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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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2016 - 2017  Semester 2  

Monday 6th March

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

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

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