Dr Natalie Hempel de Ibarra talks about the research in the Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour (CRAB). View full size.

Professor Ian McClaren talks about the research within the Cognition group. View full size.

Professor Michelle Ryan chats about the research within the Social, Environmental and Organisational research group (SEORG). View full size.

Research groups

We are ranked 11th in the UK for world leading research1. Each year we attract around £1.3 million in external research funding and our research findings are published in around 120 publications, including books and scientific articles. Our School has a thriving research community in many diverse areas of Psychology.

Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour (CRAB)

The Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour is distinctively placed as one of the few international groups providing a bridging link between traditional questions of human psychology (cognition, learning, memory, social and developmental processes) and animal models providing experimental and evolutionary research opportunities. Our research addresses the fundamental questions of how and what information is gathered from the physical and social environment, and how this information used to make decisions in order to maximise survival and reproduction.

Clinical Research Group

The Clinical research group delivers world-class research into the advancement of theoretical knowledge and clinical practice. The group gained acknowledgement as a world leading research centre for mood disorders, interested in psychological processes implicated in unipolar and bipolar depressive disorder and evidence-based approaches. Thus, one core structure within the group is the Mood Disorders Centre (MDC), a partnership between the University of Exeter and the National Health Service (NHS) that has directly led to innovations in treatment that address key priorities in treating mood disorders and improving the health and quality-of-life of patients. Members are part of the following research centres:

Cognition Research Group

The current research of members of the Cognition research group focuses largely on associative learning and its role in cognition, categorisation and memory, control of cognitive processes and implications for disorders of behaviour regulation, epidemiology, diagnosis and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury; there is also research on language processing and cognitive development. We use a wide range of behavioural and neuroscience methodologies. Members of the group participate in:

Social, Environmental and Organisational Research Group

The Social, Environmental and Organisational research group has established an international reputation for applying rigorous social psychological theory to real social problems, including those associated with ageing, diversity, social change, prejudice and discrimination, communication, the environment, health, and morality. The group has expertise in a number of theoretical traditions, but they are particularly well known for being a world leader in social identity research.

1 Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*