Assistant Lecturer in Psychology | Psychology Technician

Psychology, Sociology and Education

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Mr Matthew Gibson (MRes, BSc (Hons), MBPsS) is an Assistant Lecturer in Psychology and Psychology Technician in the Psychology, Sociology and Education Division. He is also an Affiliate member of Centre for Applied Social Science.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Teaching & Learning

Having completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at QMU, Matthew joined the division as a Lecturer in January 2016 on a fixed term basis which concluded in summer 2018. His undergraduate dissertation was conducted in the area of experimental forensic psychology and his Master in Research degree (MRes), investigating the irrelevant sound effect, was completed in September of 2016. After completing his Masters degree in 2016, Matthew also acquired the role of Psychology Technician within the Division, and became an Assistant Lecturer in Psychology in the autumn of 2020. Matthew is continuing his studies at QMU as a PhD candidate. His research is exploring the effects of the experience of awe on social cohesion in groups.     


Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
    • General Member of the BPS History and Philosophy of Psychology Section 
  • Member of the Association of Technical Staff in Psychology 


Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

At present I am primarily interested in the study of the emotion of awe and its effects on social behaviour. I am also more broadly interested in applications of evolutionary theory in psychology.

Active Research Interests:

  • Experience of Awe & its Social Effects
  • Social Cohesion and Conformity in Groups 
  • Evolutionary Psychology

Matthew's classes, seminars and lectures focus on Critical, Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology as well as Psychobiology.