Sally Wiggins

Sally Wiggins
Linköping University | LiU · Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning (IBL)

PhD

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Introduction
I specialise in discursive psychology and social interaction. I am interested in the ways in which psychological concepts become enacted and made consequential in everyday social interaction. In family mealtimes, for instance, we can examine the ways in which disgust responses or food preferences are treated differently by parents and children as part of the management of eating. In student tutorials, we can examine how one's assumed knowledge of a subject can become a delicate matter.
Additional affiliations
August 2016 - June 2019
Linköping University
Position
  • Lecturer
April 2004 - June 2016
University of Strathclyde
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  • Lecturer
September 2002 - March 2004
Nottingham Trent University
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  • Lecturer

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Publications (60)
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The lip-smack is a communicative sound object that has received very little research attention, with most work examining their occurrence in nonhuman primate interaction. The current paper aims to dissect the social potential of lip-smacks in human interaction. The analysis examines a corpus of 391 lip-smack particles produced by English-speaking p...
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Discursive psychology has, over the past 30 years, developed a coherent analytical approach to psychology and discursive practices. This field has neglected, however, the importance of bodies in, and bodies for, interaction. In this chapter we provide an overview of discursive psychology theory, subject-object distinctions, and the turns to languag...
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This chapter uses discursive psychology to examine how embodied affect is enacted and coordinated in social interaction. Data consist of a single-case study of a university seminar in which Swedish medical students and their tutor discuss fictional texts. Using the term ‘embodied affective stance’, our analysis demonstrates how affect is enacted th...
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Tasting as a social practice can be enacted on behalf of others through precisely positioned nonlexical vocalizations as gustatory mmms. This paper uses multimodal interaction analysis to detail the coordination of parents and infants while starting to feed solid foods; data are from families in Scotland. The analysis focuses on the organization of...
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In this new era of education, employers require graduates who are not only academically proficient, but who also possess a variety of attributes such as being communicators, leaders, and networkers (Davidson & Major, 2014). As well as technical and practical subject knowledge, today’s students of the ‘Information Age’ (Lee, Huh & Reigeluth, 2015) m...
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The first time that students meet for a problem-based learning (PBL) tutorial is important for setting the framework for the rest of the PBL process (Hempel & Jern, 2000). This occasion typically involves introducing themselves, meeting the tutor, writing a group contract, and starting work on the first scenario or case. When students are working i...
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With the increasing complexity of the engineering role, today’s graduates must be capable of confronting both technical and societal problems which are underpinned by effective teamwork at their core. Problem-based learning – one of a range of collaborative pedagogies – has been implemented in engineering teaching as an avenue to better prepare stu...
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This commentary provides a short reflection on the current status of discursive psychology in a fluctuating academic landscape. It focuses on three points: how discursive psychological research situates itself in relation to other research (both within and outside of psychology), how psychology itself can be respecified as a discipline (rather than...
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"Discursive psychology has proved exceptionally fruitful in showing us how people use talk to do "psychological" things like remember, recognise, judge, and so on. Now we have a collection which goes one major step forward, and shows us how they do those things - and more - using gesture, movement and bodily orientation. A hugely welcome contributi...
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The enjoyment of food and the sharing of mealtimes is a normative cultural and social practice. Empirical research on eating enjoyment has, however, been a rather neglected area across the social sciences, often marginalized in favor of health or focusing on individual preferences rather than shared enjoyment. Even with regards to children, their e...
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Teamwork is a requirement in any engineering job and is particularly important where innovation and entrepreneurial knowledge are highly valued. In 21st century engineering, technical subject knowledge is of limited value on its own and must be accompanied with interpersonal skills as part of the full ‘graduate package’. Problem-based learning (PBL...
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As a pedagogical approach that aims to develop students’ group-working skills and to challenge their current knowledge, problem-based learning (PBL) provides a unique setting in which to examine disagreements in interaction. Previous research on disagreements in classrooms has typically examined tutor–student interaction or student–student interact...
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The psychologist programme at Linköping University - a five-year educational programme that results in students becoming licensed psychologists - uses problem-based learning (PBL) throughout its entirety. PBL is a pedagogical approach that is based on problem-solving, self-directed learning and group interaction. Each term, the students (around 50...
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Social and group psychology has much to offer in terms of applicable knowledge and the development of psychological literacy in students. One area that is particularly suited for application is the formation of groups: how we select group members, and how we understand how group roles can impact on the effectiveness of group work. In light of many...
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Objective. To determine the views of pharmacists in central Scotland regarding experiential education for MPharm students. Methods. A thematic analysis was completed by Ms. Gillian Hendry and Dr. Sally Wiggins of interviews conducted with ten practicing pharmacists paired with first-year master of pharmacy (MPharm) students during the 2011-2012 aca...
