Our research activity is grouped around four themes: Cognition, Perception, Social Cognition and Applied Psychology. Within these themes, specialist groups conduct research funded by research councils, government, charitable groups, and industry. The research topics range from the fundamental processes of the human mind and the underlying brain structures to the application of this theoretical knowledge to current societal problems.
We welcome applications from self-funded students. You may already have a PhD project in mind, however, if you are still deciding, there is a list of exciting PhD projects available to self-funded students on the School of Psychology webpages.
Research in the Cognition theme explores processes such as attention, language and memory. There is a particular focus on how cognition and emotion are influenced by lifespan development and neuropsychological conditions. Recent projects have been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and The Leverhulme Trust.
Theme leader: Professor Louise Phillips
Research in the Perception theme explores the relationship between perception and physical parameters of the environment in healthy and clinical populations, using a wide range of behavioral and electrophysiological techniques. Our research activities are funded by various Medical Charities and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
Theme Leader: Professor Ben Tatler
Research in the Social Cognition theme investigates the factors involved in social interactions and decisions using a wide-range of behavioural and neuroimaging techniques. Recent projects have been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the European Research Council (ERC).
Theme Leader: Professor Neil Macrae
Research in Applied Psychology draws together expertise from across the School to apply psychological techniques to understand everyday behaviour. This includes work in human factors, clinical psychology and pedagogical research addressing a range of important issues in everyday life.
Theme Leader: Dr Amy Irwin