Psychology is one of the leading research departments in the UK. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) we were ranked 6th out of 82 Psychology departments for our world-leading and internationally excellent research.
When you study here or collaborate with us as a researcher, you can look forward to exceptional research facilities, a supportive environment and the opportunity to work at the frontiers of psychological knowledge.
Our research areas
Health and well-being
Research in the Health and Well-Being Group conducts basic and applied psychological research in clinical and health psychology. Members conduct research with many clinical groups, including those with depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, psychosis, autism, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and HIV, as well as non-clinical samples. Research covers a wide range of topics, such as psychological treatments, wellbeing, cognitive abilities, social and emotional processes, and discrimination.
Language, memory, and attention
The Language, Memory, and Attention Research Group focuses on cognition with a strong focus on language, as well as memory and attention. Across the group, members investigate cognitive performance from its early development in infancy and up to adulthood. The group pursues both fundamental questions such as why and how language evolved and why different languages differ from each other, and applied questions with consequences for policy such as how to teach children to read or how to make airplanes safer.
Perception, action, and decision-making
Social and affective processes
The Social and Affective Processes Research Group is a dynamic group of researchers employing a variety of behavioural, developmental and neuroscientific techniques to investigate social and affective processes. Members investigate a wide variety of questions, including delusions, mental health service delivery, brain mechanisms underpinning the perception of social and emotional information, social and emotional development in childhood and adolescence, motivational goals and personal values, intergroup relations, social identity, and acculturation.
StoryFutures and StoryFutures Academy: The National Centre for Immersive Storytelling place innovative storytelling at the heart of next generation immersive technologies and experiences. Both initiatives are funded by the UK government. Click here for further information
Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law
The Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law is a new multidisciplinary research hub of Royal Holloway academics from the departments of Psychology, Law, Sociology, Criminology, Media Arts, History, Geography, Politics, Social Work and Information Security. The centre will explore complex links between ‘emotion’ and the law including how ’emotion’ affects individuals and their fair treatment by legal frameworks, institutions, bureaucratic structures and processes. Click here for further details.