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Research has shown that educators may be reluctant to implement group work in their teaching due to concerns about students partaking in off-task behaviours. However, such off-task interactions have been shown to promote motivation, trust, and rapport-building. This paper details a study in which student groups were video recorded as they engaged i...
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Problem-based learning (PBL) is an internationally recognised pedagogical approach that is implemented within a number of disciplines. The relevance and uptake of PBL in psychology has to date, however, received very limited attention. The aim of this paper is therefore to review published accounts of how PBL is being used to deliver psychology cur...
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As mobile phone technology becomes more advanced, so too does its presence in everyday life. Research has shown, for instance, that students are using their mobile phones in classroom settings, a practice that holds both potential advantages and disadvantages. In group work, these interactions may have consequences for group dynamics in that orient...
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Suicide is a global health concern, though little is known about the social practices that might support those who are contemplating suicide. Online forums provide a unique insight into the anonymous discussion of suicide, including sociocultural norms about suicide and the delicate management of online interaction. In this article, we examine the...
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The dissertation is a core component of a psychology undergraduate degree, though very little research has been conducted into supervision processes at undergraduate level. This study examined the accounts of supervisors of qualitative dissertations, in order to identify current practices of supervision and possible resources that might support sup...
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Identity is typically understood as something that individuals “have” or own, an essential part of one’s psychological state that guides how we behave and how we fit into society. By contrast, the discursive psychological (DP) approach treats identity as an ongoing, active construction that is primarily achieved through discourse and social interac...
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One of the most consistently studied constructs within group dynamics literature is that of cohesiveness; the extent to which individuals within a group feel connected. Members of strongly cohesive groups are more inclined to participate and stay with the group, and past research has reported that laughter has the ability to enhance cohesion betwee...
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In the academic and medical literature on alopecia, wigs (hair prostheses) are typically recommended as a coping strategy: a device to camouflage, conceal, or cover hair loss, and cope with the psychological impact of a dramatic change in body image. This paper used Goffman's (1959) theory of impression management to demonstrate (a) the social sign...
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Jahoda (2012) criticizes discursive social psychology (DSP) on several different grounds; specifically, he argues that DSP has opaque methodological procedures, is of questionable scientific merit, involves over-interpretation of its data, and implicitly claims its findings to be universal rather than contextually specific. We challenge these criti...
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This paper contributes to research on the socialization of disgust responses by examining the ways in which preschool children (up to and including 5-year-olds) and their parents enact disgust in video recordings of family mealtimes in England and Scotland using a discursive psychological approach. I demonstrate that, in this context, preschool chi...
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Disgust is a complex phenomenon that pervades a number of social situations. To date, disgust has primarily been understood as an individually experienced emotion or as a way of defining boundaries between people or objects; the detailed social practices through which disgust is choreographed, however, have yet to be fully explored. The social impl...
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Technological developments in prosthesis design of upper limb devices are improving rapidly, and understandings of user's perceptions are important to reduce device abandonment and improve user satisfaction rates. The purpose of this review was to establish what is known about adult user's perceptions of upper limb prostheses in terms of both cosme...
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This paper provides an extended review of psychological, sociological and interactional research on mealtimes and satiety (fullness), arguing for a focus on how fullness and finishing a meal is interactionally achieved. Drawing on three specimen data fragments from contrasting family settings, routinely used resources for pursuing completion and ex...
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Weight management services in the UK's National Health Service (NHS) are on the increase, partly due to rising rates of patients classified as ‘obese’. Those attending such services are held accountable, on some level, for their weight, although this issue is rarely addressed in clinical research in this area. By contrast, critical social research...
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Humour is a complex phenomenon, incorporating cognitive, emotional, behavioural, physiological and social aspects. Research to date has concentrated on reviewing (rehearsed) humour and 'healthy' individuals via correlation studies using personality-trait based measurements, principally on psychology students in laboratory conditions. Nurses are key...
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Research methods is often considered one of the more challenging subjects to teach (and learn), yet it is arguably the most important; to equip students with the skills to carry out their own research is a fundamental aspect of many psychology courses. The issues raised by qualitative research methods teaching in particular - differing epistemologi...
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This article maps the components of telephone tutorial conferences (TTCs) used for distance learning in higher education. Using conversation analysis we identified four common sequences of TTCs as `calling in'; `agenda-setting'; `tutorial proper'; and `closing down'. Patterns of student participation look similar to those in face-to-face tutorials...
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Those who attempt suicide have often been described as 'crying for help', and there are implications if such cries are not taken seriously. This paper examines how users of an Internet forum for 'suicidal thoughts' work up their authenticity in their opening posts, and how these are responded to by fellow forum users. Data were taken from two Inter...
