Research in the lab uses a variety of cognitive, behavioural, and physiological measurements including reaction time, signal detection tasks, facial electromyography, cardiovascular activity, eye movement, and self-report tasks.

Publications & Recent Presentations


O’Donnell, M., Nelson, L. D., Ackermann, E., Aczel, B., Akhtar, A., Aldrovandi, S., Alshaif, N., Andringa, R., Aveyard, M., Babincak, P., Balatekin, N., Baldwin, S. A., Banik, G., Baskin, E., Bell, R., Bialobrzeska, O., Birt, A., Boot, W. R., Braithwaite, S. R., Briggs, J. C., Buchner, A., Budd, D., Budzik, K., Bullens, L., Bulley, R. L., Cannon, P. R., Cantarero, K., Cesario, J., Chambers, S., Chartier, C. R., Chekroun, P., Chong, C., Cleeremans, A., Coary, S., Coulthard, J., Cramwinckel, F. M., Denson, T. F., Díaz-Lago, M., DiDonato, T. E., Drummond, A., Eberlen, J., Ebersbach, T., Edlund, J. E, Finnigan, K. M., Fisher, J., Frankowska, N., García-Sánchez, E., Golom, F. D., Graves, A. J., Greenberg, K., Hanioti, M., Hansen, H. A., Harder, J. A., Harrell, E. R., Hartanto, A., Inzlicht, M., Johnson, D. J., Karpinski, A., Keller, V. N., Klein, O., Koppel, L., Krahmer, E., Lantian, A., Larson, M. J., Légal, J. B., Lucas, R. E., Lynott, D., Magaldino, C. M., Massar, K., McBee, M. T., McLatchie, N., Melia, N., Mensink, M., Mieth, L., Moore-Berg, S., Neeser, G., Newell, B. R., Noordewier, M. K., Özdoğru, A. A., Pantazi, M., Parzuchowski, M., Peters, K., Philipp, M. C., Pollmann, M. M. H., Rentzelas, P., Rodríguez-Bailón, R., Röer, J. P., Ropovik, I., Roque, N. A., Rueda, C., Rutjens, Bastiaan T., Sackett, Katey, Salamon, Janos, Sánchez-Rodríguez, Àngel, Saunders, B., Schaafsma, J., Schulte-Mecklenbeck, M., Shanks, D. R., Sherman, M. F., Steele, K. M., Steffens, N. K., Sun, J., Susa, K. J., Szaszi, B., Szollosi, A., Tamayo, R., Tinghög, G., Tong, Y., Tweten, C., Vadillo, M. A., Valcarcel, D., Van der Linden, N., van Elk, M., van Harreveld, F., Västfjäll, D., Vazire, S., Verduyn, P., Williams, M. N., Willis, G. B., Wood, S. E., Yang, C., Zerhouni, O., Zheng, R., Zrubka, M. (2018). Registered Replication Report: Dijksterhuis & van Knippenberg (1998). Perspectives on Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/1745691618755704Preregistration & Open Data

Philipp, M., (2017). Social Exclusion Triggers Adaptive Reciprocation of Emotional Expressions. Talk presented at the International Society for Emotion Research Conference, St Louis, USA. Slides from the talk available on OSF

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Philipp, M. C., & Lombardo, L. (2017). Hurt feelings and four letter words: Swearing alleviates the pain of social distress.European Journal of Social Psychology. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2264
Accepted post-print & Open Data

Williams, M., Bååth, R. A., & Philipp, M. C. (2017, February 27). The Bayes factor: A bridge to Bayesian inference. Retrieved from

Drummond, A., & Philipp, M. C. (2017). Commentary: “Misguided Effort with Elusive Implications” and “A Multi-Lab Pre-Registered Replication of the Ego Depletion Effect.” Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 273. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00273


Towers, A., Philipp, M. C., & Dulin, P. (2016). The “health benefits” of moderate drinking in older adults may be better explained by socioeconomic status. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Social Sciences. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbw152

Towers, A, Williams, M. N. , Hill, S., Philipp, M, & Flett, R. (2016). What makes for the most intense regrets? Comparing the effects of several theoretical predictors of regret intensity. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1941. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01941

