The Department of Psychology is committed to producing theoretical and applied research of the highest quality. Our research aligns to a number of important global priorities outlined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These include: good health and well-being, reduced inequalities and climate action.
Not only are we actively involved in research around these important areas, but we work in partnership with the general public, organisations and policy-makers to ensure our insights can be applied to make a difference in the world. Our courses and extra-curricular opportunities encourage our students to apply their psychology subject knowledge to real world issues, including these global prioritiesFind out more about study opportunities
Based on the Research Excellence Framework (2021):
57% of our psychology research outputs are rated world-leading or internationally excellent
100% of our psychology research impact is rated as internationally excellent or recognised internationallyResearch Excellence Framework (2021)
Commitment to open and reproducible research
As part of our commitment to doing excellent research, we are members of the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN); a national network of researchers dedicated to addressing the challenges and opportunities for improving the reproducibility and reliability of scientific research in the UK. Our local network lead is Dr Michel Belyk who can be contacted for more information.
How our psychology research is making a difference towards being a healthier society
Our Substance Use and Appetite Research Group investigates the social, biological and cognitive drivers of substance use and appetitive behaviours. This is helping inform the public about risks associated with alcohol-related harm, and can provide an evidence-base for health organisations and UK Government to help inform behaviour-change campaigns and policy change. Find out more here.
Our Cancer and Chronic Conditions Research Group applies behavioural science to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of psychological therapies and services for patients and families affected by cancer. Our work can inform psychological services, and support more cancer patients and their families.
Our Ageing Brain Research Group uses insights from neuroscience to understand how learning ability, neuroplasticity, memory, and emotional cognition change over the lifespan. Our current work is identifying the early behavioural and biomarkers of cognitive decline to help us intervene earlier to reduce the effects of dementia.
How our research is reducing inequalities and promoting a more inclusive society
Our Neurodiversity Research Group investigates how neurodiverse individuals experience, navigate and interact with different aspects of the world. We highlight unique differences and strengths of autistic and neurodiverse people, factors hindering their acceptance, while designing inclusive interventions informed by the current research and understanding of neurodiversity.
Our Social Cognition and Communication Research Group explores issues such as how social synchrony and implicit bias impact our attitudes and behaviours towards others. This is helping us understand the facilitators and barriers to effective interpersonal connections and communication. Find out more here.
Our Social Cognition and Communication Research Group explores the experiences of stigma for those with conditions such as prosopagnosia and stammering. This can help us inform how these conditions should be best represented in public discourse and help inform policy and practices surrounding diagnosis and treatment of these conditions.
How our research is making a difference towards reducing the effects of climate change
Our Social Cognition and Communication Research Group explores researchers’ motivations and barriers to adopting more carbon neutral technology use. This will help research councils and institutions to reconsider their digital infrastructures to help reduce carbon footprints associated with digital research resources.
Our Social Cognition and Communication Research Group explores the value of multimodal messaging and creative education on increasing more positive attitudes towards sustainability. This is helping inform public policy about best ways of encouraging the public to engage in more sustainable behaviours.
Our research explores the impact of food labelling and messaging on sustainable food choices and eating behaviours. This can help commercial companies know how to encourage their consumers to make more sustainable food choices and also inform health policy recommendations to reduce obesity.
We have a wide range of impressive research technologies, tools and facilities which helps us do our cutting-edge research. These are also part of the way we involve our students in our work and provide great practical, hands-on experience for our students to learn about psychology research by actually doing it!Take a look at our research facilities
Want to learn more about our psychology research? One of the best ways to do so is to take part as a participant. You can even earn credit or be paid!
Our research studies can take many different formats including:
- online survey studies (you can do these remotely)
- lab-based studies whilst we use technology such as eye-trackers, neurological measures, or VR
- lab-based studies where you complete surveys and/or computerised tasks
All lab-based studies take place on the top floor of the Law and Psychology building at Edge Hill’s beautiful Ormskirk campus.
Paid research internship scheme
To provide hands-on experience for our students, we run a paid internship scheme. This complements their research methods training and helps them apply their learning to real world research.Find out more about our research internship scheme
We are committed to making sure our research insights and expertise can be used for societal and/or economic impact.
Based on our internationally-recognised research, we have expertise in: understanding human learning behaviour, supporting behavioural change in people & organisations, and understanding consumer behaviour.
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Get in touch
If you would like to find out more about our research, please get in touch with our Associate Head of Research.