Department of Social and Intercultural Psychology

Our department is dedicated to developing understanding and knowledge of key social, economic, political, and cultural issues in Psychology. Social influence is pervasive in almost everything people think, feel, and do, therefore, social psychology is a broad and increasingly multidisciplinary discipline.

The education profile covers both classical topics like social cognition, interpersonal relations and interactions between and within groups, and also emphasizes our faculty areas of interest, e.g. group dynamics, organizational psychology, and cultural psychology. Students learn to apply psychological theories and data to the analysis and solution of a wide range of social problems.

Within our MA programme, students typically work with several faculty members within regular research lab meetings and field work projects to develop an increasing focus on relevant social problems. The curriculum also includes communication skills training. We have fruitful collaboration with numerous partner organizations such as the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Institutes of Psychology Research and Sociology. Ildikó Erdélyi. Dr Habil, professor emerita, has been managing several research projects supported by Hungarian grants like OTKA, NKFP and the EU.

Primary areas of research and publication are: interaction dynamics of families, groups (including group therapy and minorities) and organizations, history of psychiatry in relation to social and political changes in Hungary, narrative psychology (representation of emotional content), and social effects of historical and social traumas (Holocaust, migration, etc.).

Head of Department
Dr. Zsuzsanna Mirnics, Associate Professor

Dr. Ildikó Erdélyi, Professor Emeritus
Dr. Tibor Pólya, Senior Lecturer
Dr. Melinda Kovai, Senior Lecturer
Dr. Csaba Szummer, Senior Lecturer