Our campuses are currently closed to the public. Visit www.massey.ac.nz/coronavirus for our COVID-19 updates

Dr Michael Philipp staff profile picture

Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 85086

Dr Michael Philipp PhD

Senior Lecturer

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).

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 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).

More about me...View less...


Contact details

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


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Queensland (2012)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Social cognition, facial expressions, psychophysiology

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, Social Cognition, Psychophysiology, Experimental Psychology

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 6

Research Outputs

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

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 175.203 Introduction to Psychological Research
  • 175.303 The Practice of Psychological Research
  • 175.738 Psychological Research: Principles of Design

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 1
Co-supervisor 6 2

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Olivia Sievwright - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    False memories in therapy: Do eye movements increase susceptibility to misinformation?

Co-supervisor of:

  • Katie Armstrong - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The development of a needs-based psychosocial intervention that supports siblings of children with serious chronic health conditions in Aōtearoa/New Zealand
  • Joshua Robinson - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Does video game use impact social cognition and executive functions?
  • Shanika Koreshi - Doctor of Philosophy
    Maximising workforce participation for older New Zealanders: Reconciling work and caregiving
  • Beverly Tan - Doctor of Philosophy
    Does Hydration Status Affect Pain? A Psychophysiological Study.
  • Elizabeth Nath - Doctor of Philosophy
    The influence of social presence on food-evoked emotion
  • Renee Smith - Doctor of Philosophy
    Tangata Tonui, Tangata Mauri Ora

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Miriam Ketu-McKenzie - Doctor of Philosophy
    Adverse childhood experiences, HPA axis functioning and culturally enhanced mindfulness therapy among Māori women in New Zealand

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Katie Knapp - Doctor of Philosophy
    Exploring the Relationship Between Working Memory Capacity and Task Switching
  • 2018 - Wendy Holley-Boen - Doctor of Philosophy
    Practicing Fiercely: Fulfilment through Stance, Supports and Stamina A participatory narrative inquiry of specialist teachers’ practice in Aotearoa

Media and Links


  • 20 Jun 2017 - Radio
    Swearing is good for the soul
    RNZ Nights: Maybe we shouldn't feel so bad for dropping a few swear words when we feel screwed over, or stand on a lego. Link: https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nights/audio/201848241/swea
  • 18 Sep 2017 - Radio
    The Psychology of Psychological Research
    RNZ Nights: Michael Philipp from Massey University is here to talk about research practicises and tonights buzzwords is reproducibility. Link: https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nights/audi
  • 11 Dec 2017 - Radio
    Enough about me. What do you think of me?
    RNZ Nights: Nights' psychologist Michael Philipp talks narcissism and how these stereotypes develop in older generations. LInk: https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nights/audio/2018625034/en
  • 04 Jun 2017 - Newspaper
    Swearing #$%!-ing eases emotional pain
    New York Daily News article covering our study. Link: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/swearing-ing-eases-emotional-pain-study-article-1.3215851
  • 02 Sep 2018 - Television
    The Curious Mind
    Interviewed for episode 2: The Social Brain. LInk: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/the-curious-mind/episodes/s1-e2
  • 01 Apr 2015 - Online
    Swearing - can it ease the pain?
    Research covered in article by Siena Yates on stuff.co.nz. Link: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/teach-me/67994778/swearing--can-it-ease-the-pain

Massey Contact Centre Mon - Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm 0800 MASSEY (+64 6 350 5701) TXT 5222 contact@massey.ac.nz Web chat Staff Alumni News Māori @ Massey