My PhD was awarded from the University of Kent and investigated the impact of talking about other people on impressions formed of the speaker, finding that we dislike people when they criticise others behind their backs, but we do not like them any more when they talk in a positive way about others when they are not there.
I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and interested in the use of technology to innovate in Psychology teaching.
After completion of my PhD, I worked at Staffordshire University as a lecturer and senior lecturer before joining the team at Manchester Metropolitan University.
I teach on social psychology units in the department including
Co-lead of the MSc/PGDip Psychology (Conversion) courses and currently also lead and teach on the Fundamentals of Social and Developmental Psychology core unit.
Supervise on a range of projects linked to social psychology and health:
My research interests lie broadly in social psychology, technology and health and I have three core streams of research currently:
S. Grogan, L. Rothery, J. Cole, M. Hall (2018). Posting selfies and body image in young adult women: The selfie paradox. The Journal of Social Media in Society. 7(1), pp.15-36.
JM. Cole, S. Grogan “Kind of like a Barbie doll, but for grown men!”: Women gamers’ accounts of female bodies in digital games. Psychology of Women Section Review.
J. Rodwell, S. Grogan, J. Cole (2017). The Language and Labelling Used by University Students When Discussing Mental Health. British Journal of School Nursing. 12(8), pp.380-385.
R. Ford, JM. Cole "I don’t want my character to be a fairy princess”: Qualitative accounts of women gamers’ avatar choices. Psychology of Women Section Review.
JM. Cole, H. Scrivener (2013). Short Term Effects of Gossip Behavior on Self-Esteem. Current Psychology. 32(3), pp.252-260.
RM. Sutton, KM. Douglas, K. Wilkin, TJ. Elder, JM. Cole, et al. (2008). Justice for whom, exactly? Beliefs in justice for the self and various others. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 34(4), pp.528-541.
JM. Cole "I did it with my abilities, not my genitals": Neoliberal and just world discourse in anti-feminism online. Rydell Hall, UK, 12/7/2017.
JM. Cole, S. Grogan Female gamers and the thin ideal: Qualitative accounts of gaming experiences. Rydell Hall, UK, 6/7/2016.
JM. Cole Why don’t women need feminism? Online constructions of the movement and its members by Women Against Feminism. The Palace Hotel, Manchester, 9/9/2015.
JM. Cole Damsels in the driving seat? Effect of hero gender on attitudes towards sexual aggression. Canterbury Christchurch University, 9/9/2014.
JM. Cole, H. Scrivener Could gossip be good for you? Potential links between tendency to gossip and subjective wellbeing. University of Ulster, 8/9/2011.
JM. Cole Is gossip good for you? Potential links between tendency to gossip and subjective wellbeing. University of Winchester, 7/9/2010.
JM. Cole, J. Dalton Idle womens’ talk? Gender and gossip. University of Sheffield, 15/9/2009.
JM. Cole, R. Sutton, K. Douglas The what and the why of describing others: A dual process model of impression formation in interpersonal communication. University of Kent, 11/9/2007.
Cole, J. (2017). The science of gossip: Why we love it and why we need it. Invited talk for MMU SciBar series, Manchester.
Cole, J. (2017). How not to be a woman on the internet: Understanding cybermisogyny and anti-feminism online. Invited talk for BPS North West Branch Psychology in the Pub series, Manchster.
I have appeared in the media on several occasions talking about my research on gossip including on BBC Radio Stoke, BBC Radio Manchester, and the Freakonomics radio show in New York.
Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Eduation Academy (SFHEA)