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Dr Michael Philipp

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 feelings of control. More recently I have begun collaborations with public health reseearchers examining the psychological predictors of life satisfaction and the effects of alcholic drinking on wellbeing.

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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Professional

Contact details

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

Qualifications

  • 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

Thematics

Health and Well-being

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)

Keywords

Social Cognition, Experimental Psychology, Multivariate Data Analysis

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 4

Research Outputs

Journal

Philipp, MC., & Lombardo, L. (2017). Hurt feelings and four letter words: Swearing alleviates the pain of social distress. European Journal of Social Psychology. 00(00), 1-7 Retrieved from http://www.wiley.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Philipp, MC., & Drummond, A. (2017). A commentary on "Misguided effort with elusive implications" and "A Multi-lab pre-registered replication of the ego depletion effect". Fontiers in Psychology - Personality and Social Psychology. 8(11), 574-575
[Journal article]Authored by: Drummond, A., Philipp, M.
Towers, A., Philipp, MC., Dulin, P., & Allen, J. (2016). The "health benefits" of moderate drinking in older adults may be better explained by socioeconomic status. Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 00(00), 1-6 Retrieved from https://academic.oup.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Towers, A., Williams, MN., Hill, SR., Philipp, MC., & Flett, R. (2016). What makes for the most intense regrets? Comparing the effects of several theoretical predictors of regret intensity. Frontiers in Psychology. 7(DEC)
[Journal article]Authored by: Flett, R., Hill, S., Philipp, M., Towers, A., Williams, M.
Towers, A., Philipp, M., Dulin, P., & Allen, J. (2016). The "Health Benefits" of Moderate Drinking in Older Adults may be Better Explained by Socioeconomic Status.. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci.
[Journal article]Authored by: Allen, J., Philipp, M., Towers, A.
Hagger, MS., & Chatzisarantis, N. (2016). Contribution to Hagger et al (2016). A Multilab Preregistered Replication of the Ego-Depletion Effect. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 11(4), 546-573
[Journal article]Authored by: Cannon, P., Philipp, M.
Bear, T., Philipp, M., Hill, S., & Mündel, T. (2016). A preliminary study on how hypohydration affects pain perception. Psychophysiology. 53(5), 605-610
[Journal article]Authored by: Hill, S., Mundel, T., Philipp, M.
Yeung, P., Towers, A., La Grow, S., Philipp, M., Alpass, F., & Stephens, C. (2015). Mobility, satisfaction with functional capacity and perceived quality of life (PQOL) in older persons with self-reported visual impairment: The pathway between ability to get around and PQOL. Disability and Rehabilitation. 37(2), 113-120
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Philipp, M., Stephens, C., Towers, A., Yeung, P.
Greenaway, KH., Storrs, KR., Philipp, MC., Louis, WR., Hornsey, MJ., & Vohs, KD. (2015). Loss of control stimulates approach motivation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 56, 235-241
[Journal article]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Philipp, MC., Storrs, KR., & Vanman, EJ. (2012). Sociality of facial expressions in immersive virtual environments: A facial EMG study. Biological Psychology. 91(1), 17-21
[Journal article]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Pavitt, C., Philipp, M., & Johnson, KK. (2004). Who owns a group’s proposals: The initiator or the group as a whole?. Communication Research Reports. 21(3), 221-230 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08824090409359984
[Journal article]Authored by: Philipp, M.

Book

Greenaway, KH., Philipp, MC., & Storrs, KR. (2016). The motivation for control: Loss of control promotes energy, effort, and action. In Coping with Lack of Control in a Social World. (pp. 35 - 48).
[Chapter]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Owren, MJ., Philipp, M., Vanman, E., Trivedi, N., Schulman, A., & Bachorowski, J-A. (2013). Understanding spontaneous human laughter: The role of voicing in inducing positive emotion. In E. Altenmüller, S. Schmidt, & E. Zimmermann (Eds.) Evolution of emotional communication: From sounds in oonhuman mammals to speech and music in man. (pp. 175 - 190). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Philipp, M.

