psychology of conspiracy theories.

Interviewed live on BBC Radio Stoke talking about the psychology of conspiracy theories.  Link to the recording here (from 25.04 mins)

November 2015

(Internal) Grant Success exploring psychology of conspiracy theories working with Prof. Karen Douglas and Dr Rose Meleady (£3,600)

Invited to give a talk at Cambridge University's Mathematical Genomics and Medicine Critical thinking Seminar Programme (in April 2016)

Presented my research at the Staffs Uni Centre for Psychological Research (CfPR).

Quote featured in a BBC Focus magazine piece on the psychology of conspiracy theories.

Entered Staffs Uni Images of Research competition.  

October 2015

Welcome blog post to Staffordshire University (and gives academic background on me).

Invited to give a second talk at BPS West Midland Branch Psychology in the Pub.  Date tbc, venue in Oxford.

Attend first BPS Research Board meeting in London as part of my early career representative role.

First authored piece in The Psychologist accepted for publication on psychologists and blogging.  Publication date tbc.

September 2015

Invited to give a talk at the BPS West Midland Branch Psychology in the Pub.  Date tbc, venue in Birmingham

Invited to give a talk at University of Derby's Psychology Invited Speaker Series on psychology of conspiracy theories.  Date tbc.

Joined the academic team at Staffordshire University as a Lecturer in Psychology.

Attended the Developmental and Social Psychology Section Annual Conference in Manchester (#DevSocConf).

During #DevSocConf supported the delivery of a 'teaching social psychology' workshop.

Elected as the Social Psychology Section's Web Office.  This is a three-year term.

Left my role as a Research Associate at Lancaster University - thanks to all for making the last year an enjoyable experience.

August 2015

Appointed as a Lecturer in Psychology at Staffordshire University.  Joining the academic team in September 2015.

Wrote a blog post on buffering conspiracy theories with feelings of control.

July 2015

Elected as the Postdoctoral Representative on the British Psychological Society's Research Board. 

Delivered a 'preparing for your viva' workshop at PsyPAG's Annual Confernce in Glasglow, with Drs Alys Griffith and Niamh Slack.

Stepped down from the role of Core Committee, Information Officer on PsyPAG.

Graduated from the University of Kent with a Ph.D in Social Psychology.

Attended a Summer School at the University of Twente.  I presented a talk on the social consequences of conspiracy theories.

Received a paper-copy of 'The Psychology of Conspiracy', which contains a chapter written by Karen Douglas, Robbie Sutton, myself and Michael Wood.

June 2015

Chaired a session at Lancaster's PhD Psychology Conference.

Attended a workshop discussing dissemination beyond papers.

Invited to give a talk at APRU Invited Speaker Series, Goldsmiths on the consequences of conspiracy theories.  Date March 2016.

May 2015

Attended Developmental/Social Psychology Section Annual Conference Programming Meeting at BPS' Leicester Office.

Attended a workshop discussing how to plan and cost research grants.

Received hard-bound copy of my Ph.D thesis! (see background :-)

Started an on-going collaboration with colleagues at UEA.

Wrote a blog post on the 2015 general election and conspiracy theories. 

April 2015

Attended a workshop on finding funding opportunities. 

A year since the Postgraduate Social Psychology Conference that I organised with Lynsey Mahmood.

A book chapter on peer support has been accepted:  Jolley, D., Griffiths, A. W., Friel, N., Ali, J. B., & Rix, K. (in press). The importance of peer support in getting through a PhD. In: E. Norris (Ed.), The PsyPAG Guide for Psychology Postgraduates: Surviving postgraduate study. London, UK: PsyPAG

March 2015

Attended a PsyPAG Committee Meeting.

Visited Port Sunight, Unilever.

Attended a workshop on proposal writing.

February 2015

Passed my Ph.D viva at the University of Kent, with minor corrections.  External examiner: Prof. Chris French.  Internal: Dr Tim Hopthrow.

Piece on research conducted by Karen Douglas and myself on anti-vaccine conspiracy theories appeared in the Guardian

January 2015

Attended a workshop on Early Career Research and Impact.

(Co-) elected as the BPS Social Psychology Section's Web Officer.

Started an on-going collaboration with colleagues on a blogging project.