Michael Philipp

Senior Lecturer,  School of Psychology

Massey University,  Palmerston North    NEW ZEALAND

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I am a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. I also direct the social cognition lab group at Massey.

I currently teach courses in psychological research methods and experimental psychology. I coordinate our second-year research methods course (175.203; on-campus offering). I also co-coordinate our postgraduate research design course (175.738). All course materials are available to students through Massey's Stream learning environment.

I direct the Social Cognition Lab at Massey, and my research interests lie in investigating the social, cognitive, and physical underpinnings of human sociality. I am particularly interested in how humans use emotional expressions to make sense of–and influence–their social worlds. I also conduct experimental social cognition research in the areas of social pain and feelings of control. More recently I have begun collaborations with public health researchers examining the psychological predictors of life satisfaction and the effects of alcholic drinking on wellbeing.


I grew up in rural Iowa before becoming a serial urbanite in early adulthood. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida in 1999 and a Masters Degree in Communication at the University of Maryland in 2002, where I studied humour, persuasion, and attitude change in the Department of Communication.

My studies in communication sparked an interest in human and animal social behaviours. Consequently, I decided to continue my graduate education in psychology. I received a Masters Degree in Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa in 2005.

By way of a more lengthly story (and an adventurous supervisor), I received a PhD in psychology from the University of Queensland in 2012. I have been a lecturer in the School of Psychology at Massey University since 2013.