Research in the School of Psychology

Psychology PhD studentship / TARA post

Six year Teaching & Research Associate post

Complete a part-time PhD while working as a TARA  (1st September 2022 start, 0.75 FTE), closing date 13 July (midnight, UK)

Find out the details and topics, and how to apply
Psychology experiments in the BabyLab
  • ? In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework assessment, 84% of our submission was judged world-leading or internationally excellent
  • ? 2021 Guardian League Table and Sunday Times Good University Guide puts Psychology at the University of Plymouth in the top 50 universities in the country

Research Strands


Research and impact

Research Impact

Changing understanding and practice in anaesthesia
Led by Jackie Andrade this research focuses on developing strategies for the prevention and management of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia.

Led by Judy Edworthy this research focuses on reducing sensory overload on clinicians due to the excessive number of alarms

Led by Helen Lloyd this research focuses on developing models and approaches for people with multiple long-term conditions.

Psychology publications

To view our research papers, please use other tab. In order access these papers in full, please follow the doi link to the published version.

Latest publications

Here is a list of some recent papers published by the School of Psychology:

  • Pisauro MA, Fouragnan EF, Arabadzhiyska DH, Apps MAJ & Philiastides MG 2022 'Neural implementation of computational mechanisms underlying the continuous trade-off between cooperation and competition' Nature Communications 13, (1) , DOI
  • Vitale V, Martin L, White MP, Elliott LR, Wyles KJ, Browning MHEM, Pahl S, Stehl P, Bell S & Bratman GN 2022 'Mechanisms underlying childhood exposure to blue spaces and adult subjective well-being: An 18-country analysis' Journal of Environmental Psychology 84, , DOI Open access
  • Fouragnan E, Arabadzhiyska DH, Garrod OGB, Philippe G S & Marios G. P 2022 'A common neural account for social and non-social decisions' Journal of Neuroscience , DOI Open access
  • Spanton R & Berry C 2022 'Does variability in recognition memory scale with mean memory strength or encoding variability in the UVSD model?' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology , DOI Open access
  • Gladwyn-Khan M & Morris R 2022 'The efficacy of therapist-supported acceptance and commitment therapy-based bibliotherapy for psychological distress after stroke: a single-case multiple-baseline study' Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy , DOI Open access
  • Ceroni F, Osborne D, Clokie S, Bax DA, Cassidy EJ, Dunn MJ, Harris CM, Self JE & Ragge NK 2022 'Analysis of Fibroblast Growth Factor 14 (FGF14) structural variants reveals the genetic basis of the early onset nystagmus locus NYS4 and variable ataxia' European Journal of Human Genetics , DOI Open access
  • Samuel S 2022 'EXPRESS: A curse of knowledge or a curse of uncertainty? Bilingualism, embodiment, and egocentric bias' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology , DOI Open access
  • Abbotts D & Norman A 2022 'Social worker decision-making in court' Child & Family Social Work , DOI Open access
  • Scarborough J, Norman A & Cooper L 2022 'The Bidirectional Relationship Between Breastfeeding and Mental Health' British Journal of Midwifery 30, (10) , DOI Open access
  • Heinrich M, Woike JK, Spies CD & Wegwarth O 2022 'Forecasting postoperative delirium in older adult patients with Fast-and-Frugal decision trees' Journal of Clinical Medicine 11, (19) , DOI Open access
  • Pellas J, Renner F, Ji JL & Damberg M 2022 'Telephone-Based Behavioral Activation with Mental Imagery for Depression in Older Adults in Isolation During the covid-19 Pandemic: Long-term Results from a Pilot Trial' Clinical Gerontologist 1-7 , DOI
  • Norman A, Veale J & Williamson H 2022 'Assessing the Usability and Acceptability of FaceIT@home: an online CBT Intervention for People with Visible Differences' The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist , DOI Open access
