Department of Psychology

Cognition, Affective Science & Technology Laboratories (CASTL)

Cognition, Affective Science & Technology Laboratories

A participant of an Electroencephalography (EEG) experiment in our Testing Lab.


The Cognition, Affective Science & Technology Laboratories is an interdisciplinary research group which focuses upon social cognition and emotion.

Our group has extensive national and international research links (which support our neuroimaging research), supported by generous external funding. We also have a strong record of grant attainment, successful postgraduate students and collaboration within academia and with industry.

Research focus

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Emotion and decision making
  • Children and interactive technologies
  • Evaluation of pervasive systems
  • Pain
  • Hormonal influence upon cognition and stress

Our staff

Research lab

Our laboratories include a pain lab, a stress lab, a psychophysiology lab with an EEG/GSR system and a cognitive lab with a soundproof testing booth and an eye tracker, in addition to a wide range of computer-based testing facilities.

We also have dedicated research groups within CASTL:

Postgraduate research

Our postgraduate community explores areas such as:

  • Trust in pervasive sensors
  • Mobile navigation techniques
  • Bespoke sensors for school science
  • User modelling for mathematics learning
  • Working with children with autism as design partners
  • Autism and epilepsy