School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Psychology

We study and teach the psychology of humans and animals: its evolution, its mechanisms, its failures (psychopathology) and its triumphs (well-being). We emphasise an interdisciplinary approach, focused at the interface between psychology (perception, cognition, communication and social life) and biology (genomics, neuroscience, ethology and evolution).

Research

Research in the Psychology department is divided into three core themes - comparative psychology, perception and decision making, and resilience, health and well-being. 

Strengths of the Journey Intervention

Members of our Psychology department have developed a seven-day intervention manual for use with displaced young people in late childhood and early adolescence living in refugee camps, in direct response to needs highlighted by NGOs working in and children living in refugee camps.

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Sensitivity to School

This project involving SBCS Professor of Developmental Psychology Michael Pluess, and Dr Francesca Lionetti aims to develop new measures of child sensitivity and to observe sensitive children’s development in the first two years of primary school. The new measures will enable both teachers and educational psychologists to reliably assess children’s sensitivity.

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An Italian version of the study can be viewed here.

Discrimination, cognitive biases and mental health in students

This project involving a Psychology PhD student Anastasia Vikhanova, Dr Isabelle Mareschal at SBCS and Dr Francesco Fasani at the School of Economics aims to establish a link between three concepts: mental health, discrimination and cognitive biases. They are currently recruiting participants where you can earn £7 for 45 minutes of your time.

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Learn more about our three research themes including its researchers, funding, collaborators and selected publications by clicking the boxes below.

Research Themes

Learn more about our comparative psychology research.

Learn more about our perception and decision making research.

Learn more about our resilience, health and well-being research.