Dr Annelie Harvey

Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Psychology

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Applied, Social and Health Psychology

Annelie is a social psychologist interested in the psychology of justice. Her research considers how people react to victims and instances of misfortune.

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annelie.harvey@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Annelie's research is inspired by the 'Belief in a Just World' theory, which posits that people have an inherent motivation to believe that the world is a fair and just place where everyone gets what they deserve. Although such a belief sounds unrealistic, it is essentially what drives people to delay gratification and work towards their deserved outcomes in life. Being confronted with instances of undeserved suffering and misfortune threaten this belief, and therefore, people react in a number of ways to make sense of victimisation and injustice.

Annelie's work considers the different reactions people exhibit and how these reactions operate. For example, she has investigated the level of processing that reactions to victims operate at (Harvey, Callan and Matthews, 2014), how different types of justice reasoning are moderated by religiosity (Harvey and Callan, 2014) and more recently, if people are biased in perceiving just-world consistent information.

Research interests

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  • Reactions to injustice
  • Reactions to victims
  • Victims and stereotypes

Annelie is a member of our Identity and Social Issues Research Area which forms part of our Applied, Social and Health Psychology Research Group.

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Qualifications

  • PhD, Psychology, University of Essex: October, 2014. Title: Making sense of victimisation and misfortunes: a just-world theory perspective
  • MSc, Research Methods in Psychology, University of Essex, 2011 (Distinction). Dissertation: Footballers’ wives, skinheads and teenage mothers: procedural and behavioural rebound of stereotypes
  • BSc (Hons), Psychology, University of Essex, 2010 (First class)

Selected recent publications

Ellard, J., Harvey, A.J. and Callan, M.J., in press. The Justice Motive. In: Sabbagh, C. and Schmitt, M. (Eds.). Handbook of Social Justice Theory and Research.

Khera, M.L.K., Harvey, A.J. and Callan, M.J., 2014. Beliefs in a just world, subjective well-being, and attitudes toward refugees among refugee workers. Social Justice Research, 27, pp.432–443.

Harvey, A.J. and Callan, M.J., 2014. Getting 'just deserts' or seeing the 'silver lining': the relation between judgments of immanent and ultimate justice. PLoS ONE, 9: e101803. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.010180.

Harvey, A.J., Callan, M.J. and Matthews, W.J., 2014. How much does effortful thinking underlie observers’ reactions to victimization? Social Justice Research, 27, pp.175–208.

Callan, M.J., Sutton, R.M., Harvey, A.J. and Dawtry, R.J., 2014. Immanent justice reasoning: theory, research, and current directions. In Olson, J.M. and Zanna, M.P. (Eds.). Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, vol. 49, pp.105–161. London: Academic Press.

Callan, M.J., Harvey, A.J. and Sutton, R.M. (2014). Rejecting victims of misfortune reduces delay discounting. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 51, pp.41–44.

Harvey, A.J. and Callan, M.J., 2014. The role of religiosity in ultimate and immanent justice reasoning. Personality and Individual Differences, 56, pp.193–196.

Callan, M.J., Harvey, A.J., Dawtry, R.J. and Sutton, R.M., 2013. Through the looking glass: Long-term goal focus increases immanent justice reasoning. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52, pp.377–385.

Recent presentations and conferences

Harvey, A.J. and Callan, M.J., 2014, September. Good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people: expectations of deservingness. 'Bite-size' paper presented at the Social Psychology Section annual conference from the British Psychological Society, Canterbury, UK.

Harvey, A.J. and Callan, M.J., 2014, July. The role of religiosity in ultimate and immanent justice reasoning. Poster presented at the 17th annual meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Harvey, A.J. and Callan, M.J., 2014, June. Getting your  'just deserts' or seeing the 'silver lining: the relation between judgments of immanent and ultimate justice. Paper presented as part of a symposium entitled "Making sense of the social world through justice judgments" at the 15th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Justice Research, New York, USA.

Harvey, A.J. and Callan, M.J., 2014, February. Getting your 'just deserts' or seeing the 'silver lining': when do judgments of immanent and ultimate justice for the self and others surface? Poster presented at the 15th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, Texas, USA.

Harvey, A.J., Callan, M.J. and Matthews, W.J., 2012, September. Strategies for preserving a belief in a just world: deliberative or effortless? Paper presented at the 14th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Justice Research, Tel Aviv, Israel.