Our Departmental research is encompassed within four 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