Changing the World through Arts and Kindness proves arts experiences grow kindness, empathy, connections and self-efficacy Drawing on 10 years of robust quantitative and qualitative research around our projects, artist commissions and work in schools, we are delighted to launch our new research report Changing the World through Arts and Kindness: Evidence from People United […]

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Kimberley Griffin, People United’s work placement student reflects on recent pieces of work that illustrate the value of the arts. Kimberley has just completed her BSc in Psychology at the University of Kent. I recently came across the newest report published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Creative Health: The Arts for Health […]

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A summary of interesting research findings on inspiration, reflection and pro-social behaviour by PhD student Shazza Ali. Most of us enjoy watching television of some kind or another. Whether it’s a daily game show or soap opera, a weekly documentary or a film at the weekends, we often develop emotions towards the people on our […]

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Shazza Ali, research student (PhD) at the Centre for the Study of Group Processes, at the University of Kent, ponders on what imagination means to her… Imagine if I’d left five minutes earlier or five minutes later… Imagine if I’d taken a different bus or a different route… Imagine if I hadn’t made that decision… Imagine […]

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People United’s Tom Andrews, Director of Advocacy and Support, discusses the layers of complexity involved when researching the role of arts in growing pro-social motivation. In June 2016, I attended an education conference hosted by the Royal Opera House Bridge organisation.  Set in grand surroundings of Hatfield Manor, we were greeted by the ebullient owner and […]

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Shazza Ali, research student at the Centre for the Study of Group Processes asks – Learning – What is it, how do we do it and what is it good for? Learning is defined as a relatively permanent change in behaviour due to experience. These changes can come about by explicit teaching, studying, or just by living […]

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In this month’s research round up we look at research on positive emotions, contact theory, and moral psychology, together with some emerging research about the role of synchronous movement in empathy. Use it or lose it Just as muscles atrophy and you lose physical strength if you don’t take regular exercise researchers are finding that […]

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