About our research
In the School of Psychology our research integrates cross disciplinary expertise from experimental, developmental, health, clinical and social psychology. Our researchers have interdisciplinary collaborations at the local, national and international levels.
PhD research highlights
Athletes' triumph over trauma
The complex, post-traumatic journey of athletes who become disabled towards recovery and sometimes new sporting success - think of the triumphs at the London 2012 Paralympic Games - is the subject of PhD student Hanna Kampman’s research.
Who cares for the elderly?
Sima Sandhu’s PhD looked at care worker motivations, and their implications for social policy and the future care workforce. With an ageing population, and limited budgets, understanding the mutually supportive relationships between colleagues will be ever more crucial in future.
Language, culture and wellbeing within Nigerian communities
PhD student Dung Jidong is studying Nigerian languages, culture, and mental health and wellbeing. His project directly builds on his participation in the UEL London Scholars’ project on working as an interpreter and cultural broker in communities. Dung has achieved full support for his project from the UEL Excellence PhD Studentship.
Does mindfulness improve clinical care?
PhD student Amy Spatz has joined the School from being a Lecturer at St. George’s University of London in order to study the impact of mindfulness in trainees. Amy will be investigating the recent advances in mindfulness theory and whether the practice of mindfulness could benefit health care delivery, and her project had been selected for full funding from an UEL Excellence PhD studentship.
In the first assessment of the impact of research beyond academia, research from the School of Psychology received the highest 4* Outstanding rating for Impact in the most recent 2014 HEFCE Research Excellence Framework. Impact is defined as a benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia, both within the UK and overseas.
In our research, we apply advanced neuroimaging techniques, including eye tracking, high density electroencephalography (EEG), near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), along with observational and qualitative methodology.
Research strengths include: face and object processing, sports neuroscience, multisensory perception, synaesthesia, mental imagery, cognitive enhancement using neuromodulation techniques, neuropsychopharmacology and neurophysiology of psychosis, thinking styles and paranormal beliefs, decision making models, language production, object processing and attention, pain perception and bodily illusions.
Active projects include: early-years brain and cognitive development, social and communication development, developmental difficulties, and wellbeing and lifespan development.
Active research areas include: psychological and cognitive effects of legal and illegal psychoactive substances and their impact on users; and the causes and consequences of drug and behavioural addictions, including withdrawal effects and pathways out of addictive behaviours.
Research areas include: hydration, physical activity, psychological wellbeing, diet, body image and motivation, positive psychology, resilience and cancer. Our researchers collaborate with many other institutions, including the University of Southampton, Homerton Hospital, the Royal Brompton Hospital, Whipps Cross Hospital, the European Hydration Institute, the Natural Hydration Council and the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Members of this group carry out applied research, scholarly activity and knowledge exchange in pedagogy or the practice of teaching, employability, and the impact of technology on education and modern living.
The group is starting a major study of predictors of academic achievement - taking into account socio-economic and individual measures, as well as traditional measures such as the previous level of education. Additional research projects include: therapeutic and psychiatric practice, health and reproduction, domestic and sexual violence, critical pedagogy, sexuality and intimate relationships, emotion and affect, social embodiment, and digital learning in higher education.
Educational Psychology Research and Practice is an open access periodical published twice a year by the School of Psychology, University of East London. It offers a forum for informed debate and discussion of Educational Psychology research and training as well as a wider focus on issues of social justice and civic engagement in applied psychological practice. EPRaP is open to publishing research findings, literature reviews, commentaries, methodology papers, reflection on practice and book/resource reviews. It is part of a research and learning culture that recognises the importance of knowledge exchange and impact for partners in the community.
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