Our Research Themes

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

    Findings from psychology can impact people and society in a number of ways. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, research in under this theme includes behaviour in the workplace, assessing risk in the environment and interventions to improve workplace performance. 

    Staff to contact for this Research Theme:
    Dr Mioara Christea
    Dr Dasha Grajfoner
    Dr Terry Landown
    Dr Mel McKendrick

    Issues explored in psychology are inherently linked to wellbeing across the lifespan, affecting fields from health and education. Research under this theme explores health-promotion activities in children and adolescents, healthy ageing and mental health issues in developmental conditions.

    Staff to contact for this Research Theme:
    Prof Alan Gow
    Dr Dan Hale
    Dr Lauren Potter
    Dr Mary Stewart
    Dr Louise Delicato

    Our brains and cognitive abilities develop from childhood through to old age. Research within this theme explores those changes, including developmental conditions, dementia and stroke patients as well as heathy adults and children and primates. Research spans from language to social cognition, including memory, motor control and body representation. A strong aspect of this theme is theoretical informed translational interventions, making use of state of the art multidisciplinary techniques such as robotics and virtual reality.

    Staff to contact for this Research Theme:
    Dr Micha Dewar
    Dr Maria Garraffa
    Dr Kevin Muldoon
    Dr Thusha Rajendran
    Dr Anna Sedda
    Dr Monica Tamariz
    Dr Louise Delicato

    Research Associates (PDRAs):
    Dr Michael Craig

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