  • Andrade J, IJdema T, Vadazs N & May J 2022 'Tell me all about it: narrated memories are less emotional than imagined memories' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology , DOI Open access
  • Chater AM, Schulz J, Jones A, Burke A, Carr S, Kukucska D, Troop N, Trivedi D & Howlett N 2022 'Outcome evaluation of Active Herts: A community-based physical activity programme for inactive adults at risk of cardiovascular disease and/or low mental wellbeing' Frontiers in Public Health 10, , DOI Open access
  • Plunkett K, Delle Luche C, Hills T & Floccia C 2022 'Tracking the associative boost in infancy' Infancy , DOI Open access
  • Khalife S, Francis ST, Schluppeck D, Sánchez-Panchuelo R-M & Besle J 2022 'Fast Event-Related Mapping of Population Fingertip Tuning Properties in Human Sensorimotor Cortex at 7T' eneuro 9, (5) ENEURO.0069-22.2022 , DOI
  • Samuel S, Cole G & Eacott M 2022 'It’s not you, it’s me: A review of individual differences in visuo-spatial perspective taking' Perspectives on Psychological Science , DOI Open access
  • Thompson RC, Pahl S & Sembiring E 2022 'Plastics treaty — research must inform action' Nature 608, (7923) 472-472 , DOI
  • Attwell K, Roberts L & Ji J 2022 'COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates: Attitudes and Effects on Holdouts in a Large Australian University Population' International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, (16) 10130-10130 , DOI
  • Kawabe LA, Ghilardi-Lopes NP, Turra A & Wyles KJ 2022 'Citizen science in marine litter research: A review' Marine Pollution Bulletin 182, , DOI Open access
  • Davies C, Brown SL, Fisher P, Hope-Stone L, Fisher D, Morgan A & Cherry MG 2022 'Predictors of emotional distress in uveal melanoma survivors: a systematic review' Eye , DOI Open access
  • Buckley M, Holden L, Smith A & Haselgrove M 2022 'The developmental trajectories of children’s reorientation to global and local properties of environmental geometry' Journal of Experimental Psychology: General , DOI Open access
  • Minton S 2022 'Forebygging og tiltak mot mobbing blant barn og unge' in Aagre W; Wiig C Ungdomskunnskap: hverdagslivets kulturelle former. 3. utgave. Bergen Fagbokforlaget 123-138
  • Golubickis M, Tan LBG, Saini S, Catterall K, Morozovaite A, Khasa S & Macrae CN 2022 'Knock yourself out: Brief mindfulness-based meditation eliminates self-prioritization' Psychonomic Bulletin & Review , DOI
  • Svensson S, Golubickis M, Johnson S, Falbén JK & Macrae CN 2022 'Self-relevance and the activation of attentional networks' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 174702182211122-174702182211122 , DOI
  • Delios A, Clemente EG, Wu T, Tan H, Wang Y, Gordon M, Viganola D, Chen Z, Dreber A & Johannesson M 2022 'Examining the generalizability of research findings from archival data' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119, (30) , DOI Open access
  • Stengelin R, Ball R, Maurits L, Kanngiesser P & Haun DBM 2022 'Children over-imitate adults and peers more than puppets' Developmental science , DOI Open access
  • Heintz S, Ruch W, Lau C, Saklofske DH & McGhee P 2022 'Development and Validation of the Short Version of the Sense of Humor Scale (SHS-S)' European Journal of Psychological Assessment 38, (4) 320-331 , DOI
  • Golubickis M & Macrae CN 2022 'Sticky me: Self-relevance slows reinforcement learning' Cognition 227, , DOI Open access
  • Norman A, Jackson S, Ferrario H & McBride P 2022 'Hidden disability: a study of the psychosocial impact of living with pituitary conditions' British Journal of Nursing 31, (11) 590-597 , DOI Open access
  • Nuojua S, Pahl S & Thompson R 2022 'Ocean connectedness and consumer responses to single-use packaging' Journal of Environmental Psychology 81, 101814-101814 , DOI
  • Milne-Ives M, Fraser L, Khan A, Walker D, van Velthoven MH, May J, Wolfe I, Harding T & Meinert E 2022 'Life.course digital T.wins – I.ntelligent M.onitoring for E.arly and continuous intervention and prevention (LifeTIME): Proposal for a proof-of-concept study' JMIR Research Protocols 11, (5) , DOI Open access