Conference

Philipp, MC. (2016, March). Dualistic beliefs effects on health bahaviours: a conceptual replication of Forstmann et al (2012). Presented at SASP Conference 2016. Queensland, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Sievwright, O., Yalcin, BK., Philipp, M., & Kuroda, Y. (2015, August). Healthy body, healthy mind: The effect of dualistic beliefs on health behaviors. Presented at NZPsS Annual Conference. Waikato, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kuroda, Y., Philipp, M.
Tairi, T, ., & Philipp, MC. (2014, August). The effect of gender and cognitive errors on depressive symptoms in adolescence. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference. Nelson, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Philipp, M., Tairi, T.
Williams, M., Towers, ., Philipp, MC., & Hill, S. (2014). Predictably regretful: A comparison of the effects of time, domain, justification, and life rule contradiction on the intensity of regrets.. In New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference: Ka tū, ka oho - Te matai hinengaro me te ao hou: Psychology in a Changing World: Programme(pp. 51 - 51). , New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference: Ka tū, ka oho - Te matai hinengaro me te ao hou: Psychology in a Changing World New Zealand: The New Zealand Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Hill, S., Philipp, M., Towers, A., Williams, M.
Philipp, MC., & Bear, T. (2014). Emoticons are processed as genuine expressions of emotion. (pp. 51 - 51). , New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Philipp, MC., Bernstein, M., Vanman, EJ., & Johnston, L. (2014). Smiling to Smiles After Exclusion: Social Rejection Enhances Affiliative Signalling. (pp. 50 - 51). , New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Philipp, MC., & Lombardo, L. (2014). Verbal Swearing Attenuates the Effects of Social Pain. Poster session presented at the meeting of 26th APS Annual Convention, May 22-25, 2014 in San Francisco, C.A., USA. San Francisco, C.A., USA
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Towers, ., Newcombe, D., Sheridan, J., & Philipp, MC. (2013). Exploring the degree of alcohol consumption in the presence of chronic ill health and medication use in older New Zealanders.. Drug and Alcohol Review. Vol. 32 (pp. 68 - 68). : Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2013
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Philipp, M., Towers, A.
Philipp, MC., & Towers, . (2013). Economic living standard indices mediate the apparent health benefits of alcohol consumption among older adults. Drug and Alcohol Review. Vol. 32 (pp. 58 - 58). : Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2013
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Philipp, M., Towers, A.
Philipp, MC., Bernstein, M., Vanman, E., & Johnston, L. (2012, September). Adaptive facial mimicry to social exclusion. Presented at Society for Psychophysiological Research 52nd Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Philipp, MC., Vanman, EJ., & Lipp, OV. (2010). The endearing pain: Ostracism elicits liking. Presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Las Vegas, NV.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Philipp, MC., & Vanman, EJ. (2009). Say it isn't so: Conflict monitoring by the ACC moderates discrepancies between implicit and explicit prejudice. Presented at Society of Australian Social Psychologists. Melbourne, VIC.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Philipp, MC., & Vanman, EJ. (2007). The effects of avatar presence and emotional valence on facial muscle activity in an immersive virtual environment.. Presented at Society for Psychophysiological Research. Savannah, GA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Philipp, MC., & Owren, MJ. (2007, October). Voiced laughter elicits more positive affect than unvoiced laughter. Presented at Society for Psychophysiological Research. Savannah, GA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Philipp, MC., & Harton, HC. (2006). Sticks, Stones, and Stigmas: Negative Stereotypes Hurt Regardless of Task Difficulty. Presented at Association for Psychological Science. New York, NY.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Philipp, MC., & Vanman, EJ. (2006). Psychophysiological Measurements Can Serve As Valid Markers of Affect in Immersive Virtual Environments. Presented at Society for Psychophysiological Research. Vancouver, BC.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Philipp, MC., & Harton, HC. (2005). The Moderating Effects of Social Dominance on Stereotype Threat Phenomena. Presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology. New Orleans, LA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Philipp, M.

Other

Philipp, M., & Lombardo, L. (2014). Data for "Hurt feelings and four letter words: Swearing alleviates the pain of social distress".
[Dataset]Authored by: Philipp, M.

Thesis

Philipp, MC. (2012). The Endearing Pain: Exclusion Selectively Alters Person Perception. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Philipp, MC. (2005). Sticks, Stones, & Stigmas: A social-cognitive account of stereotype threat mechanisms. (Master's Thesis)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Philipp, M.
Philipp, MC. (2002). The interpersonal effects of disparagement humor: A negotiation simulation. (Master's Thesis)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Philipp, M.

Consultancy and Languages

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

Courses Coordinated

  • 175.203 Introduction to Psychological Research
  • 175.724 Advanced Experimental Psychology
  • 175.738 Psychological Research: Principles of Design

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

Media

  • 20 Jun 2017 - Radio
    Swearing is good for the soul
    Radio interview on NRZ national Nights programme with Bryan Crump
  • 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 stuff.co.nz) titled “Swearing - can it ease the pain?” available at http://bit.ly/SwearStuff

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