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Research in the School of Psychology
The School has two main research groupings: Brain & Cognition and Social & Developmental which overlap in a shared interest in Health and Ageing.
All staff and postgraduate students belong to one or more of these groupings. Anyone interested in pursuing PhD or postdoctoral research in any of these areas should contact the relevant member of staff identified below.
Brain & Cognition Research into neuropsychological and cognitive processes
- Cognitive neuropsychological investigations of psychiatric and neurological patients [Nicola Edelstyn]
- Alcohol hangover, swearing and emotion, stress [Richard Stephens]
- Football heading as a cause of neuropsychological deficits [Andrew Rutherford]
- Language and visual word recognition [Sue Sherman]
- Memory, false memory and environmental context-dependent memory [Andrew Rutherford, Sue Sherman, Helen Williams]
- Time perception [John Wearden]
- Cognitive control process, task switching, and attention [Jim Grange]
Social and Developmental Research into social relationships and development
- Domestic abuse and young people [Claire Fox]
- Social Development [Claire Fox , Mark Trueman], [Yvonne Skipper]
- Cognitive development [Martin Rowley]
- Groups, Reputations, Cyberpsychology [Chris Stiff]
- Interpersonal trust [Ken Rotenberg]
- Children's Literacy [Yvonne Skipper]
- Parenting [Alexandra Kent],[Kirsty Budds]
- Critical psychology (Discourse, Narrative, Social representation theory) [Emee Estacio, Michael Murray, Kirsty Budds, Alexandra Kent]
Health & Ageing Critical psychological approaches to understanding health and illness and promoting wellbeing
- Ageing, Social isolation and loneliness [Michael Murray]
- Arts and Health [Michael Murray]
- Counselling psychology [Jane Hunt, Maggie Robson]
- Ecopsychology [John Hegarty]
- Health psychology (illness, disability, ageing, health promotion, stress) [Emee Estacio, Michael Murray, Sue Sherman, Chris Stiff]
- Music psychology (musical skill and development, everyday engagement with music, tone-deafness) [Alexandra Lamont]
- Social-community psychology [ Emee Estacio, Alexandra Lamont, Michael Murray], [Kirsty Budds]
Children and Young People in Society Special Interest Group
For those interested on conducting research with children and young people. The group is open to those across the university and external to Keele. Please contact Claire Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
Keele Action Research Network
This network brings together action researchers across Keele University and beyond. For more information or to become a member, contact Emee Estacio email@example.com
Recent and Current Funded Research
Psychology staff are involved in a wide range of research projects. Below is a sample of the projects that are externally funded on which staff are currently involved.
- ReADAPt: Relationahip Education and Domestic Abuse Prevention Education [EU Daphne III].
From Boys to Men [ESRC]
- Humour Styles and Bullying in Schools (ESRC).
Do groups view potential new members who are religious as desirable or undesirable? [British Academy]
Promoting Independence And Social Engagement Among Older People [New Dynamics Of Ageing Programme]
- Ages and Stages (New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) Programme)
- Children's Handling Of Uncertainty: The Influence Of An Unknown Reality [ESRC]
- Recognition Memory, Conscious Recollection And Familiarity In Patients With Nondementing Parkinson's Disease [ESRC]
- Investigation of Music programme In Primary Schools [ESRC]
- Enabling Children To Become Musicians [ESRC]
- Action research on health literacy and diabetes: engaging South Asian Men and Young Men with diabetes (NHS Stoke and Stoke-on-Trent City Council)
- Readability of health information materials in GP practices (Stoke-on-Trent City Council)