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Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The School of Psychology's research is organised around 4 research clusters that reflect the expertise and interests of current staff and contemporary themes in Psychological Science. 

Staff engage in a variety of innovative and pioneering research projects.  Staff may contribute to more than one cluster and a key feature of our research programme is the  leadership the School provides in multi-disciplinary collaborations that address key questions in Psychology.  These collaborations across clusters, different Schools within the University, and colleagues from other Universities produce ground breaking research that furthers psychological knowledge and engenders a spirit of enquiry into Psychology from the most junior undergraduate to the most senior professor.

Our research is supported by state of the art laboratories and equipment which include: a driving simulator; 128 channel EEG systems; a VR system and whole body motion capture; eye movement tracking systems; transmagnetic stimulation; and a comprehensive test collection.  A mobile testing laboratory brings the ‘lab’ to Schools and promotes our research programme studying children.

Our pursuit of cutting edge psychological research results in internationally influential research and informs policy and practice and national and local levels. Opportunities abound for psychology to address questions of fundamental importance to uncovering the mysteries of the mind and key issues of contemporary relevance to Society.  Research undertaken by the School today will undoubtedly influence the future of the discipline and Society.

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    Juliana Abboud

    Person: Doctor of Philosophy

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    Pauline Adair

    Person: Academic

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    Bronagh Allison

    Person: Doctor of Philosophy



    Research Output

    Acceptable or weird? Exploring environmentalists’, students’ and the general public’s perceptions of bio-based plastics

    Mehta, N., Cunningham, E., Roy, D., Cathcart, A., Dempster, M., Berry, E. & Smyth, B., 31 Jan 2020, (Accepted) Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • An Ear for Language: Sensitivity to fast Amplitude Rise Times predicts novel vocabulary learning

    Marecka, M., Fosker, T., Szewczyk, J., Kałamała, P. & Wodniecka, Z., 12 Feb 2020, (Accepted) In : Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Anticipatory care planning intervention for older adults at risk of functional decline: study protocol for a primary care cluster feasibility randomised trial

    Brazil, K., Scott, D., Wallace, E., Clarke, M., Fahey, T., Gillespie, P., O'Halloran, P., Cardwell, C., Carter, G., McGlade, K. & Doyle, F., 11 Feb 2020, In : Trials. 21, 1, 10 p., 168.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Advanced Research Center Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from

    Gülseli Baysu (Recipient), 01 Feb 2018

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Advanced Teaching Scholar Certificate

    Laura Taylor (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    International Society for the Study of Individual Differences Conference

    Paul Wilson (Conference committee chair)
    26 Jul 202130 Jul 2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Northern Ireland BPS Annual Conference

    Ioana Latu (Invited speaker)
    Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

    The Psychology of Gender in Understanding Gender Diversity Initiatives

    Ioana Latu (Invited speaker)
    23 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Press / Media

    The Segregation Experiment (Channel 4 Documentary)

    Rhiannon Turner


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Third of UK doctors report burnout and compassion fatigue

    Martin Dempster


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research


    Connecting Emotionally With and Through Computers

    Roddy Cowie (Participant), Ellen Douglas-Cowie (Participant), Gary McKeown (Participant), Noel Sheehy (Participant), Ian Sneddon (Participant), Margaret McRorie (Participant), Tijana Vukicevic (Participant)

    Impact: Economic Impact