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Department of Psychology research

We have a distinctive research profile of theoretically informed research in applied psychology.

Research themes

Our departmental research falls under five thematic areas. We focus on theoretically-informed applied psychology.


Cognitive Science

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Our research focuses on the study of the mind, and processes such as reasoning, visual processing, problem-solving and emotion.

Clinical Psychology

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We research the cognitive, emotional, behavioural and physiological processes that link to psychological problems

Research groups

Our research staff belong to several research groups.


Child Mental Health and Development

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We examine key questions relating to mental health, wellbeing and development in children and young people, including a focus on intervention research.

Crossmodal Cognition Lab

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We are interested in how we use our brains to perceive the world around us. Our focus is multisensory perception and cognition.

Digital Lives

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Our research group investigates how and why people and groups interact with digital technology and the psychological impact it has on their lives.

Research labs

Researchers from our department also contribute to research labs.


Bath Babylab

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Our research explores how infants and young children see and interact with the world around them. We're interested in the factors that impact their development.

Social and Cultural Cognition (SCC)

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Our research covers various areas in social psychology to understand social and cultural cognition and its underpinnings at both individual and societal levels.

Research Centres

Staff from our department contribute to University Research Centres.


Research environment

We have a regular series of seminars that takes place in our department.


Research excellence

The results of Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 confirm the excellence of the research carried out at Bath.


Research impact

Our strengths lie in conducting internationally-leading research of global significance.


Our research

We seek to develop innovative methods of treatment and intervention, improving mental well-being and health. The breadth of our methodological approaches, including diverse quantitative and qualitative methods, features strongly in our research. Our work is interdisciplinary, with collaborations across humanities, science and engineering, and with industry and policy partners. Research is carried out in our new £30m building, a dedicated space with two floors of state-of-the-art laboratories.

Contact us

Contact us to find out more about our research.