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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Coaching Psychology, wellbeing and performance at work and in personal life

Coaching Psychology provides a structured, evidence based psychological framework to help in understanding the dynamics of decision making, while focusing on wellbeing, performance, diversity, safety, resilience and optimal psychophysical health. Goal setting is one of the most frequently used methods of intervention in coaching and coaching psychology to increase motivation and productivity. Our Goal Setting project investigates whether goals affects well-being, mental health, stress and performance at work, in education and personal contexts. Contact Dr Dasha Grajfoner, Director of the Centre for Business and Coaching Psychology for more information.

Psychosocial influences on health and safety in small businesses

Health and safety at work may entail activities such as risk assessment, in areas ranging from physical hazards to psychological stress. Despite its importance, health and safety engagement is often seen as problematic for the small business. Employing both qualitative and quantitative research methods, this project investigates the nature of the behaviours which small businesses undertake. We then examine psychological and social processes influencing such behaviour. Contact Dr Terry Lansdown for more information.

Personality and behaviour

The relationships between personality and behaviour are of interest to psychologists and psychiatrists. Is a particular personality trait related to whether an individual will become depressed or be happy; or to how an individual performs within a team or on a particular task? Furthermore, does our neurochemistry explain these relationships? We at Heriot-Watt, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, investigate the relationships between factors such as personality, language, emotion, and mood. Contact Dr Mary Stewart for more information.

Successful ageing

The way in which our cognitive abilities change with increasing age is an important predictor of our ability to live and function independently (see Cognitive Ageing for details of research at Heriot-Watt in this domain), but there are many other ways to conceptualise how people age, including their perceived quality of life and psychological wellbeing. There are diverse predictors of our how likely we are to enjoy a healthy old age, and we are interested in identifying such lifestyle and behavioural factors. Contact Dr Alan Gow for more information.