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Our research

Influencing policy and practice with some of the strongest experimental psychology in the UK.

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.

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Department of Psychology
+44 (0)1904 323190

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

Research strengths

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.

Impact and engagement

Our research makes a difference to many aspects of real life. We influence government policy and improve practices in health and education.


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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Research degrees

Push the boundaries of knowledge in our supportive and stimulating environment.

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Early career researchers at York benefit from a dynamic research culture and excellent facilities.

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Much of our research relies on public participation. Find out how you can get involved.

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Department of Psychology
+44 (0)1904 323190