Psychology and Neuroscience research

We’ve been pushing the boundaries of biological, developmental, clinical, cognitive and social psychology since the 1960s. Find out about our psychology and neuroscience research.

Research impact

Improving team performance using identity theory

Dr Vivian Vignoles research on social identity helped enhance sports performance for Team GB.

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Time to play

Child mental health experts tell ministers children must be free to play with friends to ease the stress of life in lockdown.

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Open-source hardware and 3D printing

Free open-source hardware and 3D printing could help to alleviate the burden of Covid-19 on global health systems, according to scientists at the University of Sussex.

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Videos and podcasts

See how we're working to tackle Dementia

Podcast: Martin Yeomans on the psychology of food and drink

Martin Yeomans is a Professor of Experimental Psychology and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange with the University of Sussex. He is founder of the Sussex Ingestive Behaviour Group, which conducts research on behavioural nutrition and explores how we develop a liking for different foods and drinks, and how we perceive flavour, among many other topics.

Yeomans has a long history of engaging with the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries internationally. His group has carried out consultancy and contract work with many international companies and has attracted over £3 million in grant income at Sussex to date.

Podcast: Anil Seth on his innovative approach to public engagement

Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where he is also Co-Director (with Prof. Hugo Critchley) of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. He is also a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and Co-Director of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: From Sensation and Perception to Awareness.

He has edited and co-authored several popular science books, such as the best-selling 30 Second Brain (Ivy Press, 2014). His TED talk (recorded in Vancouver in 2017) has had over 7 million views and he features in the Vice/Motherboard feature documentary The Most Unknown, now streaming on Netflix. He explores consciousness and shares his innovative approaches to public engagement and education in this podcast.

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Dr Richard de Visser, Reader in Health Psychology, describes how his research into the effectiveness of stop-drinking campaigns is helping raise awareness of the benefits of cutting back on alcohol.

See how our research on crowd behaviour has helped shape procedure for mass decontamination


Binge drinking is bad for the brain

Dora Duka’s research is pushing the boundaries of what we know about the brain and offering hope both to those who binge drink and alcoholics.

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