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The Department of Psychology has an overarching theme of ‘Psychology of Health and Wellbeing’ that defines its research strategy. Areas of research specialism are based within the following groups:

Psychology ResearchBrain Performance and Nutrition Research Centre
With an international reputation for its research into the effects of nutritional interventions on behaviour, this Centre has a huge portfolio of controlled trials investigating the cognitive mechanisms and mood effects of herbal extracts, nutraceuticals and food supplements. 

Psychology and Communication Technologies Lab
This Lab undertakes interdisciplinary research, education and training to improve communication technologies and understand the consequences of their use through the themes of privacy, security, trust, and behaviour change. These themes are explored across a variety of domains including health, commerce, energy conservation and learning,

Health in Action Group, including Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research
This group investigates the interface between bio-psycho-social states, health behaviour and outcome, as well as clinically-relevant nocturnal events which impact on sleep and daytime functioning. 

Evolution Perception and Behaviour
Evolutionary theory is applied to questions of human perception and behaviour on topics including human movement predicting psychiatric disease, perceptual drivers of human mate choice and health and attractiveness, distorted body image in eating disorder patients and the impact of prenatal programming on developmental stability and autism. 

Cognition across the Lifespan
Research concerned with cognitive development in both healthy and clinical populations, and in ageing is assessing working memory, visual processing and communication in typical children and those with neurodevelopmental disorders. Researchers have also followed a cohort for almost 30 years to examine how cognitive abilities change as we age, and how this effects health, wellbeing and quality of life. 

Language and Cognition
Researchers are examining behavioural and neural correlates of eye movement and human language comprehension, with interests in mapping between linguistic and non-linguistic cognitive systems (‘language’ and ‘action’). Conditions researched include Autism Spectrum Disorders, Broca's Aphasia, Dyslexia, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.






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