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Our internationally leading research delivers advances in knowledge and improvements in quality of life.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) our research quality was ranked 2nd in the UK for Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience.

Our research themes are supported through research centres, multi-disciplinary partnerships, and collaboration with industry and the third sector.

Our four interlinked research themes are:

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Our neuroscience research is pursued within three groups and is interested in the biological and psychological foundations of cognition.

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Cognitive science

The cognitive psychology theme comprises two collaborative groupings interested in understanding the workings of the brain at a functional level.

Dev and Health

Development and health

Our development and health theme researches human cognitive, motor and pro-social development from conception to adulthood.

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Social and environmental

The Social and Environmental Psychology theme comprises two collaborative groupings conducting basic and applied research addressing issue.



Our state-of-the-art research facilities support our cutting-edge interdisciplinary research programmes.



Case studies that highlight the impact of our internationally leading research across the discipline.

Research participation

Research participation

We are frequently looking for members of the public to help with our research and there are a number of ways you can get involved.