About the authors
Robbie was born in Wellington, New Zealand and completed undergraduate degrees in English, Philosophy and Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington, and went on to study for his PhD there. He has had teaching positions at Massey University (NZ), Keele University (UK), and now the University of Kent, where he is Reader in Psychology. He has published over 50 articles and book chapters on topics such as justice, inequality, gender, the fear of crime, feedback, and causal explanation. He has also acted as a consultant on projects in environmental and community psychology. He serves on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Social Psychology, the British Journal of Social Psychology, and the Journal of Language and Social Psychology.
Karen was born in Blackburn, England and grew up in the Hunter Valley, Australia. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Newcastle and her PhD at the Australian National University. Karen moved back to the UK to take up a lectureship at Keele University and later moved to the University of Kent where she is now a Reader in Psychology. Karen has many research interests, most notably on the social psychology of conspiracy theories, language and communication, and the psychology of the internet, having published and taught broadly in these areas. With Robbie Sutton and Matthew Hornsey, Karen co-edited the volume Feedback: The communication of praise, criticism and advice. She has been an associate editor for the European Journal of Social Psychology, Social Psychology, and the British Journal of Social Psychology.