Dr Daniel Jolley

Job Title and Responsibilities

  • Lecturer in Psychology

  • Level 6 Tutor

  • Ethics Committee Member

About Me

I joined Staffordshire University as a Lecturer in Psychology in September 2015.  As alumni, I received my BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science and Psychology from Staffordshire University in 2010.  I then moved to the University of Kent to complete an MSc in Social and Applied Psychology, graduating in 2011, before staying at the University of Kent to begin my PhD in Social Psychology.  My PhD aimed to examine and attempt to address the social psychological consequences of conspiracy theories, which was supervised by Prof Karen Douglas.  During my PhD, I worked as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent and a Sessional Academic at Canterbury Christ Church University.  I also worked as a Research Assistant on several projects. After submitting my PhD in late-2014 (and completing my viva in 2015), I then moved to Lancaster University to work as a Research Associate, with Prof Paul Taylor.

Throughout my acadamic career to date, I have been an active member of the British Psychological Society. I am a current committee member of the BPS Social Psychology Section, where I am the Honorary Secretary. I am also a member of the BPS Research Board, where I represent the views of early career researchers.

I blog at conspiracy psychology and tweet @DrDanielJolley

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education, Staffordshire University

  • PhD in Social Psychology, University of Kent (Thesis title: The social psychological consequences of conspiracy theories)

  • MSc in Social and Applied Psychology, University of Kent

  • BSc in Forensic Science and Psychology, Staffordshire University

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society

  • Honorary Secretary, Social Psychology Section, British Psychological Society

  • Postdoctoral Representative, Research Board, British Psychological Society

Expertise

  • Psychology of conspiracy theories

Research Interests

My research interest (and expertise) is exploring the psychology of conspiracy theories.  I am particularly interested in using experimental methods to examine the social consequences of exposure to conspiracy theories – such as examining the impact on vaccination intentions after exposure to anti-vaccine conspiracy theories.  My research is also examining the effectivesness of interventions that aim to address the potential impact of conspiracy theories – such as aiming to improve vaccine uptake after exposure to conspiracy theories. I am therefore broadly interested in social cognition, persuasion, and attitude-change, to name a few key areas.  Ultimately, however, I am interested in investigating real-world topical issues that span the diverse and interesting area of social psychology.

Selected Publications

Journal articles:

Jolley, D., Douglas, K.M., & Sutton, R. M. (in press).  Blaming a few bad apples saves the barrel: The system justifying function of conspiracy theories.  Political Psychology.

Jolley, D. & Douglas., K. M. (in press) Prevention is better than cure:  Addressing anti-vaccine conspiracy theories.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Davies, E.M., Jolley, D., & Coiffait, F. (2016). Reflection and connection: Psychologists’ views and experiences about blogging.  E-Learning and Digital Media, 13 (5), 196-211.  doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/2042753016689634

Jolley, D. & Douglas, K.M. (2014). The effects of anti-vaccine conspiracy theories on vaccination intentions. PLoS ONE, 9 (2): e89177. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0089177

Jolley, D. & Douglas, K.M. (2014). The social consequences of conspiracism: Exposure to conspiracy theories decreases intentions to engage in politics and to reduce one’s carbon footprint. British Journal of Psychology, 105, 35-36. doi: 10.1111/bjop.12018

Book chapters:

Douglas, K.M, Sutton, R.M., Jolley, D., & Wood, M. J. (2015). The social, political, environmental, and health-related consequences of conspiracy theories.  In:  M. Bilewicz, A. Cichocka, & W. Soral (Eds.), The psychology of conspiracy. Abingdon, Oxford, UK: Taylor & Francis.

Jolley, D., Griffiths, A. W., Friel, N., Ali, J. B., & Rix, K. (2015). The importance of peer support in getting through a PhD.  In: E. Norris (Ed.), The PsyPAG Guide for Psychology Postgraduates: Surviving postgraduate study. London, UK: PsyPAG

Commentary pieces:

Jolley, D., Coiffait, F., & Davies, E.M. (2016). Psychologists and ‘blogademia’: Purpose, positives and pitfalls.  The Psychologist, 29 (4), 284-287.

Jolley, D. (2013). Are conspiracy theories just harmless fun. The Psychologist, 26(1), 60-62.

Jolley, D. (2013). The detrimental nature of conspiracy theories. PsyPAG Quarterly, 88, 35-39.

Conference talks (hand-picked recent):

Jolley, D. & Mahmood, L. (2017, July).  Mindfulness and belief in conspiracy theories. Oral presentation at EASP, Granada.

Jolley, D. Seger, C., Meleady. R. (2016, September). "I'm not racist, but they did it": Conspiracy theories as a subtle form of bias. BPS West Midlands Branch Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK.

Jolley, D. Seger, C., Meleady. R. (2016, September). "I'm not racist, but they did it": Conspiracy theories as a subtle form of bias. BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK

Jolley, D. & Douglas, K.M. (2016, April).  Prevention is better than cure: Testing interventions to address anti-vaccine conspiracy theories. Poster presentation at BPS Annual Conference, held in Nottingham.

Invited talks (hand-picked recent):

Jolley, D. (2017, May). Psychology of conspiracy theories? Invited presentation at Brighton Skeptic’s in the Café, Brighton (open to the public).

Jolley, D. (2017, Feb). Are conspiracy theories harmless? Oral presentation at BPS West Midland’s Branch Psychology in the Pub, Stoke-on-Trent, UK (open to the public).

Jolley, D. (2016, Dec). Are conspiracy theories harmless? Oral presentation at BPS North West Branch Psychology in the Pub, Manchester, UK (open to the public).

Jolley, D. (2016, March). The social psychological consequences of conspiracy theories. Oral presentation at Goldsmith’s APRU Invited Speaker Series, London, UK (open to the public)

Jolley, D. (2016, Feb). The social psychological consequences of conspiracy theories. Oral presentation at University of Derby’s Psychology Research Seminar, Derby, UK.

Current Teaching

Undergraduate:

  • I am a personal tutor to students in Level 4 and 5, and I supervise undergraduate projects at Level 6.

I also contribute to the following undergraduate modules:

  • The Psychology of Social Perception (Module Leader, lectures)

  • Understanding the Social World (lectures and seminars)

  • Foundations of Psychology (seminars)

  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology (guest lecture)

  • Perspectives in Psychology (guest lecture and seminars)

  • People Behaving Badly (guest lecture)

Postgraduate:

  • I do some minor teaching on the MSc in Applied Research.  I can also supervise MSc and PhD students.

Contact

Dr Daniel Jolley
Department of Psychology
School of Life Sciences and Education
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 2DF
t: +44 (0)1782 294896
e: daniel.jolley@staffs.ac.uk
twitter: @DrDanielJolley