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Dr Roy Spina

Senior Lecturer in Psychology: POWER Centre Deputy Director (Social and Individual Differences Psychology)

R.spina@chi.ac.uk | (01243) 816436

Introduction
Dr Roy Spina, BSc, MSc, PhD

After completing his BSc, Roy moved to Japan to teach English as a Second Language. Living and teaching in Japan and subsequently travelling throughout East and Southeast Asia stimulated Roy’s interest in individual and cultural differences. Upon returning from Asia, Roy completed his graduate studies in Social and Personality psychology in Canada, acquiring a strong background in research methodology and statistics, with an emphasis on quantitative experimental research.

After completing his studies, Roy held Lecturer posts at Queen’s University and Birmingham City University, before joining the University of Chichester. Although his research interests are diverse, they can be broadly classified into the areas of individual and cultural differences in social cognition. Roy regularly reviews articles for the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology and the Asian Journal of Social Psychology.

Research Interests

Research Interests: Cultural and Individual Differences in Social Cognition, particularly the social aspects of: attention/perception, attitudes, attributions, categorization, prediction, and judgment and decision making, and information seeking.
I am interested in understanding how culture and the human mind co-constitute one another. My ongoing research in Social and Personality Psychology can be classified into three broad and overlapping categories: Cultural Psychology, Individual Differences, and Social Cognition. I am fascinated by all cultures, but I am particularly interested in Easterners (Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese) and Westerners (Americans, British, Canadians, and Europeans). Specifically, I have been investigating cultural and individual differences in attention/perception, attitudes, attributions, categorization, prediction, judgment and decision making, and information seeking.

Professional

Teaching and Support

Module coordinator

Abnormal and Forensic Psychology (Year 2)
Cultural Psychology (Year 3)
Individual Differences Psychology (Year 2)

Funding

Higher Education Academy, 2011 – 2012
Individual Research Grant - £7000

Ontario Research Award, 2009 - 2010             
Individual Research Grant - $15,000(CAD)

Queen’s University, 2007 – 2010
Individual Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Research - $3000(CAD)     

Conference Presentations

Symposia

Spina, R., Ji, L.J., Masuda, T., Choi, I., & Liman, M.W.L. (2016, July). Invitation to present in symposium titled, ‘Current Advances in Research on Culture and Cognition.’ At the XXII Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP), Nagoya, Japan.

Spina, R., Ji, L.J., Guo, T., & Kwan, V. (2010, July). Culture and Breadth of Focus: Implications for Judgment and Decision Making. Symposium chair at the XX Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP), The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Oral Presentations

Spina, R. (2016, July). Expecting a Correspondence in Magnitude Between Cause and Effect. Oral presentation at the XXII Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP), Nagoya, Japan.

Spina, R. (2012, July). Cultural differences in curiosity. Presentation at the XXIst Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP), The University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Spina, R. (2011, July). A debate with murderers and paedophiles:  Bringing research and practical experience into the undergraduate curriculum. Presentation at the International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Vancouver, Canada.

Spina, R. & Ji, L.J. (2010, July). Cultural differences in the representativeness heuristic. Presentation at the XXth Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP), The University of Melbourne, Australia

Spina, R. & Ji, L. J. (2008, May). Cultural differences in seeking practical versus theoretical information. Presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.

Spina, R. & Heine, S. J. (2005, January). Birds of a feather flock together, or do they? Cultural differences in the similarity-attraction effect. Presentation at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Poster Presentations

Spina, R. (2014, May). A prison visit fostered more informed attitudes among future employees of the criminal justice system. Presentation at the 26th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Hilton Union Square, San Francisco, USA.

Sheppard, L., Acton, G., & Spina, R. (2012, August). Using Allport’s Contact Hypothesis to improve teaching methods. Presentation at the British Psychological Society Social Section Annual Conference, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Acton, G., Sheppard, L., & Spina, R. (2012, August). Improving career decision-making among students who interacted with paedophiles and murderers. Presentation at the British Psychological Society Social Section Annual Conference, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Spina, R. & Ji, L. J. (2009, January). Cultural differences in expecting a correspondence in magnitude between cause and effect. Presentation at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference, Tampa, USA.

Spina, R. & Ji, L. J. (2007, June). Culture differences in the preference for individual consistency. Presentation at the Canadian Psychological Association Conference, Ottawa, ON.

Spina, R. & Ji, L. J. (2007, January). Culture and lay theories of change: Differences in the situations that attract interest and instigate a search for a cause. Presentation at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference, Memphis, TN. Spina, R. & Ji, L. J. (2006, May). The leopard does not change his spots. Do we like him for it? Culture and a preference for consistency. Presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.

Spina, R. & Ji, L. J. (2006, January). Cultural differences in information seeking. Presentation at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference, Palm Springs, CA.
 

Publications

Guo T., & Spina, R. (2016). Chinese are more loss averse than British. Asian Journal of Social Psychology.

Guo, T., & Spina, R. (2015). Regulatory Focus Affects Predictions of the Future. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41(2), 214-223.

Guo, T., Ji, L. J., Spina, R., & Zhang, Z. (2012). Culture, temporal focus, and values of the past and the future. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin,38(8), 1030-1040.

Wilson, D., Spina, R., & Canaan, J. E. (2011). In praise of the carceral tour: learning from the Grendon experience. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice,50(4), 343-355.

Spina, R. R., Ji, L. J., Guo, T., Zhang, Z., Li, Y., & Fabrigar, L. (2010). Cultural differences in the representativeness heuristic: Expecting a correspondence in magnitude between cause and effect. Personality and social psychology bulletin, 36(5), 583-597.

Spina, R. R., Ji, L. J., Ross, M., & Zhang, Z. (2010). Why best can't last: Cultural differences in anticipating a regression toward the mean. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 13(3), 153-162.

Heine, S. J., Foster, J. A. B., & Spina, R. (2009). Do birds of a feather universally flock together? Cultural variation in the similarity‐attraction effect. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 12(4), 247-258.

Research

Research Interests

Cultural and Individual Differences in Social Cognition, particularly the social aspects of: attention/perception, attitudes, attributions, categorization, prediction, and judgment and decision making, and information seeking.

I am interested in understanding how culture and the human mind co-constitute one another. My ongoing research in Social and Personality Psychology can be classified into three broad and overlapping categories: Cultural Psychology, Individual Differences, and Social Cognition. I am fascinated by all cultures, but I am particularly interested in Easterners (Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese) and Westerners (Americans, British, Canadians, and Europeans). Specifically, I have been investigating cultural and individual differences in attention/perception, attitudes, attributions, categorization, prediction, judgment and decision making, and information seeking.

PHD Supervision

PhD Supervision

Monica Hess: Perceptions of Romanian Immigrant Workers on Organisational Culture in Relation to Organisational Communication and Job Satisfaction – 2012 - 2016

Victor Meirinhos: The role of identity in relation to organisational and individual variables in safety behaviours – 2013 - Present

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