  • Bannister K & Hughes S 2022 'One size doesn’t fit all: towards optimising the therapeutic potential of endogenous pain modulatory systems' Pain Publish Ahead of Print, , DOI Open access
  • Cole GG, Samuel S & Eacott MJ 2022 'A return of mental imagery: The pictorial theory of visual perspective-taking' Consciousness and Cognition , DOI Open access
  • Dhanda A, Allende H, Allgar V, Andrade J, Bailey MP, Callaghan L, Cocking L, Goodwin E, Hawton A & Hayward C 2022 'Mental Imagery to Reduce Alcohol- related harm in patients with alcohol dependence and alcohol-related liver damaGE: the MIRAGE pilot trial protocol' BMJ Open Gastroenterology 12, (5) , DOI Open access
  • Richter I, Roberts BR, Sailley SF, Sullivan E, Cheung VV, Eales J, Fortnam M, Jontila JB, Maharja C & Nguyen TH 2022 'Building bridges between natural and social science disciplines: a standardized methodology to combine data on ecosystem quality trends' Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 377, (1854) , DOI Open access
  • Terbeck S, Bacon A & Howard I 2022 'Assessing reactive violence using Immersive Virtual Reality' PLoS One 17, (5) , DOI Open access
  • Yang X, Huang J, Roser M & Guangrong X 2022 'Anhedonia reduction correlates with increased ventral caudate connectivity with superior frontal gyrus in depression' Journal of Psychiatric Research 151, 286-290 , DOI Open access
  • Ji JL, Basanovic J & MacLeod C 2022 'Social activity promotes resilience against loneliness in depressed individuals: a study over 14-days of physical isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia' Scientific Reports 12, (1) , DOI
  • Bolt C, Heath J & Moss D 2022 'Exploring the therapeutic opportunities, challenges and psychological mechanisms of integrating dogs into psychological therapies with adults' Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 47, 101564-101564 , DOI
  • McKeown S, Sagherian-Dickey T, Kwong J & Charlesford J 2022 'Putting theory into peaceful practice: insights and reflections on the process of co-producing a school-based intergroup relations intervention with teachers' Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. , DOI Open access
  • Lowry J, Wakeham T, Norman A, Dean J, Holloway M, Needham-Holmes B, Clark-Wilson J & Feltham-White P 2022 'Whose outcome is it anyway? Outcome and Brain Injury Case Management' Journal of Long-Term Care Publisher Site , DOI Open access
  • Brown SL, Fisher PL, Morgan A, Davies C, Olabi Y, Hope-Stone L, Heimann H, Hussain R & Cherry MG 2022 '‘I Don't Like Uncertainty, I Like to Know’: How and why uveal melanoma patients consent to life expectancy prognostication' Health Expectations , DOI Open access
  • Inkster A, Mitchell C, Schlegelmilch R & Wills A 2022 'Effect of a context shift on the inverse base rate effect' Open Journal of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience 1, 22-29 , DOI Open access
  • Broesch T, Lew-Levy S, Kline M, Kärtner J & Kanngiesser P 2022 'A roadmap to doing culturally grounded developmental science' Review of Philosophy and Psychology , DOI Open access
  • Luo Y, Douglas J, Pahl S & Zhao J 2022 'Reducing Plastic Waste by Visualizing Marine Consequences' Environment and Behavior 54, (4) 809-832 , DOI
  • Chen C-H & Yu C 2022 'Building lexical networks: Preschoolers extract different types of information in cross-situational learning' Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 220, , DOI Open access
  • Lydahl D, Britten N, Lloyd H, Wolf A, Naldemirci O & Heckemann B 2022 'Exploring Documentation in Person-Centred Care: A Content Analysis of Care Plans' International Journal of Older People Nursing , DOI Open access
  • Bacon A 2022 'The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on severe asthma care in Europe - will care change for good?' ERJ Open Research 8, , DOI Open access
  • Komarnyckyj M, Retzler C, Cao Z, Ganis G, Murphy A, Whelan R & Fouragnan EF 2022 'At‐risk alcohol users have disrupted valence discrimination during reward anticipation' Addiction Biology 27, (3) , DOI Open access

