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Psychology Research Seminar: Dr Richard Barry - Psychiatric Stigma and Dehumanisation

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START DATE 19 May 2016
START TIME 04:00pm

Committee Room 2, Hendon Town Hall, Middlesex University, London NW4 4BT

Dr Richard Barry from the Psychology Department at Middlesex University discusses his research on psychiatric stigma and dehumanisation

The denial of humanity to out-groups is a well-established phenomenon. It has been explored from a variety of perspectives and with a wide range of targets, including national, ethnic, and cultural out-groups, immigrants, the homeless and drug addicts, political opponents, and the ‘mentally ill’.

The negative effects on those attributed lesser humanity include absolution of in-group responsibility for harsh treatment of out-group members, lower guilt for past misdeeds of the in-group, reduced forgiveness , willingness to help, and empathy, as well as increased discrimination and avoidance of out-group members. It’s not a good thing.

This talk will provide an overview of the main approaches to conceptualising dehumanisation, addressing some key issues in operationalisation and analysis that make interpretation of current findings challenging.

Recent studies examining dehumanisation of people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder will also be presented. These explore the question of whether there is a relationship between humanity denial, stigma, and the desire for social distance from people with a psychiatric diagnosis.

Everybody is welcome, there is no need to book in advance.

For more information, please visit the Middlesex University Psychology blog.

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