BA, MA, MSc (with distinction), PhD
I am a researcher working on the ATTUNE project; a multi-site study that aims to explore young people’s experiences and understandings of mental ill health and adverse childhood experiences using arts-based and digital methods.
My background combines creative practice with cross-disciplinary research. I worked in TV for a decade, as a Script Editor for BBC Drama and then as a professional screenwriter, before retraining with an MSc in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex. I moved on to research roles at Magdalen College, Oxford, where I worked on the Adults At Play(s) project with Professors Robin Dunbar and Laurie Maguire. We used experimental methodology to examine the psychology of dramatic audiences across a number of empirical studies.
I’m particularly fascinated by story-telling, and how we use narrative to frame our understanding of ourselves and the world around us, especially with its complex relationship to negative affect. I completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University in 2022.
Does believing something to be fiction allow a form of moral licencing or a ‘fictive pass’ in understanding others’ actions?
Thompson J. et al, (2023), Frontiers in Psychology, 14
How Audiences Engage With Drama: Identification, Attribution and Moral Approval.
Teasdale B. et al, (2021), Front Psychol, 12
Differential effects of film genre on viewers’ absorption, identification, and enjoyment.
Thompson J. et al, (2020), Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
Individual Differences in Transportation into Narrative Drama
Thompson J. et al, (2018), Review of General Psychology
Cognition, Endorphins, and the Literary Response to Tragedy
Budelmann F. et al, (2017), The Cambridge Quarterly, 46, 229 - 250