Experimental Psychology

Fundamental research in experimental psychology is a long-standing strength at Plymouth. We aim to understand thought, from basic associative and cognitive processes through language to social interactions. We are interested in all stages of life, from infancy to old age. Particular areas of interest in cognition are the study of learning and memory, spatial navigation, reasoning, face perception and recognition, decision making, the representation of self, and language acquisition. We are also studying social development in childhood, the mechanisms underlying prejudice, and individual differences with a focus on humour and positive psychology. 

Methods of investigation use a variety of approaches including cognitive experimentation with human adults, developmental studies, Virtual Reality, eye-tracking, mathematical modelling, and neuroimaging.

The University of Plymouth Babylab

A research lab for the cognitive psychology of child development.

The Babylab was opened in 2006 in the School of Psychology, and is one of its most vibrant and productive research labs. It is run primarily by students.

Since its opening, the Babylab has attracted more than £1.5m in research grants, and has developed solid collaborations with Babylabs in prestigious universities, such as the University of Oxford and the University of Paris Descartes.

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