Psychology research

Area of research excellence: Psychology

Our Psychology research has increased significantly in recent years, in terms of funding, staffing strategy, research impact, publications, and public engagement.

This unit of assessment has achieved research excellence in three specific areas of research: Health, Cognition, and Health and Cognition.

The unit has one research centre which underpins the research undertaken: The Psychology Centre for Health and Cognition (PCHC), to which all submitted members of the unit are actively involved in independent research.

The PCHC has two sub-clusters:

  • The Health cluster seeks to support those researchers who have a health and wellbeing focus to their research. Importantly, the research undertaken within the Health cluster has an applied nature - the majority of the work done here seeks to provide support to important stakeholders. Therefore, researchers seek to provide support for employee stress, mental health and wellbeing, return to work following periods of sickness absence, and mental health and wellbeing in vulnerable populations.
  • The Cognition cluster seeks to undertake internationally-excellent research which investigates the influence of cognition on individual outcomes, such as sensation and perception.

The interests of many researchers also span the two clusters, with senior researchers and early career researchers regularly publishing and engaging in this cross-disciplinary work. In particular, this work focuses on forensic psychology and real-world applications of cognitive neuroscience and health.

Research and academic outputs

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Social worker well-being: a large mixed-methods study
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Ravalier, J.M, McFadden, P, Boichat, C, Clabburn, O and Moriarty, J (2021) 'Social worker well-being: a large mixed-methods study.' The British Journal of Social Work, 51 (1). pp. 297-317. ISSN 0045-3102


What counts as happiness for young people: a qualitative study
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Sutton, C (2021) 'What counts as happiness for young people: a qualitative study.' Children & Society, 35 (1). pp. 18-33. ISSN 0951-0605


Testing two retrieval strategies to enhance eyewitness memory: category and location clustering recall
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Paulo, R.M, Jones, E and Mendes, R (2021) 'Testing two retrieval strategies to enhance eyewitness memory: category and location clustering recall.' Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 27 (1). pp. 140-149. ISSN 1076-8971


Co-creating and evaluating an app-based well-being intervention: the HOW (Healthier Outcomes at Work) Social Work project
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Ravalier, J.M, Wainwright, E, Smyth, N, Clabburn, O, Wegrzynek, P and Loon, M (2020) 'Co-creating and evaluating an app-based well-being intervention: the HOW (Healthier Outcomes at Work) Social Work project.' International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (23). e8730. ISSN 1661-7827


Working conditions and wellbeing in UK social workers
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Ravalier, J.M, Wainwright, E, Clabburn, O, Loon, M and Smyth, N (2020) 'Working conditions and wellbeing in UK social workers.' Journal of Social Work. ISSN 1468-0173


Work stress in NHS employees: a mixed-methods study
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Ravalier, J.M, McVicar, A and Boichat, C (2020) 'Work stress in NHS employees: a mixed-methods study.' International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (18). e6464. ISSN 1661-7827


Gender differences in attention to pain body postures in a social context
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Walsh, J, Eccleston, C and Keogh, E (2020) 'Gender differences in attention to pain body postures in a social context.' PAIN, 161 (8). pp. 1776-1786. ISSN 0304-3959


Exploring the effectiveness of the Tree of Life in promoting the therapeutic growth of refugee women living with HIV
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Vitale, A, Khawaja, N.G and Ryde, J (2019) 'Exploring the effectiveness of the Tree of Life in promoting the therapeutic growth of refugee women living with HIV.' The Arts in Psychotherapy, 66. e101602. ISSN 0197-4556


Primate hippocampus size and organization are predicted by sociality but not diet
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Todorov, O.S, Weisbecker, V, Gilissen, E, Zilles, K and De Sousa, A (2019) 'Primate hippocampus size and organization are predicted by sociality but not diet.' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286 (1914). e171. ISSN 0962-8452


Conversational patterns and listener responses associated with an enhanced fading affect bias after social disclosure
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Muir, K, Brown, C and Madill, A (2019) 'Conversational patterns and listener responses associated with an enhanced fading affect bias after social disclosure.' Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 38 (5-6). pp. 552-585. ISSN 0261-927X


