THE VALUE OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDY OF SOCIAL ISSUES
Psychology can be thought of as the connective tissue for social sciences, linking societal events and social structures with group and individual perceptions, attitudes and actions. Relevant theory and evidence spans particulars of human behavior and brain functions, to large-scale social movements, demographics, economics and politics.
Psychology is in this sense key to understanding ways to address attitudes and behavior that are central to tackling many societal issues. Examples of social issues include equality, justice and human rights, intergroup relations, prejudice, and discrimination, pro and anti-social emotions attitudes and behavior, cultural development, societal inclusion, cohesion and well-being.
SPSSI-UK’s goal is to promote the use of rigorous, empirical and critical psychological research to inform policy and practice for important social issues.