Department of Psychology

Our research

Your intellectual playground

We provide a stimulating and vibrant research environment that allows both our junior and senior faculty members, as well as our students, to successfully shape the future of our expanding research-intensive department.

We were 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.

Our research activity is diverse and broad-based with a variety of interests. Staff work across three research groups, each with critical mass and research excellence:

Each group has an intellectually vigorous community comprising researchers at all levels of seniority, state-of-the-art facilities, and a programme of meetings. Our Department is expanding and has recently appointed a number of excellent researchers whose skills increase the diversity and depth of our skills base.

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 two centres – 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, opened in 2009, gives a substantial increase in space devoted to research. The facility contains well-equipped laboratories, office space for more 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