Research in the School of Psychology

Research and research training has a high priority in the school.  

Our excellence has been recognised through the Research Excellence Framework, in which 83 per cent of school activity was judged to be of world leading or internationally excellent standard, placing us within the top 20 psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry schools across the country.

We have a thriving PhD community, with around 80 doctoral students, purpose-built research facilities.

Please take a look at our School of Psychology staff publications page for 2019, with links to the online versions and staff pages. You can also access the full list of 82 publications for 2018, additionally listings of 77 papers from 2017, 78 papers from 2016,  84 papers from 2015 and over 100 papers from 2014 are also available. 

Papers published recently

Bacon, A. M., McDaid, C., Williams, N., & Corr, P. J. (2019). What motivates academic dishonesty in students? A reinforcement sensitivity theory explanation. British Journal of Educational Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjep.12269

Grzyb, B. J., Cangelosi, A., Cattani, A., & Floccia, C. (2019). Children’s scale errors: A by-product of lexical development? Developmental Science, 22(2), e12741. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12741

Tozer, L., Stedmon, J., & Dallos, R. (2019). ‘It is that bad but it isn’t that bad’: Exploring children’s experiences of their mother’s non-terminal cancer with a focus on attachment, resilience and trauma. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 24(1), 53–68. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359104518781922

Ward, E., Ganis, G., & Bach, P. (2019). Spontaneous Vicarious Perception of the Content of Another’s Visual Perspective. Current Biology, 29(5), 874-880.e4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.01.046

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

Online psychology research

Discover some of the many research projects underway here by taking part online.

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