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Centre for Research in Brain, Cognition and Behaviour


Research in the School of Psychology was rated as 5 in the 2001 RAE, and in the 2008 RAE we submitted 34.5 staff (making us the 12th largest research School of Psychology in the UK), and 85% of our research was rated at international standard. Since 2008 we have been awarded £7.2m in research funding.

We have a strong postgraduate community with around 35 PhD students and 20 MSc students. We welcome applications from the UK, EU and overseas.​​​​​​​​​​​

Students collecting data in the new EEG/ERP suite at Plymouth. Photo:George Brooks

​Research themes

Research within the school is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, but is organised around three interlocking themes:

  • Brain - internationally excellent research in clinical, cognitive and computational neuroscience, perception, and attention.
  • Cognition - incorporates research recognised as world-leading in RAE 2008, with particular strengths in decision making, reasoning and memory.
  • Behaviour - encompasses much of the applied research activity, incorporating research in health, social and developmental psychology, and human factors.

Each theme contains information about people and the projects that they are working on. ​

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If you are interested in studying for a PhD with one of our staff, please contact the Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator by email:

 Research studentship available

Learn more about a studentship in "Functional Imagery Training as a personalized e-health intervention for weight loss".