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Miguel R. Ramos
BA (ISPA), MSc (U. Exeter), PhD (U. St. Andrews)
Marie Curie Research Fellow
My research investigates the impact of the social environment on people’s well-being and health, especially of those who face disadvantage in our societies.
This includes studying the effects of harmful aspects of the social environment such as prejudice and discrimination, as well as beneficial ones such as the social ties and identities individuals develop when in contact. In my work I model both aspects together with the aim of understanding under which conditions intergroup contact and identity mitigate the harmful effects of discrimination, prejudice, and negative stereotyping.
More recently, I have been interested in the effects of ethnic and religious diversity on people’s well-being. Are we happier and more satisfied in diverse societies? Does coexisting with individuals from a different demographic background impact our well-being and health?
My work has focused on stigmatised groups such as women, racial and ethnic minorities, and older adults. I have used a wide range of techniques spanning from lab experiments to the analysis of large surveys with worldwide data.
Exposure to sexism can decrease implicit gender stereotype bias
Ramos MR. et al, (2016), European Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 455 - 466
A Longitudinal Study of the Effects of Discrimination on the Acculturation Strategies of International Students
Ramos MR. et al, (2016), Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 47, 401 - 420
The legitimation of wife abuse among women: The impact of belief in a just world and gender identification
Correia I. et al, (2015), Personality and Individual Differences, 76, 7 - 12
Well-being in cross-cultural transitions: discrepancies between acculturation preferences and actual intergroup and intragroup contact
Ramos MR. et al, (2015), Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45, 23 - 34
To Believe or Not to Believe in a Just World? The Psychological Costs of Threats to the Belief in a Just World and the Role of Attributions
Ramos MR. et al, (2014), Self and Identity, 13, 257 - 273
Minority goals for interaction with the majority: Seeking distance from the majority and the effect of rejection on identification
Ramos MR. et al, (2013), European Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 72 - 83
A longitudinal investigation of the rejection-identification hypothesis
Ramos MR. et al, (2012), British Journal of Social Psychology, 51, 642 - 660