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Research Fellow: Blaire Morgan

Blaire joined the School of Education in 2012, and is working as a Research Fellow within the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues. Her background is in Psychology and she completed her PhD in the School of Psychology in 2013. Blaire is currently working on the Influence of Parents and the Media project that is examining the influence of parents and the media on people’s perceptions of virtue. She is particularly interested in how virtue and values can be measured and to this end her research also aims to examine the relationship between implicit and explicit measures of virtue. The goal here is to investigate how (or whether) we can objectively measure attitudes to virtue and whether implicit/explicit measurements can predict actual behaviour. Previously, Blaire worked on the Attitude for Gratitude project, which centred on gratitude, and examined how gratitude is understood, experienced and valued in the UK. More recently, Blaire has been working with Dr Liz Gulliford on a cross-cultural examination of gratitude with the University of Melbourne (funded by the Society for Educational Studies). She has also led in the testing and development of a new measure of gratitude; the Multi-Component Gratitude Measure (MCGM). Her work can be seen in journals such as the Journal of Moral Education and the Journal of Positive Psychology and has appeared on BBC radio and ITV news.


Contact details

Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 4871

Email: b.e.morgan@bham.ac.uk

Room 1235
12th Floor (West) Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Qualifications

  • PhD Psychology, University of Birmingham 
  • BSc Psychology, University of Birmingham 

Research

March 2015 – Present: The Influence of Parents and the Media on Perceptions of Virtue, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, School of Education, University of Birmingham.

2013 – Present: Torchbearers of Liberty Evaluation Project. A collaborative project between the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham, UK and the National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, USA. 

March 2015 – Present: Measuring Gratitude: Implicit and Explicit Assessments of Gratitude and their Relationship to Grateful Behaviours. A collaborative project between the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham.

May 2014 – Present: Taking 'Thanks' for Granted: Unravelling the Concept of Gratitude in a Developmental, Cross-Cultural Analysis. A collaborative project between the University of Birmingham and the University of Melbourne.

Sep 2012 – February 2015: An Attitude for Gratitude, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, School of Education, University of Birmingham.

2009-2012: The Coordination of Speaking and Listening in Dialogue, Doctoral Research, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham.

Publications

Morgan, B., Gulliford, L., and Carr, D. (2015) 'Educating on gratitude: Some moral and conceptual misgivings', Journal of Moral Education (Available online).

Morgan, B., Gulliford, L., and Kristjansson, K. (2014) 'Gratitude in the U.K: A new prototype analysis and a cross-cultural comparison', The Journal of Positive Psychology, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 281-294.

Arthur, J., Kristjansson, K., Gulliford, L. and Morgan, B. (2015) An Attitude for Gratitude: How Gratitude is Understood, Experienced and Valued by the British Public, Birmingham: Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham. Available here.

Gulliford, L., Morgan, B., and Kristjansson, K. (2013) 'Recent work on the concept of gratitude in philosophy and psychology', Journal of Value Inquiry, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 285-317.

Lesage, E., Morgan, B. E., Olson, A. C., Meyer, A. S., and Miall, R. C. (2012) 'Cerebellar rTMS disrupts predictive language processing', Current Biology, vol. 22, no. 18, pp. R794-R795.

Carr, D., Morgan, B., and Gulliford, L. (in press) 'Educating Gratitude: From Psychological Intervention to Virtuous Character', (given a status of revise and resubmit by the Journal of Theory and Research in Education)

Gulliford, L. and Morgan, B. (in press) 'An Empirical Examination of the Normative Dimensions of Gratitude', In: Carr, D. Gratitude: An Interdiscplinary Approach.

Morgan, B. and Gulliford, L. (2015) 'Measuring ‘Virtuous’ Gratitude', Paper presented at the Jubilee Centre Conference 'Varieties of Virtue Ethics', Oriel College, Oxford. Available here.

Gulliford, L. and Morgan, B. (2014) 'Measuring and Understanding Gratitude: A Theoretical and Empirical approach', Paper presented at the Jubilee Centre Conference 'Can Virtue be Measured', Oriel College, Oxford. Available here.

Papers in Prep:

Morgan, B.E, Meyer, A.S., and Olson, A.O. The coordination of speech production and speech comprehension: Insights from the visual world paradigm. 

Morgan, B., Gulliford, L., and Kristjansson, K. The Multi-Component Gratitude Measure: A four-component comprehensive measure of gratitude as a moral virtue’.

Gulliford, L., Morgan, B., and Kristjansson, K. An examination of laypeople’s understanding and experiences of gratitude.

Gulliford, L. and Morgan, B. The ‘positive’ valence of gratitude.