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Psychology Research

Research into psychology at Leeds Beckett is broken down into three distinct areas:

Cognition and Behaviour

Research under this theme explores biological, cognitive, emotional and environmental influences on behaviour. Our research covers the role of self-control and stress in the context of drug addiction (Drs Kolokotroni; Selby; Shepherd), the role the body and environment in language and cognition (Dr Golonka), the perceptual control of action (Dr Wilson), the impact of neurodevelopmental disorders on memory (Dr Pauly-Takacs), attention in young children (Dr Dugdale), mother-child communication (Dr Zammit) and the nature and functions of creativity (Dr Abraham). Recently the team has been joined by Professor Stoet, an expert in attention, learning and gender differences, Dr Tipples (perceptions of emotion and time), Dr Ellie Willard (dyscalculia: number processing problems), and Dr Emma Dunmore (student learning and motivation).


This cluster covers three main research strands: safety issues in work environments (Drs Morgan / Curcuruto); psychosocial aspects of illness and disability e.g. cancer, stroke, autism (Drs Ashley / Branney / Muskett / Wang / Martin), and body image issues and wellbeing (Drs Deighton-Smith / Fawkner / Jankowski / Branney). The team has been boosted by the arrival of Professor Jones, an expert in quality of life measurement and questionnaire development particularly applied to reproductive medicine and women's health, and Dr Trish Holch, who works on patient reported outcomes of cancer treatment.

Sex, Gender, Identity and Power

Staff within this cluster are mainly working on a range of critical, feminist, qualitative research projects on topics such as: eating and drinking (Drs Day and Woolhouse), sexual inequalities at work (Dr Rickett), young people’s experience of sexual bullying (Drs Milnes and Turner-Moore), intersections between social class and gender (Drs Day, Rickett, and Woolhouse), gender differences in condom use (Dr Windisch) and the health and care needs of transgender youth (Dr Rickett). Another strand of work concerns men and masculinities, with particular reference to men’s health and wellbeing (Professor Gough).

Psychology Research Pool 

We are a research active group and we are always looking for a wide variety of people to volunteer to take part in our studies. These studies range from online surveys, to focus groups and interviews, to experiments in labs on campus. These projects might be student dissertations (our final year undergraduate students, our Masters students) or PhD research, supervised by our academic staff, or projects run by those staff themselves.

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