School of Psychology

Facilities

As an undergraduate and postgraduate student you will study in specialist facilities and benefit from excellent learning resources. The School of Psychology at the University of Sussex is one of the largest psychology departments in the UK.

We have invested heavily in our facilities:

The facilities were awarded £6million of investment, mainly from the Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF). Two new EEG systems have been acquired and our office and laboratory space has been refurbished, including establishing major new facilities such as a Human Psychophysiology Laboratory and a Human Psychopharmacology Unit. We have an imaging centre housing MRI and PET/CT, in association with the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

We are well equipped to support your needs:

The school has approximately 600 mof laboratory space, well equipped to support the needs of our research groups. In addition, the school has a number of general facilities, including 18 cubicles (for individual testing) and large rooms used for the simultaneous testing of groups of participants.

Sarah's student perspective

"Psychology at Sussex has some of the best research facilities available. Being given lectures by those who know so much was definitely the most enjoyable part of my degree. My time at Sussex has given me the confidence to believe that I can do anything."

Sarah Jones - BSc Psychology

The school is organised into four research groups. Below you can see the facilities available to each group:

Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience group
  • Ancillary Unit: A specialist, conventional facility of 650 musable space.
  • Behavioural Neuroscience laboratories: Sole use of a microscopy and histological suite (37m2), with support from JIF and the Wellcome Trust, a laboratory dedicated to electrophysiological studies in brain slices(12.4 m2), and shared use of a molecular biology laboratories (35 m2)
  • Human Psychopharmacology laboratory: This laboratory comprises a bedded unit, cubicles, and a fully-equipped kitchen for preparation of food for research on human ingestion.
Cognitive Psychology group
  • Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre: This was opened in association with Brighton and Sussex Medical School, at a cost of £3 million, partly funded by SRIF 3. It houses a 1.5T Siemens MRI and PET/CT scanners.
  • Human Psychophysiology laboratory: This occupies 80m2divided into six cubicles, a reception area, and a room with a Faraday cage to ensure full electrical insulation. Equipment includes both Neuroscan and EGI rigs for EEG/ERP, a Magstim TMS rig, and three Eyelink II eye-trackers.
  • Psychoacoustic laboratory: This  comprises two double-skinned acoustic booths.
  • Vision Laboratories: Members of the vision group each have their own laboratory space which currently comprises six rooms occupying approximately 90 m2. These include rooms designed to exclude all natural light, and specialist equipment for presenting visual stimuli.
  • Dedicated laboratories for Mammal Vocal Communication: This comprises of three rooms, over 50 mwith specialist audio-video equipment), Language: Three rooms, occupying 36 m2, and applied memory: one room, occupying 20 m
Developmental and Clinical Psychology group
  • Developmental Psychology Laboratories: In 2012, the school's space for developmental research was extensively remodelled into a suite of developmental research labs. The suite, named the The Sussex Child Research Hub has research facilities to enable developmental research across the human lifespan, and developmental research using a broad range of methods. There are ten research rooms and multiple waiting and play areas and tea/coffee facilities for visiting parents. Please see the Sussex Child Research Hub webpage for further details.
  • Clinical Experimental Psychopathology: This includes three rooms, occupying 36 m2.
Social and Applied Psychology group
  • Social and Health Laboratories: These comprise seven rooms, amounting to 80m2, equipped with computers and video equipment. We use Cardiff Teleform software on a PC with a high-speed duplex scanner for capturing questionnaire data, which is used especially by this research group.