Welcome to Psychology

From childhood to old age.

Psychology at Heriot-Watt focuses on providing
excellent learning experience combined with strong
and active research culture

Heriot-Watt University - Psychology Facilities

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Psychology is a vibrant and wide-ranging discipline. At Heriot-Watt we use a variety of scientific methods to explore major aspects of, for example, the ways in which we develop from early infancy to adulthood and to old age, the ways in which we perceive the world, think, solve problems and make decisions, and the way we interact with each other.

Psychology research at Heriot-Watt University is grouped by three main themes:Work, Society & Environment - Lifespan Health & Wellbeing - Cognition, Brain & Behaviour.

Newly opened in September 2016, the Lord Balerno Labs at Heriot-Watt University houses a driving simulator with eye tracker technology, 2 two-way mirror observation rooms, a computer screen eye-tracker, 10 consistent-environment research cubicles, and specialist computer programmes.

Using these labs gives our students highly sought-after experience using specialist computer programmes for psychological research and analysis such as PsychoPy and Qualtrics.


Matthew, Christopher and Sarah are 4th Year Psychology Students using the Lord Balerno Lab to conduct research for their dissertation projects.


Matthew is investigating how ‘wakeful rest’ affects memory consolidation in those with depressive traits and non-depressive traits. Using the wakeful rest technique, discovered by Heriot-Watt researchers, he is studying candidates with low, medium and high depressive traits as they attempt memory challenges.


Christopher is using the lab’s eye tracker technology to test if those who use adblockers on their computer react differently to advertisements on computer screens compared to those who don’t.


Sarah, who is hoping to work in special needs education support following graduation, is using the research cubicles to test whether or not taking a break after learning impacts memory consolidation for those with autism.



2016 - 2017  Semester 2  


Wednesday 21st June

Who: The Ageing Lab
Title: Interventions in Cognitive Ageing
Time: 13:30-15:30
Place: Mary Burton Building G.20

Monday 19th June

Who: Cameron Maitland-Warne (PhD student)
Title: Autism, Social Identity, and Depression
Time: 14:15-15:15
Place: WP315

Wednesday 19th April

Who: Thusha Rajendran and the SoCoRo project
Title: ‘Can people tell when their robot boss is annoyed with them?’
Time: 13.15-14.15
Place: WP110

Monday 20th March

Who: Alan Gow and Ria Vaportzis
Title: The Intervention Factory: exploring real-world activities as potential interventions for cognitive ageing
Time: 14:15 – 15:15
Place: ECGO2

Monday 6th March

Who: Monica Tamariz
Title: Experimental designs to study cultural evolution
Time: 14:15 – 15:15
Place: DB115