Our Departmental research is encompassed within five broad research groups:
The Cognition group encompasses a wide spectrum of both applied and theoretical research that reflects the multiplicity of interests in our team. For example, a number of our colleagues investigate the cognitive deficits caused by drug misuse. Research by members of the group also looks at certain aspects of memory. These include the development and production of false memories, collaborative remembering, memory conformity, and the effects of mood on prospective memory.
The Expertise group investigate broad developmental issues related to expertise training and human learning, among children and adult populations. The research domains include perceptual, cognitive, and motoric processes, as well as social issues such as Theory of Mind, autism, dyslexia, among others. We conduct behavioural experiments and observational studies, and employ a variety of research technologies, such as eye-trackers, non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (TMS, tDCS), brain imaging (fMRI, TDI), and computational modelling.
The Health research group covers three main themes of research: Social Identification, Health and Cognition, and Health and Sport. Research members investigate a range of psychosocial (e.g. social identities and social support) and contextual influences on behaviour, and attempt to expand theoretical models of coping and adjustment. As a result, this research deals with real-world issues ranging from the social implications arising from racism, motivation, and happiness, to substance misuse, or to the impact of stress, coping, emotion and mental toughness as revealed in the context of sport.
The Multimodal group focuses on range of verbal/nonverbal and online and offline communication issues. For example, for online communication psychological correlates; online impressions and judgement accuracy. Non-verbal communication– gesture, speech and thought; unconscious bias in gestural communication, facial and non-verbal cues in perceptual processing Interaction with tools– automaticity in typing, object affordances, skill acquisition and learning. Language – bilingualism, spatial properties of language. Interpersonal communication and deliberation– motivational interviewing, group dynamics, attribution
The Personalised Psychology group focus on the individual in Psychology, rather than ‘one size fits all’. Work within the group is intended to capture some of the major upcoming themes in Psychology, from the investigation of genetic differences to personalising healthcare. Our current research strengths in the area range from individualised education planning, to assessment of explicit and implicit attitude measures, to personality and person-situation interactions, to the science of personalised persuasion. The focus on the individual informs all the research and provides synergy with, and differentiation from, our other four research groups.