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
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Wide range of careers

Our graduates go on to pursue a wide range of careers after studying their first degree. Whether you continue studying for a further degree or look for employment straight away our emphasis on employability will put you ahead of other graduates.

Successful graduates

If you would like to find out what other psychology graduates are currently doing, please visit the psychology and social sciences interest area.

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School of Psychology in the media

Could robots be counsellors? Early research shows positive user experience

Jackie Andrade and Joana Galvão Gomes da Silva have shown for the first time that a social robot can deliver a ‘helpful’ and ‘enjoyable’ motivational interview (MI), a counselling technique designed to support behaviour change.

TOUGH LOVE? The meaner your friends are, the more they care about you, study shows (The Sun)

Research by Belén López-Pérez in the School of Psychology suggests that people who gave 'tough love' to their friends were actually more like to empathise with them and want them to succeed.

Psychology academic navigates Moral Maze on Radio 4

Dr Susan Blackmore, Visiting Professor in the School of Psychology, has appeared on Radio 4’s Moral Maze programme discussing whether religious orthodoxy is able to exist in a world of increasingly liberal values.

EU eyes high-tech cleanup for plastic pollution in rivers - Deutsche Welle

Professor Sabine Pahl, Associate Professor (Reader) in Psychology, urges scientists from different fields to work together to address the cause of the plastic pollution.

Plymouth develop resource to assist health services deliver more personalised care - Care Appointments

A study by Dr Helen Lloyd sees the development of a practical tool to support organisations and practitioners achieve the organisational change which needs to happen if they are to provide personalised and coordinated care for people with multiple long term conditions.

‘Social media culture can encourage risky and inappropriate posting behaviour’ (Telegraph)

A new study by Claire White in the School of Psychology has received national coverage after investigating why young adults might post content on social media that contains sexual or offensive material. 

Research on link between creativity and risk-taking (Guardian)

'The Guardian' invites readers to take a seven-question test, and, according to Vaibav Tyagi, Yaniv Hanoch, Stephen Hall and Sue Denham from the School of Psychology, if you score 6 or 7 out of 7, you count as more risk taking, and therefore more creative, than the average person.

Latest publications

Here is a list of some recent papers published by the School of Psychology: you can find a full list from this year and previous years on our research pages

  • Upshaw JD, Stevens CE, Ganis G & Zabelina DL 2022 'The hidden cost of a smartphone: The effects of smartphone notifications on cognitive control from a behavioral and electrophysiological perspective' PLOS ONE 17, (11) , DOI Open access
  • 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 Open access
  • 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
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