Our research focuses on how we perceive and act on the world around us.
We have a broad range of interests spanning high-level cognitive acts such as communication and social interaction to low level visual and auditory perception.
We are an internationally recognised department engaging in some of the UK's most groundbreaking experimental psychology.
Ranked fourth overall and second for the quality of research papers
(Times Higher Education's ranking of the Research Excellence Framework 2014)
Consistently ranked one of the world's top 100 psychology departments since 2013
QS World University Rankings
We study the psychological bases of language, memory, perception, development and social relationships and interaction.
Our research covers a wide range of populations including children and adults with developmental and neuropsychological disorders and non-human primates.
Our researchers are supported by excellent research facilities which allow us to use cutting-edge experimental methods, including eye tracking, electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG), functional MRI (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). We also have state-of-the-art laboratories for developmental, sensory, virtual reality and sleep research.
We have created a range of outstanding research facilities and welcome enquiries from researchers who wish to work with us.
University research themes
Interdisciplinary research is one of our strengths. We collaborate across the University's research themes – areas of research excellence that cross departmental boundaries. We have particularly strong partnerships within three themes:
Centres and groups
Our researchers lead several cross-cutting research centres and groups:
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