Sam Day


Psychology (2020 cohort)

My research focuses on how facial expressions - particularly smiles - are processed during social interaction, and the different contextual factors that affect how they are evaluated. In particular, I am interested in the social (rather than emotional) effects of smiles, and whether these effects on behaviour vary according to situational or dispositional characteristics.

I graduated with a Congratulatory First in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford, having won departmental prizes for best performance in first and second year. I then achieved a Distinction in Oxford’s MSc in Psychological Research. I am now finishing the second year of my DPhil after taking a term out to work in Parliament.