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Dr Irina Anderson

Principal Lecturer

    I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Psychology. I then stayed on at Sheffield University, having gained an ESRC Postgraduate Studentship, to complete a PhD in social psychology on attributional reasoning about sexual violence. Upon completion, I joined the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham as a lecturer before moving to the School of Psychology at the University of East London as Senior Lecturer and then Principal Lecturer. I am a member of the British Psychological Society and, within that, the Social Psychology Section and the Psychology of Women Section. My main research interests are in financial trader psychology and decision making, attribution theory, attitudes, and language and discourse. My colleagues and I have investigated System-1 and System-2 processes (quick versus slow decision making) in a recent paper. Currently, we are examining intuitive reasoning in traders. I work within both quantitative and qualitative methods. 

    I am interested in social cognitive judgements.  My current research examines decision making processes in financial traders.
    BA, PhD



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    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    Anderson, I. (2017). Sexual Violence and Rape. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Edited by Bryan S. Turner. ©2017JohnWiley&Sons, Ltd. Published 2017 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. DOI:10.1002/9781118430873.est0334

    Anderson, I. (2017). Social Psychology. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Edited by Bryan S. Turner. ©2017JohnWiley&Sons, Ltd. Published 2017 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. DOI:10.1002/9781118430873.est0812

    Thoma, V., White, E., Panigrahi, A., Strowger, V., & Anderson, (2015). Good Thinking or Gut Feeling? Cognitive Reflection and Intuition in Traders, Bankers and Financial Non-Experts. PLOS ONE, 10(4), e0123202. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0123202

    Anderson, I. & Bissell, H. (2011). Blame and fault attributions in sexual violence: Are these distinct? Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 3(4), 222-229. doi:10.1108/17596591111187747|

    Rogers, P., Lowe, M., Anderson, I. & Potton, A. (2011). Can Norm Theory Explain the Effects of Victim Age and Level of Physical Maturity on Perceptions of Child Sexual Abuse? Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(10), 1911–1933. doi:10.1177/0886260510372936|

    Anderson, I. & Quinn, A. (2009). Gender differences in medical students' attitudes toward male and female rape victims. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 14(1), 10–110. doi:10.1080/13548500802241928|

    Anderson, I., Lowe, M., Rogers, P. (2009).  Gender's role in attributions about child sexual abuse. . In J. H. Urlich & B. T. Cosell (Eds.), Handbook on gender roles: Conflicts, attitudes and behaviours. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|

    Anderson, I. & Doherty, K. (2007). Accounting for rape: Psychology, feminism and discourse analysis in the study of sexual violence. London: Routledge.

    Anderson, I. (2007). What is a typical rape? Effects of victim and participant gender in female and male rape perception. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46(1), 225–245. doi:10.1348/014466606X101780

    Dell, P., & Anderson, I. (2005). Practising critical psychology: Politics, power and psychology departments. International Journal of Critical Psychology, 13, 14–31.

    Anderson, I. & Lyons, A. (2005). The Effect of Victims’ Social Support on Attributions of Blame in Female and Male Rape. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35(7), 1400–1417. doi:10.1111/j.1559-1816.2005.tb02176.x

    Anderson, I. (2004). Explaining negative rape victim perception: Homophobia and the male rape victim. Current Research in Social Psychology, 10(4), 44–57

    Anderson, I. & Doherty, K. (2004). Making sense of male rape: Constructions of gender, sexuality and experience of rape victims. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 14(2), 85–103. doi:10.1002/casp.765

    Anderson, I., & Ahmed, B. (2003). Sexism in psychology and how to end it: Feminist and critical debates in applied contexts. In R. Bayne (Ed.), Applied psychology: Current issues and new directions (pp.172-183). London: Sage

    Anderson, I. (2002). Gender, psychology and law: Studies in feminism epistemology and science. Feminism and Psychology, 12(3), 379–388. doi:10.1177/0959353502012003009

    Anderson, I., Beattie, G. & Spencer, C. (2001). Can Blaming Victims of Rape be Logical? Attribution Theory and Discourse Analytic Perspectives. Human Relations, 54(4), 445–467. doi:10.1177/0018726701544003

    Anderson, I. & Beattie, G. (2001). Depicted rapes: How similar are vignette and newspaper accounts of rape?. Semiotica, 132, 1–21. doi:10.1515/semi.2001.10

    Anderson, I., & Swainson, V. (2001). Perceived motivation for rape: Gender differences in beliefs about female and male rape. Current Research in Social Psychology, 6(8), 107–123.

    Anderson, I. (1999). Characterological and behavioural blame in conversations about female and male rape. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 18(4), 377–394. doi:10.1177/0261927X99018004002

    Anderson, I. (1999). Editorial. Psychology of Women Section Review, 1(1), 38–39.

    Doherty, K., & Anderson, I. (1998). Talking about rape: Perpetuating rape supportive culture. The Psychologist, 11(12), 583–587.

    Anderson, I., & Doherty, K. (1997). Psychology, sexuality and power: Constructing sex and violence. Feminism & Psychology, 7, 549–554. doi:10.1177/0959353597074009

    Anderson, I., & Beattie, G. (1996). How important is Kelley’s model of the attribution process when men and women discuss rape in conversation? Semiotica, 110, 1–21. doi:10.1515/semi.1996.110.1-21


    In Press:

    Anderson, I. & Thoma, V. (in press). The edge of reason: A thematic analysis of how professional financial traders understand analytical decision making. European Management Journal

    O'Mahoney, J. & Anderson, I. (in press). Using Narrative Analysis to Inform About Female and Male Sexual Victimization. In 'Stories Changing Lives' (C. Squire Ed.).
    Oxford University Press. 



    Financial traders decision making
    Violence and aggression



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