Stress, burnout, depression and work satisfaction among UK anaesthetic trainees: a qualitative analysis of in‐depth participant interviews in the Satisfaction and Wellbeing in Anaesthetic Training study
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Wainwright, E, Looseley, A, Mouton, R, O’Connor, M, Taylor, G and Cook, T.M (2019) 'Stress, burnout, depression and work satisfaction among UK anaesthetic trainees: a qualitative analysis of in‐depth participant interviews in the Satisfaction and Wellbeing in Anaesthetic Training study.' Anaesthesia, 74 (10). pp. 1240-1251. ISSN 0003-2409


Stress, burnout, depression and work-satisfaction amongst UK anaesthetic trainees; a quantitative analysis of the Satisfaction and Wellbeing in Anaesthetic Training study
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Looseley, A, Wainwright, E, Cook, T.M, Bell, V, Hoskins, S, O’Connor, M, Taylor, G and Mouton, R (2019) 'Stress, burnout, depression and work-satisfaction amongst UK anaesthetic trainees; a quantitative analysis of the Satisfaction and Wellbeing in Anaesthetic Training study.' Anaesthesia, 74 (10). pp. 1231-1239. ISSN 0003-2409


Dancing around 'Miranda': the effects of legal reform on homicide detectives in the USA and the UK
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Brookman, F, Pike, S and Maguire, E.R (2019) 'Dancing around 'Miranda': the effects of legal reform on homicide detectives in the USA and the UK.' Criminal Law Bulletin, 55 (5). pp. 725-763. ISSN 0011-1317


Enablers and barriers to treatment adherence in heterozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia: a qualitative evidence synthesis
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Kinnear, F.J, Wainwright, E, Perry, R, Lithander, F.E, Bayly, G, Huntley, A, Cox, J, Shield, J.P.H and Searle, A (2019) 'Enablers and barriers to treatment adherence in heterozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia: a qualitative evidence synthesis.' BMJ Open, 9 (7). e030290. ISSN 2044-6055


Strategic eye movements are used to support object authentication
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Raymond, J.E and Jones, S.P (2019) 'Strategic eye movements are used to support object authentication.' Scientific Reports, 9. e2424. ISSN 2045-2322


Is screen time associated with anxiety or depression in young people? Results from a UK birth cohort
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Khouja, J.N, Munafò, M.R, Tilling, K, Wiles, N.J, Joinson, C, Etchells, P.J, John, A, Hayes, F.M, Gage, S.H and Cornish, R.P (2019) 'Is screen time associated with anxiety or depression in young people? Results from a UK birth cohort.' BMC Public Health, 19. e82. ISSN 1471-2458


Psycho-social working conditions and stress in UK social workers
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Ravalier, J.M (2018) 'Psycho-social working conditions and stress in UK social workers.' British Journal of Social Work, 49 (2). pp. 371-390. ISSN 0045-3102


Sleep in ankylosing spondylitis and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis: associations with disease activity, gender and mood
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Wadeley, A, Clarke, E, Leverment, S and Sengupta, R (2018) 'Sleep in ankylosing spondylitis and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis: associations with disease activity, gender and mood.' Clinical Rheumatology, 37 (4). pp. 1045-1052. ISSN 0770-3198


Enhancing the cognitive interview with an alternative procedure to witness-compatible questioning: category clustering recall
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Paulo, R.M, Albuquerque, P.B, Vitorino, F and Bull, R (2017) 'Enhancing the cognitive interview with an alternative procedure to witness-compatible questioning: category clustering recall.' Psychology, Crime & Law, 23 (10). pp. 967-982. ISSN 1477-2744


The right way to kiss: directionality bias in head-turning during kissing
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Rezaul Karim, A. K. M, Proulx, M.J, De Sousa, A, Karmaker, C, Rahman, A, Karim, F and Nigar, N (2017) 'The right way to kiss: directionality bias in head-turning during kissing.' Scientific Reports, 7. e5398. ISSN 2045-2322


Benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS) and developmental co-ordination disorder
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Kirby, A, Williams, N, Koelewijn, L, Brindley, L.M, Muthukumaraswamy, S.D, te Water Naudé, J, Thomas, M, Gibbon, F, Singh, K.D and Hamandi, K (2017) 'Benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS) and developmental co-ordination disorder.' Epilepsy & Behavior, 72. pp. 122-126. ISSN 1525-5050


Sex differences in the decoding of pain-related body postures
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Walsh, J, Eccleston, C and Keogh, E (2017) 'Sex differences in the decoding of pain-related body postures.' European Journal of Pain, 21 (10). pp. 1668-1677. ISSN 1090-3801


