Dr Rob Lowe
Senior Lecturer
Psychology
Telephone: (01792) 295120
Room: Academic Office - 723
Seventh Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

Over the past few years, I have been involved in research projects encompassing a range of issues relevant to both health and social psychology. Work on stress and coping has formed a significant part of my research activity. This has focused on two issues: firstly, the association between ways of coping and adjustment to illness, and secondly, how emotion-related appraisals are linked to choice of coping strategies. I also have an interest in process models and how these might be applied to understanding behaviour motivation. There are two strands to this work. The first is whether and how cognitive and evaluative processes might be related to health behaviour. As such, recent and on-going work has focused on associations between behaviour and attitudes (both conscious and automatic), visual attention, and memory. The second strand examines underlying mechanisms involved in the processing of socially-relevant information, and uses neural networks for modelling attitudes and allied constructs. Additionally, I have recently begun looking at perceptions of the self, leading to an on-going project examining computer gamers' on-line profiles.

Publications

  1. & Information processing in illness representation: Implications from an associative-learning framework.. Health Psychology 36(3), 280-290.
  2. & Milieu matters: Evidence that ongoing lifestyle activities influence health behaviors. PLOS ONE 12(6), e0179699
  3. & The Impact of Mindfulness and Perspective-Taking on Implicit Associations Toward the Elderly: a Relational Frame Theory Account. Mindfulness
  4. & Heterosexual Men’s Ratings of Sexual Attractiveness of Adolescent Girls: A Cross-Cultural Analysis. Archives of Sexual Behavior 44(8), 2201-2206.
  5. & Attitudinal Approaches to Health Behavior: Integrating Expectancy-Value and Automaticity Accounts. Social and Personality Psychology Compass 7(8), 572-584.

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Teaching

  • PS-M64 Coping with Chronic Disease

    The module addresses the psychology associated with vulnerability to and protection from chronic physical disease. The narrative across the module begins with consideration of motivational issues associated with health-related behaviors. It then considers issues of adaptation to illness such as stress and coping, and psychological interventions for reducing distress and promoting wellbeing. This module is particularly suited to students who want to pursue a career as a health professional.

  • PSY214 From Individuals to Society

    This module explores major theories and empirical issue in the areas of social psychology and individual differences. It focuses on the study of how individuals differ from each other (such as personality traits) and how individual and social factors affect behaviour (such as ethnocentrism, group performance and pro-social behaviour). Classical and contemporary theory and research relevant to a range of social psychological and individual difference issues are explored such as group behaviour, attitudes, and personality. Social psychology content is structured under the broad thematic umbrellas of intra-personal (individual-level) and inter-personal (group-level) processes. In exploring individual differences, the module looks at issues such as behavioural genetics, personality and intelligence. In examining the person in the social context, the module also explores individual motivation in the form of emotions and its function. The module addresses key questions such as `How do attitudes influence our behaviour?¿, `What is the contribution of nature vs. nurture to individual differences?¿, and `When are negative emotions beneficial?¿

  • PSY319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and Research topics. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • PSY320 Dissertation

    This optional module provides students with the opportunity to conduct an extended literature review to discover what is currently known about an interesting, but less well known, area of psychology that is not taught as part of the psychology curriculum in Level 5 or 6. Students work independently, guided by their dissertation supervisor, to research a topic of their choice. In recent years students have written dissertations about `political psychology¿, `positive psychology¿ `why people take part in extreme sports¿, `does cannabis use cause schizophrenia¿ and many other diverse lines of enquiry.

  • PSY324 From Individuals to Society

    This module explores major theories and empirical issue in the areas of social psychology and individual differences. It focuses on the study of how individuals differ from each other (such as personality traits) and how individual and social factors affect behaviour (such as ethnocentrism, group performance and pro-social behaviour). Classical and contemporary theory and research relevant to a range of social psychological and individual difference issues are explored such as group behaviour, attitudes and personality. Social psychology content is structured under the broad thematic umbrellas of intra-personal (individual-level) and inter-personal (group-level) processes. In exploring individual differences, the module looks at issues such as behavioural genetics, personality and intelligence. In examining the person in the social context, the module also explores individual motivation in the form of emotion and its function. The module addresses key questions such as `How do attitudes influence our behaviour?¿, `What is the contribution of nature vs. nurture to individual differences?¿, and `When are negative emotions beneficial?¿

  • PSY325 Independent Research Project - Joint Honours

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society.

Supervision

  • ''The associations between Illness beliefs, Emotions and Action tendencies on coping and recovery in Cardiac Surgery patients: Why do people cope in the way that they do?'' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett
    Other supervisor: Dr Rob Lowe
  • Health Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress: The Psychological Impact of Venous Thromboembolism (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rob Lowe
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett
  • Development of attention and executive function expertise in video gamers. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rob Lowe
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Johnston
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    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rob Lowe
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rob Lowe
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett
  • 'The Impact of Attachment styles, Religious Beliefs and Coping Strategies in the Context of Emotional Responses to Exclusion: Cross-Cultural Study' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rob Lowe
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett

Key Grants and Projects

  • Associations between physical activity, implicit attitude, and visual attention 2005 - 2006

    , with P. Bennett, F. F. Eves, £44,000

  • Patient education in rheumatoid arthritis: Measuring self-efficacy and predicting change 2001 - 2004

    , with S. Hewlett, Z. Cockshott, J. Kirwan , £54,000