Dr Charlie Crimston

School of Medicine and Psychology

I am a social psychologist with expertise in morality, politics, polarization, and identity. My research primarily focuses on perceived polarization and group boundaries, the mechanisms of moral expansion, and the links between trans identity and well-being.

Book Chapters

Jetten, Jolanda and Crimston, Charlie R. (2023). The intragroup level. The Routledge International Handbook of the Psychology of Morality. (pp. 280-290) London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003125969-42

Crimston, Charlie R. and Selvanathan, Hema Preya (2020). Polarisation. Together apart: the psychology of COVID-19. (pp. 107-112) edited by Jolanda Jetten, Stephen D. Reicher, S. Alexander Haslam and Tegan Cruwys. London, United Kingdom: Sage Publications.

Bastian, Brock and Crimston, Charlie R. (2016). The moral psychology of resource use. The social psychology of morality. (pp. 274-288) edited by Joseph P. Forgas, Lee Jussim and Paul A. M. Van Lange. New York, NY, United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315644189-16

Journal Articles

Bastian, Brock, Crimston, Charlie R., Klebl, Christoph and van Lange, Paul A. M. (2023). The moral significance of prosstecting environmental and cultural objects. PLoS One, 18 (2) e0280393, 1-22. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0280393

Neldner, Karri, Wilks, Matti, Crimston, Charlie R., Jaymes, R. W. M. and Nielsen, Mark (2022). I may not like you, but I still care: children differentiate moral concern from other constructs. Developmental Psychology, 59 (3), 549-566. doi: 10.1037/dev0001485

Bentley, Sarah V., Young, Tarli, Álvarez, Belén, Jetten, Jolanda, Haslam, Catherine, Cruwys, Tegan, Casara, Bruno Gabriel Salvador, Crimston, Charlie R., Dare, Michael, Ionescu, Octavia, Krug, Henning, Selvanathan, Hema Preya, Tanjitpiyanond, Porntida, Steffens, Niklas K., Wang, Zhechen and Wibisono, Susilo (2022). Double jeopardy: How lower levels of support during COVID-19 exacerbated the relationship between loneliness and distress. Frontiers in Public Health, 10 976443, 1-13. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.976443

Crimston, Charlie R., Selvanathan, Hema Preya and Jetten, Jolanda (2022). Moral polarization predicts support for authoritarian and progressive strong leaders via the perceived breakdown of society. Political Psychology, 43 (4), 671-691. doi: 10.1111/pops.12787

Kirkland, Kelly, Crimston, Charlie R., Jetten, Jolanda, Rudnev, Maksim, Acevedo-Triana, Cesar, Amiot, Catherine E., Ausmees, Liisi, Baguma, Peter, Barry, Oumar, Becker, Maja, Bilewicz, Michal, Boonyasiriwat, Watcharaporn, Castelain, Thomas, Costantini, Giulio, Dimdins, Girts, Espinosa, Agustín, Finchilescu, Gillian, Fischer, Ronald, Friese, Malte, Gastardo-Conaco, Maria Cecilia, Gómez, Ángel, González, Roberto, Goto, Nobuhiko, Halama, Peter, Jiga-Boy, Gabriela M., Kuppens, Peter, Loughnan, Steve, Markovik, Marijana, Mastor, Khairul A. ... Bastian, Brock (2022). Moral expansiveness around the world: the role of societal factors across 36 countries. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 14 (3), 305-318. doi: 10.1177/19485506221101767

Selvanathan, Hema Preya, Jetten, Jolanda and Crimston, Charlie R. (2022). Australia Day or Invasion Day? Perspectives on the continuing impact of colonialism underlies public contestations around Australia's national day. Political Psychology, 44 (1), 61-77. doi: 10.1111/pops.12818

Javier, Christienne, Crimston, Charlie R. and Barlow, Fiona Kate (2022). Surgical satisfaction and quality of life outcomes reported by transgender men and women at least one year post gender-affirming surgery: a systematic literature review. International Journal of Transgender Health, 23 (3), 255-273. doi: 10.1080/26895269.2022.2038334

Selvanathan, Hema Preya, Crimston, Charlie R. and Jetten, Jolanda (2022). How being rooted in the past can shape the future: the role of social identity continuity in the wish for a strong leader. The Leadership Quarterly, 33 (4) 101608, 101608. doi: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2022.101608

