Introduction

Exploring the themes of Cognition, Perception and Attention and Social Cognition.

Study Information

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MSc or PhD

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Within the field of psychology, our researchers use behavioural and neuroimaging techniques to better understand the factors involved in social interactions and decision making, explore the relationship between perception and the physical environment among populations of both clinical and healthy individuals, and explore the processes of attention, language and memory.

Our Research

Our research activity is grouped around three themes: Cognition, Perception and Attention and Social Cognition. Within these themes, specialist groups conduct research funded by research councils, government, charitable groups, and industry on topics ranging from understanding the fundamental processes of the human mind and their link to 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 Interests

Cognition

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

Cognition

Perception and Attention

Research in the Perception and Attention theme explores the relationship between perception and physical parameters of the environment in healthy and clinical populations, using a wide range of behavioural 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

Perception and Attention

Social Cognition

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

Social Cognition

Little Lectures

We are hosting a series of Little Lectures to mark our 525th anniversary.

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