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Laura Ferris

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Laura Ferris
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+617 3365 4466
Postal Address:
School of Psychology
McElwain Building
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072
Australia

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Laura Ferris
Professional Activities:

PhD/MPsychClin candidate

Postgraduate Member of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP)

Student Affiliate of the Association for Psychological Science (APS)

Postgraduate Member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

Postgraduate Representative, UQ Centre for Research in Social Psychology

School of Psychology Research Subcommittee Postgraduate Representative

 

 

 

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Laura Ferris
Research Activities:

My research primarily concerns the social psychology of pain. I'm currently investigating the morality of pain enjoyment. I also examine social pain and how it interconnects conceptually with notions of physical pain; the implications of seeing others' suffering; the impact of social groups on pain communication; and collective painful events and rituals in the field.

My advisory team is Prof Jolanda Jetten (UQ) and Dr Brock Bastian (University of Melbourne).

Representative Publications:

Ferris, L.J., Jetten, J., Molenberghs, P., Bastian, B., & Karnadewi, F. (2016). Increased pain communication following multiple group memberships salience leads to a relative reduction in pain-related brain activity. PLOS One, 11(9).

Ferris, L.J., Jetten, J., Johnstone, M.G., Girdham, E.,  Parsell, C., & Walter, Z.C. (2016). The Florence Nightingale effect: Organizational identification explains the peculiar link between others’ suffering and workplace functioning in the homelessness sector. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(16), doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00016.

Bastian, B., Jetten, J., & Ferris, L.J. (2014). Pain as social glue: Shared pain increases cooperation. Psychological Science, 25(11), 2079-2085.

Ferris, L. J., Jetten, J. & Bastian, B. (under review). "It hurt, but I enjoyed it": Pleasurable pain promotes increased identification by revealing the self.

Ferris, L.J., Jetten, J., Hornsey, M.J., & Bastian, B. (in revision). Feeling hurt: Revisiting the relationship between social and physical pain.

 

Conference and other presentations

Ferris L.J., Bastian, B. & Jetten J. (2017, April). Advancing a social psychology of pain. In D. Osbourne (Chair) Outstanding Postgraduate Research Awards. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Melbourne, Australia.

Ferris L.J., Radke, H.R.M., Walter, Z.C., & Crimston, D. (2016, July). Risk, safety and threat: Understanding the ‘Schoolies’ experience from a social identity perspective. In L. Ferris (Chair), Surviving and thriving in the crowd: International perspectives on threat, risk and wellbeing in collective gatherings. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Warsaw, Poland.

Ferris L.J., Radke, H.R.M., Walter, Z.C., & Crimston, D. (2016, July). The Florence Nightingale effect: Organizational identification explains the peculiar link between others’ suffering and workplace functioning in the homelessness sector.Presentation at the meeting of the International Society of Justice Research, Canterbury, United Kingdom. 

Ferris L.J., Radke, H.R.M., Walter, Z.C., & Crimston, D. (2016, June). Understanding wellbeing at ‘Schoolies’: What can a social identity perspective offer? Poster presented at the 8th World Congress on Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Melbourne, Australia.

Ferris, L.J., Jetten, J., Johnstone, M.G., Girdham, E., Parsell, C., & Walter, Z.C. (2016, June). The Florence Nightingale effect: The peculiar link between others’ suffering and workplace functioning. Presentation at the 3rd International Conference on Social Identity and Health, Brisbane, Australia.

Ferris L.J., Radke, H.R.M., Walter, Z.C., & Crimston, D. (2016, April). Understanding the ‘Schoolies’ experience from a social identity perspective. In K. Reynolds (Chair), Social psychology in policy domains. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Brisbane, Australia. 

Ferris, L.J., Jetten, J., Hornsey, M.J., & Bastian, B. (2016, February). Feeling hurt: Revisiting the relationship between social and physical pain. Invited seminar at The Feeling of Suffering workshop at the Macquarie University Centre of Agency, Values and Ethics, Sydney, Australia.

Ferris, L.J., Jetten, J., Molenberghs, P., Bastian, B., & Karnadewi, F. (2015, June). Tell “us” and feel better: Communication of pain reduces physiological pain response following multiple group memberships salience. Poster at the Annual Meeting of the Australasian Society for Social Neuroscience, Brisbane, Australia.

Ferris, L.J., Radke, H.R.M., Walter, Z.C., & Crimston, D. (2015, May). Threat perceptions at the G20: Understanding the link between social identity and moral endorsement of violence. In S.A. Haslam (Chair), Policing the 2014 G20: Theories tested, lessons learned, mountains moved. Industry symposium conducted at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Radke, H.R.M., Ferris, L.J., Crimston, D., & Walter, Z.C. (2015, May). Protesters' efficacy at the Brisbane G20: A story of identity. In S.A. Haslam (Chair), Policing the 2014 G20: Theories tested, lessons learned, mountains moved. Industry symposium conducted at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Ferris, L.J., Jetten, J., Girdham, E., Walter, Z.C., Dingle, G.A., & Parsell, C. (2015, April). Explaining the upside of others’ suffering: Workplace identity and the Florence Nightingale effect. In L. Ferris (Chair), Taking the good with the bad: New approaches to aversive experiences. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Newcastle, Australia.

Radke, H.R.M., Ferris, L.J., Crimston, D., & Walter, Z.C. (2015, April). Collective action during the G20 meeting. Presentation at the Meeting of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Newcastle, Australia. 

Ferris, L.J., Bastian, B., Jetten, J., & Hornsey, M. (2015, February). Lonely pain? New developments in the social function of physical pain. Poster at the Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, USA.  

Bastian, B., Jetten, J., & Ferris, L.J. (2015, February). Pain as social glue: Shared pain increases cooperation. In K. Gray (Chair), Connecting and cutting social ties: The forces that bind people and tear them apart. Symposium conducted at the Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, USA.  

Ferris, L.J., Bastian, B., Jetten, J., & Hornsey, M. (2014, April). Pain as social glue: New developments in the social function of physical pain. In B. Bastian (Chair), New directions in pain and purity research. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Canberra, Australia.  

Bastian, B., Jetten, J. Leknes, S. & Ferris, L.J. (2014, April). Pain promotes group formation. In B. Bastian (Chair), New directions in pain and purity research. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Canberra, Australia.

Course Tutor:
  • Semester 1, 2015
    PSYC1040 - Psychological Research Methodology I
  • Semester 2, 2015
    PSYC3034 - Topics in Applied Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2013
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2012
    PSYC1030 - Introduction to Psychology: Development, Social, and Clinical Psychology

Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.

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