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Dr Michael Philipp


School of Psychology

I direct the Social Cognition Lab at Massey, and my research interests lie in investigating the cognitive and physical underpinnings of human sociality. I am particularly interested in how humans use emotional expressions (e.g., laughter, swearing) to make sense of–and influence–their social worlds.I also conduct experimental social cognition research in the areas of social pain and exclusion.

I teach courses in psychological research methods. I teach into and coordinate our second-year research methods course (175.203). I also teach into and coordinate our postgraduate research design course (175.738) and our year-long postgraduate experimental psychology course (175.724). 

I am a lecturer in the School of Psychology at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. I also direct the Social Cognition Lab at Massey. I conduct research in the areas of social cognition, social psychology, and social neuroscience. I teach on topics related to research methods (e.g., design, analysis).

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Contact details

  • Ph: 85086
    Location: 3.33, Psychology Building
    Campus: Turitea


  • PhD - University of Queensland (2012)
  • MA - University of Northern Iowa (2005)
  • MA - University of Maryland, College Park (2001)
  • BA - University of Central Florida (1999)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Social cognition, emotion, swearing, laughter, facial expressions, pain

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) (170101): Cognitive Sciences (170200): Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis (170110): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Social and Community Psychology (170113)


Social Psychology, Emotion, Experimental Psychology

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 4

Consultancy and Languages


  • English
    Last used: today
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • German
    Last used: 2011
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
CoSupervisor 4 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Shabeena Hussain - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The development of a measure of Suspicion of Motives (SOM)

CoSupervisor of:

  • Beverly Tan - PhD
    Does Hydration Status Affect Pain? A Psychophysiological Study.
  • Elizabeth Nath - PhD
    The influence of social presence on emotional responses to food images and tasted food.
  • Katie Knapp - PhD
    Exploring the Relationship Between Working Memory Capacity and Task Switching
  • Wendy Holley - PhD
    Professional Fulfilment through Stance, Stamina and Supports - Implications for Postgraduate Students and Programmes

Media and Links


  • 20 Jun 2017 - Radio
    Swearing is good for the soul
    Radio interview on NRZ national Nights programme with Bryan Crump
  • 18 Sep 2017 - Radio
    The Psychology of Psychological Research
    Michael Philipp from Massey University's School of Psychology is here to talk about research practicises and tonights buzzwords is reproducibility.
  • 04 Jun 2017 - Newspaper
    Swearing #$%!-ing eases emotional pain: study
    New York Daily News article covering our study.
  • 01 Apr 2015 - Online
    Swearing - can it ease the pain?
    Research covered in article by Siena Yates (on titled “Swearing - can it ease the pain?” available at

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