Our research, which has been recognised as being world-leading, spans across five key areas of psychology - Cognitive, Social, Developmental, Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical. 


We constantly look for opportunities to expand our research breakthroughs. Not only to build upon the knowledge and skills of our staff and students, but to make a difference to peoples’ lives - to transform their lives on a local and global scale.  We do this through consulting and working with local councils, charities and corporations, which allows us to deliver exciting and robust scientific advances to them. And it’s been proven that our advances are making a difference - the societal impact of our work has recently received the highest possible score within the REF 2014 and this is something we’re actively keen to maintain.

Our research focuses on two themes:

This encompasses research from social, developmental and evolutionary psychology and aims to answer questions on how our social experiences impact upon our health outcomes.   Essentially this research aims to understand what makes us the social creatures that we are in part by identifying factors that influence health, lifestyle, social behaviours and outcomes as well as understanding the developmental processes that underpin our sociality. 

Marx, V & Nagy, E 2017, 'Fetal behavioral responses to the touch of the mother's abdomen: A Frame-by-frame analysis'Infant Behavior and Development, vol 47, pp. 83-91.

Ross, J, Yilmaz, M, Dale, R, Cassidy, R, Yildirim , I & Zeedyk, MS 2017, 'Cultural differences in self-recognition: the early development of autonomous and related selves?'Developmental Science, vol 20, no. 3, e12387

Swartzman, S, Booth, J, Munro, A & Sani, F 2017, 'Post-traumatic stress disorder after cancer diagnosis in adults: a meta-analysis'Depression and Anxiety, vol 34, pp. 327-339.