Department of Psychology
Research suites in the Psychology Department include:
- Our interview suite consists of one-way observational facilities, discrete cameras and audio recording equipment. One room is set up to mimic a police interview room and is used for training in investigative techniques in criminal justice settings, such as gathering evidence from vulnerable witnesses, and undertaking research with offenders. A second room is set up to mimic a lounge and is used for mock burglary scenarios, and exploring child behaviour in an informal environment.
- Our social interactions suite is equipped with purpose built ‘double-video’ equipment. A control room with split screen mixers and time lag facilities links cameras concealed behind angled glass in two separate filming rooms which allows the recording and display of live and replayed interactions between two people and allows the introduction of time lags within live interactions. This set up has been used to investigate sensitivity to responses to intimate face-to-face interactions, but can also be used for the filming of full face reactions to video-based stimulus displays.
- Our large observation suite has a versatile room with comfortable and flexible modular seating, one-way mirrors, digital video recording and remote audio-visual equipment. The suite has been used for all types of group observational work including testing minority influence scenarios, deception studies and jury decision making.
- Our digital analysis and video editing suite has dedicated computing facilities that run video analysis software. A photo booth allows the researcher to take standard pictures for use in studies involving police line-ups and mugshots.
Research laboratories in the Psychology Department include:
- Our eye tracking laboratories are distraction-free environments with controllable lighting and are equipped with various eye tracking systems. These laboratories allow you to efficiently monitor behaviour indicative of attention. Studies have included research about attention, object recognition, face recognition, scene perception, change blindness, infant social engagement, and detection of deceptive behaviour in witnesses.
- Our applied cognition laboratory allows for simultaneous testing of multiple participants, under controlled conditions, permitting the efficient collection of large amounts of data. Researchers have used this laboratory to investigate a variety of topics relating to perception, memory, social cognition, decision making in applied settings, eyewitness interviewing and identifications and the detection of deception.
- Our psychophysiology laboratory allows the recording and analysis of the electrical activity of the brain. The facilities may also be used for recording heart rate, blood pressure, skin conductant and respiration. Research taking place in this laboratory aims to better understand neural processes linked to anxiety and also to interactions between brain regions during movement.
- Our newly built biomarkers and olfaction laboratory will be used for the collection of immune and hormonal markers and olfactory related research including examining individual differences in olfactory function and the effects of odours on behaviour.
Other research facilities
Our other research facilities include:
Macaque Cognition Project
The Macaque Cognition Project has collaborative links with the Monkey Haven (Newport, Isle of Wight) and Marwell Zoo (Winchester) allowing us to conduct behavioural and cognitive research with Barbary, rhesus and crested macaqu.
Dog Cognition Centre
The Dog Cognition Centre is Britain’s first centre dedicated exclusively to studying dogs’ ability to understand humans and the world around them.
Animal Field Research
The Psychology Department offers Animal Field Research opportunities, including research on orangutans in Borneo and chimpanzees in Zambia.
Autism Centre for Research on Employment
The Autism Centre for Employment (ACRE) is a new service that provides people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with the opportunity to undertake useful work experience.
Facilities provided for students include:
- Undergraduate students in the department are actively involved in individual and team based research from the beginning of their degree. For this reason students will have access to all our research suites, laboratories and other research facilities throughout their degree.
- We have created a student practical room where our students can meet their teams and plan their research together. This large room also has a comfortable sofa area for relaxation.
- Within the building there is a large shared open access computer room with printing facilities.
- Our individual research cubicles are bookable by students for project and practical work.