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"We provide world-leading psychology research and research-led teaching, underpinned by robust methods, high quality facilities, and strategic partnerships. This improves our understanding of mind and behaviour across the lifespan and across species, and to positively impact individual, societal, and environmental health and wellbeing.

We comprise four major research groups: (i) Animal Behaviour, (ii) Cognition, (iii) Clinical, and (iv) Social, Environmental, and Organisational Psychology with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity both within our department, and by connecting with other departments at Exeter, nationally and internationally, and with external partners.

We strive to maintain a supportive, diverse and inclusive research culture and environment to support all our staff and students.

We generate high quality research that is efficiently and directly translated into wider societal benefit through our deep connections with external partners in industry, public, and third sectors."

Read more from Dr Natalia Lawrence, Dr Gavin Price, and Dr Gemma Sharp

Dr Natalia Lawrence, Dr Gavin Price, and Dr Gemma Sharp

Co-Directors of Research

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92% of our research is classified as world-leading or internationally excellent*

* based on research rated 4* and 3* research in REF 2021

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100% of our research has internationally excellent impact*

* based on research impact rated 4* and 3* in REF 2021

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Our globally-renowned academics work with large organisations such as the WHO, UN, Ministry of Defence, NHS, IBM, DEFRA and Microsoft

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Each year we attract around £3 million in external research funding from UK Research Councils, the EU and charities

Research themes

Our research combines our research groups, other Exeter academics and external partners to deliver innovative approaches to tackling important conceptual and societal issues. These themes include: Understanding brain and behaviour change across the lifespan, understanding social determinants of health and wellbeing, and treatment innovation in mental health and addiction.

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