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Psychology of the Selfie

Duration: 1 hour
Finished 3 March 2019
Powerhouse Museum

An exploration of selfies, social media and evolutionary psychology.

Join evolutionary psychologist Dr Khandis Blake (UNSW) to learn about how our use of social media and online platforms is changing our behavior, social relationships and human psychology. Offering new modes of expression, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook challenge previous understandings of individual expression, competition and empowerment. Using the selfie as a case study, explore what this global phenomenon reveals about our underlying psychology and motivations.


Dr Khandis Blake

Dr Khandis Blake is an evolutionary social psychologist at the University of New South Wales. She is an avid science communicator and was a finalist in the 2018 FameLab (NSW) competition. Her recent research on sexy selfies and female empowerment has been featured in popular articles throughout the world. Dr Blake’s areas of research also include the psychology intimate partner violence, societal attitudes towards reproduction and other gendered phenomena.

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