Department of Psychology
Professor Vasu Reddy
- Qualifications: BA, MSc, PhD
- Role Title: Professor of Developmental and Cultural Psychology
- Address: King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DY
- Telephone: 023 9284 6307
- Email: email@example.com
- Department: Department of Psychology
- Faculty: Faculty of Science
After completing my Bachelors degree in Psychology, English Literature and Political Science (1975) and Masters in Psychology (1977) in Hyderabad India, I did my PhD at Edinburgh University (between 1977 and 1983). Returning to India I taught Psychology at the University College for Women in Hyderabad for three years. I have been teaching at British universities from 1986.
I am interested in the origins and development of social cognition, mainly in young infants. For twenty years now I have been exploring the role of emotional engagement in social understanding, focusing on the everyday, ordinary engagements (such as teasing and joking and showing-off or feeling shy) which often tend to get ignored in mainstream theories. I am Director of the Centre for Situated Action and Communication which explores ideas of context and situation on different kinds of psychological phenomena. My interest in engagement as the route to understanding has led me to questions about the nature and influence of cultural engagements on social understanding.
I currently teach on the Year 2 unit Developmental Psychology and contribute to other teaching.
I am currently intrigued - in relation to infants, in relation to adults and indeed in relation to psychologists - how engagement must constantly either alternate or somehow integrate with dis-engagement.
EU 6th framework project on the origins and development of compliance with directives (conducted in Hyderabad and in Portsmouth).
Marie Curie Initial Training Network TESIS (Towards an Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity) with the Universities of Heidelberg, San Sebastian, Parma, Copenhagen, Munich, Hertfordshire, Arhus, Chieti, and with Lego Learning Institute, and Springer Science.
If engagement matters: (Re-)Opening development. Workshop on Emerging Paradigms in Social Cognition: Toward New Scientific Theories. Centre for Subjectivity Research, Copenhagen, 6-7 October 2011. Keynote:
Engaging babies: Mutuality and the development of understanding. Conference on Play, Pen Green Centre, Corby, 14 May 2011 Keynote:
Feeling Minds: Engagement and the roots of awareness in Infancy: University of Portsmouth, 4 May 2011 http://compass.port.ac.uk/UoP/items/27f98b1c-8633-4f11-7ad1-513bba89a01a/1/ Inaugural:
Come I bambini sperimentano le menti degli altri. Launch of Cosa passa per la testa di un bambino, University of Pavia, 15 April, 2011. Keynote:
Conference on Expression and expressive communication, University College London, 24-26 March 2011. Keynote:
Genuine Dialogue: Why it (also) matters to babies. Saturday Evening Lecture Series, Dundee, 5 March 2011 Public Lecture:
Engaging with others and with self in a mirror: in typical development and in Autism. Conference on communicative and symbolic behaviours in Autism, Paris, 4 - 5 February 2011. Keynote:
I am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (of the Developmental Section and the History and Philosophy Section).