The research activity of the Department reflects the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of scientific psychological inquiry. Quantitative and qualitative research methods are employed to explore psychological processes across a variety of perspectives.
The results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 indicate that 86% of our research activity has been rated internationally excellent or internationally significant.
The research interests of the Department of Psychology uses experimental and applied approaches to examine cognitive, biological, developmental, clinical, health and social processes of human behaviour.
There a number of research groups that encompass our interests:
Investigates the individual and social factors that promote physical and psychological well-being throughout the lifespan.
Members: Dr Antonio Zuffianò (Group Leader), Dr Sue Aitken, Prof Rosanna Cousins, Dr Jane McCagh and Mrs Julienne McGeough
Focuses on explaining how differences in biological, cognitive, social and emotional development impact on the progress children make in education settings.
Members: Dr Lorna Bourke (Group Leader), Dr Simon Davies, Dr Antonio Zuffianò, Dr Belen Lopez-Perez, Dr Glen Pennington and Dr Tom Gallagher-Mitchell
Aims to investigate the link between the human brain and psychological functions.
Members: Dr Neil Harrison (Group Leader), Dr Philippe Chassy, Dr Nicola Jones and Dr Letizia Palumbo
Is interested in the study of human memory processes ranging from basic cognitive processes through to clinical applications.
Members: Dr Dan Clark (Group Leader), Dr Philippe Chassy, Dr Lorna Bourke, Dr Nicola Jones, Dr Jane McCagh, Dr Glen Pennington and Prof Michael Zeissler
Uses an integrated model of mathematical cognition to investigate the developmental, neural and cognitive foundations of mathematical abilities.
Members: Dr Philippe Chassy (Group Leader), Dr Dan Clark, Dr Neil Harrison, Dr Jane McCagh, Mrs Julienne McGeough, Dr Glen Pennington
Is dedicated to studying various topics of visual perception, auditory-visual integration and interaction of perception and action, including action prediction.
Members: Prof Galina Paramei (Group Leader), Dr Neil Harrison, Dr Letizia Palumbo, Dr Yue Yue, Prof Michael Ziessler
Has a mix of emerging and established researchers who are dedicated to the study of social and political psychology.
Members: Prof Neil Ferguson (Group Leader), Dr Eve Binks and Mrs Julienne McGeough
Explores aesthetic experience for a variety of visual stimuli and its neural correlates in typical and atypical populations.
Members: Dr Letizia Palumbo (Group Leader), Dr Neil Harrison and Prof Galina Paramei