The utility of multiple synthesised views in the recognition of unfamiliar faces
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Jones, S.P, Dwyer, D.M and Lewis, M.B (2017) 'The utility of multiple synthesised views in the recognition of unfamiliar faces.' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70 (5). pp. 906-918. ISSN 1747-0218


Headache impairs attentional performance: a conceptual replication and extension
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Attridge, N, Eccleston, C, Noonan, D, Wainwright, E and Keogh, E (2017) 'Headache impairs attentional performance: a conceptual replication and extension.' The Journal of Pain, 18 (1). pp. 29-41. ISSN 1526-5900


Prevalence and factors associated with disturbed sleep in patients with ankylosing spondylitis and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis: a systematic review
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Leverment, S, Clarke, E, Wadeley, A and Sengupta, R (2017) 'Prevalence and factors associated with disturbed sleep in patients with ankylosing spondylitis and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis: a systematic review.' Rheumatology International, 37. pp. 257-271. ISSN 0172-8172


Social perception in synaesthesia for colour
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Janik McErlean, A.B, Susilo, T, Rezlescu, C, Bray, A and Banissy, M.J (2016) 'Social perception in synaesthesia for colour.' Cognitive Neuropsychology, 33 (7-8). pp. 378-387. ISSN 0264-3294


Parental interpretations of “childhood innocence”: implications for early sexuality education
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McGinn, L, Stone, N, Ingham, R and Bengry-Howell, A (2016) 'Parental interpretations of “childhood innocence”: implications for early sexuality education.' Health Education, 116 (6). pp. 580-594. ISSN 0965-4283


Improving the enhanced cognitive interview with a new interview strategy: category clustering recall
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Paulo, R.M, Albuquerque, P.B and Bull, R (2016) 'Improving the enhanced cognitive interview with a new interview strategy: category clustering recall.' Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30 (5). pp. 775-784. ISSN 0888-4080


Examining the relationship between schizotypy and self-reported visual imagery vividness in grapheme-color synaesthesia
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Janik McErlean, A.B and Banissy, M.J (2016) 'Examining the relationship between schizotypy and self-reported visual imagery vividness in grapheme-color synaesthesia.' Frontiers in Psychology, 7. e131. ISSN 1664-1078


Where am I? Who am I? The relation between spatial cognition, social cognition and individual differences in the built environment
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Proulx, M.J, Todorov, O.S, Taylor Aiken, A and De Sousa, A (2016) 'Where am I? Who am I? The relation between spatial cognition, social cognition and individual differences in the built environment.' Frontiers in Psychology, 7. e64. ISSN 1664-1078


Cognitive mechanisms associated with auditory sensory gating
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Jones, L.A, Hills, P.J, Dick, K.M, Jones, S.P and Bright, P (2016) 'Cognitive mechanisms associated with auditory sensory gating.' Brain and Cognition, 102. pp. 33-45. ISSN 0278-2626


Prospective investigation of video game use in children and subsequent conduct disorder and depression using data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children
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Etchells, P.J, Gage, S.H, Rutherford, A.D and Munafò, M.R (2016) 'Prospective investigation of video game use in children and subsequent conduct disorder and depression using data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children.' PLoS ONE, 11 (1). e0147732. ISSN 1932-6203


The Peer Reviewers’ Openness Initiative: incentivising open research practices through peer review
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Morey, R.D, Chambers, C.D, Etchells, P.J, Harris, C.R, Hoekstra, R, Lakens, D, Lewandowsky, S, Coker Morey, C, Newman, D.P, Schonbrodt, F, Vanpaemel, W, Wagenmakers, E and Zwaan, R (2016) 'The Peer Reviewers’ Openness Initiative: incentivising open research practices through peer review.' Royal Society Open Science, 3 (1). e150547. ISSN 2054-5703


Enhancing anger perception with transcranial alternating current stimulation induced gamma oscillations
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Janik McErlean, A.B, Rezlescu, C and Banissy, M.J (2015) 'Enhancing anger perception with transcranial alternating current stimulation induced gamma oscillations.' Brain Stimulation, 8 (6). pp. 1138-1143. ISSN 1935-861X


