Mark Bennett

Professor of Developmental Psychology

Bio

Biography

Mark Bennett is professor of developmental psychology and has published extensively in the area of children's social cognition. He gained his PhD from the LSE in 1982. He is Associate Editor of the British Journal of Developmental Psychology and a former Editor of Infant & Child Development. Currently he serves on the editorial boards of Group Processes & Interpersonal Relations, and Infant & Child Development. In 2006 he was elected to the Academy of Social Sciences. Since 2010 he has been a member of ESRC's Grant Assessment Panel.

Teaching

Introduction to Developmental Psychology (Year 1)

Social Psychology (Year 3)

Social-Cognitive Development (Level 4)

Theories of Development (MSc) 

Year 3 Co-ordinator

 

External examiner at many universities, including Cambridge, Edinburgh, Strathclyde, & most recently, Mauritius.

 

Research

My research reflects an enduring interest in developmental aspects of social cognition. Initially, this work focused primarily upon developmental change in understanding of psychological phenomena. Latterly, however, my interests have expanded to incorporate social-level phenomena, notably identity. Drawing upon the theoretical frameworks of social identity theory and self-categorisation theory, and largely funded by ESRC, I have examined developments in children's social identities, and their impact upon phenomena such as ingroup favouritism, the perception of outgroup homogeneity, and the acquisition of group-relevant information. In other ESRC-funded research I have addressed developments in children's conceptions of their self-knowledge (with Professor Peter Mitchell, Nottingham) and in their impression management (with Professor Robin Banerjee, Sussex). Currently, in conjunction with Professor Peter Grant (Saskatchewan) and Professor Dominic Abrams (Kent), I am setting up a study of young people's views and intentions concerning Scotland's 2014 Independence Referendum. 

Publications

Grant, PR, Bennett, M & Abrams, D 2017,

'Using the SIRDE model of social change to examine the vote of Scottish teenagers in the 2014 independence referendum' British Journal of Social Psychology. DOI:
10.1111/bjso.12186

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Bennett, M 2014,

'Intergroup social exclusion in childhood: forms, norms, context and social identity' Journal of Social Issues, vol 70, no. 1, pp. 183-195. DOI:
10.1111/josi.12054

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Banerjee, R, Bennett, M & Luke, N 2012,

'Children's reasoning about self-presentation following rule violations: The role of self-focused attention' Child Development, vol 83, no. 5, pp. 1805-1821. DOI:
10.1111/j.1467-8624.2012.01813.x

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Bennett, M 2011,

'Children's social identities' Infant and Child Development, vol 20, no. 4, pp. 353-363. DOI:
10.1002/icd.741

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Banerjee, R, Bennett, M & Luke, N 2010,

'Children's reasoning about the self-presentational consequences of apologies and excuses following rule violations' British Journal of Developmental Psychology, vol 28, no. 4, pp. 799-815. DOI:
10.1348/026151009X479475

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Banerjee, R, Bennett, M & Luke, N 2010,

'Upsetting others and provoking ridicule: Children's reasoning about the self-presentational consequences of rule violation' British Journal of Developmental Psychology, vol 28, no. 4, pp. 941-947. DOI:
10.1348/026151010X516796

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Svirydzenka, N, Sani, F & Bennett, M 2010,

'Group entitativity and its perceptual antecedents in varieties of groups: A developmental perspective' European Journal of Social Psychology, vol 40, no. 4, pp. 611-624. DOI:
10.1002/ejsp.761

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Mitchell, P, Teucher, U, Kikuno, H & Bennett, M 2010,

'Cultural variations in developing a sense of knowing your own mind: A comparison between British and Japanese children' International Journal of Behavioral Development, vol 34, no. 3, pp. 248-258. DOI:
10.1177/0165025409350958

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Bennett, M, Allan, S, Anderson, J & Asker, N 2010,

'On the robustness of the group reference effect' European Journal of Social Psychology, vol 40, no. 2, pp. 349-354. DOI:
10.1002/ejsp.630

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Mitchell, P, Bennett, M & Teucher, U 2010,

'Do children start out thinking they don't know their own mind? An odyssey in overthrowing the mother of all knowledge: An odyssey in overthrowing the mother of all knowledge' European Journal of Developmental Psychology, vol 7, no. 1, pp. 67-84. DOI:
10.1080/17405620802607986

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Bennett, M, Mitchell, P & Murray, P 2009,

'Children's judgments about their own self-knowledge: The role of disclosure to other' British Journal of Developmental Psychology, vol 27, pp. 731-742. DOI:
10.1348/026151008X370890

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Mitchell, P, Teucher, U, Bennett, M, Ziegler, F & Wyton, R 2009,

'Do children start out thinking they don't know their own minds?' Mind & Language, vol 24, no. 3, pp. 328-346. DOI:
10.1111/j.1468-0017.2009.01365.x

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Sani, F & Bennett, M 2009,

'Children's inclusion of the group in the Self:: Evidence from a Self-Ingroup confusion paradigm' Developmental Psychology, vol 45, no. 2, pp. 503-510. DOI:
10.1037/a0014167

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Bennett, M & Sani, F 2008,

'Children's subjective identification with social groups: a self-stereotyping approach' Developmental Science, vol 11, no. 1, pp. 69-75. DOI:
10.1111/j.1467-7687.2007.00642.x

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Mc Gregor, E & Bennett, M 2008,

'Narrative dependency and the false belief task in autism' European Journal of Developmental Psychology, vol 5, no. 1, pp. 1-18. DOI:
10.1080/17405620600662787

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Bennett, M & Sani, F 2008,

'Children's subjective identification with social groups: A group-reference effect approach' British Journal of Developmental Psychology, vol 26, pp. 381-387. DOI:
10.1348/026151007X246268

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Martin, J, Bennett, M & Murray, WS 2008,

'A developmental study of the infrahumanization hypothesis' British Journal of Developmental Psychology, vol 26, pp. 153-161. DOI:
10.1348/026151007X216261

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Bennett, M & Sani, F 2008,

'The effect of comparative context upon stereotype content: Children's judgments of ingroup behavior' Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, vol 49, no. 2, pp. 141-146. DOI:
10.1111/j.1467-9450.2008.00628.x

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Bennett, M, Downie, A & Murray, P 2007,

'Children’s judgments about their own self-knowledge: An investigation of the effect of question form' European Journal of Developmental Psychology, vol 4, no. 3, pp. 241-250. DOI:
10.1080/17405620600609077

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Bennett, M & Sani, F 2006,

'Contextual variation in stereotype content: An investigation of children's central tendency and group variability judgments' Social Development, vol 15, no. 4, pp. 693-708. DOI:
10.1111/j.1467-9507.2006.00365.x

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Bennett, M, Barrett, M, Karakozov, R, Kipiani, G, Lyons, E, Pavlenko, V & Riazanova, T 2004,

'Young children's evaluations of the ingroup and of outgroups: A multi-national study' Social Development, vol 13, no. 1, pp. 124-141. DOI:
10.1046/j.1467-9507.2004.00260.x

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Bennett, M & Sani, F 2003,

'The role of target gender and race in children's encoding of category-neutral person information' British Journal of Developmental Psychology, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 99-112. DOI:
10.1348/026151003321164645

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Bennett, M, Sani, F, Hopkins, N, Agostini, L & Malucchi, L 2000,

'Children's gender categorization: An investigation of automatic processing' British Journal of Developmental Psychology, vol 18, no. 1, pp. 97-102. DOI:
10.1348/026151000165599

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