Crimston, Charlie R., Selvanathan, Hema Preya, Álvarez, Belén, Jetten, Jolanda, Bentley, Sarah, Casara, Bruno Gabriel Salvador, Ionescu, Octavia, Krug, Henning, Steffens, Niklas K., Tanjitpiyanond, Porntida and Wibisono, Susilo (2022). Cracks before the crisis: polarization prior to COVID‐19 predicts increased collective angst and economic pessimism. European Journal of Social Psychology, 52 (4), 669-678. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2845

Jetten, Jolanda, Selvanathan, Hema Preya, Crimston, Charlie R., Bentley, Sarah V. and Haslam, S. Alexander (2022). Experiments make a good breakfast, but a poor supper. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 45 e79. doi: 10.1017/s0140525x21000662

Tanjitpiyanond, Porntida, Álvarez, Belén, Jetten, Jolanda, Bentley, Sarah V., Casara, Bruno Gabriel Salvador, Crimston, Charlie R., Ionescu, Octavia, Jarukasemthawee, Somboon, Krug, Henning, Selvanathan, Hema Preya, Steffens, Niklas K., Wang, Zhechen and Wibisono, Susilo (2021). Unlocking collective cooperation in the midst of COVID‐19: the role of social support in predicting the social class disparity in cooperation. British Journal of Social Psychology, 61 (3), 940-951. doi: 10.1111/bjso.12514

Crimston, Charlie R., Blessing, Sarah, Gilbert, Paul and Kirby, James N. (2021). Fear leads to suffering: fears of compassion predict restriction of the moral boundary. British Journal of Social Psychology, 61 (1) bjso.12483, 345-365. doi: 10.1111/bjso.12483

Jetten, Jolanda, Fielding, Kelly S., Crimston, Charlie R., Mols, Frank and Haslam, S. Alexander (2021). Responding to climate change disaster: the case of the 2019/2020 bushfires in Australia. European Psychologist, 26 (3), 161-171. doi: 10.1027/1016-9040/a000432

Rottman, Joshua, Crimston, Charlie R. and Syropoulos, Stylianos (2021). Tree-huggers versus human-lovers: anthropomorphism and dehumanization predict valuing nature over outgroups. Cognitive Science, 45 (4) e12967, 1-37. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12967

Pagliaro, Stefano, Sacchi, Simona, Pacilli, Maria Giuseppina, Brambilla, Marco, Lionetti, Francesca, Bettache, Karim, Bianchi, Mauro, Biella, Marco, Bonnot, Virginie, Boza, Mihaela, Butera, Fabrizio, Ceylan-Batur, Suzan, Chong, Kristy, Chopova, Tatiana, Crimston, Charlie R., Alvarez, Belen, Cuadrado, Isabel, Ellemers, Naomi, Formanowicz, Magdalena, Graupmann, Verena, Gkinopoulos, Theofilos, Jeong, Evelyn Hye Kyung, Jasinskaja-Lahti, Inga, Jetten, Jolanda, Bin, Kabir Muhib, Mao, Yanhui, McCoy, Christine, Mehnaz, Farah, Minescu, Anca ... Zubieta, Elena (2021). Trust predicts COVID-19 prescribed and discretionary behavioral intentions in 23 countries. PLoS One, 16 (3) e0248334, e0248334. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0248334

Jetten, Jolanda, Bentley, Sarah V., Crimston, Charlie R., Selvanathan, Hema Preya and Haslam, S. Alexander (2021). COVID‐19 and social psychological research: A silver lining. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 24 (1) ajsp.12465, 34-36. doi: 10.1111/ajsp.12465

Hornsey, Matthew J., Chapman, Cassandra M., Alvarez, Belen, Bentley, Sarah, Casara, Bruno Gabriel Salvador, Crimston, Charlie R., Ionescu, Octavia, Krug, Henning, Selvanathan, Hema Preya, Steffens, Niklas K. and Jetten, Jolanda (2021). To what extent are conspiracy theorists concerned for self versus others? A COVID‐19 test case. European Journal of Social Psychology, 51 (2) ejsp.2737, 285-293. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2737