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This paper is a report of a review conducted to identify, critically analyse and synthesize the humour literature across a number of fields related to health, health care and nursing. The humour-health hypothesis suggests that there is a positive link between humour and health. Humour has been a focus of much contention and deliberation for centuri...
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The aim of Critical Bodies has been to demonstrate an understanding of body weight and body management as always political and intertwined with a multiplicity of discourses including health, medicine and identity. Consequently, the meanings attached to weight are dynamic, fluid and context dependent. The authors in this book wanted to challenge con...
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Using work produced from the critical and postmodern arena in social sciences, this book examines three key areas - representation, identities and practice - to explore and interrogate how body and weight management, subjectivities, experiences and practices are constituted within and by the normative discourses of contemporary western culture. © S...
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Introduction. Feeding children can be one of the most challenging and frustrating aspects of raising a family. This is often exacerbated by conflicting guidelines over what the ‘correct’ amount of food and ‘proper’ eating actually entails. The issue becomes muddier still when parents are accused of mistreating their children by not feeding them pro...
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Over the past few decades new ways of conceiving the relation between people, practices and institutions have been developed, enabling an understanding of human conduct in complex situations that is distinctive from traditional psychological and sociological conceptions. This distinctiveness is derived from a sophisticated analytic approach to soci...
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This collection builds on an interconnected set of developments in the study of discourse. These include the powerful and rigorous approach to interaction offered by contemporary conversation analysis, the respecification of the nature of psychology in terms of practices and orientations offered by discursive psychology, and the sophisticated empir...
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There has been a quiet revolution in the social sciences. Over the past few decades new ways of working and new ways of conceiving the relation between people, practices and institutions have been developed. These have started to make possible an understanding of human conduct in complex situations that is distinct from the traditional conceptions...
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Discursive psychology (DP) is the broad title for a range of research done in different disciplinary contexts - communication, language, sociology and psychology. Articles in this Special Issue will, take various social and psychological categories and consider their role in specific interactional settings. Our aim here is to set out three main str...
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The focus on body size or weight has become an increasing source of concern in western society, yet few studies have looked at how people invoke body size in various settings, and the practices to which such talk might be related. Hence this study examines instances in everyday and institutional interaction in which body size is treated as a releva...
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This study is concerned with developing the interdisciplinary nature of food research, and with examining eating practices as they occur in everyday situations. The aim is to demonstrate how discursive approaches may contribute to eating research using a specific analytical example. A discursive psychological approach is used to examine mealtime co...
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Healthy eating is one of the main concerns for health organizations in the UK, and has been widely promoted in recent decades. Yet despite the amount of nutritional information available, levels of obesity, heart disease and other food-related diseases remain high. Existing research in this area often uses individual accounts of consumption to exam...
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Research methods teaching in psychology is predominantly divided into quantitative and qualitative modules, often with an emphasis on the former. In this article we argue that by explicitly addressing the integration of methodological approaches we may help to improve students' understanding of psychological research methods overall. The example of...
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In social psychology, evaluative expressions have traditionally been understood in terms of their relationship to, and as the expression of, underlying 'attitudes'. In contrast, discursive approaches have started to study evaluative expressions as part of varied social practices, considering what such expressions are doing rather than their relatio...
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This article examines the expression of gustatory pleasure as an interactional and discursive construction. Psychological studies of food and eating typically focus on the individual consumer, with bodily experiences conceptualized as internal and private events. It is argued that this approach underestimates the role of discourse and the interacti...
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This study engages both social psychological research on “attitudes” and discursive work on “evaluative practices.” Methodological constraints in both of these fields have resulted in a relative lack of attention to everyday interaction. By using conversational data, the current study extends discursive research and highlights the constructive and...
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Psychological research into eating practices has focused mainly on attitudes and behaviour towards food, and disorders of eating. Using experimental and questionnaire-based designs, these studies place an emphasis on individual consumption and cognitive appraisal, overlooking the interactive context in which food is eaten. The current article exami...

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Projects (4)
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The aim of this project is to examine communication practices in IPL tutorial groups and how this relates to the professional roles of students. Students need to be both professional and interprofessional, retaining their own professional identity while working alongside others in highly complex training situations.
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The aim of this project is to study how engineering students operate in the context of collaborative learning (teamwork) within a Problem-Based Learning setting in order to inform and improve the effectiveness of pedagogical practices. We make use of qualitative methods (mostly Conversation Analysis) to capture and analyse students behaviours.
Archived project
In this project we consider experiences and issues around the teaching of qualitative psychology, particular in UK HEIs.