Our wide-ranging and extremely influential research ranges from basic and applied psychological research in clinical and health psychology to the study of sensation, perception, cognition and motor behaviour. Take a look at what we’ve been researching recently.
Evaluating new medical treatments on quality of life
We generated a series of Patient Reported Outcome Measures to evaluate the impact of new treatments on quality of life and patient satisfaction. Every major pharmaceutical company in the world is now using these measures which have been validated in more than 100 languages.
This research has therefore delivered major benefits to hundreds of thousands of individuals with diabetes and other long-term medical conditions, who can be assured that the treatments they are offered will improve their quality of life as well as their quality of health.
Reducing the urban speed limit to 20mph
We investigated the relationship between fundamental aspects of human visual processing and the scenarios in which road accidents are most likely to occur. This research helped drive the highly successful national campaign to lower urban speed limits, particularly where child pedestrians are present. More than 40 local authorities have now adopted 20mph speed limits in residential streets, affecting over 10 million residents. These changes have the potential to prevent over 500 accidents leading to a death or serious injury.
Mental health first aid for teachers
Our Child and Family Research Group has developed a new app to support mental health awareness for teachers. The app aims to help teachers understand how to talk to young people about stress and mental health, screen for mental health problems and refer on appropriately. It’s currently being trialled in schools.
Which part of someone’s face do you look at when you’re deciding what that person is feeling? And does this depend on how you think and feel in social situations as well as how you process emotions? We’re using using eye-tracking to determine where individuals attend to in a face when making decisions about the emotions of other people.