Wang, Zhechen, Jetten, Jolanda, Steffens, Niklas K., Álvarez, Belén, Bentley, Sarah V., Salvador Casara, Bruno Gabriel, Crimston, Charlie R., Ionescu, Octavia, Krug, Henning, Selvanathan, Hema Preya, Tanjitpiyanond, Porntida, Wibisono, Susilo, Chen, Shuting, Wang, Jiajun, Zhang, Xin and Sun, Shijin (2021). A world together: global citizen identification as a basis for prosociality in the face of COVID-19. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 26 (1), 71-95. doi: 10.1177/13684302211051619

Moreton, Sam G., Arena, Andrew, Hornsey, Matthew, Crimston, Charlie, R. and Tiliopoulos, Niko (2019). Elevating nature: moral elevation increases feelings of connectedness to nature. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 65 101332, 101332. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101332

Bain, Paul G., Kroonenberg, Pieter M., Johansson, Lars-Olof, Milfont, Taciano L., Crimston, Charlie R., Kurz, Tim, Bushina, Ekaterina, Calligaro, Carolina, Demarque, Christophe, Guan, Yanjun and Park, Joonha (2019). Public views of the sustainable development goals across countries. Nature Sustainability, 2 (9), 819-825. doi: 10.1038/s41893-019-0365-4

Cruwys, Tegan, Saeri, Alexander K., Radke, Helena R. M., Walter, Zoe C., Crimston, Charlie R., and Ferris, Laura J. (2019). Risk and protective factors for mental health at a youth mass gathering. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 28 (2), 1-12. doi: 10.1007/s00787-018-1163-7

Ferris, Laura J., Radke, Helena R. M., Walter, Zoe C. and Crimston, Charlie R. (2019). Divide and conquer? Identity, threat, and moral justification of violence at the G20. Australian Journal of Psychology, 71 (3) ajpy.12249, 312-321. doi: 10.1111/ajpy.12249

Crimston, Charlie R., and Hornsey, Matthew J. (2018). Extreme self-sacrifice beyond fusion: moral expansiveness and the special case of allyship. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41 e198, e198. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X18001620

Crimston, Charlie R., Hornsey, Matthew J., Bain, Paul G. and Bastian, Brock (2018). Moral expansiveness short form: validity and reliability of the MESx. PLoS ONE, 13 (10) e0205373, e0205373. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0205373

Neldner, Karri, Crimston, Charlie R., Wilks, Matti, Redshaw, Jonathan and Nielsen, Mark (2018). The developmental origins of moral concern: an examination of moral boundary decision making throughout childhood. PLoS One, 13 (5) e0197819, e0197819. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0197819

Hornsey, Matthew J., Faulkner, Callum, Crimston, Charlie R. and Moreton, Sam (2018). A microscopic dot on a microscopic dot: self-esteem buffers the negative effects of exposure to the enormity of the universe. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 76, 198-207. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2018.02.009

Crimston, Charlie R., Hornsey, Matthew J., Bain, Paul G. and Bastian, Brock (2018). Toward a psychology of moral expansiveness. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 27 (1), 14-19. doi: 10.1177/0963721417730888

Crimston, Charlie R., Bain, Paul G., Hornsey, Matthew J. and Bastian, Brock (2016). Moral expansiveness: Examining variability in the extension of the moral world. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 111 (4), 1-18. doi: 10.1037/pspp0000086

Bastian, Brock and Crimston, Charlie R. (2014). Self-dehumanization. TPM: Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, 21 (3), 241-250. doi: 10.4473/TPM21.3.1

Bain, Paul G., Hornsey, Matthew J., Bongiorno, Renata, Kashima, Yoshihisa and Crimston, Charlie R. (2013). Collective futures: how projections about the future of society are related to actions and attitudes supporting social change. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39 (4), 523-539. doi: 10.1177/0146167213478200

Other Publications

Crimston, Charlie R., Thai, Michael, and Barlow, Fiona Kate. (13 June, 2019). The life changing magic of (LGBT+) stories. Cambridge University Press.

Crimston, Charlie R. (9 July, 2018). How imagery and media coverage influence our empathy for strangers. The Conversation

Neldner, Karri and Crimston, Charlie R. (12 June, 2018). Moral development: Children become more caring and inclusive as they age. The Conversation

Crimston, Charlie R. (22 Feb, 2018). How we decide who and what we care about - and whether robots stand a chance. The Conversation

Crimston, Charlie R., Bastian, Brock, Hornsey, Matthew, and Bain, Paul. (8 June, 2016). How do we weigh the moral value of human lives against animal ones? The Conversation