Research in the School of Psychology

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  • ? In the last Research Excellence Framework assessment, 80% of our submission was judged world-leading or internationally excellent
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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

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Latest publications

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

  • Jones DM, Auburn TC & Chapman AJ 1982 'Perceived control in continuous loud noise' Current Psychology 2, (1-3) 111-122 , DOI
  • EVANS J & DENNIS I 1982 'BRAIN-LESIONS AND REASONING - A NOTE ON GOLDING' CORTEX 18, (2) 317-318 Author Site , DOI
  • POLLARD P & EVANS J 1982 'EFFECTS OF SAMPLE-SIZE AND VARIABILITY ON THE EVALUATION OF SAMPLE INFORMATION' BULLETIN OF THE BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY 35, (JUN) A28-A29 Author Site
  • EVANS JST 1982 'ON STATISTICAL INTUITIONS AND INFERENTIAL RULES - DISCUSSION' COGNITION 12, (3) 319-323 Author Site , DOI
  • EVANS JST 1982 'PSYCHOLOGICAL PITFALLS IN FORECASTING' FUTURES 14, (4) 258-265 Author Site , DOI
  • Evans JSBT 1981 'A reply to Morris' British Journal of Psychology 72, (4) 469-470 , DOI
  • Freeman NH, Sinha CG & Stedmon JA 1981 'The allative bias in three-year-olds is almost proof against task naturalness' Journal of Child Language 8, (2) 283-296 , DOI
  • Evans JSBT & Brooks PG 1981 'Competing with reasoning: A test of the working memory hypothesis' Current Psychology 1, (2) 139-147 , DOI
  • Evans JSBT & Beck MA 1981 'Directionality and temporal factors in conditional reasoning' Current Psychology 1, (2) 111-120 , DOI
  • Jones DM, Chapman AJ & Auburn TC 1981 'Noise in the environment: A social perspective' Journal of Environmental Psychology 1, (1) 43-59 , DOI
  • Hyland ME 1981 Introduction to theoretical psychology. London MacMillan
  • Sloboda J & Edworthy J 1981 'Attending To Two Melodies At Once: the of Key Relatedness' Psychology of Music 9, (1) 39-43 , DOI
  • COLTHEART V & EVANS JST 1981 'AN INVESTIGATION OF SEMANTIC MEMORY IN INDIVIDUALS' MEMORY & COGNITION 9, (5) 524-532 Author Site , DOI
  • EVANS JST & POLLARD P 1981 'ON DEFINING RATIONALITY UNREASONABLY' BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES 4, (3) 335-336 Author Site , DOI
  • POLLARD P & EVANS JST 1981 'THE EFFECTS OF PRIOR BELIEFS IN REASONING - AN ASSOCIATIONAL INTERPRETATION' BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 72, (FEB) 73-81 Author Site , DOI
  • EVANS J 1981 'WHY EVANS IS WRONG IN CRITICIZING INTROSPECTIVE REPORTS OF SUBJECT STRATEGIES - REPLY' BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 72, (NOV) 469-470 Author Site , DOI
  • Harris CM, Hainline L & Abramov I 1981 'A method for calibrating an eye monitoring system for use with infants' Behavioral Research Methods and Instrumentation 13, 11-17
  • FREEMAN NH, SINHA CG & STEDMON JA 1981 'THE ALLATIVE BIAS IN 3-YEAR-OLDS IS ALMOST PROOF AGAINST TASK NATURALNESS' JOURNAL OF CHILD LANGUAGE 8, (2) 283-296 Author Site , DOI
  • MOLLOY W & HYLAND M 1980 'MAINTENANCE SALBUTAMOL IN CHRONIC BRONCHITIS IN THE ELDERLY' Age and Ageing 9, (4) 272-274 , DOI
  • EVANS J & NEWSTEAD SE 1980 'A STUDY OF DISJUNCTIVE REASONING' PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH-PSYCHOLOGISCHE FORSCHUNG 41, (4) 373-388 Author Site , DOI
  • EVANS J 1980 'CURRENT ISSUES IN THE PSYCHOLOGY OF REASONING' BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 71, (MAY) 227-239 Author Site , DOI
  • EVANS J 1980 'INTROSPECTIVE REPORTS OF COGNITIVE-PROCESSES - CRITIQUE' BULLETIN OF THE BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY 33, (JAN) 32-33 Author Site
  • MORRIS PE & EVANS J 1980 'REJUVENATING THE BRITISH PHD' BULLETIN OF THE BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY 33, (FEB) 57-59 Author Site
  • EVANS J 1980 'RESEARCH PRODUCTIVITY' BULLETIN OF THE BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY 33, (DEC) 462-462 Author Site
  • POLLARD P & EVANS JST 1980 'THE INFLUENCE OF LOGIC ON CONDITIONAL REASONING PERFORMANCE' QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 32, (NOV) 605-624 Author Site , DOI
