We have consistently excelled in assessments of research quality. We performed well in RAE2008 (6th research power), and according to the recent ESRC International Benchmarking exercise, the Department is currently the 5th highest in terms of QR and 7th in terms of research funding within the UK.
Research is organised across five collaborative research groupings:
Computational Neuroscience & Robotics
We design computational models and build robots based on how the brain works. Modelling helps us to understand the fundamental principles of neural processing, and by testing our models in robots we can better understand the intelligent behavior of animals and people. We also use insights from this work to develop technologies, such as assistive robots, that are adaptable and socially useful.
Brain recording and imaging technology allows us to investigate how the brain works, while it is working. Our research makes connections between the different levels of description of brain function - anatomical, physiological and behavioural
|Pre-Clinical 7T Magnetic Resonance Imaging facility|
The group occupies one whole floor of the Psychology Department and has many specialist testing rooms for working with babies, children and adults, including video recording, state-of-the-art voice recording, EEG, specialist eye-tracking and virtual reality programs. We have particular expertise in the analysis of large data sets. We have a long established database of local families so that children can be tracked for years as they develop. We cover all aspects of typical and atypical development (including children with autism, with Downs syndrome, with Williams syndrome, children with language delay and with dyslexia). Our applied research is related to such groups and includes: interventions to improve children’s communication, to improve spatial reasoning, new interventions in dyslexia, and in health and diabetes education, and specialist work with young people with autism. The group currently collaborates on projects with researchers in 15 countries, and collects data from children in 18 countries - so our research reflects contemporary children’s lives world-wide.
Social, Health & Environmental
The SHEP group undertakes basic and applied research on issues of social and public health significance, with a particular emphasis on social cognition, emotion regulation and behaviour change. Current projects focuses on developing interventions to promote more positive attitudes and behaviour relating to health (smoking prevention, teenage pregnancy, improved diet and exercise participation), the environment (renewable forms of energy; sustainable consumption; resource dilemmas) and intergroup relations (prejudice, stereotyping, diversity and multiculturalism).
Mental Health and Illness