Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
This was the first REF submission from a rapidly growing department. Of our research output, 2.8% was rated as ‘world-leading’, and nearly 80% rated 2* or 3* (of international standing), with particular strengths identified in human perception and cognition. Studies that demonstrated impact included the effects on memory of nitrogen narcosis for deep-sea divers, and research that showed how the muscle-building culture of men’s magazines influences young male readers.
Research in Psychology
Since submitting our REF application, we have recruited many new staff, most with very strong publications and several with very high impact. Staff are highly active in the production of academic literature, editing peer-review journals, the reviewing and refereeing of grant proposals and articles, and presenting work at international conferences.
They are also involved in international research networks in areas relevant to cognition, perception, forensic psychology, social psychology and developmental psychology.
Internally, several Winchester Psychology staff are involved in the interdisciplinary, collaborative Health and Wellbeing Research Group.
We have several PhD students funded by University studentships, and increasing numbers of enquiries for postgraduate research. Find out more.
We have an excellent range of facilities to support both staff and student research; find out more.
Brain, Behaviour and Cognition Group
The Brain and Cognition group researches a wide range of topics including cognitive and affective neuroscience, auditory and visual perception, face processing, attention, memory, human-computer interaction, categorization of space and place, risk taking, deception, contemplative practice, abnormal cognition, and the effect of psychedelic drugs on cognition and mental health and wellbeing. Methods include behavioural, experimental, electroencephalography (EEG), eye-tracking, skin conductance response (SCR), psychophysics, connectionist and computational modelling.
- Dr Sarah Bayless - Effects of alcohol intoxication on visual attention, face processing and memory for faces
- Dr Valerie Bonnardel – Human colour vision including sensitivity to comb-filtered spectra, colour categorization, colour naming, individual differences and cross-cultural differences in colour processing; embodied cognition and contemplative practice; mindfulness meditation.
- Dr Clare Davies - Spaces and places, cognitive cartography and spatial ability; modelling human spatial knowledge and behaviour; semantic/expertise effects on visual attention; cognitive aspects of well-being and religious practices.
- Dr Tim Gamble - risk decision making, framing, Human Computer Interaction, eye-tracking, task switching
- Dr Daniel Gill - Face and object perception, social traits inference from faces (such as attractiveness, dominance, trustworthiness etc.), development of novel experimental and analysis methods, statistical pattern recognition, applied signal processing, connectionist models.
- Dr Rhiannon Jones - EEG (Oscillations and ERPs), imaging genetics, the neural basis of obsessive-compulsive symptoms, thought-action fusion, thought-suppression, directed forgetting, emotional memory
- Dr Gary Lancaster – Detection of deception in forensic interview settings, cognitive load in deception, investigative and cyber psychology
- Dr Joanna Pashtag – forensic and clinical psychology, the effect of psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin on cognition and mental health and wellbeing
- Dr Jordan Randell – schizotypy, non-clinical auditory hallucinations, schedules of reinforcement and timing; research methods
- Priof. Maria Uther - Auditory cognitive neuroscience; speech perception and production; music perception; human-computer interaction; educational and digital technologies
Health, Work and Wellbeing Group
The group is interested in research looking at health and wellbeing across the lifespan and within different contexts and cultures. There is a particular focus among members of the group on the development of healthy workplaces and inclusive working practices from both a physical and psychological health perspective. Specialists within the group undertake the design, implementation and evaluation of behaviour change interventions across a range of health behaviours and applications. The group is open to working with specialist groups and external partners and welcomes enquiries from prospective research students and collaborators.
Although members work across a number of different research areas, current research projects comprise:
- Adolescent sleep and health, Changing behaviours to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) (Dr Margaret Husted)
- Authenticity, Gender and age diversity at work (Dr Kim Bradley-Cole)
- Emotional resilience (Dr Michelle Cleveland)
- Mental health and well-being, Mental health help-seeking (Dr Lynn McKeague)
Childhood and Youth Psychology Group
The Childhood and Youth Psychology Research Group from the University’s Department of Psychology focuses its research interest on areas that benefits the acquisition of knowledge as well as having practical applications such as behaviour change, and intervention design and evaluation, related to children and young adolescents. The research approaches used by different members of the group are broad and include qualitative as well as quantitative methodologies. However, in a wider sense, all members of this group investigate topics where basic research intersects with applied topics.