  • Hyland M 1979 'Comment on Branthwaiteet al. 'S mathematical model of intergroup conflict' European Journal of Social Psychology 9, (4) 417-418 , DOI
  • Morris RC, Wookey PE & Kirby RM 1979 'Effects of Signalling Reinforcement Which Maintains Variable Ratio Performance of Rats and Pigeons' Psychological Reports 44, (3) 843-852 , DOI
  • AUBURN TC, CHAPMAN AJ & JONES DM 1979 'LONG ARM OF STRESS - SOME SOCIAL AFTEREFFECTS' BULLETIN OF THE BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY 32, (JAN) 17-17 Author Site
  • MANKTELOW KI & EVANS J 1979 'FACILITATION OF REASONING BY REALISM - EFFECT OR NON-EFFECT' BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 70, (NOV) 477-488 Author Site , DOI
  • Bridgstock M & Hyland M 1978 'The Nature of Individualist Explanation: A Further Analysis of Reduction' Philosophy of the Social Sciences 8, (3) 265-269 , DOI
  • Wookey PE, Morris RC & Kirby RM 1978 'Animal Learning of Independent and Correlated Events' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 30, (1) 105-111 , DOI
  • HYLAND ME 1978 'PSYCHOLOGY IN POLYTECHNICS' BULLETIN OF THE BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY 31, (NOV) 395-395 Author Site
  • EVANS J 1978 'CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF LOGICAL THEORIES OF REASONING' BULLETIN OF THE BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY 31, (MAY) 169-169 Author Site
  • Morris RC 1977 'Spatial variables and the feature-positive effect' Learning and Motivation 8, (2) 194-212 , DOI
  • EVANS J 1977 'ABSURDITY OF BEING AN ANTI-PSYCHOLOGIST - REPLY' BULLETIN OF THE BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY 30, (OCT) 341-342 Author Site
  • EVANS J & NEWSTEAD SE 1977 'LANGUAGE AND REASONING - STUDY OF TEMPORAL FACTORS' COGNITION 5, (3) 265-283 Author Site , DOI
  • EVANS J 1977 'LINGUISTIC FACTORS IN REASONING' QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 29, (MAY) 297-306 Author Site , DOI
  • EVANS J & DUSOIR AE 1977 'PROPORTIONALITY AND SAMPLE-SIZE AS FACTORS IN INTUITIVE STATISTICAL JUDGMENT' ACTA PSYCHOLOGICA 41, (2-3) 129-137 Author Site , DOI
  • EVANS J 1977 'TEACHING RELEVANT STATISTICS - REPLY' BULLETIN OF THE BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY 30, (JAN) 21-21 Author Site
  • EVANS J 1977 'TOWARD A STATISTICAL-THEORY OF REASONING' QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 29, (NOV) 621-635 Author Site , DOI
  • EVANS J 1976 'CRITICAL NOTE ON QUINTON AND FELLOWS OBSERVATION OF REASONING STRATEGIES' BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 67, (NOV) 517-518 Author Site , DOI
  • EVANS J & WASON PC 1976 'RATIONALIZATION IN A REASONING TASK' BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 67, (NOV) 479-486 Author Site , DOI
  • EVANS J & DUSOIR AE 1976 'REPRESENTATIVENESS AS A HEURISTIC IN SUBJECTIVE-PROBABILITY JUDGEMENTS - FACT OR ARTIFACT' BRITISH JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICAL & STATISTICAL PSYCHOLOGY 29, (NOV) 271-271 Author Site
  • EVANS J 1976 'TEACHING STATISTICS - SOME THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS' BULLETIN OF THE BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY 29, (JUN) 172-174 Author Site
  • WASON PC & EVANS J 1975 'DUAL PROCESSES IN REASONING' COGNITION 3, (2) 141-154 Author Site , DOI
  • EVANS J 1975 'INTERPRETING REASONING DATA - REPLY TO VANDUYNE' COGNITION 3, (4) 387-390 Author Site , DOI
  • Hyland M & Bridgstock M 1974 'Reductionism: Comments on Some Recent Work' Philosophy of the Social Sciences 4, (2-3) 197-200 , DOI
  • EVANS JSBT & LYNCH JS 1973 'MATCHING BIAS IN THE SELECTION TASK' British Journal of Psychology 64, (3) 391-397 , DOI
  • EVANS JSBT 1972 'REASONING WITH NEGATIVES' British Journal of Psychology 63, (2) 213-219 , DOI
  • Evans JSBT 1972 'On the problems of interpreting reasoning data: Logical and psychological approaches' Cognition 1, (4) 373-384 , DOI
 

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 nonprofit 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

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.

Babylab

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.

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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