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Dr Gillian Sandstrom

Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychology
Dr Gillian Sandstrom

Profile

Biography

Gillian obtained her Ph.D. in Social Psychology in the summer of 2013 from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She then completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge. She joined the University of Essex in 2015. Follow Gillian on Twitter:@GillianSocial

Qualifications

  • BMath

  • MA

  • PhD

Research and professional activities

Research interests

My favourite stories are the ones where all the characters/storylines turn out to be connected in unforeseen ways. These stories seem more and more plausible in our increasingly connected world. Despite this, we now live in a culture of disconnection: People find it hard to make friends, and suffer emotionally and physically from a lack of belonging. My research addresses this apparent contradiction by focusing at the micro level, examining how seemingly insignificant social interactions and everyday behaviours can influence and improve well-being. I focus on three research questions:

What personal and cultural factors promote/inhibit social interactions?

When and how do social interactions lead to feelings of connection?

When and how do people benefit from feeling connected to others?

Teaching and supervision

  • Social Psychology and Economics (EC957)

  • Preparing for University Psychology (PS116)

  • Introduction to Personal Development and Employability (PS117)

  • Statistics for Psychologists, 2nd Year (PS212)

  • Social Psychology (PS407)

  • Enhancing employability and career planning (PS417)

  • Advanced employability skills and career progression (PS492)

  • Positive Psychology: The Science of Well-Being (PS510)

  • MSc Psychology Research Project (PS900)

  • Advanced Social Psychology (PS923)

  • Special Topics in Social Psychology (PS933)

  • Research Project (MSc) (PS934)

Publications

Journal articles (20)

Boothby, EJ., Cooney, G., Sandstrom, GM. and Clark, MS., (2018). The Liking Gap in Conversations: Do People Like Us More Than We Think?. Psychological Science. 29 (11), 1742-1756

Carter, AJ., Croft, A., Lukas, D. and Sandstrom, GM., (2018). Women’s visibility in academic seminars: Women ask fewer questions than men. PLoS ONE. 13 (9), e0202743-e0202743

Lathia, N., Sandstrom, GM., Mascolo, C. and Rentfrow, PJ., (2017). Happier People Live More Active Lives: Using Smartphones to Link Happiness and Physical Activity. PloS One. 12 (1), creators-Sandstrom=3AGillian_M=3A=3A

Sandstrom, GM., Lathia, N., Mascolo, C. and Rentfrow, PJ., (2017). Putting mood in context: Using smartphones to examine how people feel in different locations. Journal of Research in Personality. 69, 96-101

Sandstrom, GM., Tseng, VW., Costa, J., Okeke, F., Choudhury, T. and Dunn, EW., (2016). Talking Less during Social Interactions Predicts Enjoyment: A Mobile Sensing Pilot Study. PloS One. 11 (7), creators-Sandstrom=3AGillian_M=3A=3A

Whillans, AV., Dunn, EW., Sandstrom, GM., Dickerson, SS. and Madden, KM., (2016). Is Spending Money on Others Good for Your Heart?. Health Psychology. 35 (6), 574-583

Sandstrom, GM., Lathia, N., Mascolo, C. and Rentfrow, PJ., (2016). Opportunities for smartphones in clinical care: the future of mobile mood monitoring.. The Journal of clinical psychiatry. 77 (2), e135-e137

Open Science Collaboration and Sandstrom, GM., (2015). Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science. 349 (6251), creators-Sandstrom=3AGillian_M=3A=3A

Sandstrom, GM. and Rawn, CD., (2015). Embrace Chattering Students: They May Be Building Community and Interest in Your Class. Teaching of Psychology. 42 (3), 227-233

Sandstrom, GM. and Dunn, EW., (2014). Is Efficiency Overrated?: Minimal Social Interactions Lead to Belonging and Positive Affect. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 5 (4), 437-442

Sandstrom, GM. and Dunn, EW., (2014). Social Interactions and Well-Being: The Surprising Power of Weak Ties. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 40 (7), 910-922

Russo, FA., Vempala, NN. and Sandstrom, GM., (2013). Predicting musically induced emotions from physiological inputs: linear and neural network models. Frontiers in Psychology. 4 (468), 468-

Human, LJ., Sandstrom, GM., Biesanz, JC. and Dunn, EW., (2013). Accurate First Impressions Leave a Lasting Impression: The Long-Term Effects of Distinctive Self-Other Agreement on Relationship Development. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 4 (4), 395-402

Sandstrom, GM. and Russo, FA., (2013). Absorption in music: Development of a scale to identify individuals with strong emotional responses to music. Psychology of Music. 41 (2), 216-228

Aknin, LB., Dunn, EW., Sandstrom, GM. and Norton, MI., (2013). Does social connection turn good deeds into good feelings? On the value of putting the 'social' in prosocial spending. International Journal of Happiness and Development. 1 (2), 155-171

Nosek, BA. and Sandstrom, GM., (2012). An Open, Large-Scale, Collaborative Effort to Estimate the Reproducibility of Psychological Science. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 7 (6), 657-660

Sandstrom, GM. and Dunn, EW., (2011). The Virtue Blind Spot: Do Affective Forecasting Errors Undermine Virtuous Behavior?. Social and Personality Psychology Compass. 5 (10), 720-733

Perc, M., Aknin, LB., Sandstrom, GM., Dunn, EW. and Norton, MI., (2011). It's the Recipient That Counts: Spending Money on Strong Social Ties Leads to Greater Happiness than Spending on Weak Social Ties. PLoS ONE. 6 (2), creators-Sandstrom=3AGillian_M=3A=3A

Russo, FA., Sandstrom, GM. and Maksimowski, M., (2011). Mouth versus eyes: Gaze fixation during perception of sung interval size.. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain. 21 (1-2), 98-107

Sandstrom, GM. and Russo, FA., (2010). Music hath charms: the effects of valence and arousal on recovery following an acute stressor. Music and Medicine. 2 (3), 137-143

Book chapters (1)

Aknin, LB., Sandstrom, GM., Dunn, EW. and Norton, MI., (2010). Investing in Others: Prosocial Spending for (Pro)Social Change. In: Positive Psychology as Social Change. Editors: Biswas-Diener, R., . Springer Netherlands. 219- 234. 978-90-481-9937-2

Conferences (2)

Servia-Rodr�guez, S., Rachuri, KK., Mascolo, C., Rentfrow, PJ., Lathia, N. and Sandstrom, GM., (2017). Mobile Sensing at the Service of Mental Well-being

Servia-Rodríguez, S., Rachuri, KK., Mascolo, C., Rentfrow, PJ., Lathia, N. and Sandstrom, GM., (2017). Mobile Sensing at the Service of Mental Well-being

Grants and funding

2018

Better off saying nothing at all?: Improving difficult social interactions by understanding fears and language use

Economic and Social Research Council

Gendered Helping: Exploring the Causes and Consequences of Stereotype-Restricted Prosocial Behaviour

British Academy

2017

Searching for connection: Using a scavenger hunt to study social interactions

British Academy

Contact

gillian.sandstrom@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 873806

Location:

4.715, Colchester Campus