Hagger, M. S., Chatzisarantis, N.L.D., Alberts, H., Anggono, C.O., Batailler, C., Birt, A., Brand, R., Brandt, M.J., Brewer, G., Bruyneel, S., Calvillo, D.P., Campbell, W.K., Cannon, P.R., Carlucci, M., Carruth, N., Cheung, T., Crowell, A., De Ridder, D.T.D., Dewitte, S., Elson, M., Evans, J.R., Fay, B.A., Fennis, B.M., Finley, A., Francis, Z., Heise, E., Hoemann, H., Inzlicht, M., Koole, S.L., Koppel, L., Kroese, F., Lange, F., Lau, K., Lynch, B.P., Martijn, C., Merckelbach, H., Mills, N.V., Miyake, A., Mosser, A.E., Muise, M., Muller, D., Muzi, M., Nalis, D., Nurwanti, R., Otgaar, H., Philipp, M., Primoceri, P., Rentzsch, K., Ringos, L., Schlinkert, C., Schmeichel, B.J., Schoch, S.F., Schrama, M., Schütz, A., Stamos, A., Tinghög, G., Ullrich, J., vanDellen, M., Wimbarti, S., Wolff, W. Yusainy, C., Zerhouni, O., & Zweinenberg, M. (2016). A multi-lab pre-registered replication of the ego- depletion effect. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11, 546-573. doi: 10.1177/1745691616652873
Preregistration & Open Data


Bear, T., Philipp, M., Hill, S., & Mündel, T. (2016). A preliminary study on how hypohydration affects pain perception. Psychophysiology, 53, 605–610. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12610

Greenaway, K. H., Storrs, K. R., Philipp, M. C., Louis, W. R., Hornsey, M. J., & Vohs, K. D. (2015). Loss of control stimulates approach motivation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 56, 235-241. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2014.10.009

Owren, M., Philipp, M., Vanman, E., Trivedi, N., Schulman, A., & Bachorowski, J. (2013). Understanding spontaneous human laughter. In E. Altenmüller, S. Schmidt, & E. Zimmerman (Eds.), Evolution of emotional communication: From sounds in nonhuman mammals to speech and music in man. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583560.003.0011


Philipp, M., Storrs, K., & Vanman, E. (2012). Sociality of facial expressions in immersive virtual environments: A facial EMG study. Biological Psychology, 91, 17-21. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2012.05.008

Philipp, M. C., Vanman, E., Lipp, O., & Iyer, A. (2011 preprint). The endearing pain: Group value enhances positivity towards ostracisers. Retrieved from

Student projects from the lab

Katie Knapp (2019), PhD - topic: Exploring the relationship betwen task switching and working memory.

Mark Colville (2018), MA - topic: Does state anxiety affect personal space? A replication of Sambo & Iannetti's (2013) defensible space method.

Olivia Sievwright (2018), MA - topic: Examing the effects of eye movement therapy (EMDR) on the propensity to develop false memories in a laboratory setting.

Mel Thacker (2017), MSc - topic: Does suspicion of motives mediate the relationship between social pain and smile discrimination?

Daniel Allen (2017), BSc Honours - topic: The impacts of self-compassion on exercise performance.

Adeela Razali (2017), BSc Honours - topic: Does social pain affect suspicion of motives?

Shabeena Hussain (2016), BHlthSci Honours - topic: Social pain and empathy: An investigation using the Toronto Empathy Questionnaire and the Empathy Quotient

Linda Krug (2016), BSc Honours - topic: In the Eye of the Beholder: Does Social Pain Change Eye Dwell-time?

Tayla Reti (2016), BA Honours - topic: Measuring implicit association between sport and drinking behaviours in New Zealand adolescents

Olivia Williams (2015), BA Honours - topic: Laughter Contagion: A Study of the Congenitally Deaf.

Sarah Duffield (2012), BPsycSc Honours Thesis - topic: Cognitive intervention of implicit race bias: The role of group salience

Laura Lombardo (2012), BPsycSc Honours Thesis - topic: Hurt feelings and four letter words: The effects of verbal swearing on social pain

Magen Seymour-Smith (2012), BPsycSc Honours Thesis - topic: Female Mate Selection Strategies and Preferences Following Cues of Social Acceptance and Rejection

Micheal Simpson (2012), BPsycSc Honours Thesis - topic: Observing the Macbeth effect: An exploratory study examining the association between threatened moral purity and cleansing behaviour