Research topics encompass, among others:
- Parent and siblings relationships with a focus on parent-child emotion talk and its relation with children's emotion understanding (Dr Ana Aznar)
- Children’s reasoning about peer rejection based on social issues (e.g., gender, ethnicity, social class) (Dr Ana Aznar)
- Emotion socialization across cultures and species (Dr Kirsty Ross)
- Mental health of children/adolescents/young adults with a focus on mental health stigma, disclosure of mental health problems (Dr Lynn McKeague)
- Psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD in childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood (Dr Lynn McKeague)
- Wellbeing and resilience (Dr Lynn McKeague)
- Eating behaviour and cognition with a particular focus on decision making, sleep, and health inequalities (Margaret Husted)
- Memory development on child victims or witnesses (Dr Genevieve Waterhouse)
- Cognitive development such as the intuitive understanding of probability and the impact of premature birth on executive function development (Dr Sarah Bayless)
- Young carers (Dr Sarah Bayless, Dr Merce Prat-Sala)
- Children’s language development (Dr Merce Prat-Sala)
- The development of school-based mental health intervention and of non-stigmatising mental health services. (Dr Lynn McKeague, Dr Amy Warhurst, Dr Merce Prat-Sala)
- Educational psychology aspects such as reading and math development; learning motivation, social and emotional difficulties within education; bullying in and out of school; resilience, self-efficacy; academic wellbeing and performance. (Dr Merce Prat-Sala, Dr Amy Warhurst)
Forensic and Investigative Psychology Group
The aim of the Forensic and Investigative Psychology group is to encourage and develop research opportunities, as well as dissemination of such research with interested parties both within the University of Winchester and externally. Additionally, we support both the taught postgraduate students undertaking the MSc in Forensic Psychology together with our postgraduate research students undertaking research in the fields of Forensic and Investigative Psychology. We run a programme of regular research seminars throughout the year, which both our own research staff and students use to disseminate their own research amongst colleagues and external partners. We also regularly invite external speakers, both practitioners and academics, to talk about their work and experiences in the field.
Members of this group have expertise in:
- Eyewitness identification (Dr Wendy Kneller and Dr Rachel Wilcock)
- Interviewing witnesses (Dr Rachel Wilcock and Dr Genevieve Waterhouse)
- Vulnerable witnesses (Dr Rachel Wilcock, Dr Wendy Kneller, Dr Sarah Bayless and Dr Genevieve Waterhouse)
- Detecting deception (Dr Gary Lancaster)
- Sub-clinical personality traits and eyewitness memory (Dr Jordan Randell)
- Tactical decision making under risk (Dr Tim Gamble)
- Victimology and sex offending (Dr Joanna Pashdag)
Politics, Communities and Identities Group
The Politics, Communities and Identities group brings together researchers within the Department of Psychology who share a broad interest in critically examining the social psychological aspects of political structures and practices, community processes, and identities. This research group has a strong critical focus, aiming
to examine and address challenges facing contemporary society, critique
policy agendas, and develop new and innovative research practices. The
group also has a strong outward focus, seeking to builds
interdisciplinary links to organisations, communities and movements in
local, national and international contexts.
To date, research in this group has included work on:
- Everyday understandings of political processes and systems, the social psychology of citizenship, and participation (Dr Debra Gray)
- Conspiracy theories and misinformation (Dr Mike Wood)
- The relationship between media and audiences, social media, and online communities (Dr David Giles)
- The principle-implementation gap in racial and gendered relations (Dr Manuela Thomae)
- Nostalgia, social connectedness and self-esteem (Dr Wing Yee Cheung)