Open Science Strategy

This strategy commits the School of Psychology to three key open science goals by 2021. The first is preregistration of all research that will be published. The second is open access to all research publications. The third is open access to the raw data, stimuli, materials, and analysis pipelines of all published papers (except where so doing would cause insurmountable ethical or privacy issues). Four members of staff are signatories to the Peer Reviewers' Openness Initiative (Bach, Walsh, Whalley, Wills), which seeks to use peer review as a lever to improve open science practices. Wills is a Trustee of the Nurture Science Publishing Group, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of affordable open-access publication in the context of rigorous, reproducibility-focused peer review.


Facilities and labs

Brain Research & Imaging Centre

The Brain Research & Imaging Centre (BRIC), the most advanced multi-modal brain imaging facility in the South West, will provide the sea-change to enhance the quality of our research in human neuroscience.

With seven cutting-edge human research laboratories, BRIC will include an MRI suite with the most advanced 3-Tesla scanner in the region. It will critically advance our enquiry toward the most advanced brain research, improved radiological diagnostics and better patient care.

Find out more about the facility

<p>BRIC building development, December 2020</p>
Neuroscience facilities

Located on our main city-centre campus, these facilities are ideally placed for large-sample studies of neurotypical individuals. The facilities comprise three eye-tracking labs, three 128-channel EEG labs (one suitable for infant participants), a Neural Modulation laboratory, a functional Near Infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) lab, and a data analysis suite. The Neural Modulation laboratory provides facilities for singlepulse and rapid TMS, and tDCS, combined with 64-channel EEG recording and 3D scalp surface and electrode digitisation.


The Babylab provides facilities that are essential to the developmental component of our Experimental Psychology research. Babylab provides excellent, dedicated facilities for infant testing including a family-friendly reception space, two observation rooms, and six individual sound-attenuating booths, with a Tobii 300 Hz system and a head-turn preference setting.

Learn more about the Babylab

Dedicated behavioural testing facilities

A total of 26 purpose-built testing rooms, most of them multi-seat. This facility supports much of the core work of Experimental Psychology group. There are also two dedicated 'soft labs': comfortable, relaxing spaces more conducive to the study of human interaction and counselling than standard labs. We also have three research-dedicated state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Labs.

Specialist equipment

Multichannel EMG systems, respiratory belts, skin thermometers, GSR devices, and pulse meters. There are also movement-measurement devices, including force transducers, accelerometers and laser displacement meters, and somatosensory and pain research devices that enable peripheral percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.

Non-human animal research

In the School of Biological and Marine Sciences there are eight dedicated observation labs, including two specialist temperature-controlled facilities suitable for aquatic animals. All labs are set up for video recording and remote logging with Noldus observer. Our Animal Behaviour researchers also make regular use of shared resources in the School of Biological and Marine Sciences, including animal housing, Home Office licensed space, plus physiology and molecular biology labs. Our research on sustainability is substantially facilitated by the presence of the Plymouth Marine Institute - the first and largest such institute in the UK.

Virtual reality research

Our team are conducting research into virtual reality, working on topics including:

  • Foundations of search and navigation
  • Connecting people with the ocean
  • Using augmented reality to deliver an imagery-based intervention for behaviour change

Discover more about our latest virtual reality research.


Our researchers