The School of Psychology employs 35 academic staff and over 50 researchers, supported by an annual income of more than £1m from research councils, the EU, government, charities and private companies. Our research strengths lie in four main areas:
- Behavioural Neuroscience, including behavioural, psychopharmacological, neuroanatomical and genetic approaches to learning and its underlying biology.
- Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, including vision, perception and action, skill acquisition, visual and auditory communication, and recovery after brain injury.
- Cognitive Development and Learning, including theory of mind, learning and language.
- Risk Analysis, Social Processes and Health, including research on emotions, violence, public perceptions of new biotechnology, and judgmental forecasting.
Currently, more than 30 full-time postgraduates use the excellent lab facilities and equipment for research projects, supported by well-staffed mechanical and electrical workshops. These include a wide selection of dedicated experimental labs; laboratories for work in physiological, psychophysical and computational investigation, structural and functional brain imaging, EEG, and transcranial magnetic stimulation; a library of test materials and a wide range of monitoring equipment including video apparatus and eye-tracking equipment.
Our website gives details of the staff and their research interests and they welcome informal contact by email to identify a research topic and potential supervisor. In 2005 the school was able to offer 10 full-cost Research Council and University-funded awards. Potential research students will be invited for interview, and these are usually held in the spring term. For international applicants it is possible to conduct telephone interviews.
- Research strengths lie in four areas: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Development and Learning; Risk analysis, Social Processes and Health and Behavioural Neuroscience.
- The most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) awarded the school a 5 grade.