Postmes, Prof. Tom
Group behavior, collective behavior, conflict, social identity and communication technology
Tom Postmes is professor of Social Psychology. He completed his PhD at the University of Amsterdam, and was professor at the University of Exeter from 2004 to 2008. Postmes has won several international
prizes, including research fellowships from the KNAW (1998) and the British ESRC (2003). His publications have appeared in renowned journals across multiple disciplines, such as psychology, communication and management.
Postmes studies how people influence each other's ideas and behaviour. Even though people in the Western world like to see themselves as independent individuals, we continually conform to fashions, norms and
social structures. This is apparent in many different forms of collective behavior: on the stock exchange, at work, during an old-fashioned demonstration or in a modern flashmob organized via Internet. In his research Postmes shows how everyday interactions can lead to such collective behavior. This is more than mere imitation: communication initiates the formation of new norms, values and social identities. Together with several fellow researchers and dance group Random Collision, he is also studying the social impact of watching a dance performance.
Postmes is coordinator of the Kenniscentrum Aardbevingen en Duurzame Ontwikkeling (KADO) (Knowledge center for earthquakes and sustainable development) of the university. In the 'Gronings Perspectief' project, Postmes is studying subjects such as safety, health and future prospects in Groningen in relation to earthquakes.
- 100.000 mensen met aardbevingsschade (Dutch News)
- The social impact of watching a dance performance
- Wat doen emoties met ons gedrag? [How do emotions affect our behaviour?]
Previously in the news
- Groningen residents still feel powerless regarding earthquake measures
- Knowledge as a foundation
- Induced earthquakes damage health and perceived safety
- RUG zoekt 25.000 Groningers voor aardbevingsonderzoek (in Dutch)
- Dance and group processes (in Dutch - Dagblad van het Noorden)
- The language of our body (in Dutch)
- Research on social unrest earthquakes (Radio Noord)
- Postmes on group pressure (in Dutch, Pavlov Radio, Postmes from 5.23)
- Most of the Dutch let themselves be silenced
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