My research investigates how social contexts shape the human mind, thought and behaviour. I primarily focus on the psychological study of social hierarchy from social, cultural as well as socio-cognitive neuroscience perspectives. I am interested in how cultures shape social hierarchy, how higher or lower ranks guide visual attention, as well as the differential psychological effects of dominance and prestige.
I completed a MSc in Social Psychology at the University of Paris and a PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University College London. Before joining Brunel University London, I was the SAGE Research Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a JSPS short-term fellow at the Kokoro Research Center at Kyoto University.
Newest selected publications
Gobel, M., Benet-Martinez, V., Mesquita, B. and Uskul, A. (2018) 'Europe’s Culture(s): Negotiating Cultural Meanings, Values, and Identities in the European Context'. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49 (6). pp. 858 - 867. ISSN: 0022-0221 Open Access Link
Ito, A., Gobel, M. and Uchida, Y. (2018) 'Leaders in Interdependent Contexts Suppress Nonverbal Assertiveness: A Multilevel Analysis of Japanese University Club Leaders' and Members' Rank Signaling'. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 (MAY). pp. 723. ISSN: 1664-1078 Open Access Link
Gobel, MS., Tufft, MRA. and Richardson, DC. (2017) 'Social Beliefs and Visual Attention: How the Social Relevance of a Cue Influences Spatial Orienting'. Cognitive Science, 42. pp. 161 - 185. ISSN: 0364-0213 Open Access Link
Gobel, M., Chen, A. and Richardson, D. (2017) 'How different cultures look at faces depends on the interpersonal context'. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71 (3). pp. 258 - 264. ISSN: 1196-1961 Open Access Link