All academic staff in Psychology are active researchers and many are internationally recognised in their areas of expertise. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 35% of our research was judged to be world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) and 45% was Internationally recognised (2*).
The Department of Psychology undertakes scientific research under two themes: Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical & Health Psychology. These themes support three specific research groups (Brain & Behaviour, Cognition & Perception, Clinical & Health Behaviour) and two further groupings (Learning & Behaviour and Evolutionary Behavioural Science).
These themes support smaller, emerging interests in:
Learning and Behaviour - This group examines the mechanisms that allow behaviour and thoughts to adapt to the environment, and investigates the role of operant and associative learning in generating such flexible and adaptive behaviours. These behaviours allow efficient learning and processing of information in a wide variety of contexts, across the age range, and even across species. Although adaptiveness and flexibility promote psychological well-being, there can also be unfortunate negative effects of these behaviours.
Evolutionary Behavioural Science - This group explores how evolution and the credo ‘survival of the fittest’ prevails within our current society, and goes on to influence our continued development and growth through the exploration of modern day relationships and interactions. For example, why are some people jealous and possessive in their relationship while others take a more relaxed approach?
The Department of Psychology participates in the University's interdisciplinary Language Research Centre and is also a constituent member of the Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, a research initiative to enhance collaborations in neuroscience. Through continuous investment in research infrastructure and by expanding staffing levels, we plan to further support our research achievement.
Our Research Degrees
We offer bursaries and studentships for prospective students to undertake a MPhil or PhD by research, under the supervision of a member of staff.
Our Research Seminars
We organise a regular series of free seminars involving visiting experts in psychological research. Seminars are open to all including visitors, students and staff from local NHS trusts.