The University of Westminster has a diverse portfolio of high-quality empirical research in psychology and neuroscience. Researchers cover a range of specialties, applying different theoretical and methodological approaches to a variety of socially important issues.
Much of the work has a bearing on health and wellbeing. For example the internationally-recognised Psychophysiology and Stress Research Group is a leader in work on the impact of psychosocial stress on health and illness. They seek to clarify the physiological pathways underpinning such effects, with a particular focus on understanding the diurnal pattern of cortisol secretion. Other significant health-related research includes influential work on psychosis and schizophrenia, on motion sickness, on neurological disorders, on body image, and on other aspects of mental health and wellbeing.
Research in the domain of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience examines fundamental cognitive processes, and their role in real-world cognitive performance. This ranges from work on different aspects of memory, through communication processes, to the use of brain stimulation in the study of cognition and perception. State-of-the-art equipment and laboratory facilities are available to underpin this.
Researchers ensure the social relevance and impact of their work by collaborating with a range of external partners. These include healthcare organisations, charities, military and law enforcement agencies, and industry. Research funding comes from a variety of sources including UK Research Councils and charities, UK Government departments, the European Union, and private businesses in the UK and overseas.