Photo of Philip PowellPhilip Powell

InstEAD Research Fellow

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Philip graduated from the University of Sussex in 2008 with a BA in Psychology. He then went on to work in a number of professional and applied settings, including in special education, and as a research intern in the civil service. Philip was awarded with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Sheffield in 2014. He was then employed as a Research Associate on the EPSRC-funded project “Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy” (CEDE) at the Institute for Economic Analysis of Decision-making (InstEAD) between December 2013 and March 2016, and is now an InstEAD Research Fellow. 

Research summary

Philip is currently Research Fellow on “InsEAD-EX: A mobile experimental economics portal (the ‘lab-in-a-bag’)”, which seeks to develop the Department’s capacity for experimental methods and multidisciplinary collaboration. He has a background in mental health research and specialises in behavioural economics. Philip has broader research interests in the experience of emotion and its effects on decision-making, psychological functioning and wellbeing. 

Selected publications

Powell, P. A., & Roberts, J. (2017). Situational determinants of cognitive, affective, and compassionate empathy in naturalistic digital interactions. Computers in Human Behavior, 68, 137-148. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2016.11.024

Azlan, H. A., Overton, P. G., Simpson, J., & Powell, P. A. (2017). Differential disgust responding in people with cancer and implications for psychological wellbeing. Psychology and Health, 32(1), 19-37. doi:10.1080/08870446.2016.1235165

Powell, P. A., Azlan, H. A., Simpson, J., & Overton, P. G. (2016). The effect of disgust-related side-effects on symptoms of depression and anxiety in people treated for cancer: a moderated mediation model. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 39(4), 560-573. doi:10.1007/s10865-016-9731-0

Powell, P. A., Simpson, J., & Overton, P. G. (2015). Self-affirming trait kindness regulates disgust toward one’s physical appearance. Body Image, 12, 98-107. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2014.10.006

Powell, P. A., Overton, P. G., & Simpson, J. (2014). The revolting self: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of self-disgust in females with depressive symptoms. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 70(6), 562-578. doi:10.1002/jclp.22049

Powell, P. A., Simpson, J., & Overton, P. G. (2013). When disgust leads to dysphoria: A three-wave longitudinal study assessing the temporal relationship between self-disgust and depressive symptoms. Cognition & Emotion, 27(5), 900-913. doi:10.1080/02699931.2013.767223