Dr Marek Palasinski

Position: Lecturer in Psychology

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Subject area: Psychology

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Lecturer in Psychology

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on a range of modules, mainly social psychology, forensic psychology and research methods.

Research interests

Crime; Cyberpsychology; Forensic Psychology

Membership of professional bodies

Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society


Research qualifications

  • PhD in Psychology, The University of Lancaster

Recent publications

  • Palasinski, M., & Seol, K.O. (in press). Examination of religious identity meta-stereotypes when defying its relevant source through outgroup helping. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 
  • Palasinski, M., & Bowman-Grieve. L. (2014). Tackling Cyberterrorism: Balancing Surveillance with Counter Communication. Security Journal,
  • Palasinski, M., & Montague, J. (2014). Gangs and Gender. Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies,
  • Palasinski, M., & Bignel, S. (2014). Lies in Cyberspace - the Patterns of Digital Deception. Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (3rd edition)‏,
  • Palasinski, M.,Granat, J., Seol, K.O., Bowman-Grieve, L. (2014). Social Categorization and Right-wing Authoritarianism in Reporting Potential Terrorist Threats in Cyberspace. Computers in Human Behavior,
  • Palasinski, M. & Svoboda. S. (2014). Reducing the Risk of Insurance Fraud by Appearances of Online Surveillance. Psychology, Crime & Law. Available at: www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1068316X.2013.871012#.Uwc3Kc6dJ9E
  • Palasinski, M. (2013). The Credit Crunch-justified Efficiency and Its Impact on the Detection of Insurance Fraud. The Qualitative Report, 18(45),1-16. 
  • Palasinski, M., Alison, L., & Riggs, D. W. (2013). Can Computer-Mediated Communication Increase Adolescents' Sexually Risky Behaviors. American Psychologist, 68(9), 887-888. 
  • Palasinski, M. (2013). Turning Assault into a 'Harmless Prank' - Teenage Perspectives on Happy Slapping. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28(9), 1907 - 1921. 
  • Palasinski, M. (2013). Security, Respect and Culture in British Teenagers' Discourses of Knife-carrying. Safer Communities, 12(2), 71 - 78. 
  • Palasinski, M. (2012). Online Security and Cyberbystander Relations in Mobilizing Sex Abuse Intervention. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. 15(10), 551-554. 
  • Palasinski, M. & Riggs, D. W. (2012). Young British Men and Knife-carrying in Public. Discourses of Masculinity, Protection and Vulnerability. Critical Criminology, 20(4), 463-476. 
  • Palasinski, M. (2012). The Roles of Monitoring and Cyberbystanders in Reducing Sexual Abuse. Computers in Human Behavior, 28(6), 2014-2022. 
  • Palasinski, M. (2012). Implications of Urban Adolescent Discourses of (Un)Happy Slapping. Safer Communities. 11(3), 159-164. 
  • Palasinski, M., Levine, M., & Abell, J. (2012). Intersectionality of Ethno-cultural Identities and Construal of Distant Suffering Outgroups. The Qualitative Report, 17, 1-17. 
  • Riggs, W. R., & Palasinski, M. (2011). Tackling knife crime. Young men view things differently. British Medical Journal, May, 342. www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d2903
  • Palasinski, M., Riggs, D. W, & Zebialowicz, A. (2011). 'You Don't Do It in Public': Discussing Racism, Respectability and Responsibility in Celebrity Big Brother. Celebrity Studies, 2(2), 145-158. 
  • Palasinski, M. (2011). Shedding the Qualitative Light of Narrativity on the Experiment-based Knew-it-all-along Effect. The Qualitative Report,11(2), 441-463. 
  • Palasinski, M. (2011). Reducing Sexual Abuse on the Internet by Mobilizing Cyber-bystanders. British Medical Journal, www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/03/reducing-sexual-abuse-internet-mobilizing-cyber-bystanders
  • Zebialowicz, A. & Palasinski, M. (2010). Probing Racial Dilemmas in the Bluest Eye with the Spyglass of Psychology. Journal of African American Studies, 14(2), 220-233. 
  • Palasinski, M. (2009). The Lucifer Effect in the Jedwabne Pogrom? Probing Collective Evilness. Inside and Outside of the Law (pp.159-172). Perspectives on Evil, Law and the State. In S. Dam & J. Hall (Eds), Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press. 
  • Palasinski, M. (2009). Testing Assumptions about Naivety in Insurance Fraud. Psychology, Crime & Law, 15(6), 547-553. 

Recent conferences

  • Palasinski, M. (2013). Exploring Adolescent  Perspectives on Knife- Carrying - an Opportunity for Social Change? Individual and Social Change. British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Conference, 27-30 August. University of Exeter, UK.
  • Palasinski, M. (2012). Turning Assault into a 'Harmless Prank' - Teenage Perspectives on Happy Slapping. British Psychological Society. Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, 26-28 June. Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK.
  • Palasinski, M. (2009). Social Analysis of Collective Evilness in the Jedwabne Massacre. The 3rd Global Conference on Evil, Law and the State, 13-15 March. Salzburg, Austria.
  • Palasinski, M. (2008). On the thematic comparative analysis of corporate and common assumptions about car insurance fraudsters. British Psychological Society. Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, 24-26 June. Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University, UK.
  • Palasinski, M. (2008). "Were you offended? - More than offended, I think I was very amused...". 2007 Big Brother winner Shilpa Shetty and her management of racism denial in the Sky News interview. The 7th Conference of the Discourse, Power, Resistance Series, 18- 20 March. Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Additional interests and activities

Co-ordinator for the Forensic Psychology Research Cluster

In the media

- Interviews with BBC Radio Scotland and Channel 4 News:


- In the documentary film ‘the Mobile Revolution’ by Magnus Sjostorm – the director of 10 Ways to End the World - a TV series documenting

catastophes that could endanger human existence (aired on the Knowledge Channel and National Geographic)

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