Resting-state oscillatory dynamics in sensorimotor cortex in benign epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes and typical brain development
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Koelewijn, L, Hamandi, K, Brindley, L.M, Brookes, M.J, Routley, B.C, Muthukumaraswamy, S, Williams, N, Thomas, M, Kirby, A, te Water Naudé, J, Gibbon, F and Singh, K.D (2015) 'Resting-state oscillatory dynamics in sensorimotor cortex in benign epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes and typical brain development.' Human Brain Mapping, 36 (10). pp. 3935-3949. ISSN 1097-0193


A randomised controlled trial of a brief cognitive behavioural intervention for men who have hot flushes following prostate cancer treatment (MANCAN)
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Stefanopoulou, E, Yousaf, O, Grunfeld, E.A and Hunter, M.S (2015) 'A randomised controlled trial of a brief cognitive behavioural intervention for men who have hot flushes following prostate cancer treatment (MANCAN).' Psycho-Oncology, 24 (9). 1159 - 1166. ISSN 1057-9249


An investigation of masculinity attitudes, gender, and attitudes toward psychological help-seeking
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Yousaf, O, Popat, A and Hunter, M.S (2015) 'An investigation of masculinity attitudes, gender, and attitudes toward psychological help-seeking.' Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 16 (2). 234 -237. ISSN 1524-9220


Emotion coaching - a strategy for promoting behavioural self-regulation in children/young people in schools: a pilot study
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Rose, J, Gilbert, L and McGuire-Snieckus, R (2015) 'Emotion coaching - a strategy for promoting behavioural self-regulation in children/young people in schools: a pilot study.' The European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences, XIII. pp. 1766-1790. ISSN 2301-2218


Learning faces: similar comparator faces do not improve performance
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Jones, S.P, Dwyer, D.M and Lewis, M.B (2015) 'Learning faces: similar comparator faces do not improve performance.' PLoS ONE, 10 (1). e0116707. ISSN 1932-6203


The fading affect bias: effects of social disclosure to an interactive versus non-responsive listener
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Muir, K, Brown, C and Madill, A (2015) 'The fading affect bias: effects of social disclosure to an interactive versus non-responsive listener.' Memory, 23 (6). pp. 829-847. ISSN 0965-8211


Pain communication through body posture: the development and validation of a stimulus set
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Walsh, J, Eccleston, C and Keogh, E (2014) 'Pain communication through body posture: the development and validation of a stimulus set.' PAIN, 155 (11). pp. 2282-2290. ISSN 0304-3959


Facial width-to-height ratio predicts self-reported dominance and aggression in males and females, but a measure of masculinity does not
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Lefevre, C.E, Etchells, P.J, Howell, E.C, Clark, A.P and Penton-Voak, I.S (2014) 'Facial width-to-height ratio predicts self-reported dominance and aggression in males and females, but a measure of masculinity does not.' Biology Letters, 10 (10). e0729. ISSN 1744-9561


Strategies for improving memory
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Markopoulos, G (2014) 'Strategies for improving memory.' Psychology Review, 20 (Sep). pp. 8-9. ISSN 1750-3469


The social negotiation of fitness for work: tensions in doctor-patient relationships over medical certification of chronic pain
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Wainwright, E, Wainwright, D, Keogh, E and Eccleston, C (2014) 'The social negotiation of fitness for work: tensions in doctor-patient relationships over medical certification of chronic pain.' Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 19 (1). pp. 17-33. ISSN 1363-4593


Reinforcer magnitude and demand under fixed-ratio schedules with domestic hens
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Grant, A, Foster, T.M, Temple, W, Jackson, S, Kinloch, J.M and Poling, A (2014) 'Reinforcer magnitude and demand under fixed-ratio schedules with domestic hens.' Behavioural Processes, 103. pp. 199-210. ISSN 0376-6357


Variable temporoinsular cortex neuroanatomy in primates suggests a bottleneck effect in eastern gorillas
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Barks, S.K, Bauernfeind, A.L, Bonar, C.J, Cranfield, M.R, De Sousa, A, Erwin, J.M, Hopkins, W.D, Lewandowski, A.H, Mudakikwa, A, Phillips, K.A, Raghanti, M.A, Stimpson, C.D, Hof, P.R, Zilles, K and Sherwood, C.C (2014) 'Variable temporoinsular cortex neuroanatomy in primates suggests a bottleneck effect in eastern gorillas.' Journal of Comparative Neurology, 522 (4). pp. 844-860. ISSN 0021-9967


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