Department of Psychology

Our research

Understanding our place in the world

We have created a stimulating and vibrant research environment in the spirit of the founding vision of Essex’s first Vice-Chancellor Sir Albert Sloman.

It was his desire for universities to break down stagnant barriers between traditional subject divisions so that scholars could “…emphasise the fundamental unity of human knowledge”.

Under the broader goal of ‘Understanding Our Place In The World’, we have organised our diverse research activity across three distinct areas of concentration. These areas allow our staff to pursue their intellectual ambitions and to achieve research excellence, all while fostering an interdisciplinary approach that promotes collaboration and that utilises multiple methodologies.

In addition to this exciting approach to research, our Department is expanding and has recently appointed a number of excellent researchers whose skills enhance our guiding mission.

We are ranked 13th in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), with 90% of our research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

We 'tie' our research together

A culture of collaboration

Our environment is designed to encourage and support individuals in crossing conventional disciplinary boundaries to collaborate in research.

Our Department is a member of the Faculty of Science and Health, but also has strong links with the world-leading Faculty of Social Sciences. Our University facilitates and encourages interdisciplinary research through centres including the Essex Biomedical Sciences Institute (EBSI), and the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER).

Investment in facilities

In the last five years we have invested in facilities of the highest quality.

  • Our £2.4m Centre for Brain Science gives a substantial increase in space devoted to research. The facility contains well-equipped laboratories, office space for PhD students and post docs, as well as research meeting rooms and social spaces that foster opportunities for innovation, dissemination, training and collaboration between and within groups.
  • We also have excellent facilities for electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), with multi-method equipment.

Research projects