Psychology Research at Lancaster
Research in the Department is organized around a number of groups with overlap between them.
Research in this area is organized in the Centre for Research in Human Development and Learning (CRHDL). We conduct research on human development and learning from infancy through adulthood into old age. We investigate perceptual, social, and linguistic themes using a combination of experimental, observational, computational, and neurophysiological techniques.
Our cognitive psychology group specializes in memory, problem-solving, language processing and theoretically based research that applies to literacy, numeracy and science learning, memory enhancement and critical thinking skills.
We use neurophysiological methods (EEG, ERP), eye tracking, computational modelling and psychopharmacological methods to investigate the brain bases of attention, cognition, cognitive development, ageing and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
In social psychology our focus covers a range of methods linked by a theory-driven approach to real world concerns. Our research is organized around an ethic of social responsibility and covers diverse themes such as sustainability, social inclusion, justice, conflict, conflict resolution and goal striving within everyday life.
Our work in investigative expertise is internationally recognized for its application of cognitive and social psychology to understanding the criminal justice system, countering terrorism and assisting industry in dealing with security and revenue-protection problems.
Some of the software we used for teaching and research is custom-written for the department. We're making some of it available for free use by non-profit, non-commercial organisations. If you have questions or comments about these applications please contact Simon Slavin.